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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.
Audiobook provided for review by the narrator.
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Because I have listened to a handful of the Zombie Fallout series I obviously had expectations for Timothy. Boy was I wrong! Comparing Timothy to Zombie Fallout would be the equivalent of comparing apple to oranges, or my favorite comparison I could think of The Walking Dead TV show to the Brady Bunch. You think that’s a pretty extreme differentiation, yes I pulled out the thesaurus, well I don’t. I would consider the Zombie Fallout series about as family friendly as zombie books could be. Then there is Timothy taking two things we are already afraid of, clowns and zombies, add in a completely perversely deranged womanizing giant man as Timothy and you are left with an audiobook that is not for the faint of heart. My jaw dropped, I laughed out loud, I cringed, I wanted more and then it was over. I am now more scared of becoming a zombie than I ever was because just maybe I will know what is happening when I am devouring my father.
I find it funny how at ease Sean Runnette’s voice made me when I started this audiobook. It was like seeing an old friend after years of being separated. I think what I like most about Runnette is the fact that he doesn’t have the stereotypical super deep, super polished voice over guy voice. To me his voice make me think of the everyman, imperfect, and so perfect for a narration of another Tufo audiobook. I was surprise by how with ease Runnette seemed to be with this very violent, perverted and somewhat disturbing story. I am starting to see why Runnette has narrated most if not all of Tufo’s audiobook, the two are like peanut butter and jelly, perfect for each other.
This is the first novel I have had the pleasure of hearing written by J.D. Barker. The mention of the store “Needful Things” in Castle Rock captured my attention first. Having read Stephen King’s novel Needful Things, I knew Forsaken had to be as interesting and captivating.
Thad McAlister an author tells the story of Shadow Cove and its inhabitants during the Salem Witch Trials. Unfortunately, writing his book releases an evilness bent on revenge first and foremost at the same time endangering his family. This novel which practically wrote itself will be the novel that puts McAlister on the established and legend writers list. One would not expect writing a book would result in so much darkness and fear. But for Thad McAlister and his family, they experience the fear and horror of things best left unwritten first hand. Rachel McAlister realizes early on that she has brought this horror upon her family with a casual comment made at the mysterious little shop in Castle Rock but has no way to stop it. Thad figures out much later that his writing has opened a door best left closed and sealed. Can he save his family? Can he save himself? The answers will terrify you!
We are given a small amount of insight into the mind of Barker and it is a deep, dark place: minions that crawl forth and smother everything with vile rotten dirt, plants that rip the flesh from anyone brave enough to venture through them. Even a most innocent noise “click-click-clickity-click” becomes terrifying! The one phrase that made my blood run cold was “her soul crept in.” The imagery of this was jaw dropping. This is a small phrase and not entirely unique, the manner in which Barker uses it makes it frighteningly creepy.
The storylines flow fluidly, interwoven expertly and horrors are described with a rich vocabulary that leaves one with images burned deep in their minds. Just using “click-click-clickity-click” invokes terror in one’s mind resulting in goose bumps.
Barker develops each character to its fullest, both main and secondary ones. I can still see the small minions with their yellowed teeth and long nails. I can even smell their vile rotten dirt that is their physical essence when destroyed. Barker is a master wordsmith.
This story will leave you looking behind you at each and every snap, crackle and pop your house makes night or in broad day light!
Christina Delaine does an excellent job of narrating. Her “click-click-clickity-click” is so softly spoken time and again, that one hears it in their minds throughout the book. She translates the fear, darkness and chilling atmosphere clearly with her voice.
The audio production by Audible Studios was excellent and clearly done, I had no issues at all.
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