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
A community hall in North Devon, one Sunday morning in 1995, being used as a makeshift church. About 70 peop!e In attendance, inc!using a drunk, an elderly couple, a teenage girl, a woman in a wheelchair, a young man and his heavily pregnant wife, the preacher - and a young man with a demand: he wants God to speak to him personal!y. Or else they all die.
This is the setting, indeed, the entirety, of this remarkably riveting book. As the readers we are there, also prisoners in that cheerless hall, trapped with the intense young man with the bomb. And where is God? Is He there? If so, how will He speak? No need to be a believer - not everyone in the story is - to be totally absorbed in and terrified for the lives of those held hostage as the story unfolds through their disparate points of view. Sounds !ike it might be confusing? It's not. Instead, each person becomes real, three dimensional, with startling clarity.
Chris Barnes is our anchor. At first surprising that the reader would come with a Scottish accent rather than one more fitting for Devon, this strange distinction was quickly lost with the excellence of his narration and it was only later that I realised it also helped to, mercifully, separate us from the trapped congregation. He allows us to hear each of their voices, feel for them, suffer with them, yet still, Godlike, remain aloof.
The author prefaces the book with a list of those whose stories will be interwoven and also the statement that, "Almost none of it happened but this is how I remember it", a chilling reminder that the events unfo!ding are only too possible.
My profound thanks to the rights holder from whom I received the gift of God Bomb, via Audiobook Boom. It was refreshingly different, superbly gripping, and scary as hell. Especially the totally unexpected ending ...
One of the best as it was the first. I'm converted.
The numerous twists.
"Hello, Is God there?"
I haven't read the print version, but I loved the story and characters and I will now read the book.
I liked the way all the characters we portraid showing their needs, wants and expectations.
Fear the Bomb!
A great story by Kit Power with a strong story line and great characters. A brilliant audio by Chris Barnes. Xx
It's really hard to sum up the plot because I don't want to give anything away, plus it's the type of book where you're better off knowing nothing, but I will say it's incredibly powerful. The basic plot is that a suicide bomber goes into a church demanding that God speaks to him personally, or he will blow everyone up.
Simple plot, but where the author adds his spin is that it's told from multiple characters POV. This took a simple story and made it exceptional. You feel like you can put yourself into each of the characters shoes and experience the horror and fear from their view. In this day and age, you can just imagine that this could happen. You can imagine the fear you would feel, well, imagine no more, Kit Power manages to pull you into this and make you part of the story, it was truly terrifying when I was listening to it.
There are multiple characters, but the author gives a break down of each at the start of the book. This helped while listening to it cause it could of gotten confusing. Each of the characters are in that church for a certain reason and I liked finding it out as the story progresses. Every one has problems, some just express it differently than others.
Anyway, this is a thrilling, terrifying, well written and developed book. It will have you questioning things, it will have you on the edge of your seat and it will stay with you long after you read it. An incredible story and all I'll say is go get it now!!
I honestly don't think there is anything left to say about Chris Barnes as a narrator, that I haven't said before! He doesn't just tell a story, he gives it life, he portrays emotion and the tenseness that people feel perfectly. He always captures me from the start and never fails to deliver.
*I received this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*
"A tragic reality, but a damn good book"
"Almost none of it happened.", That is how Kit Power leads us into Godbomb. As the story went on, I wanted to believe this. However I cannot. Sure, the people, places, and names are all fictitious, but the carnage is not. The line between faith and evidence can both protect and destroy humanity. Godbomb is a thrilling illustration of that fact. Read it. Take from it what you will. You will take SOMETHING from it. That is why Godbomb should not be missed.
"Is God Real, and if so, Does God Give A Damn?"
I'm not entirely sure what I expected from this book, but it came highly recommended and was narrated by one of my favorites in Chris Barnes, so I gave it a whirl and was not disappointed.
It takes the eternal question of "Is God Real?" and manages to spin it into a gripping tale that, while not your "traditional" horror novel, still manages to deliver thrills, chills and gore. While I have listened to Chris Barnes' narration on many occasions, I was unfamiliar with Kit Power, but now I look forward to seeing what else they have in store.
With a varied group of characters and an ending you won't see coming, God Bomb is definitely worth your attention.
"A Wild Ride"
When I first began listening I had to get past the strong accent of the narrator.
But once I got used to it WOW.
This story starts with the main character interrupting a church service, he has a bomb
and a threat.
If God doesn't speak to him then he will blow the place up.
As the story moves along the author delves into the minds of the church members (who are now hostages) the Pastor & the Bomber. He gives you their thoughts with what is going on right now as well as their lives up to now. How each person has their own reasons for being in church right then and in a few cases how they are gonna handle this guy with the bomb.
I can't go into too much detail because you really need to hear it for yourself. I think the best thing about this novel is the fact that when listening to it I became a part of the story
(I actually started thinking of ways to stop the Bomber).
If an author can include the listener into the story, that shows how amazing it is.
Give it a try, the ride is worth it!
***This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.
"Fascinating, horrifying, and totally unique"
Switching from one character to another in an otherwise tense situation can often be a distraction but it worked very well here. And what made it work especially well was the way it was narrated.
A standard hostage-situation setup took many turns and kept me guessing throughout.
Kit Power's prose and Chris Barnes' voice were a match made in heaven (so to speak). Barnes has the ability to narrate with a palpable sense of urgency, and this paired especially well with the vivid descriptions and the present-tense narrative.
There were several. Without revealing possible spoilers, there was at least one scene in which we are privy to the most private, intimate moment of a person's live: their death. The present-tense POV allowed the reader to hold their hand through the process.
"What if YOU demanded for God to talk to you?"
Yeah, I would listen again to pick up on little things that I may have missed. Despite the shorter length, the book does have a lift of complex characters that have very important roles to play in the tale.
Definitely enjoyed the locked room atmosphere. The entire book has just one setting, with zero outside interference for the most part. Like the horror side of Agatha Christie or something.
Suspense, and a tense overtone. He brought the characters to life, but left a lot for the listener to experience for themselves.
Well done all around. I would have to say though that with the way the book built and built and built until the boiler was about to explode, I felt the end needed a bit more time to be fleshed out.
Overall I still really REALLY enjoyed this book and its a solid 4 star book with a 5 star performance from Chris!
"An explosive debut novel"
This was not my first audiobook by narrator Chris Barnes, having listened to the first two in the High Moor series. The dude definitely has some chops and is a hell of a narrator. I must admit though, it took a few minutes for his thick Scottish accent to settle with me on this one, but once it did, I couldn’t picture it any other way. Very well done.
As for the story itself, GodBomb! by Kit Power is an extremely engaging and well written, edge of your seat thriller that packs quite a punch. The characters are fleshed out extremely well and there is a palpable building sense of dread right up until the satisfying conclusion. A very good debut novel from an obviously up and coming author. I have a feeling I will be thinking about this one for a while. Highly Recommended!
*I received an audio copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest review. This is it.*
"Does God Exist?"
Summer, 1995 at a church revival service in North Devon, England. An angry and confused young man attends the service with only one question on his mind: Is God real?
The man walks up to the stage at the preacher’s request. The preacher sees it as his chance to convert the man, to turn him into a believer. The young man sees it as his last chance to find the answers he seeks. In what he hopes will force God to speak to him or a member of the congregation, he straps a bomb to his chest and lets the churchgoers know that if God doesn’t speak, he will kill everyone in the building.
The plot of GodBomb! is ridiculously simple, but works so well thanks to the intensity and emotion that turns it into so much more. I didn't think this book could get any better - until I heard the audiobook.
Until recently, I didn’t “get” audiobooks. Sure, they were fine for the visually impaired or those seeking entertainment on a long trip, but for me, why listen when I could read? That changed the day I heard Chris Barnes for the first time. He was reading The Exiled by William Meikle. I was blown away, and after finishing that book, I went in search of the rest of his titles. Books like High Moor, The Cold Beneath and The Final Winter became my favourites thanks to the brilliant performances Barnes brought to each book. Since then, I’ve tried a lot of different narrators and although I enjoy their performances, none have come close to the perfection Barnes demonstrates in everything he reads. I really couldn’t be more thrilled that my favourite audiobook narrator, took the helm of GodBomb! and gave it the love and attention it deserves.
In the audio version of GodBomb!, one could easily come to the conclusion that Barnes reads in the voice of God, which for me at least, is an interesting spin on the book. Fans of the Scottish narrator will quickly find that this is quite unlike his other narrations. He doesn’t use as many voices as I’m used to, but thanks to his ability to tell any story, he doesn’t need to. His pacing is spot on and he knows exactly when to increase and decrease the volume of his voice, effectively capturing the emotion of the scene and its characters. You feel the terror the congregation feels as well as experiencing the heartbreaking emotions of the madman. It’s all there and Barnes pulls it off seamlessly.
Everyone, at one time or another, asks themselves if God really exists. I don’t care if you’re a devout believer or a devout atheist, the thought has crossed your mind at least once in your life. Kit Power, with the help of Chris Barnes brings this question to the forefront of your mind in an emotional, edgy story that will stay with you long after you’ve heard the last word.
Trust me, if you only listen to one audiobook this year, make it GodBomb! You can thank me later.
"Expertly crafted, writing & narration"
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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"A Powerful Story I Listened To At The Wrong Time"
This one's a toughie for me to review. I guess I'll point out that three stars is a good rating, and according to Goodreads metrics it indicates that I liked the book, which is true enough, but I was also slightly let down in the end, which prevents me from going any higher than three stars. Little of this disappointment, though, has to do with the material or Kit Power, who proves himself to be a very capable author and one I plan on reading more of in the future. Rather, I think some of the disappointment stems from my own expectations and mood, and both of these issues are entirely on me. Your mileage may vary, certainly.
So, what does GodBomb! have to offer? A heck of lot of wonderfully realized characters with strong backgrounds, plenty of powerful and violent moments, a fair share of surprises, and a madman in a suicide vest. And while the mad bomber has taken over a church revival, demanding God to prove his existence, Power is blessedly not the religiously preachy sort (or at least not in print; I have no way of knowing his religious inclinations in real life, of course). If you're worried about this book being akin to those annoying folk pounding on your door in the early weekend hours trying to save your soul before you've even gotten in your first cup of coffee, fear not. Power isn't hear to tell you how awesome god is or isn't, but he is here to tell a kick-ass story that often feels like a sucker punch.
Kit Power has a strong authorial voice, and in this audiobook his words are made all the more powerful by Scottish narrator Chris Barnes. This is my first outing with both of these gentlemen, and I'm already eager to see what other works they have. Barnes has a thick, charming brogue that serves this story well, set in the UK circa 1995 before pesky cell phones were everywhere, and listening to him was a delight. There's a wonderful synchronicity at work between author and narrator here, with the words lulling you in before delivering some mighty powerful action sequences. I might have to give this another listen over a pint or two, because, under Barnes' narration, it just seems like that kind of audiobook.
Any complaints I have about the material are purely subjective and largely emotional, so take this with a grain of salt. GodBomb! is dark; like, seriously dark. There's a lot of misery going on in this book and when those few moments of hopefulness shine through, Power stuffs it in a burlap sack and beats the ever living shit out of it. I certainly have no problem with dark fiction, but because of personal reasons I also was not perhaps in the best mindset to explore this work. I needed a sliver of goodness and maybe even a dash of sunshine and hope after all the real-life darkness, and I wasn't able to find that here. Power puts his characters through plenty of nasty trials and tribulations, which is fine but I needed something a little less gloomy and chaotic. Again, purely subjective and all on me.
I just wasn't in the right frame of mind for this book. Wrong place, wrong time sort of stuff (a predicament the characters within this book can relate to, I'm sure, albeit with far less sympathy for me than I had for them). I certainly understand why it's gotten so much praise from various corners, and it is definitely a powerful work of fiction. But, at the moment, it feels like a "it's not you, it's me" kind of book. I do believe, though, that this is a work I need to return to in the future, with expectations firmly in check and my head set bit more rightly than it currently is. Again, possibly, with a pint or two...
I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the author, who is sponsoring the January 2017 promotional group read/listen over at Horror Aficionados.
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