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Featured Commodores Messenger Book I by Janis Gillham Grady

Discussion in 'Breaking and Major News about Scientology' started by janisgrady, Jul 1, 2017.

  1. exbritscino

    exbritscino Patron with Honors

    Have read Book One, it's absolutely brilliant. I'm reading it for a second time now........

    Any ideas when Book Two will be out?
  2. janisgrady

    janisgrady Patron

    Of course, they played a major part of the Apollo years of 1974 and 1975. Message me if you want to side check or talk to me about it.
  3. Jenyfurrr

    Jenyfurrr Patron

    I'm better than halfway through the book now. It doesn't come across as "apologist" at all, rather it seems that Janis is writing from the perspective she held at the time (which I believe she's said or written was the technique she used). As a never-in, it's incredibly helpful (& interesting) to understand the mindset of someone while they're involved. The detail with which she describes things literally paints a picture. It's an excellent book and definitely worth purchasing!

    Janis - Can't wait for the next to come out! (Edited to add...) I'm a picky book worm, and I couldn't put this down!
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  4. vumba

    vumba Danielle Chamberlin

    I as 11 when ordered by LRH to be confined to the chain locker for a week. Cold, wet, numb and in a dark boiler suit, our plates of mush were passed down to us (there was another young girl in there with me), and someone would escort us to the toilet once or twice a day, then we'd have to go back down into it again. I remember how wet and cold the rusty anchor chain felt and how it had a very strong metallic smell which pervaded our clothing.

    At the time, a poor unfortunate soul (whom I won't name for his sake) had had a mental breakdown (their Type III) and was under baby watch. He had fallen in love with a girl who spurned his affections, and it really affected him badly. Whilst I sat in the chain locker, I could hear him up above as he was locked up in one of F'ward cabins. He ripped a mattress with his bare hand and teeth, and pulled wooden panelling off the bulkheads. It was frightening and bewilderingvto me. I have never forgotten him, and I only hope that he made it out and is having/has had a good and happy life.
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  5. Lurker5

    Lurker5 Gold Meritorious Patron

    :console: :hug:
  6. janisgrady

    janisgrady Patron

    The story of BW going type III and being locked up in the forward part of the ship will be in my 2nd book.
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  7. janisgrady

    janisgrady Patron

    Thank you - so glad you are liking the book and understand the view that I wrote it from! I will try and have book II out by mid next year.
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  8. janisgrady

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  9. vumba

    vumba Danielle Chamberlin

    Tks Janis.
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  10. FormerScn

    FormerScn Patron

    This is a really great book.

    Very level headed. Very clear picture of LRH as neither a monster nor a god.
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  11. janisgrady

    janisgrady Patron

    I will be on the radio tonight talking about my book Commodore's Messenger A Child Adrift in the Scientology Sea Organization. from 9:30 to 1:00 am pacific time. After the interview the lines will be opened for questions and answers.
  12. janisgrady

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  14. Mimsey Borogrove

    Mimsey Borogrove Crusader

    I liked your book a lot - it was an easy read. A lot of the Miscavage stuff clearly has it roots in Hubbard's policies, his ruthless ways of treating people. I really don't know how he expected a bunch of non-sailers to run a ship - the whole brow beating of MSH and her capitulation and the subsequent Liability cruise. And her pulling a knife on the out 2d kid? Wow - she was really zealot. For the life of me. I don't know why she didn't take her kids and go back to Texas. I guess she was a classic abused (mentally) wife. Am I wrong?

    I am truly amazed at the uncaring attitude he had - like the MO being docked her pay ( and some other examples you gave) for things she had no control over. And why it took them so long to put in a decent laundry?

    Astounding what people will put up with.

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  15. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Janis Gillham Grady, author of Commodore's Messenger, on Andy Nolch's Indie Scientology Podcast.

  16. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Bryan Seymour article about Janis Gillham Grady: Australian former senior Scientologist calls on celebrities to step away from the group

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    A former Scientology heavyweight is calling on celebrities to stop promoting the abusive group.


    Ms Grady's second book is due out next year, she says it's ludicrous for Scientology to attack her.

    "For them to attack me they're like attacking themselves since I was born in Scientology, raised by Scientology parents and then raised by Hubbard himself as a teenager."

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  17. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Janis Gillham Grady, author of Commodore's Messenger, on the Independent Scientology Scientolipedia Podcast.

  18. dchoiceisalwaysrs

    dchoiceisalwaysrs Gold Meritorious Patron

    Is that a quote by your Vumba or is that part of your personal story?
  19. vumba

    vumba Danielle Chamberlin

    Completely my experience, not a quote.
  20. vumba

    vumba Danielle Chamberlin

    ... and I felt every part of it. It was one of the toughest, most painful times of my life.