By Pamela King Cable
ISBN 978-1-9358741-6-4 (paperback)
ISBN 978-1-9358741-3-3 (e-book)
Former mega-church member spins yarn describing evangelical zealots and dogmatic lifestyle and re-imagines tragic and inspiring events in unique roman à clef fashion.
Dogmatism: a statement of a point of view as if it were an established fact.
For most Americans, it would be hard to imagine being stripped of their freedoms – of speech, religion, career direction, generation of wealth, the right to bear children, and more. However, for Americans who are deeply rooted in a mega-church, ‘choice’ is not an option. It’s the pastor’s way or the highway, and if you choose to leave, it could be a fatal mistake.
Author and former mega-church member, Pamela King Cable introduces very real religious, political and relationship themes and events, as only a televangelism-insider could, through her fictional thriller, Televenge. Unveiling dramatic story and character twists, and occasions when perception should not be confused with reality, Cable’s novel highlights church corruption, but most of all the idea of unconditional love.
Cable’s unflinching fictional exposé of the dark side of televangelism has a human victim in the person of Andie Oliver . . . Cable, a former member of a megachurch, places Andie’s desperate struggle against the oppression of Artury’s church, its brutal inner circle, murderous practices, financial fraud, and Joe’s abuse. This powerful story, skillfully written and with well-drawn characters, reveals the classic entrapment of vulnerable people in the name of a vengeful god. . .
— Publishers Weekly
“In Cable’s debut novel, young Southerner Andie Rose has fallen in love with the wrong man. Joe Oliver is a devoted follower of Rev. Calvin Artury, leader of the evangelical megachurch House of Praise, and Andie soon discovers the horrendous secrets of the church’s most prominent members. Though Andie is the main narrator, the point of view shifts among various characters, including the twisted mind of Reverend Artury. The explicit descriptions of blackmail, murder, rape, pedophilia, and pornography are not for the faint of heart. Yet loving relationships, faith, and family balance this dark side and make this novel an emotional rollercoaster that ends as intensely as it begins. . . . those who commit to Cable’s tome will find themselves captivated and deeply devoted to Andie. Fans of Fannie Flagg and Janet Evanovich will be hooked on this saga of religion, romance, and crime.”
— Library Journal
“Pamela King Cable’s debut novel breathes good and evil, frost and fire. You can finish it, but it won’t let you go.”
—Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean
“This action-packed thriller was a real pageturner, and delved deep into the hidden realities of evangelism. Andie was a very strong protagonist, who knew her own mind and was not fooled by Artury, who claimed to be the second coming of Christ. She could easily have been a ‘doormat’ type of character, who let others walk all over her, but in the face of extreme adversity and danger she refused to back down, and I had to admire her for that. There were many unexpected twists throughout the novel that gave it new depths and kept it interesting.”
— Lisa O’Meara, ChickLit Club
“Brilliant! Compelling!!! Gripping!!! Sorry I finished it!! I want more! I read an advance copy of the book for review and was totally gripped by the vivid depiction of the characters, scenes and circumstances. Good job! Keep writing!”
—Roland Osborne/Publisher, Prison Victory, Christian Motorsports, Chrysler Power Magazine
“This novel, of Dickensian length and melodrama, is the story of one woman’s years-long struggles and confrontations with with a sleazy, disturbed pentecostal televangelist and megachurch pastor. (Appropriately, the original meaning of the word “pastor” is a herder of sheep.) The author grew up in a Southern pentecostal milieu that is reflected in her writing style. I would not dream of giving away the complicated plot. Let me say only that although the novel is overly long, it is a real page-turner. The author is a somewhat conservative Christian, and that lends her work a certain air of verisimilitude.”
—Edd Doerr, Secular Perspectives
President of Americans for Religious Liberty, former President of American Humanist Association
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— Library Journal
“A captivating, beautifully rendered, and unforgettable look at a world so few of us understand. Ms. Cable has courageously opened the door…and my eyes.”
— Lesley Kagen, New York Times best-selling author of Good Graces
“Pamela King Cable has written a masterpiece! Intricately woven, extremely well plotted, and saturated with details that bring it to life, the story touched me on an emotional level unparalleled in my 35-year career as a journalist! Worthy of the big screen, Televenge is simply the best novel I’ve ever read!”
— Penny Shreve, award-winning journalist, Wayne County Press, Illinois