From the author of Pay It Forward comes a novel that is both a compelling drama and a deeply moving love story, a contemporary reinterpretation of the Book of Job.
Hayden Reese once believed he could have it all. He had a wife he loved completely, a daughter he adored, and a new child -- a son, they were told -- on the way. And then little by little, his life came undone
I should think that's hardly a selling point. After all, most country-western music is a modern retelling of Job, but that allusion doesn't sell records. (e.g. "My dog dieth, my truck breaketh, and my honey she leaveth me.")
Yes, Hyde has constructed her novel around biblical themes of tragedy and forgiveness, but "Electric God" is also one of the most entertaining novels I've read this year. Ima ...more
Hayden Reese is an intense, honorable, lost man with a desire to do right but a lack of reasoning to make it all work. Electric God is the perfect tale of sorrow, redemption and twists of fate that anyone can relate to. How long can a person hold onto a burden that was never meant to be carried? How do do the lies we believe as truth keep us all from becoming who we're meant to be?
I give this a five because it not just fiction for enjoyment , but made me think about my own decisions, where I'm damned if I do, damned if I don't. This reads as art, literature, and I will be rereading it .
Good book. Hayden carries his hatred for his father and quilt about the death of his brother inside and is unable to let go of it or share it with those he cares about. It takes years and much pain to bring him to the place of forgiveness.
down....and your characters have become like friends. You bring so much life to them, and the everyday issues that most of us don't live thru give one more understanding and empathy.
Pro: interesting writing in developing the characters and descriptive scenes. Good insights to many phases and trials of life. Cons: too much flip flopping in scenes and back and forth in the timeline, that I found that I lost track of who was who, and what the dog's name was and which one was the daughter. Middle of the road: the references to religion and God. What was that about? Is the author trying to make this into a Christian read? Is she trying to ask questions or suggest ...more
Hayden Reese is the most unlikeable protagonist that I have ever encountered in a novel. Reading about him is like watching a house burn: it is a tragedy but you can't stop watching. Hayden does and says the wrong thing at every turn. I never grew to like him, but learned to understand him.
The book is a powerful statement about ...more
After a rough start (chapter one left me cold), this turned out to be a compelling, memorable book. Hayden Reese is a broken, somewhat scary man, still dealing with an abusive childhood, guilt, lack of forgiveness, and inability to make constructive choices. His 'journey' (my friends know how much I hate that term, but here it seems apt) is long and painful, but at the end there is hope. Loved this book...
There were some definite over-the-top moments and some of the dialogue felt too forced, but I still enjoyed the story overall.
ANOTHER of c.r. Hyde's books that captivates and you cannot put the book down.
Hayden has problems that demands a personal understanding and eventually finding forgiveness for his little boy mistaken feeling of responsibility. a very good analytical exploration of a troubled man .
My newest releases are Ask Him Why, Worthy, The Language of Hoofbeats, Take Me With You , Where We Belong, Walk Me Home, Subway Dancer and Other Stories, When You Were Older, Don’t Let Me Go, When I Found You, Second Hand Heart, The Long, Steep Path: Everyday Inspiration From the Author of Pay It Forward, Always Chloe and Other Stories, and ...more