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Gun Church | [Reed Farrel Coleman]

Gun Church

Kip Weiler is a self-destructive, washed-up, middle-aged professor. Once a superstar of the literary set, he has bottomed out after years of drinking and not writing anything worth a damn. As the novel begins, he’s teaching classes at a small, rural community college. Kip's talent, money, and chances have just about run out, when he rescues a classroom full of his students from a deranged student gunman who opens fire and takes the class hostage. Things then begin to change for Kip - seemingly for the better....
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Original Work, 2013

Kip Weiler is a self-destructive, washed-up, middle-aged professor. Once a superstar of the literary set, he has bottomed out after years of drinking and not writing anything worth a damn. As the novel begins, he’s teaching classes at a small, rural community college. Kip's talent, money, and chances have just about run out, when he rescues a classroom full of his students from a deranged student gunman who opens fire and takes the class hostage.

As a result of the subsequent media attention, Kip gets an invitation to join a bizarre club-cult with members who have a near-religious fascination with handguns. His involvement with this group - and a simultaneous fling with a "spectacular" and sexually adventurous student of his named Renee - rekindles his passion and his creative-writing energy.

But just when his muse returns, Kip Weiler’s life takes an even more insane and deadly turn. Kip begins to write a new novel called Gun Church, and things begin to happen in the real world that parallel his novel in progress. By mid-book it’s impossible to know where the art stops and the life or, in some cases, death begins. Can the very thing that gave Kip back his life take it so quickly away?

©2011 Reed Farrel Coleman (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Reed Farrel Coleman is again operating at a very high level in Gun Church. Narrated by a failed writer who has notions of literary redemption suddenly sparked awake again, it is an audaciously plotted adventure in the unglamorous America. Coleman has a lot to say about the psychology of a writer's life, ethics or their absence, and a great eye for the world around us. It is a confessional but propulsive novel, bizarre at times, touching, expertly paced and fresh.” (Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone and Tomato Red)

“If this is church, I might start going. Sign me up as a parishioner.” (Don Winslow, New York Times best-selling author of Savages)

“Coleman’s Gun Church is wonderful. His protagonist, Kip Weiler, is one of the most fascinating characters in years.” (David Morrell, New York Times best-selling author of The Brotherhood of the Rose)

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    Karen Westbury, Australia 11-27-11
    Karen Westbury, Australia 11-27-11
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    "Glad I took the chance"

    I did hesitate about buying a book that hadn't been reviewed by users or print readers yet. I am very glad I took the chance though. The publishers blurb led me to expect something a bit mystical but instead it was more a well paced psychological thriller than anything else. One of the main characters (Jim) was a bit of a caricature but the rest were developed enough to make up for it. The ending was very satisfying and very fitting. I was always sorry when my journey ended and I had to stop listening for the day. Well worth the credit.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Ecatepec, Mexico 02-08-12
    Maria Ecatepec, Mexico 02-08-12
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    "Couldn't stop listening!"

    I enjoy reading very much but time is pressing, so I started listening to Audio books. My husband bought a cable that can be hooked up from my Kindle to my car stereo, so I don't have to use an earphone. When I started listening to Gun Church, I didn't really think much of it. But, as the story progressed, I started driving to school slower and slower--I'm a teacher--just to get the most chapters out of my ride. Even though the character isn't a young man growing into adulthood, I would consider the growth of the main character to be like a "bildungsroman". As the plot progresses, the main character, Professor Willer, changes and realizes the mistakes he has made in life. The inner life of the Professor, and failed writer, comes to life during the story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 03-17-13
    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 03-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love, Love, Loved IT"

    By far one of my favorite listens ever. Entertaining all the way through, but the last couple of hours was even better awesome ending.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara MARIETTA, GA, United States 12-01-11
    Barbara MARIETTA, GA, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2004

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    "Took me a long time to hate it."

    A snarky aside to "Fight Club" which surfaces early in this novel tries to separate the story from Chuck Palahniuk's superior one. But the parallel remain, and friends, this is NO Fight Club. There is nothing surreal in this straightforward tale of a has-been hipster writer who is introduced to a ridiculous rural secret society that hosts kevlared gun duels on an old army base. The first person character has a dry tone that paints the scene well, and the narrator of the audiobook has a solid, likable voice, so the whole thing rolls along quite easily before you realize you still have 5 hours to go and NOTHING is happening.

    The complaints and self-revelations of Kip, the middle-aged screw-up, are booooring, and his haughty view of his countrified neighbors (and their cartoonish portrayal) is irksome. There is virtually no intrigue in the story, almost everything that happens will make you nod and say, "Now it's time for THAT part".

    There is no "there" there. The writing is competent but certainly not rich, evocative or provocative. The characters give you no one to root for. The "book within a book" concept (hence the second narrator, who portrays the Irish-voiced first-person of Kip's new novel) is almost as bad, although the interior novel takes more chances and might have been a better book.

    This book COULD have been an insightful analysis of the confusion of love and power, of our nation's bizarre relationship to firearms, of one man's serial obsessions and his inability to conquer them. But - nope.

    I'm writing this review with just over 2 hours left in the book. I'm determined to hang in there, but so desperate to listen to something else that I will not be able to write the review when I'm finished. IF I finish...

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Aleks United States 08-28-13
    Aleks United States 08-28-13
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    "Not my cup of tea"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who enjoys introspective analysis in unlikely scenarios.


    What could Reed Farrel Coleman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would have used the back drop of the gun church for a murder mystery.


    What does Joe Barrett and John Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They read it very well.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom. The story is just not that interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Auburn, CA, United States 08-07-13
    Patricia Auburn, CA, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Unlikely Place of Worship"

    "Gun Church" kinda says it all. Bizarre but intriguing. I hung on till the end, but can only mildly recommend. The characters were not the inspiring sort, rather short on morals while creating their own unlikely principles, sense of community and belonging, while devaluing life in general. Sort of a William Tell with guns, and much deadlier.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John NORMAN, OK, United States 08-07-13
    John NORMAN, OK, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrible!"
    What disappointed you about Gun Church?

    It was a silly story with underdeveloped and shallow characters.


    What was most disappointing about Reed Farrel Coleman’s story?

    I was a big fan of the Moe Prager books, and when I finished them i wanted to read something else by Mr. Coleman. My mistake.


    What aspect of Joe Barrett and John Keating ’s performance would you have changed?

    They were fine with the material they had to work with.


    What character would you cut from Gun Church?

    All of them.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie White Plains, NY, United States 02-02-12
    Carrie White Plains, NY, United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Can't get through it."
    What disappointed you about Gun Church?

    I accidently picked this book because of the author. I like his Moe Prager books.
    I'm sorry to say, I am three quarters through and I'm feeling tortured. It's not my type of story. Maybe someone will like it but not me.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Charleston Chicago, IL USA 11-26-12
    Robin Charleston Chicago, IL USA 11-26-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Worthwhile because of the performance!"
    Would you try another book from Reed Farrel Coleman and/or Joe Barrett and John Keating ?

    Not sure.


    What was most disappointing about Reed Farrel Coleman’s story?

    Poorly drawn female characters, drawn-out final scene, somewhat unsurprising and unsatisfactory ending, and main character who starts off being being likeable but rapidly grows unsympathetic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    First visit to the gun church.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance is excellent. If I had been reading this book instead of listening to it, I probably would have flipped to the ending midway through and given up on it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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