Review: GodBomb by Kit Power (My Favorite Book of the Year So Far)

Book Description:

Somebody wants answers.

North Devon, England. 1995. 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.

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GodBomb! takes place at a church revival service in England in 1995. The preacher of the church looks for any reason to convert someone and he thinks he has the perfect opportunity to do so when a young man asks, “Do you really believe God is real?” The preacher gets excited and asks the boy to come up on the stage. When the man walks to the front of the church, he’s acting odd and he soon reveals he has a bomb strapped to his chest and if God doesn’t speak to him, he will detonate the bomb.

Kit Power’s first novel is more than just a horror story. It’s a psychological thriller combined with horror which makes it a heart-pounding ride. The book looks at the question that probably most adults ask themselves at least once in their lives: Does God really exist. Does God really talk to people?

The cast in this story consists of between 70 and 80 people, but you only get to know a small handful over the course of the book. Characters are portrayed in a very real way. Emma and Peter are expecting their first child, Alex takes it upon herself to put a stop to the horror happening around her. Katie is a young girl who has no choice but to grow up due to the events the bomber has put them all in. Twitch is an alcoholic and Chris is a very confused young man.

I’m going to try to tell you my opinion of this novel without becoming “gushy.” I absolutely loved it. I read the whole thing in one sitting and although the saying “I couldn’t put it down” is cliche, it perfectly fits in this case. The characters are so believable, the plot so intense, that I literally couldn’t stop reading. I tried. I put the book down at 1:00 am so I could get some sleep. I picked it back up at 1:12 am because I just couldn’t wait to see what happened. I finally finished it at around 4:00 and had to be up for work at 6:45. It was totally worth it.

I’m not new to this author’s work and the more of him I read, the more in love I become with his writing. This guy is one to keep your eyes on, because he’s going to go far.

Here’s the bad news. GodBomb! is not available until September 28, but you can pre-order it here in the U.S. and here in the UK.

If you don’t pay attention to any other review I write, pay attention to this one.As of this writing, GodBomb! is my favorite book of 2015. Do yourself a favor and don’t miss this one.

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