Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | June 25, 2012

‘The Complete Mystery of Matthew Alcott’ is an eyeopener

(DISCLAIMER:  Book contains use of obscenities.  If you are easily offended by the use of certain words, then you will not want to read this book). 

Who is Joseph Smith anyway and how far will the Mormons go to defend him?  No longer just a religious movement, Mormonism influences politics, the economy and culture.  Michael Oborn, in his book “The Complete Mystery of Matthew Alcott,” explores the Mormon faith and culture using a fictional story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I only wish the author had filtered his language so that I could recommend this book to everyone.  Matthew Alcott was the historian for the Mormon Church and discovers a lost revelation received by Joseph Smith in the private papers of Brigham Young.  Matthew decides to write a book exposing the truth while the Church authorities scramble to silence him.

“[This] was the book I wanted to read and couldn’t find,” said Oborn.  He considers Matthew his alter ego.  “Most of the story scenes actually happened to me,” he said; however, “the scene at the sublevels of the SLC Temple are pure fiction used to illustrate that there is nothing that cannot be justified in the name of God.”

After Oborn came to terms with his beliefs, his family no longer accepted him and his wife divorced him.  At some point he expects to be excommunicated from the Mormon Church.  Believable or not, his story highlights the plight of women in the Mormon Church.  Isolated from the outside world, girls are conditioned thoroughly into the Mormon culture.

“The Complete Mystery of Matthew Alcott” is definitely a page turner you won’t put down until its finished.  Thankfully, it won’t be Oborn’s last as he has two books in the works.  One is a story about Jack Smith, sports reporter at the Post Intelligencer, Seattle, and Oborn’s close friend until his death in 2005.  Oborn still has a lot of research to do for this book which is a story he says demands to be told.

He is also planning a story about Obadiah, whose son is Bishop of the local church (ward) and who will do anything for his granddaughter.  When his son is about to send her off to LDS Social Services, he becomes enraged.

Click here to visit Michael Oborn’s website for more indepth information.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author in order to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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