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.
"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.
"Holy crap, that was intense!"
This story grabs hold of you, and never lets go. The narration may take a little while for American listeners to get used to, but it is excellent!
"Shrodinger's cat: faith affirming and challenging"
Several disparate and desperate souls have gathered in a community center in a small English village seeking salvation or healing from the traveling preacher who has come offering God’s grace. However, one person in particular, a nervous young man who has taken the floor asking to be heard, has a very specific miracle he’s come to seek. He is hoping to actually meet God on this day, or there will be hell to pay.
The God Bomb by Kit Powers is a tense and spell-binding psychological thriller told through the eyes of numerous characters, each who has had the misfortune to have chosen the absolute worst day to try for their individual miracle. Each chapter moved in POV and each POV is assigned the title of a book of the Christian bible. There’s the priest, a devoted man of God who fundamentally believes his own claims to be able to bring miracles to those who are genuinely deserving. There’s the born-again former druggie who now leads the band. There’s the militant atheist who has come to shower the fakir of a minister in rainbow glitter for spreading homophobic hate. There’s the crippled teen who sometimes believes in miracles, but no longer believes in them for herself. There’s the married couple expecting their first child, and there’s the man holding them all hostages with a bomb strapped to his chest.
As the story moves from POV to POV we learn of the motivations and prejudices each harbors. Some personalities we grow to like, others we grow to perhaps dislike; but in each case the characters are individuals with their own thoughts, opinions, fears, and desires. Some are brave and stoic. Some are reckless but well-meaning. Some are cowardly but trapped. Some are just frightened and want the whole thing to end peacefully. Spoiler alert, it doesn’t end peacefully. Throughout the story several of the hostages are murdered in cold blood by the bomber who wants to believe in God, but can’t fathom one who would allow him to do the terrible things he’s doing in His holy name when all He has to do is make an appearance to bring the carnage to an end.
The story carefully walks a very precarious tightrope. As a non-believer I found the approach of telling the story through the ideas of the characters to be safe but clever. A character who believes in God can tell the reader there is a God without it being the message of the book, while for believers, the atheist character’s struggle with faith can also be read as incidental to the story without coming across as the theme. In that sense, the story can be a Shrodinger’s cat – simultaneously faith-affirming and a testament to the futility of faith.
The audio book version is narrated by Chris Barnes whose Scottish accent keeps the listener anchored in the UK setting, which may otherwise have been taken for the deep south of the US, given that the preacher feels less Anglican and more Baptist in his approach to spreading the word. At times, it’s a bit of a struggle for an American ear to make out specific words, but the context quickly clears it up.
The story moves at a good pace, with the action starting from the very beginning and lasting ‘til the very last chapter. The style is intense but accessible, and the concept is unique but feels like it could have come straight from a real life news story. Among some of the best scenes are the deaths, told from the point-of-view of the victims, each realizing that he or she was passing, and each with a different take on how it felt and what it means.
If I had to find a negative, it would be that we only come to understand part of the motivation for what set this radical plan in motion; but we are given enough of it to know that something like this could happen, and that if it did, no amount of reasoning would ever make it seem justified.
"Kept me glued till the end! Very well written!!!"
The uniqueness of the plot, characters made this a worthwhile listen that keeps the reader on the edge.
Narration was solid and commanding for a book of such good substance.
"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."
"action packed thriller"
~ another book I just couldn't put down till my eyes blurred and the clock was saying 3am time to sleep ~ kept me right on the edge till the last page ~ great job and love the storyline ~ will I tell much about the book absolutely not and ruin it for you just know you must get this one ..
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
This book is deep, has elements of horror but makes you think. It is about a young man trying to figure out if God exists and wants a miracle. All of the characters were great and everyday people. Narrator takes a little bit to get use to initially but does good job. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. Thank you.
"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.
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