This "review" is so full of bile and inaccuracies it's not worth my time to respond to it point by point.
In the Amazon "review" below I am quoted as telling three people I purposely put a lot of sex in my book on Jim Reeves just to make money. That total fabrication is reflective of the same disturbed mindset that has been so evident on the Holland website. The prudery and moralistic fervor some of these sickos publicly embrace is contradicted by stories I could tell you about their private behavior which is anything but noble.
Serious reviewers have given "Jim Reeves: His Untold Story" high marks for AVOIDING a descent into sensationalism and tabloid journalism. Billboard magazine, for one, has called it a "balanced" account of Jim's life, and the respected former editor of Country Music People magazine in the UK, Tony Byworth, likewise praised me for NOT writing an exploitative book regarding Reeves. I would also surmise that BBC 2, with its 15 million listeners, would not have used 13 soundbites from me as an authority on Jim in their November 2013 one-hour tribute to him had they any doubts about my scholarship as an author.
Anyway, I thought this review so deranged I am sharing it with you here myself. How pathetically desperate these people are to impact sales, when all they're doing is STIMULATING sales, as my bank account would prove. It took me 13 years to write this book because I wanted to be ACCURATE and DOCUMENT what I printed. "When it doubt, I left it out."
I am scrambling to make arrangements to reprint "Jim Reeves: His Untold Story" in order to be prepared for a big promotional campaign as the 50th anniversary of Jim's passing nears this summer. My recent medical procedure was part of an effort on my part to improve my health such that I can travel abroad to promote a re-launch of the book. There are big announcements ahead.
Incidentally, you can go to Amazon and click COMMENT underneath the post and add your own opinion regarding its veracity.
Here it is from Amazon:
2.0 out of 5 stars Should be called: Jim Reeves the Tabloid Story, March 2, 2014
By Comac "wonder boy" (texas) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Jim Reeves: His Untold Story (Kindle Edition)
I truly looked forward to reading this book, even though it is 661 pages long. The first fifty pages I thought "wow, this Larry Jordan is a great researcher". Fifty pages later I had "questions" about the motives of Mr. Jordan. About 2/3 thirds of the way through the book I wanted to stop, but decided to finish. The book could have been the ultimate biography of Mr. Reeves, but Larry Jordan decided to write a "large pulp edition" book worthy of the National Enquirer Tabloid. Most of the book is gossip, hearsay, sensationalism and innuendo. It is shame that Mr. Jordan, who was obviously trusted by so many used this confidence to act like a Jackal feeding on a dead carcass. I am a writer myself and because of that I have been privileged to meet 3 people who are quoted extensively in this book. All three only have vile comments about Mr. Jordan and his motives. One person told me "Jordan purposely told him he filled the book with sex to sell copies". Once again a shame.
The book itself is self published. No reliable book company would print so many statements which are "hearsay" or "unsubstantiated". They would be sued. For Mr. Jordan who claims he is a professional writer, the writing style itself is lacking, more like a 600 page magazine article. The editing is terrible. It is extremely hard to tell where a quote bleeds over into personal opinion. The pictures are terrific- the best part of the book. In case you don't want to wade through this behemoth, here are some of the stories you would miss:
Reeves was a degenerate sex fiend who seduced young girls.
Reeves was an alcoholic with a violent temper
Reeves "stole" some of his top hits, including "Four Walls" and "He'll Have to Go" from other singers
Reeves used drugs, mostly pills
Reeves (who was from deep East Texas which was highly segregated)-wanted to adopt a black baby
Reeves saw Lee Harvey Oswald at a club owned by Jack Ruby, proving the Warren Commission was "wrong"
Reeves never liked Chet Atkins--who always spoke of Reeves with admiration.
Reeves actual physical body is described from the top of his head to his heels. His toupee is mentioned at length at least on 20 pages and even has a description of how Reeves attached it. Jordan seems obsessed with Reeves toupee.
Some of the stories are so laughable, such as the innuendo that Jim Ed Brown and his sister Maxine had an incestuous relationship, that Dean Manuel (Jim's piano player- killed with him in the plane crash) wrote "Last Date" which was stolen by Floyd Cramer and on and on. There is one revelation after another (Jordan often writes "here for the first time"!--such as a tale that Reeves had twin boys by a girlfriend, given up for adoption with Jordan as a detective who tracks the boys down and who uses "DNA" to prove this!! (unsubstantiated of course).
Many of the quotes are pure gossip, for example, "Bea Terry" as the other woman who "MADE" Jim's career (once again-revealed for the first time"! ). Leo Jackson, Jim's old guitarist is also quoted extensively, although I understand he later recanted many of his statements and was in such pain he took his own life. Even War Hero and movie Star Audie Murphy is slurred in this book, by implying he had a "girlfriend" in San Antonio,(during a period when Murphy was in California).
Reeves airplane crash is another revelation by Larry Jordan. Jordan's extensive research reveals exactly what occurred in the cockpit! He quotes one "authority" after another, while I had one friend of mine, a decorated Air Force Colonel who flew Phantom Jets in Vietnam and later earned the prestigious Lindbergh medal (flying a single engine aircraft over the ocean) review the FAA documents of the crash. The Colonel took 5 minutes and said "spatial disorientation", exactly what the FAA concurred. Jordan mentions a graphic video of the crash he owns and states "I won't describe any graphic details of the bodies and then proceeds to go into graphic detail on the bodies (dogs were eating them and flies had bloated the parts).
Worst of all is the way Larry Jordan treated Mary Reeves. It is pitiful that in the first chapter he relates a "33 yr. friendship" and then proceeds to urinate all over the grave of Ms. Reeves whom he befriended, obviously for gain. He continuously tries to reduce Mr. and Mrs. Reeves marriage to a "open marriage", but fails to explain why Jim's letters are full of love or why they continued to take romantic vacations till the day Reeves died? Mary Reeves is also constantly portrayed as a money grubber, who cared less what trollop her husband was "sleeping with" as long as he "sent home the checks". Ms. Reeves loved him enough to keep his name and music alive for 35 years after his death. That hardly sounds like someone who didn't love her husband? Jordan now has a "cottage industry" selling this book and records from old demos (he never explains how he came about owning these demos, but offers publicity throughout the book touting his "Voicemasters" records for sale).
I could go on, but I truly hope someday, a credible biography will be written about this iconic singer.
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