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Publisher's Summary

Special Agent Gil Martins investigates domestic terrorism for the Houston FBI. He is a religious man who is close to losing his faith; the very nature of his job has led him to question the existence of a God who could allow the things that Gil sees every day. But Gil' s wife, Ruth, doesn' t see things the same way and his crisis of faith provokes a fracture in their marriage. Gil' s world is breaking apart. At the same time, Gil starts to investigate a series of unexplained deaths that bring this crisis of faith into uncomfortable focus. When Esther, a disturbed woman, informs Gil that these men have been killed by prayer, Gil questions her sanity. But as the evidence mounts up that there might be something in what she says, his new-found atheism is severely challenged, more so as he finds his own life is next on the line.

©2013 Philip Kerr (P)2013 Recorded Books

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Prayers to a Wrathful God

As a fan of Phillip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series and his very creative other fiction novels I was impressed with the imagination of Kerr to create a story and a character able to piss off religious people, atheists and agnostics all at the same time.

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Who is impersonating Philip Kerr???

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

What made it a good experience for me was that I stopped listening.

Has Prayer turned you off from other books in this genre?

What genre would that be--Texas bashing, faith bashing, or the snide remark genre?

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

This book had no redeeming qualities. I finally skipped to the end in the hope that there was a surprise--the whole thing was a bad dream, a spoof, anything. I can't believe this book was written by the same Philip Kerr that I have listened to over the last few years. This was a bad career move.

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disappointing

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

when I first started it I kept trying to think who of my reading pals I would recommend it to, by the time I finished it I decided I wouldn't embarrass myself recommending this book

Has Prayer turned you off from other books in this genre?

yes

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

the narrator did a good job with a poorly written story

Any additional comments?

I felt the author had a good outline for his book but by the end of the book it was too hurried and events of the end of the book didn't entertwine with each other well enough to make it good. I thought he was going to lean towards writing like lehane but instead it was sophomoric and could have been much better. very disappointing

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  • RAMON
  • Gray, TN, United States
  • 06-13-14

A Disappointing Kerr Book

I have enjoyed other books by Philip Kerr that feature his Berlin detective. This book is not so much a mystery book as screed for an Old Testament Deity. I did not enjoy it and had trouble finishing it.

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  • Gary
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 06-02-14

Wow, WTF Happened To This Guy?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Not flogging Catholicism or any other religions.

What was most disappointing about Philip Kerr’s story?

This is pretty frickin far from Bernie Gunter.

How could the performance have been better?

Not doing it at all.

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

Bewilderment.

Any additional comments?

If this is Philip Kerr's new style, I'm out. For good.

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  • Iain
  • BertrangeLuxembourg
  • 06-12-17

Great idea, poorly executed

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

For the first 70% of the book this was an interesting, almost unique, plot concerning an FBI agent who has come across a number of apparently random deaths of atheist writers and intellectuals. Each death could be explained individually, but collectively, they looked suspicious.

All the ticks were in place, with the FBI agent being a brilliant lone maverick, marriage falling apart and colleagues who are not bought into the issue. Then he finds supporting evidence to his suspicions and the author loses the plot.

Has Prayer turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all, the ending to the book was poorly executed. Many of the possible outcomes would have been handled so much better by Stephen King. This could have been a great story, it turned out to be poor plotting as the hero behaved like a complete ass.

Which character – as performed by Mark Zeisler – was your favorite?

No complaints about the reading which was good. As the main character (it is written in the first person) had been brought up in Scotland till the age of 14, his total American accent was not in character, but that had no affect on the telling of the story.

What character would you cut from Prayer?

The author. I am not sure what crusade he was on, but he missed the mark badly.

Any additional comments?

Do not be put off Philip Kerr, this is the first of his books that I have not appreciated. Mybe religious novels are not for me.

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  • JOHN
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 08-29-14

Dissapointing

What disappointed you about Prayer?

Incongruent. Made no sense. Very disappointing as I have thoroughly enjoyed his other work. Could have been written by someone else. Right from the get go his relationship with his wife is odd, loved her to pieces but betrays her easily etc. Did not finish the book. Annoyed me each time I tried to listen again. Hard nosed FBI agents carrying on like schoolgirls.

Has Prayer turned you off from other books in this genre?

Probably

Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Zeisler’s performances?

yes

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

Dissapointment

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Extremely disappointing and not worth the time.

What disappointed you about Prayer?

Kerr was trying to do something different and he succeeded, it was different. Unfortunately it was different "bad"! Some chapters were average commercial plonk and the other sections were just bad. It was like a B horror movie that just kept going enough to stop you from walking out.

Would you ever listen to anything by Philip Kerr again?

Have also bought the "Shot" at the same time so I will give it a try, hope it is better. I loved the Gunther series.

What about Mark Zeisler’s performance did you like?

The reading performance was good and that was one of the reasons I finished the book.

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  • Nissology
  • 11-28-16

Very far from Bernie Gunther!

I should have paid more attention to the title: it says it all.
The text is crypto-religious, if anything, "Prayer" is a coherent, far right and conservative Catholic view that the actor Mel Gibson and his father, Hutton, are said to hold.
This is a religious vision stirred by some of the more "vengeful god" passages in the bible. And, in fact, the reading/text ends with a recitation of such harsh verses in no particular order from the old and new testaments.
I kept waiting for the lead character or, even, one of the minor ones, to find out the rational basis for the passionate visions described; for the mystery to be solved without reference to Christian scripture.
But, no, one bizarre (for me) vision after another proceeds until the lead character who started out an atheist convert, but ends as a trainee priest in a seminary.
As the text proceeds, more and more religious phrases creep into the narrative until you almost expect to hear someone shout an evangelical "hallelujah" at some points of pulpit monologue.
My interest in purchasing Philip Kerr is his past catalogue of procedural drama, not his possible Christian faith.
This book was very disappointing for me as a non-believer; in fact, as far as I know, my family has been free from religion for several generations.
I listened to the end of the text, hoping for something clever to emerge, but it never did.
If you a Christian or fear losing your faith, this book might be for you.
If you are a "Traditionalist Catholic", this will be one of your favourite books.