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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc (July 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785275266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785275268
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,094,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bob Larson, popular author, lecturer, and commentator, hosts America's most informative radio broadcast, "TALK-BACK with Bob Larson." This one-hour program, heard weekdays live-by-satellite, features a fascinating mix of Bob's wisdom and wit. His incisive commentaries on current events are enhanced by a format of live callers and riveting guests. Bob has written twenty-five books, including three best-selling novels, Dead Air, Abaddon, and The Senator's Agenda. His 500-page encyclopedic handbook Larson's Book of Cults is a reference work used in colleges and seminaries. His other books include Straight Answers on the New Age, Satanism: the Seduction of America's Youth, In the Name of Satan, and UFOs and the Alien Agenda. Bob Larson has appeared on TV shows such as Oprah, Donahue, Montel, Sally Jessie, CNBC Talk-Live, Rolanda, Larry King Live, and Politically Incorrect. Through radio broadcasts, books, and public appearances, Bob reaches into the heart of society to challenge tough issues.

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By Wolfe Moffat on April 12 2004
Format: Paperback
This is an outstanding novel. But Bob Larson clearly states afterwards, that it is based on true facts. I would most definately consider this a mature book. DO NOT PICK THIS UP UNLESS YOU ARE READY FOR COLD HARD FACTS! Facts about the occult and what they will do for Satan and for power. The detail in "Dead Air" are are very graphic very gruesome, and yes, very disturbing. The sad thing is, it happens. If Bob Larson just made this up, he's a sick man, but I've heard his radio show, and when he was on TV, I watched his show, and he isn't making this stuff up. If you read this, be ready for a dose of reality.
Make no mistake about it, there is an enemy out there, and his name is Satan. But there also is someone out there, who died for us, and is reaching out to us to save us from the enemy. That someone is Jesus, and he's stronger than anything that the devil can throw at you. With Jesus, that sucker can't touch you!
As a dad with a 2 month old daughter, this book was indeed very sobering.

Many people don't agree with everything Bob Larson says. I don't agree with all his views. But this is right on! And it shouldn't be ignored, for those who have the stomach for it. If you don't have the stomach, call on Jesus! Some will pass this off as nothing more than a sick horror novel. But it is much more than that. It is a wake up call!
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This book opens up to a small town radio personality, Wes Bryant, with the usual flaws of our society. Divorced, no active family life, alone in an apertment at age 34 and no forseeable future plans.
He is quickly thrust into a situation where he witnesses a satanic ritual right in his home town. As the plot unfolds, Wes finds that many people who he sees regularly are involved with a cult that has enveloped his community. His struggle to save a young girl and her mother from abuse makes this story a gripping tale that you won't be able to put down.
My hat's off to Mr. Larson. I am not a huge reader, although I am trying to read more these days, but I have never been so compelled by a fictional story before. The author's end note states that the stories in the novel are based on acutal evetns. That is enough to make your blood boil. If you like graphic descriptions and true-to-life horror, pick up this book. I am looing forward to reading its sequal, Abaddon.
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I'm not sure how much of this book was written by Bob Larson, but it just happens to be one of the best suspense novels I've ever read.
In this chilling story, a radio DJ named Wes Bryant gets a frightening call from a little girl who is the victim of Satanic ritual abuse at the hands of an evil and dangerous secretive cult. It's up to Wes to find her and rescue her before it's too late. This is an extremely compelling tale without a single slow or boring chapter, and I was on the edge of my seat all throughout.
The message here is one of good overcoming evil, and the fact that it's based on bits and pieces of various real incidents of cult crime makes it just that much more poignant. Great read!
David Rehak
author of "Love and Madness"
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Profile in Ghostwriting Jan. 19 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is still in print because it is at least competent. I had the dubious pleasure of reading some of Dead Air in rough draft, and can say that Larson is incapable of writing a novel by himself. The book itself (and the ghostwriting controversy which ensued) precipitated two separate lawsuits, involving Muriel Olson and Lori Boespflug, who can fairly be said (especially, upon reviewing Larson's anemic later efforts) to be the substantive authors.
Protagonist Wes Bryant is Bob Larson, as he wants the world to see him. Ex-wife Polly appears to be first wife Kathy (whom Bob dumped unceremoniously after 23 years of marriage), and his new wife Laura (roughly 17 years Bob's junior) gradually became Annette. Boespflug was blunt in admitting that that was what Larson wanted, and for those in the know, it is painfully obvious.
In a 1993 World magazine expose of Larson, Boespflug told reporter Jay Grelen that she fabricated many of the colorful details of this "fiction based on fact" novel entirely from whole cloth. And given Larson's documented penchant for fabrication himself, this seems to be a veritable certainty.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Warning Oct. 11 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thought this book would be a quick-reading suspense. It was a quick read, but it was more horror than suspense. The details in this book are far more graphic than most novels I read that aren't published as Christian fiction. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who is easily scared or for young people.
Other than that, I found a lot of things unbelievable in this novel. For example, the protagonist had things go to smoothly for him overall. (He kidnaps a woman from a hospital and no one stops him; he holds hostages at a radio station and no one arrests him.) Even the events that don't relate to cult members don't seem true to life.
If you're interested in story lines featuring Satanic cults, you might like it. Otherwise, I'd steer clear.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
ALL of Bob Larson's books are fiction... Sept. 25 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
...this is just the first one that's been marketed as such. Larson's "expertise" on the occult is such that even those who share his point of view deride him as a kook. But you must admit, he spins a good, if inconsistent, yarn.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Dead Air July 11 2011
By NoWireHangers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wes Bryant is a talk show host in the small town of Clarion, Indiana. One day, a young girl named Jennifer calls his talk show and says she's held captive by some evil people. Wes decide to try to find her and uncovers a sinister secret society engaging in satanic ritual abuse.

Satanic ritual abuse was a popular moral panic in the 1980s and radio evangelist Bob Larson seems to be a self-proclaimed expert on the subject. This novel (ghost written by one of his staff) takes satanic rutial abuse very seriously. The book is a quick read and kept my interest but the whole story felt very silly and impossible to take seriously. The heroes often behaved very irrationally, which is always annoying. I also don't think I've ever seen so many typos in a book before. Read it only if you like me occasionally like to read really bad over-the-top Christian fiction. If I were to disregard all its flaws it would've got 3 stars for entertainment value.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Who Better To Write About Ghosts Than A Ghostwriter? Jan. 10 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Bob Larson might be the "author" of this book for copyright purposes, but that's about it. Dead Air was, in effect, the scandal that brought him down.
Protagonist Wes Bryant IS Bob Larson -- at least as he would like the world to see him. Once you understand that fact, you get a frightening look into what passes for the man's soul.


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