The Mormon Candidate

The Mormon Candidate

by Avraham Azrieli


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While investigating the murder of a Marine veteran at a motorcycle rally, reporter Ben Teller infiltrates the Mormon Temple and uncovers a dark secret that could determine the U.S. presidential elections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Political Thriller, July 23, 2012
By T.J. D "TJ" (IN United States)
The Mormon Candidate by Avraham Azrieli is a fast-paced political thriller that will have you wanting to turn the page until the very end.
The book takes readers past politics and into the world of the Mormon Church. It is an eye-opening discovery of just what the church is about and why they choose to stay so secretive.
While many political thrillers tend to rehash the same clichés, this book goes beyond a typical political thriller to provide the reader with a new angle. The Mormon Candidate is well written, and more importantly, well researched to present a realistic picture of the Mormon Church. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves political thrillers, but also to those who just love to read a good story.

5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Good, July 22, 2012
By heap
I have to admit, I didn't think I'd enjoy this book; I practically knew nothing about Mormons, and all the books I've read on the same genre usually involve the Catholic Church. However, "The Mormon Candidate" was a surprisingly fresh and exciting take on politics and religion; I just had to finish it right away. Fluid and always interesting, this book just reeled me in with its unexpected twists, drama, and characters who are described so vividly I could imagine them next to me.

5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps Your Fingers Crossed Till The End, July 21, 2012
By Jude Hickmann

It's been long time that I felt fully satisfied after reading a book. I should appreciate the way Avraham unfolds the mystery behind the motorcycle accident, the book is adventurous, and no dip in excitement. I basically have great interest in stories that speak about politics and Avraham exactly triggered this excitement in me. I would feel that all readers, after reading this book, would have experienced the same kind of feeling I had. I would again start reading this book and am sure even if we read multiple times, it will bring the same excitement as in the beginning. Avraham Azrieli had become one of my favorite authors.

4.0 out of 5 stars Politically Relevant Action, July 20, 2012
By Mitch Wyatt
"The Mormon Candidate" is a rare book in that it manages to be both highly entertaining and highly relevant to the current political climate. Ben Teller's unyielding investigation of a suspicious accidental motorcycle death enhances the excitement of the overall story.
Azrieli has done a staggering amount of research to make the facts of the book as accurate as possible. All of the scriptures listed, and the descriptions of individual aspects of the church are essentially dead-on.
Considering the parallels of the book to real life, absolutely anyone who has any interest in politics or the Mormon Church will quickly find themselves taken away by this interesting story [].

5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Brown and James Patterson Collide, July 19, 2012
By Penny Brien (Higley, AZ United States)
What an amazing story this is. It is the DaVinci Code of the Mormon Church with the James Patterson flair for adventure and mysterious twists. Don't start reading this book unless you have the time to finish it because once you start reading you won't be able to put it down. It enthralls you from the first page and sends you on a roller coaster of adventure.
Ben Teller is a tenacious reporter who will just not let go of this story until he has all the answers and the twists and turns have the reader curious to know all the answers as well. Wonderfully well written and worth every bit of time expended in reading it. I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys authors such as Dan Brown, David Baldacci and James Patterson; because Avraham Azrieli is in their lea

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475194517
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/25/2012
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Avraham Azrieli, a graduate of Columbia Law School in New York City, practiced law for two decades before publishing his first novel, The Masada Complex, a best-selling political thriller. Like Ben Teller, the protagonist in The Mormon Candidate, Azrieli loves riding his motorcycle in the hilly woods of western Maryland.
Azrieli's previous novels include The Masada Complex, The Jerusalem Inception, The Jerusalem Assassin, and Christmas for Joshua. For more about Azrieli's books, visit

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WARNING: This novel is extremely engaging and well-written. You may go on a reading binge for 12 hours and read it completely.  (ok enough of the disclaimer…) Azrieli’s writing skills and character development are refreshing compared to what are on shelves now. This novel is extremely well researched and its captivating plot twists keep the reader engaged and wanting more. Readers will follow freelance journalist, Ben Teller and his journey down the rabbit hole that uncovers some shocking circumstances. This novel has the recipe for a great suspenseful mystery: police corruption, political and religious cover-ups, death and betrayal. Azrieli takes all these key unnerving plots and creates such a great storyline which flows very well from chapter to chapter.  I am ecstatic that I found this author and I am very happy he has written other novels – all of which I am sure I will be engrossed in.  Amazing Read! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the Mormon Candidate, photojournalist Ben Teller finds himself in a heap of trouble when he uncovers a mystery behind the apparent suicide of a motorcyclist during a veteran parade. This novel is action-packed, fast-paced, and very well-written. Aside from the fact that the novel touches on uncomfortable, controversial aspects of the Mormon religion that may or may not be true, I enjoyed reading this book. Avraham Azrieli is a talented author, and I'm definitely interested in reading more of his work.
Hayley12 More than 1 year ago
I got this book only a few short days ago and I read it nonstop! The beginning of the book grabs your attention with action and mystery. The author definitely put in a lot of time to research the Mormon Church, and made me think of this past election! Definitely a great read!!
Steven0 More than 1 year ago
Mystery thy name is “The Mormon Candidate” The Mormon Candidate by Avraham Azrieli is an invitation to the thrill-starved readers to take a dip into ocean of mystery. The author has weaved plenty of mysterious and thrilling plots one after another for readers to be left panting for breath. Such is the mastery of Avraham Azrieli over the art of Mystery that I could hardly put down the book once I started reading it. Good thing, I read it during this weekend, otherwise ‘The Mormon Candidate’ would have eaten into one of my precious commodities – a day’s leave. The story starts with a happy- go- lucky freelance freak, Ben covering the Annual Marine corps Veteran Annual Ride. What seems like an ordinary bike accident resulting in the death of its rider Zachariah Hinckley turns out to be a murder. It leads Ben on the trail of the murderers and their deep rooted conspiracy. And the story like Ben’s BMW bike hits the fast lane. What follows is a breath taking turn of events involving conspiracy, Mystery and morbid practices of Mormon cult. There is never a dull moment throughout the ride to the root of the mystery. Behind this fictitious mystery novel, one can apparently recognize the stupendous efforts of the Author Avraham in unearthing the details about Mormon sect. Besides, Avraham’s minute description of the functioning of the bikes unravels his studious research upon the things dealt by him. Altogether “The Mormon Candidate” is a Must read novel for readers craving for THRILL and EXCITEMENT!
LonaNicholle More than 1 year ago
It's rare to find such a compellingly written mystery, but this book fits the bill. The characters suck you right in, the drama of the political and religious overtones have you hanging on every word. There's something for everyone to relate to, from the Jewish main character to the little insights into the Mormon Church, all worked around a truly intricate conspiracy that keeps you from pausing even at chapter breaks. Ben Teller is brilliant, stubborn and witty, and all his interactions make you smile or nod, and follow his every action with bated breath. Honestly, one of the most intricate stories I've read, nuanced and very well laid out, with impressive attention to detail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy reading stories with mystery, suspense, politics, and power; this book is for you. Author Avraham Azrieli explores the world of Mormonism and the possibility of a political candidate who unbeknownst to the American people, is on the warpath for control of the free world with the intent on forcing their beliefs on the American people. "The Mormon Candidate" will not disappoint nor bore the  reader, the author delves deep into the back alleys of politics and religion without using finite details. The story does not feel like fantasy, rather it feels like a possibility in today's day and age of shifting  worldviews and backhand politics. I also learned a good deal about the Mormon worldview, Azrieli really did his homework. I look forward to seeing more of Azrieli's quality writings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If there was a book as thrilling as this, you would have to look at authors like Dan Brown and John Grisham to find anything remotely similar to how good this novel is. From a dark conspiracy threatening the 2012 presidential election, to insight into the Mormon religion, this well-written novel dives deep as its freelance journalist uncovers the truth behind the initial motorcycle crash in the beginning. I highly recommend .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, but needed more research before writing. I really like Avraham Azrieli writing style. He has a way of bringing you into the book. He is a good story teller. Writing is easy to read and follow the storyline. Without giving away any of the story - he is a good thriller writer. Except for the inaccuracies (see below) it was a pleasure to read and hard to put down. This book would have received a higher rating if the LDS Church was put in a more accurate light. I wish he would have spent more time researching the LDS (Mormon) church. As a member of the church the inaccuracies were very hard to overcome. Every time the story took you to something about the church, there were inaccuracies, some small, most large and plainly wrong. I get the feeling that he interviewed ex- members of the Church and incorporated some of their hurt feeling and experiences into the the book - as the church was painted in negative broad strokes. Aside from the incomplete research on the LDS Church - the book is good.
Sharronica More than 1 year ago
Avrieli has a wonderful way of using religion and conspiracy in his writing. I wasn’t too familiar with the Mormon faith prior to reading “The Mormon Candidate,” but now I have a lot more insight into the faith. There are plenty of twists and turns involving cover-ups, death, and controversial religious practices. I couldn’t put this book down. This story would lend itself quite well to the big screen. 
ThomMo More than 1 year ago
In The Mormon Candidate, Avraham Azrieli explores the connections between politics and religion. Covering the story of a tragic accident during a Marine Corps Veterans' motorcycle ride, freelance photo-journalist Ben Teller begins to suspect it may not have been an accident at all. Upon discovering the victim's iPod, Ben finds it contains a journal describing Presidential hopeful Joe Morgan's questionable past and leads Ben down a path to his own history. His investigation makes him the target of another attempted "accident," and in order to uncover the truth (and save his own life), he has to learn as much as he can about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in order to uncover evidence of the Mormon candidate's secret. Azrieli creates a thrilling tale of deception, cover-ups, and murder. His depiction of the LDS Church sticks to the facts (with the exception of the Danites, which is a topic open to some debate). Can The Mormon Candidate be redeemed? Read Azrieli's book to find out!
LF513 More than 1 year ago
"The Mormon Candidate" is an interesting novel. I like reading classic novels & mysteries like Agatha Christie or Ngaio Marsh so the writing style & plot was something new for me but still an engaging read. As far as mysteries go, it kept me somewhat guessing at what will happen next. The main character, in my opinion, can be one of those relate-able characters for a certain group of people. All in all, a fun read.
PCarter More than 1 year ago
Riveting! One of Azrieli’s best! This first-rate mystery is filled with intrigue! The main character, Ben Teller, is a freelance reporter participating in a Veterans Memorial ride when an awful motorcycle accident causes the death of one of the veterans, Zachariah Hinckley. Or was it an accident? Peculiar behavior of police on the scene is just the start of Teller’s hunch that this was no accident. His investigation leads him to go deep uncover in the Church of Latter Day Saints, as he probes a Mormon presidential candidate. While taking us through shocking twists and turns, Azrieli spares no detail as he skillfully educates the reader about the ideology and rituals of the Mormon Church. In this aspect, Azrieli is the master. All of his books are not only fast-paced thrillers, but, wonderfully educational. Be prepared for a fantastic ride with a totally unpredictable ending. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading The Mormon Candidate. It's full of eye opening deeply researched religious beliefs that most people are probably not aware of and may even find deeply troubling. The mystery and twists involved in the story kept me interested to the end and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in drama and scandal especially if they hold staunch religious traditions. The story had a personal touch because of my Jewish faith which is the cornerstone of the internal conflict brewing in one of the characters. The plot also has many parallels with the 2012 US presidential election which gives it that 'based on a true story' feel and really makes you wonder how much we know about whats going on around us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am really not in to books like this one but when I started to read "The Mormon Candidate" I really enjoyed the way everything was explained and laid out. Avraham Azrieli really made me think I was living the moment. I really enjoyed how everything was explained in much detail. The only thing bad I would have to say I do not enjoy the repeat of product names. I am not a fan of that type of writing but other wise then that I liked the book. It was a really great read!
Tarasin More than 1 year ago
The moment that you pick up The Mormon Candidate, you are transformed into the world of Ben Teller, a freelance reporter investigating an ordinary motorcycle accident.  The deeper Ben investigate the more mysterious the case becomes. Powerful religious oranization and people are involved with the accident, which make Ben’s investigation more difficult and dangerous.  Azrieli style transform you into the story where you feel like your are really there.   I must applaud him taking on this touchy religious subject, although I might not agree with his point of view.  If you want a novel that will pull you into the story with non stop action, then The Mormon Candidate is for you.   It is reminiscence of Conn Iggulden (author of The Caesar and Genghis Khan Serious).   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read book for anyone that likes a good murder mystery that flirts between fiction and reality. Mr. Azrieli a GREAT job of researching the Mormon Church and some of its practices and weaves them into a murder mystery with reporter Ben at the center of the action as he works to help a murdered Mormon finish the task he started...but is he...the ending will leave you slapping your head and saying I DID NOT EXPECT THAT ! AT ALL. You will not be disappointed once you turn the first few pages.
AcroGodess More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Avraham Azrieli and follow his books. For me, The Mormon Candidate is a relatively short read. I can read quickly and with just over 270 pages, I could not put the book down until I was done once I started reading. My family had to fend for themselves for dinner that night. I loved the thriller aspect of the book, very much like a Dan Brown novel. Fast paced, action packed, full of facts. If you like politics, conspiracy theories, and danger, this is a book for you. 
AnthonyBeander More than 1 year ago
I was a little apprehensive to read this at first since I don't know much about the Mormon faith, but this book turned out to be something special. My favorite parts are the "flashbacks" specifically. They paint this picture of intrigue that really sets the tone for the rest of the book and makes it worth reading. There were a few plot twists that I saw coming but that actually heightened the suspense because you were literally waiting for it to happen. Being a former Soldier I recommend this book because it paints a picture of what I like to call the Military/Faith complex that I had to deal with myself. Overall good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character was definitely a good guy but he had his faults. A very likable hero for the story. The plot line was intense and kept me turning pages late into the night. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a great book! It has an amazing twist at the end that makes me want to go back and read it again. I finished the whole book in one day. I just couldn't put it down. Great read.
EmilyA143 More than 1 year ago
This book is not only exciting and griping of your attention, but the pace is swift and the intrigue is thick. The combination of political, religious and moral complications are all explored effortlessly by Azrieli. As I've said about every one of his books, his ability to inform the reader without presumption or heavy handed "teaching moments" is flawless. I learned things I didn't know about politics and religion and not knowing them didn't hinder my ability to enjoy the book. I highly recommend this and all of Azrieli's other wonderful novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The mormon Candidate....Im not a big fan of murder, police or politics novels, somebody gave it to me as a gift,  but i must say; this book called my attention from the first page untIl the last one.  The way the author narrates, with details, all about mormons is great, it might appear, religious themes could be bored, if is not about the one you practice, but I enjoyed the way Mr. Azrieli took me through the whole history.  I highly recommend this book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been plowing through books recently, and read The Mormon Candidate over two nights. I had actually just finished Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities, and The Mormon Candidate recalled many of the same plot elements: a vehicular death, the role of the press and the power of the political institution. While at times overly expository, the story was exciting and the pacing appropriately fast. The author's interest in and obvious extensive research into motorcycles (both the mechanics and the culture of biking) and the Church of Latter-Day Saints (a seeming nod to the last presidential election) shines through with well-placed details and textual references. If you were a fan of The Da Vinci Code, you'll enjoy this page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book it really kept my attention. I could not put the book down I read it one day. The whole time you are rooting for Ben to have the truth revealed. It was extremely suspenseful. Thee detailed descriptions of Ben on the motorcycle were great. Made me want to ride on a motorcycle one day. This book has everything that makes a great book good writing, suspense, and romance. I would definitely read more books by this author ad recommend this book to a friend.
Johnny-ITR More than 1 year ago
Azrieli’s well researched and well thought out book tackles the difficult and secret world of the Mormon structure. The lead characters all have their reasons for either secrecy or breaking the silence and the action doesn’t stop from the opening scenes to the final conversation. I was left thinking and hoping the author will take on this topic and secret world for more novels. His characters are well developed and thought provoking in their personal stories. I highly recommend this novel.