Dead Air: A Novel Paperback – Jul 1991
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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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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!
author of "Love and Madness"
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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.
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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