Vivian's Song by Tom Pointer

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In the spring of 1998 the residents of a small Missouri town are alarmed to learn that a New Age cult from California has bought land nearby. The leader of this so-called cult is a former champion bull rider, Cadillac salesman, and Viet Nam vet from Texas named Duke Tanner. Duke built his group on the concept of creating wealth through the power of thought, and he proved his theories by investing in the red hot dotcoms of the San Francisco Bay Area. However, it turns out their nearest neighbor is Senator Charles Wentworth, one of the most conservative members of Congress. The local clergy, outraged by Duke's iconoclastic ideas, organize with Senator Wentworth to oust him. The animosity intensifies when Duke befriends Jimmy Hollingsworth, the grandson of one the wealthiest men in Missouri and the heir to MidWest AgPro, the largest corporate backer of Senator Wentworth. It all comes to a head during a massive protest rally in the tiny town in which supporters of both sides clash. After a near catastrophe Duke reevaluates his motives and changes his message to mixed results.

About Tom Pointer

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Tom Pointer is a native Texan and long-time resident of Austin. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Edward's University and lives in East Austin. He is currently working on his second novel and hopes to have it ready for publication soon.
Published September 13, 2009 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 307 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, Westerns. Fiction

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While Pointer’s villains tend to be one dimensional, Duke, the hero, is complex, funny and charismatic, which sometimes saves the story from the damnation of dull prose and an unbalanced plot.

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"Vivian's Song" by author Tom Pointer takes place in the spring of 1998 where the residents of a small Missouri town are alarmed to learn that a New Age cult from California has bought land nearby.

Dec 31 2010 | Read Full Review of Vivian's Song

I’m sure if these guys had actually done their research on Duke they would have realized if the meanest bull alive couldn’t shake him then they didn’t stand a chance… Overall, I found “Vivian’s Song” to be an interesting read and I can definitely see and understand the message within.

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