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The Salvation Mongers by Ronald Donaghe
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The Salvation Mongers (edition 2000)

by Ronald Donaghe (Author)

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A broken-hearted and enraged Kelly decides to pose as a recruit at Lion’s Mouth Christian Ranch to discover why his beloved William committed suicide after experiencing religious conversion. In the isolated high mountains of the desert, where there is no way out, Kelly soon discovers the awful truth. But can he resist the powerful brainwashing or survive long enough to tell others? Or will he inevitably lose his own self-destiny in this deadly game of religious salvation?… (more)
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Title:The Salvation Mongers
Authors:Ronald Donaghe (Author)
Info:iUniverse (2000), 257 pages
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I had this book in my possession for awhile but put off reading it because it starts off with a suicide, and I knew the whole book was going to be pretty depressing. So I had to be in the right frame of mind to read it. Once I got into it, it flowed pretty smoothly. I really liked the narrator Kelly, and I have much of the same views as him on the Religious Right and all that, so even when he had to tell about all the prayers, church-speak, etc. that was going on, he did it so as not to completely turn off the casual reader. But he gave you enough of a look into this world to let you know how disturbing it all is. The fact that Kelly could keep his sense of humor, as well as self-awareness as to his level of brainwashing (he was always questioning himself as to if it was working on him or not) made you fall in love with him. The disturbing part of the book is that, even though this is a work of fiction, you know places like this exist out there, and many are even worse than the one depicted here. Donaghe has told a very scary tale here.

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A broken-hearted and enraged Kelly decides to pose as a recruit at Lion’s Mouth Christian Ranch to discover why his beloved William committed suicide after experiencing religious conversion. In the isolated high mountains of the desert, where there is no way out, Kelly soon discovers the awful truth. But can he resist the powerful brainwashing or survive long enough to tell others? Or will he inevitably lose his own self-destiny in this deadly game of religious salvation?

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