An unlikely celebrity with a self-help book becomes a reluctant spiritual guru to the Hollywood elite, spawning a cult he wants nothing to do with.
“...a unique attempt, using an unusual style and format, to pinpoint and highlight both the light and dark sides of the human psyche. Slade is an incredibly powerful and thought-provoking story... This is a fantastic book on many levels and I can highly recommend it.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Grant Leishman (5 Stars)
A car crash thirty years earlier left Slade Bennington severely disabled but with a new outlook on life. His book about overcoming trauma becomes a bestseller and a box office hit movie. Slade strikes up an unusual friendship with Schuyler, the six-foot-tall teenage actress who portrays his sister in the movie. She encourages him to continue writing, and his pithy musings about life spur a nationwide following of devotees who study his books like Holy Scriptures.
Slade becomes a counselor to the celebrity in-crowd—the Shaman to the Stars. While thousands adore Slade, others call him a Svengali or Rasputin-like character who controls and manipulates his clients.
One disillusioned fan spends years plotting revenge.
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Perfect Bound / Softcover:
6.14 x 9.21 x 0.5324 (0.808 Lbs)
234 Pages (30/Carton)
List Price: $6.95
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“Slade by Robb Grindstaff is a unique attempt, using an unusual style and format, to pinpoint and highlight both the light and dark sides of the human psyche. Written as a series of interviews, the story focuses on the incredible survival and life story of Slade Bennington.
“Slade is an incredibly powerful and thought-provoking story. Author Robb Grindstaff hit upon a stroke of genius in the styling of this tale. By using a series of interviews, conducted by someone writing the story of Slade’s life, we are able to get a deep insight into the motivations and emotions of all the principal characters, something not always achievable with a straight narrative style. I particularly appreciated the candor of the interviewees throughout the story. This made actions and reactions crystal clear for readers. I loved the thoughtful analysis of so many ideas and philosophies. By casting Annie as a retired movie star, whose focus in life these days was the study and teaching of comparative religion, the author was able to discuss many of the great religious leaders and philosophers of history, which I found compelling. I did enjoy Slade’s continued bemusement at his own success and his simple, down-to-earth belief in who he was, what he was doing, and his purpose on this earth. Perhaps the most fascinating part of this story is the exploration of the human psyche and the battle between inherent good and inherent evil in all of us. This is a powerful story that does what all good stories do – it makes you think, it makes you question your own beliefs and motivations and, most importantly, it entertains you deeply. Some of the subtle humor was instantly appealing to me and just added to my enjoyment. This is a fantastic book on many levels and I can highly recommend it.”