Until he is sixteen years old, illegitimate Dan Armond heeds his mother's teaching regarding honesty and truth. When she dies Dan is adopted by Rev. Joel Criswell, a minister who takes advantage of his position to acquire wealth and power. Haunted by his poverty-stricken past, Dan is tempted and succumbs to a quest for power himself. Consequently, he becomes a charming but corrupt TV evangelist who mercilessly exploits his family and friends to satisfy his insatiable greed and need to be worshiped. Eventually, though, sexual indiscretions and other unpredictable circumstances intensify conflict in Rev. Dan Criswell's life to the point of being insurmountable.
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'False Gods' gives a flavor of the old South where the drawls are as syrupy as the sweet iced tea. Having spent thirteen years on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay (or as they affectionately call it the 'Redneck Riviera'), I enjoyed the book for its depiction of the laid back lifestyle and the true-to-life characters I met on the Alabama Gulf Coast. I couldn't wait to see if the main character would ever have to pay for his transgressions and improprieties. 'False Gods' is every bit as good as the writing of Winston Groom's 'Forrest Gump' and 'Gone The Sun', Mark Childress' 'Crazy In Alabama' and Pat Conroy's 'Prince of Tides' and 'Beach Music' for its depiction of the 'Old South' and especially the Mobile and Eastern Shore area.