I know academic books don't work the same way, and I get absolutely zero income from my book, but I was just talking about the fact that I've gotten some pretty harsh reviews (not Amazon reviews, but published academic reviews). I was talking to a dept chair at a big research university and he said something along the lines of "No one remembers the reviews, in the end." I took comfort.
In this case, it's almost a fascinating study in Mormon psychology. Wow. This has nothing to do with your books, and everything to do with mormon bullshit. IMNSHO
I know this intellectually, and there's also something in art about the fallacy of universal delight. As soon as you try to say something, you're going to offend some people. Even if you say "I love kitties," someone is going to get angry. Others will be bored, or distracted, or won't have enough pre-existing knowledge to understand the context. And of course, I'm not
a perfect writer, and was still trying to figure things out when I wrote the first book. I think the plot jumps the shark toward the end.
Here are a couple of others.
In all fairness, I only read maybe the first 3 chapters. Then I skipped to the second book in his series, Mighty and Strong, thinking it might be better. Way wrong. Only read 1 chapter. I found the references to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the temple ceremonies extremely inappropriate. And in ADDITION to that, this first book just left me with a feeling of negativity. I'll go 'rate' the second book, as it was just plain dirty.
It truly is a pity that someone would take a sacred religious act out of context and expose it to an unknowing audience. The ceremony talked about in this book is sacred (not secret) to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and is not to be discussed outside the temple walls for it will not be understood without the proper knowledge of its actions. For the author to do so shows total disrespect in every regard and I pity him come the day he will have to answer for his actions and believe me, the day will come.
And from the second book, just to show that Mormons aren't the only ones who can get offended.
I dislike that Wallace fails too even hint that the LDS & various branches are twisted versions of Biblical Christianity. He presents polygamy as having some positives...it is a tragic lifestyle which does indeed drain taxpayer monies to pay for all wives and kids but WIfe One. Consider the reality that no polyg society has ever allowed 1 wife w many husbands. Its the ultimate chauvinistic lifestyle, it allows child marriage aka rape and abuse..and no doubt incest. He glosses over these realities blithely. For these reasons I give this and the first book 1 star...even the plot was overdone...others have done it far better.