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Looking like Elvis and sounding like Elvis are not enough for tribute artist Doyle Brisendine. Deep in his heart, Doyle wants to be Elvis. After performing in front of a wildly enthusiastic group of seniors, he realizes the absurdity of his fantasy and sees a dead end looming. Then, in the midst of his despondency, his world brightens as a beautiful young woman offers him ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published May 20th 2018 by Livingston Press
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Allison
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kidnapped by an Elvis cult? Sounds ridiculous but it's really not. This first novel by Mike Burrell is certainly a book I could not put down until I was finished. After I was done, I asked myself, "What would I do if I was in Doyle's (protagonist) situation?" You'd be surprised at you're own answer. This is an emotional thriller with hair pin curves, brain washing, sex, drugs and southern fried chicken. The story's ending is one I'd never expect. I kept thinking Stephen King when I read this.
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Joe
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Are you an Elvis freak? Whoa there, be careful. See the trouble it gets tribute artist Doyle Brisendine in at a faux-Graceland in Alabama. At once delightful and harrowing, with increasing tension for Doyle, whose final decision is . . . scary at the least.
Ramey Channell
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four stars, maybe five! Doyle Brisendine, talented young Elvis impersonator, has been kidnapped! Who would kidnap an Elvis impersonator? And what diabolical plans do they have in store for him? I highly recommend The Land of Grace to anyone who likes a rollicking, sinister, surprising story. Not for the squeamish, full of unexpected and unusual twists, very well written, a unique Alabama page-turner.
Renee Davis
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was surprising. It was funny, ridiculous, dark, sad, and in the end, did not come to the conclusion I was expecting. I kept having to turn the page because I HAD to know what happened next. All in all, it was a roller coster ride which is what we all want in a good book. Although I am not sure if I like the way it ended or not, (haven't made up my mind yet), it surprised me by not following the normal path, and for that, I LOVED it! ...more
Todd Dills
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book, from the publisher who's putting out my novel later in the year, is a riot of a tale of an Elvis cult in Nowhere, Alabama (my own name for the locale). By turns cartoonish and dead-level serious, the story will no doubt appeal to fans of stuff like Barry Hannah's fabulist "Never Die" Western or "Geek Love" or anything that gives you that sort of feeling where you're not sure whether to laugh, cry or just do what you really want to -- turn another page. ...more
Steve Shilstone
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun and games and menace in a Scientology-like Elvis cult.
Michelle
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was both funny and creepy. The whole thing just seems as if it's one big joke-people being so fanatical about Elvis that it becomes a cult? But as we delve deeper into the story, I started to get uncomfortable, not because of what was happening, but because this is the type of thing that happens all the time! And I don't just mean in religious cults, but in day to day relationships there are people who are caught up in their delusions and wind up brainwashing others around them all the ...more
Robin Summers
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Now that was a crazy wild ride. Follow Doyle, an Elvis impersonator. The roller coaster of the Land of Grace is riveting from start to finish. The author does a fantastic job of weaving the web of what happens if you get pulled in when you love a celebrity. I really didn't expect the ending. ...more
Jessica Belmont
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Admittedly, I’m not sure I would have picked this one up on a whim. Something about the synopsis drew me in.

This was an interesting read. I don’t know a ton about Elvis, but the author did a great job of keeping me hooked through the story regardless. There we’re many times I found myself laughing out loud, but also equally I found myself disturbed. The Land of Grace was thrilling, dark, sad and funny, all wrapped up into a unique novel.

I’m still thinking about the ending. I’m not sure it ended
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Gina Hundt
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting book. Not my usual choice, but I'm intrigued by cults, so I gave it a try (and I worked at the publisher in college a lifetime ago). I enjoyed the book. The cult of Elvis was fascinating. I could completely imagine it being a real thing (maybe it is?).

I also (like other reviewers) had some issue with the ending. I liked it as the ending, but I don't think it was earned. Generally, the characters were flat so the protagonist's choice at the end didn't make that much sense. But I want
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Ron Yates
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In his novel The Land of Grace, author Mike Burrell pulls off an impressively satisfying balancing act. Contrasting elements are in play throughout: light against dark, comic narrative against serious commentary, slapstick humor against shocking violence. Fully rounded dynamic characters are cast in textured relief against stock Southern figures. Once inside these pages, the reader suspends disbelief on the promise of comedy awaiting inside a religious cult that worships the risen Elvis—a premis ...more
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