Jose's story has been kept quiet for a long time - there were only a few handful of peeps who knew and "we" were leaving it up to Jose to tell it as he wished. Steve was told about it several years ago (I dunno by who) and he's managed to get it in print.
I know what you mean about being unable to put it down - it's a total page-turner and I just sat and read it whenever I could and finished it in less than 3 days.
The cult has had no answer to it here in Oz - I think they just don't have the personnel (and that includes public "volunteers") to do anything other than a few whinges about Steve. "Ignore Tech" at its best and most effective.
Thanks for that info Scoots (about Jose) ... if you are in touch with him please pass on how much his story impinged on many of us. I hope his life is good now.
I'll be back reading it again in a moment (I'm on chapter 11) and I have to say that it is all so much worse than I realised, hubbard really was a gold plated creep who apparently despised his "followers" ... it isn't always easy to read (I have moments of thinking "was I really that easily manipulated"?) but it's possibly the most factual book about the cult that I have read (fact checked with precision) and the info about the early days is incredible, awful but incredible.
It's fantastic to be free of the constant gnawing madness.