There's something about this book that I just can't forgive, aside from the twist ending in the last two to three pages. The fact that I was drawn along by Thomas Swan's, act waiting for the devastating explosion the whole way through, just irritates me.
Thomas Swan is an arrogant ass with just enough psychological know-how to be dangerous. His collections of followers are … well, not idiots in the conventional term, are suckered in and drawn on by someone's seeking to manipulate them for his own end.
This is exactly how all cult leaders and most military-like professions succeed in their aims, and as much as the author would probably like me to say that I empathize with Tom, I don't. I'm the kind of person who doesn't like religious indoctrination or any form, or people playing with other people's heads, and I just can't bring myself to like someone who gets off on doing it. And Rose … god, don't get me started on her. They say sheep follow the pack, but that lady has the intelligence and individuality of a freaking chicken.
What gullible fool! Maybe Tom had some character development, but the followers, including his disciples, have very little, if any. Honestly, if you feel the way I do about cults, you're going to want to skip this one. It will make you mad. Which might not be a bad thing, now I think about it.
This book will lift your blood pressure too much, but if you like a story about the human condition and how it takes little to manipulate people into doing what you want, Cultown will be right up your alley.
As for its companion CD, I found it was very easy to find the tracks' niche within the book. Simply find the song's references and its accompanying four lines of lyrics to get you started, listen away, then go back to the book.
The book is great on its own, but the atmosphere of the CD adds just takes it a little bit further. I love the 'soundtrack'!
This book was first reviewed on the Beyond the Words podcast
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Alfadex (2 January 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098722283X
- ISBN-13: 978-0987222831
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.9 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 299 g
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