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A community hall in North Devon, one Sunday morning in 1995, being used as a makeshift church. About 70 peop!e In attendance, inc!using a drunk, an elderly couple, a teenage girl, a woman in a wheelchair, a young man and his heavily pregnant wife, the preacher - and a young man with a demand: he wants God to speak to him personal!y. Or else they all die.
This is the setting, indeed, the entirety, of this remarkably riveting book. As the readers we are there, also prisoners in that cheerless hall, trapped with the intense young man with the bomb. And where is God? Is He there? If so, how will He speak? No need to be a believer - not everyone in the story is - to be totally absorbed in and terrified for the lives of those held hostage as the story unfolds through their disparate points of view. Sounds !ike it might be confusing? It's not. Instead, each person becomes real, three dimensional, with startling clarity.
Chris Barnes is our anchor. At first surprising that the reader would come with a Scottish accent rather than one more fitting for Devon, this strange distinction was quickly lost with the excellence of his narration and it was only later that I realised it also helped to, mercifully, separate us from the trapped congregation. He allows us to hear each of their voices, feel for them, suffer with them, yet still, Godlike, remain aloof.
The author prefaces the book with a list of those whose stories will be interwoven and also the statement that, "Almost none of it happened but this is how I remember it", a chilling reminder that the events unfo!ding are only too possible.
My profound thanks to the rights holder from whom I received the gift of God Bomb, via Audiobook Boom. It was refreshingly different, superbly gripping, and scary as hell. Especially the totally unexpected ending ...
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Where does GodBomb! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the best as it was the first. I'm converted.
What was one of the most memorable moments of GodBomb!?
The numerous twists.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
"Hello, Is God there?"
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It's really hard to sum up the plot because I don't want to give anything away, plus it's the type of book where you're better off knowing nothing, but I will say it's incredibly powerful. The basic plot is that a suicide bomber goes into a church demanding that God speaks to him personally, or he will blow everyone up.
Simple plot, but where the author adds his spin is that it's told from multiple characters POV. This took a simple story and made it exceptional. You feel like you can put yourself into each of the characters shoes and experience the horror and fear from their view. In this day and age, you can just imagine that this could happen. You can imagine the fear you would feel, well, imagine no more, Kit Power manages to pull you into this and make you part of the story, it was truly terrifying when I was listening to it.
There are multiple characters, but the author gives a break down of each at the start of the book. This helped while listening to it cause it could of gotten confusing. Each of the characters are in that church for a certain reason and I liked finding it out as the story progresses. Every one has problems, some just express it differently than others.
Anyway, this is a thrilling, terrifying, well written and developed book. It will have you questioning things, it will have you on the edge of your seat and it will stay with you long after you read it. An incredible story and all I'll say is go get it now!!
I honestly don't think there is anything left to say about Chris Barnes as a narrator, that I haven't said before! He doesn't just tell a story, he gives it life, he portrays emotion and the tenseness that people feel perfectly. He always captures me from the start and never fails to deliver.
*I received this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*
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"Almost none of it happened.", That is how Kit Power leads us into Godbomb. As the story went on, I wanted to believe this. However I cannot. Sure, the people, places, and names are all fictitious, but the carnage is not. The line between faith and evidence can both protect and destroy humanity. Godbomb is a thrilling illustration of that fact. Read it. Take from it what you will. You will take SOMETHING from it. That is why Godbomb should not be missed.
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