First NXIVM book – American Cult: NXIVM Exposed – garners reviews; available on Amazon

The first book on NXIVM  -American Cult: NXIVM Exposed – by Omar Rosales – is available on Amazon

It is described as follows:

If you were in a cult, would you know it? This book delves into the FASCINATING world of the NXIVM (pronounced Nex-ee-um) Cult of New York and how they manipulated thousands to take their Executive Success Program courses, using famous HOLLYWOOD actors to lure members.

Through a combination of indoctrination, starvation, and sleep deprivation, this Cult was able to brainwash thousands of followers, including heads-of-state and government officials. Learn about the roots of NXIVM.

Step into the mind-bending world of Cult Leader Keith Raniere. Read about encounters with cult leaders including Allison Mack and Kristin Kreuk. Discover how this Cult operated and ultimately went down in flames with the SHOCKING SEX SLAVE ring and branding.

Bonus Material in this edition includes EXPLOSIVE DOSSIER on senior cult leaders, official FBI DOCUMENTS, the PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE of a cult leader, and controversial ALTERNATIVE theory.


The book is 186 pages. It has a number of reviews.

By Amazon Customer

Excellent book. Background research on cults was very interesting and helpful. Being able to hear what it was like inside the classes was very interesting and chilling. Well done Mr. Rosales. Keep up the good work!

…. in the chapter on alternative theory…  [is that] Keith Raniere [is] the Beast from the Book of Revelation? …  The author is …  speculating that Keith Raniere could have cloven hooves because he has a physical disability that causes him to walk on the balls of his feet. He is calling this disability a Devil’s walk! ….
The book begins with an interesting background on infamous cults and the damage their mind control can do. The Bronfman sisters appear to be an integral part of this unfolding story, so it would have been nice to get some perspective on how and why they differ so from their philanthropic father.
Were victims of NXIVM consenting adults? They were free to leave, but didn’t, their blackmail collateral provided willingly. Our strongest chains are in our own mind. The book’s look into the lives of these people leaves me wondering if Allie Mack is a victim or a culprit. Didn’t she start out with good intentions? Should the two people on trial be Keith and Clare? The book American Cult leaves me wondering and looking forward to the trial to learn more.
As an Expian I approve that he gave a simple account of his experience without vengeance or the need to justify it as good. The impressions of people were spot on. Anyone curious about what it was like or impressions of several people should read it.
Finally a book describing NXIVM in detail. Great book, can’t wait for the movie one day!



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5 years ago

This is my third published book. My first novel was Elemental Shaman. I am a contributor to Mysteries of the Ancient World with Graham Hancock.

My background is Anthropology, I have a degree from Vanderbilt. And my GPA wasn’t 2.26. So, I wanted to place the reader in the intensive and have you meet Allison Mack, Clare, Sara, Christine Collins, Mark Vicente, Brandon Porter, and of course, Keith Raniere, just like I did. And I knew Allie Mack from the Vancouver film community before I saw her again in Albany.

I didn’t pull any punches. I describe NXIVM indoctrination, mind-control, and group-think techniques. If you want a watered-down account, don’t read my book. If you want to be in the belly of the beast, please pick up a copy.

And to the NXSCUM member who is trying to tamp down the story and prevent people from reading the book, don’t worry. I already submitted a statement to the FBI and ICE about your criminal activities with NXIVM.

To everyone else on this website, thank you for the support. To Frank, thank you for your courage!

Bravo, Omar.
Bravo, Omar.
5 years ago
Reply to  FormerNexian

Félicitations ! I hope you sell loads and loads of copies. I am definitely going to read it very soon even though I cringe just seeing Christine Collins name.

Congratulations FormerNexian!
Congratulations FormerNexian!
5 years ago
Reply to  FormerNexian

Bravo on getting your book published and on escaping NXIVM, and thank you for shining a light on the evil and crazy that comprises Keith Ranere’s cult and cult life.

a bit more from "disappointed" Amazon review
a bit more from "disappointed" Amazon review
5 years ago

“By his own admission, the authors actual time and experience with NXIUM was very short and very limited. It seemed to me that the author was trying to get a firsthand account about his very limited experience with NXIUM out in a hurry. For that reason the book falls flat on its face.”

This Outsider would love to hear reviews from Insiders.

5 years ago

I will buy it in the hopes the writing is better than the book’s cover, that’s horrendous.

5 years ago

I hope am doesn’t get a copy of this book she’ll eat the pages from hunger before she can read it

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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