A vivid and detailed account of the FLDS leader, his followers and his crimes. Hard to believe and difficult to deny. Recommended for anyone who wants to know more about this cult and its disturbing beliefs.
Progressive who occasionally reads conservative books to try and find some merit.....still looking.
The details and exhaustive research.
There aren't any "favorite" characters in the FDS. It was hard for me to even drum up any sympathy for the women, except those raised into it and brainwashed from birth.
Prophet's Prey is just fine.
My only criticism is that the book could be better-written. It is very repetitive. On the other hand, the author is a private investigator, not a writer, so he is to be forgiven. I admire his investigative work, though. He's done a courageous and selfless thing exposing this evil cult.
Someone from Utah should have listened to and edited this. There are multiple mispronunciations of common Utah places.
yes, one long drive
Okay I can't believe Brower and Krakauer are completely in agreement on this. Brower professes to be a mainstream LDS Mormon but Under the Banner of Heaven goes to great lengths to document how Mormanism led to some of the crazy activities that the FLDS have perpetrated. I just can't believe the Brower dismiss the past of the church he is a member of. I of course applaud his dogged pursuit of Jeffs for being the creepy pedophile that he is.... but but but, how can he still pass off the sins of his own church that helped beget the FLDS?
Wonderfully interesting story of an investigator's search for the true. The only issue is the narrator is not quite up to the standards I have found in other books.
I like this book. It is very informative. well written but a lot of people and names to keep up with. very neat to hear the story from someone on the inside versus what I have seen b in the media.
Having listened to "Under the Banner of Heaven," this story is definitely a worthwhile listen. However, you don't need to have read it to appreciate the story.
Once, I worked until my hands bled...
This book does not leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling. It stirred up feelings of rage and a desire to put a stop to the injustices that occur in the FLDS organisation. I wish these girls knew what existed outside of the bubble they are forced to live in. Overall great investigative skills by the author. I am thankful to have a knowledge of the atrocities that are occurring right now.
Under the Banner of Heaven
it outraged me and made me sad that so many Americans have no idea how dangerous a theocracy is.
the author is my new hero.
This book is so incredible, I listened to it twice. That this stuff happens, in this country, blew me away. It is simply a fascinating unfolding of a story that ought to be fiction, but isn't. Couldn't put it down, and kept pulling my headphones off to say "listen to this," to my husband.
Too long to read in one setting, but I really hated to interrupt my listening for anything.
The single best non-fiction writing that I've ever read, and the reader was very good.
It was something of a coincidence that I ended up reading this book at the same time as I was re-reading Bram Stoker's "Dracula."
One of the books featured a maniacal elder, who used intellect and cunning to manipulate the people around him. This creature controlled every thought and aspect of their lives, and effectively created a legion of terrified slaves, who would in turn perpetrate violence and wreak terror on future generations.
The other book was about a vampire.
It is in jest that I minimize the frightening story and ideas Bram Stoker put to paper so many years ago. Yet, in truth, the real-life actions of Warren Jeffs and his followers are far more terrifying than anything I have come across in reading any fiction.
The hideous, unabashed greed, meanness and predation that underlie Jeffs' every action are truly sickening. As bad are the lengths to which his followers have proven themselves willing to go, whether through active participation in the evil, or through handing over their most vulnerable family members to be brutalized and inculcated into the cycle of abuse and incest.
Sam Brower's investigative take on the FLDS is engaging and well-composed. As he is a member of the mainstream LDS faith, it can hardly be said that he was unfairly prejudiced or ignorant of the subjects of his study. Since I read and enjoyed Jon Krakauer's "Under the Banner of Heaven" a few months back, it was fascinating to delve even deeper into the culture that set the scene for the Lafferty murders. In addition, the developing relationship between the two authors added a really interesting perspective. Initially unsure of one another, the two men ended up being strong allies in the crusade to bring down the shroud of secrecy surrounding this criminal group.
The narrator gave a solid reading, true to Brower's words and powerful story without being melodramatic. It was easy to imagine that the private investigator/author was telling the story in his own voice.
The subject matter of this book is quite heavy and quite disturbing, and perhaps that is what we need as a society to ensure that such atrocities are not allowed to take place while we uncomfortably look the other way.