Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints

Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints

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by Sam Brower
     
 

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"A remarkable man on many levels, Sam Brower is the real deal. Readers are apt to find his firsthand account of bringing Warren Jeffs to justice both extremely disturbing and absolutely riveting."-Jon Krakauer, from the foreword

From the private investigator who cracked open the case that led to the arrest of Warren Jeffs, the maniacal prophet

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"A remarkable man on many levels, Sam Brower is the real deal. Readers are apt to find his firsthand account of bringing Warren Jeffs to justice both extremely disturbing and absolutely riveting."-Jon Krakauer, from the foreword

From the private investigator who cracked open the case that led to the arrest of Warren Jeffs, the maniacal prophet of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), comes the page-turning, horrifying story of how a rogue sect used sex, money, and power disguised under a favßade of religion to further criminal activities and a madman's vision.

Despite considerable press coverage and a lengthy trial, the full story has remained largely untold. Only one man can reveal the whole, astounding truth: Sam Brower, the private investigator who devoted years of his life to breaking open the secret practices of the FLDS and bringing Warren Jeffs and his inner circle to justice. In Prophet's Prey, Brower implicates Jeffs in his own words, bringing to light the contents of Jeffs's personal priesthood journal, discovered in a hidden underground vault, and revealing to readers the shocking inside world of FLDS members, whose trust he earned and who showed him the staggering truth of their lives.

Prophet's Prey offers the gripping, behind-the-scenes account of a bizarre world from the only man who knows the full story.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In 2008, most Americans became aware of the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints (FLDS) when authorities in Texas searched the 1,700-acre Yearning for Zion Ranch and discovered alarming evidence of child abuse on a massive scale. As private investigator Brower points out in his often gripping memoir and detective tale, the video clips portrayed a tiny fraction of the real story. An extremist faction of the Mormon Church, the FLDS broke away from the mainstream church when the latter officially renounced polygamy. Under the leadership of Warren Jeffs, the FLDS group that drew the nation’s attention still regards plural marriage as the most holy and important doctrine ever revealed on Earth. Jeffs’s followers believe that they are the only true Mormon Church, and they zealously obey their religious teachings and their leader. As Brower points out, such ardent adherence to their leader’s teachings enabled Jeffs to create a subculture in which his control and decisions were unquestioned and embraced. Brower uncovers many documents exposing cases of extortion, tax fraud, child abuse, and kidnappings, and Brower’s investigations helped lead to Jeffs’s arrest in Texas, where the religious leader was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for child sex abuse this month. While the book often mimics the contrived dialogue and suspense of television drama and is often mind-numbingly repetitious, Brower manages to tell a fascinating tale of one man’s megalomania. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Mormon Brower recounts his seven-year investigation of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) leader Warren Jeffs. This investigation ultimately led to the conviction of Jeffs on felony counts of child sexual assault while the book presents a rare and detailed look into the FLDS. (LJ Xpress Reviews, 9/30/11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608192755
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
08/30/2011
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,244,528
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Raised in the Mormon Church (mainstream LDS), private detective Sam Brower is the investigator who pushed forward the long and hard legal battles against the radical FLDS and Warren Jeffs. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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Prophet's Prey 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Mike0301 More than 1 year ago
I'd advise anyone considering this book to also consider and read first Jon Krakauer's "Under the Banner of Heaven". By all means if you read Krakauer then "Prophet's Prey" is an absolute must-read. Sam Brower gives the reader a guided tour into the insanity of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints' (FLDS) way of life. If you've read some of the other books about polygamy, sexual abuse and the FLDS: Carolyn Jessop's "Escape", Spencer's "Cult of Insanity", Wall's "Stolen Innocence" , (the list goes on) then Sam Brower does a masterful job of bringing all of these disparate but similar characters and themes together. Be assured, this is NOT a rehash of old material you've read elsewhere, this is the story of the investigator who essentially ran Warren Jeffs to ground and got people to pay attention to the crimes Jeffs was committing in the name of religion. This is not Brower's self-serving account of investigation, he simply puts you in the car, taking you with him to shine the light on the madness that was the Warren Jeffs FLDS community.
lanabl More than 1 year ago
Living in St. George, UT, I have seen, heard and read much about polygamy and Colorado City/Hilldale. However, Sam Brower's 'Prophet's Prey' is the most comprehensive, straight-forward revelation of the true evil perpetrated against the "willing" followers. His account answers many questions, such as WHY, even today, so many continue to follow Warren Jeffs' madness. While the abuse has always been obvious concerning young girls, women, children and young men, the control and abuse of grown men was shocking. I have read several other books on this subject, but 'Prophet's Prey' digs deepest into the realities of "Living the Principle." Thank you, Sam Brower, for this exceptional read concerning present-day polygamy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done timeline of the building crisis and the events leading to downfall of Jeffs. A good exmination of the investigative process that secured convictions from one of the investigators. Friendly casual retelling gives a good feeling of the cult culture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sam has done the legwork here. Sit back and prepare to be captivated by the details of the SICK Warren Jeffs and his clan of predators! You won't want to stop reading! Thank you, Sam, for bsing so instrumental in the takedown of this monster!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is packed with great facts. Nice to get an insiders point if view.
BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
Prophet's Prey is not about bigamy. Yes, bigamy is a part of the story but, bigamy in itself is far from the main issue. This is about a cult hiding under the sanctions of religion. This is about one man's journey to ultimate power, the corruption of an entire town, horrendous child abuse, the total absence of women's rights, ingrained fear, warped beliefs, and helplessness. This is also the story of a handful of people who stood up and, no matter the obstacles, did the right thing. Before reading this, I was aware of the headline stuff relating to Warren Jeffs and his FDLS religious group. After reading this, I realize the little I knew was twisted or ignored by the media. This book is an incredible read. I had to keep reminding myself that this is real, not fiction. Sam Brower takes us on an unbelievable journey into the heart of the FDLS, a warped offshoot of the Mormon religion. This is a powerful book written by a man I have immense respect for.
stormyknitter More than 1 year ago
How anyone could willingly be a part of a community such as Brower describes is beyond me. His dogged and patient investigation, chronicled in this book, would have given me bouts of PTSD! I know, it's probably not the whole story, but it is a real clear look at the FLDS community through the eyes of an investigator who has definitely seen it all.
betina sabbagh More than 1 year ago
So disturbing!! So upsetting!! Thank you Sam Brower for writting this book. This is something everybody should now about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brower attempts and succeeds to explain the complicated and sick world of this backwards cult. This is much worse and much bigger than Jonestown and Waco combined .
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It never ceases to amaze me the depths religous goofballs will stoop to
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The book just had a little to much repeating in it but gives you a least 10 other books on the subject
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The shows on tv about polg sugar coat it. Untill you read thiss book you have no idea what this religion is really about.
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Megan Swenson More than 1 year ago
Good book, gives you a great inside look. Unfoetunately I had a huge problem with it going back to the page I left off, which was kind of frustrating.
petra luna More than 1 year ago
Liked this boook...