Narrator: Chris Barnes
Published by Self Published / Indie on 19 November 2015
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
Source: Narrator, Submitted
Somebody wants answers.
It's 1995 in North Devon, England. There's a born-again revival meeting in a public building; the usual mix of the faithful, the curious, and the desperate. And one other - an atheist suicide bomber. He's angry. He wants answers. And if God doesn't come and talk to him personally, he's going to kill everyone in the building....
©2015 Kit John Kelly Baume Power (P)2015 Kit John Kelly Baume Power
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Kit Power doesn’t go with an overwhelmingly complex plot line for his debut novel GodBomb!. He went with what is actually a very simple story. Simple but not calm or cuddly. But, with a complexity that is not all that apparent until you get it.
Here’s the run down. An atheist walks in to a church with a bomb strapped to his chest. He demands that God speak to him to give him answers or else he will kill everyone inside. That’s it, I told you it was simple.
Each chapter, I think because I have no knowledge of the bible, is named after a chapter of the bible. Almost every chapter is told from a different characters point of view while in the church facing their ultimate demise. I thought that this was going to get very confusing very fast, but it didn’t. It only added to the mystique and tension.
I know what you’re thinking. Suicide bomber, so where is the horror? The horror aspect is in what happens to the people in the church while trying to deal with this madman and their mortality. Graphic violence abound. Extreme tension throughout. All while Power tries to test your faith and resolve.
I have heard others saying that the story was actually told by God. I do not understand that thinking. Do know that this was an amazing book by a very talented author. Who has a writing style that is so, well, so real. I will be looking for more audiobooks, that I hope will be coming soon.
Bottom line is. If you want blood and gore. With a realistic story, that sends chills through you, considering what society is these days, and believable characters, reactions and situations. That is crafted so well, I got mad when it had to end. Look no further than GodBomb!
Having been lucky enough to have discovered Chris Barnes early in his narration career, I have been able to listen along as his skills grow. Every other performance until this one he had a tendency to talk very quickly, sometimes making it difficult to understand everything and follow along. I think in GodBomb! he has found his stride. Slowing down the pace, quite considerably, for him. Without losing any of the Scottish brogue that makes it so fun to listen. I will continue to follow Barnes’ other projects as they become available and you should too. Hands down Barnes’ best performance to date.
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