Fame and Fortune Tellers
A Novel by Todd Netland
Todd Netland’s book, “Fame and Fortune Tellers,” is the story of one man’s rise to the top, almost overnight, in the music business. Randy Miller is a young choral teacher who encounters a spiritualist at the tag end of a mini-vacation who prophesizes a sudden rise to stardom for this school choir teacher. These predictions come true, but it turns out to be a life of emptiness, joylessness, and conflict for Randy and his family. Other characters enter into the story who all come together as the main plot and subplots of the story thicken and unfold. Meet Brad Applebaum, a young Christian who is very green in the things of the Lord and of life in general, but very zealous about his walk with God. Pam Jackson is an on-fire Christian and a true prayer warrior. Darryl Temple is a total loser who ends up completely destroying his life. And then there is Eric Burns, leader of the Communist revolutionary group, The Red Riding Rangers. This novel involves choices of different people and how these choices have repercussions, both in this life, and in the life to come.
When I started reading Fame and Fortune Tellers by Todd Netland, I had a hard time putting the book down. I was young when this story took place. Since I was 10 I have always loved rock n roll, and I was partly raised in the spiritualism community of that time period, depending on who I was living with. So, for me I understand how easy the occult can bring you into their world.
I found the book very intriguing and easy to read. The author was very thorough in developing the characters. It was easy to remember the characters story. I loved the scripture quotes. I loved the description of Heaven and Hell. Though I thought it was kind of long and I did get a little bored. I am thinking too much detail. I could visualize what the author was trying to describe. I always love when the author does an epilogue I feel it completes the story. There are end notes and about the author which I love because that lets me as a reader know more about the story.
I feel this is a really interesting, and exciting Christian book to read. I gave 4 stars because it seemed a little long in the middle. The book is worth reading in my opinion.
I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s.
I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl