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Overview

In a twisted yet somehow familiar version of America where militias, doomsday cults and self proclaimed Prophets are as commonplace as gas stations and fast food restaurants, The American Idol Company is born. After outraging millions across the world and coming dangerously close to starting World War Three, The American Idol Company is poised to become the next great religion, but the looming threat of disaster is never far behind.

Their goal: resurrect Idolatry as a prominent religion and get rich manufacturing and selling Idols. They publicly promote their fledgling company as if it were a legitimate religion and they themselves Prophets. The company becomes quickly and wildly successful but outrages millions across the country and around the world. Operating under the belief that scandal and controversy will increase sales, Augustus and Desmond manage to insult everyone from the Pope to the Ayatollah, and come dangerously close to starting World War 3.

Meanwhile, a shadowy group of religious fundamentalists manipulate a naive young man named Robert General. Robert, a repressed homosexual and member of the Sweethaven Chapter of the Righteous American Nazis, is used as a pawn in a plot to murder Augustus Owen Dean and destroy The American Idol Company.

The looming threat of disaster comes to fruition in the city of Galapagos, Texas, when Rob General, confused and drug-addled, flies a small explosive laden airplane into The American Idol Company headquarters.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780983377320
  • Publisher: Black Bed Sheet Books
  • Publication date: 4/2/2011
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

S.C. Hayden's fiction has been published in magazines, journals and anthologies, podcasted, scrawled on bathroom walls and shouted from rooftops across the English speaking world. Authorities have recently placed him in Savannah GA but you can find him at www.schayden.com.
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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Must Read

    read this book in one day. I could not put it down. In this time of religious confusion, I can see this happening. People want to grab onto anything.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Great book

    Hysterical, the people inthis story are so bizzare that you have to identify with them

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

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    Recommended!

    A get rich scheme gone wrong. It seemed like such a simple plan. Start the American Idol business and sell idols for anything imaginable. What Gus and Desmond don't ever see coming is a full blown upheaval. Money changes people, and these two are no different. When their company takes off, they assume crazy names, wear outrageous clothing out in public, and tick people off on purpose just to bring more hype to their idols. Death threats are not uncommon.

    The book description does a great job of summarizing the plot so I won't go into all of that. I really did enjoy this novel. It had a good pace, caught me off guard with things I didn't see coming, and had moments that had me laughing out loud. The grammatical errors need to be cleaned up but overall S.C. Hayden did a great job, taking on a mix of eggshell topics all at once!

    American Idol is not for those who get offended easily. The very basis of religion is snubbed, not to mention the sex and curse words. If you can remember that it is a work of fiction you will really enjoy this read. Just give it a try, I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

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    Three words for this book: outrageous, straight-forward and bold!

    So did I enjoy the book? Yes, but at the same time I had quite difficult time trying to understand what the author tried to convey through his story. Maybe the book was a bit, or rather, too aggravating for me with its outrageousness, straight-forwardness and boldness since I was, honestly speaking, born and raised in a conservative environment. Simply put, I didn't expect all that 'craziness' at all. Was that a bad thing? No, because the littlest good thing that I learned from this story was being open-minded never hurts at all.

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