Cult is a thriller with a chilling climax that shows how the power of sinister forces using mind control techniques can turn innocent people into weapons of destruction. Barney Harrigan, a successful computer entrepreneur, discovers that his young and impressionable wife has been lured by her fanatical sister into the "Glory Cult", a ruthless and powerful group in Oregon run by a charismatic "Guru". Finally able to make contact with her, he learns just how much control the cult and its members now exert over her. Determined to free his wife from the cult's grasp and return her to him and their four year old son, he prevails upon an old lover in Washington DC, Naomi Forman - a human rights activist - to use her political connections to help him.
After her initial reluctance to become involved, Naomi eventually enlists in his cause, despite her own conviction that people make their own choices and that "brainwashing" is a myth. She will soon come to realize how wrong she is. Barney and Naomi travel to Oregon and team up with a pair of tough, cunning deprogrammers. They plan to kidnap Barney's wife from the cult. However, they soon find themselves in a deadly cat and mouse game with Jeremiah, the "David Koresh" like leader of the Glories. Their rescue attempt triggers a surprising and horrific climax that will keep the listener absorbed and on edge throughout this novel.
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I enjoyed this book... really caught my attention and left me thinking! Great Narrator, really gave each character their own voice! I definitely recommend this book! I found myself arguing with Naomi a lot because of her views and beliefs! Very Intense!
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This is the first Warren Adler book that really couldn't hold my interest. The whole idea of the book sounded great but it failed to deliver. I found the story rambling and just kinda boring. The characters dry and unlikable. I'm disappointed.
The narrator gave a good performance.
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Yes. I've listened to seven or eight works by Warren Adler and will gladly listen to more if the opportunity presents itself. Toni Lewis was fine. The material just wasn't enough to keep my interest. The story is wrought with internalization by the characters. It involved a wife and mother who is ensnared by a charismatic cult leader. The wife dies under suspicious circumstances after the husband attempts to influence his wife to come home to their son. The husband wants retribution, to destroy the cult. A fairly interesting premise.
If the book had stayed on the lines of what I describe, it may have been pretty decent as an action thriller, revenge story.
The majority of the conflicts were internal, presented as in my opinion, overly long asides of the characters thoughts. The actual action just seemed secondary and less consequential and, well, less interesting to this listener.
One of the lines is "Two Madmen are much worse than one Madman". That just didn't get pursued to my satisfaction. The culmination of the story just left me feeling that no one came out O.K.
Toni Lewis did a good enough job. The issue wasn't with her presentation.
I'm sorry to say, that "No, it wasn't". And what's more disconcerting is that after listening to so many of Warren Adler's audio book editions, this is the only one I would say that about. Most have been well written.
I will listen to other Adler work in the future and will go back and listen to the ones I currently have. Believe me, I don't like leaving low ratings. It bothers me more so, in this case.
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