The senior pupils of St Peter's High School are on retreat to a secluded outdoor activity centre, coming to terms with the murder of a fellow pupil through the means you would expect: counselling, contemplation, candid discussion and even prayer...not to mention booze, drugs, clandestine liaisons and as much partying as they can get away with.
Not so far away, the commanders of a top-secret military experiment, long-since spiralled out of control, fear they may have literally unleashed the forces of Hell. Two very different worlds are on a collision course, and will clash in an earthly battle between science and the supernatural, philosophy and faith, civilisation and savagery. The bookies are offering evens.
©2009 Christopher Brookmyre; (P)2009 Isis Publishing
Will read just about anything. Favourites include Tom Robbins, Umberto Eco, Michael Connelly, Chris Brookmyre, Julian Barnes, James Joyce, Tim Butcher, Barbara Kingsolver, Ettienne van Heerden, Deon Meyer and ....
Not everyone will enjoy this book. But I can think of several who will.
Have read or listened to just about everything he has written.
Right, rich, convincing.
Not sure I would.
Black as the night, light as the day. Brookmyre at his anarchistic, acerbic best.
Great combination of author and narrator. Christopher Brookmyre produces yet another brilliant novel incorporating, the Catholic Chruch, US military, Demons and Glasgie schoolkids in a touching mix of humour and dreadful violence. His mastery of the collective voice of angst ridden teenagers is second to none. A great listen which will appeal to anyone who enjoys excellent writing combined with great narration.
I love Mr Brookmyre's books, but this one didn't really work for me. The reading was a bit stumbly. I was interested in the issues and debates but alot of dialogues sounded more like lectures and the pace segued uncomfortably between the (very gruesome) action and the religious and scientific discussion. I learnt alot, but it seemed long and hard work.
"DEMONS, NOT JUST NEDS ON BUCKFAST!"
I love Brookmyre books, I especially love the Glasgow vernacular, it reminds me of home. The way he captures childhood is spot on (as in his, 'A Tale Etched in...'), and I had to laugh at the crude depiction of my former school in a cheeky aside!
5th/6th Years from a Glasgow Catholic school are on a retreat to cope with the death of a fellow classmate; meanwhile scary beasties appear to be running amok in an MOD site just up the road, despite the best efforts of the military and the Vatican!
Really great book, loved the ideas, and the ending is completely different, great contrast between the science, religion and a group of teenage kids trying to get on in life.
"Slow start but worth sticking with"
As usual Chris Brookmeyer's narrative is excellent. The power of faith and it's potentially devastating effects are explored here as well as the divisive / unifying impact of organised religion and the faith / science face off. All wrapped up with a bunch of irreverent Glaswegian teens.. Brilliant. I loved it..
"Wish there was a sequel!"
Amazing. And more to read yet! Would definitely recommend this book. Also brilliantly narrated. Maybe there is a sequel need to check.
"How to justify you atheism when Hell is on earth?"
A brilliant story as Usual by Brookmyre mixing cutting satire with a horror show invasion of Hell onto earth, but as usual a thought provoking religious overtone. I have only just discovered Chris/Christopher Brookmyre (yes he publishes under both names so make sure you check all his books) via James Nesbitt who was the lead in the TV version of "Quite Ugly one Morning". Well wriiten and very humourous.
What a fabulous book. I liked the title and summary so bought it. I'm huge Tom Holt fan and was pleasantly surprised by Brookmyers style. Great storyline and characterisation. Will adds Brookmyre to my fav reading list. Can't wait to listen to more of his dark wit whilst stuck in car on long journeys to and from Ipswich and York.
Typical Brookmyre, funny, rude and irreverent. The authors use of the Scottish vernacular further enhances the story and the dialogue and there are even fart jokes. The characters all work well and all the different 'factions' amongst the school kids are believable.
Definitely one of Christopher Brookmyre's best books.
Brookmyre's novels are always intelligent and entertaining, with humour and a thrill (or several) masking an underbelly of smart observations and unlikely insights. Kenny Blyth's superb turn as narrator is the perfectly compliment, and while you may need a certain suspension of disbelief, theirs is an outstanding combination.
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