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The Hand of God (Hand of God #1)

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Charlie Sims is not your typical preacher. He is also a serial killer who can turn people into zombies. He believes it's his job to rid the world of sinners. One corpse at a time, he carries out his brutally selfless work until a more powerful preacher appears who will change his life forever. A battle ensues for the fate of mankind. Charlie's devout beliefs are shaken as ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published July 17th 2013 by Createspace (first published March 1st 2012)
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Melanie Adkins
Apr 28, 2012 Melanie Adkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the age of twelve, Charlie Sims knew he was different. He knew he had a higher calling. At seventeen, Charlie had his first human kill. It was pretty much a given at that point, Charlie was not of this world. Pastor Charlie Sims had been doing the Lord's work for years. In his heart he believes he is The Hand of God. His chapel? An old barn on the family property. God spoke to Charlie about his missions. He leads Charlie where he needed to be. Along comes Bishop Hoover. Bishop Hoover seemed ...more
Katrina Berry
Feb 08, 2013 Katrina Berry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely enjoyed this book. I’ll admit though that it’s not one that I would have picked out for myself. Had I started this on my own, I probably would have put it back down with how it jumped right in with the religion part. Since I was doing this as a review though I pushed forward with the book as I was requested and within just a few pages of reading I got a much better picture and understanding of how it was all worked together. I must say that without the religion equation it just ...more
Julianne Snow
Feb 14, 2013 Julianne Snow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author as a gift. Thank you Tim! There was no mention of a review, but I’m giving you an honest one regardless.

The Hand of God by Tim Miller was somewhat of a surprise to me. I have read quite a few books with religious undertones in the past and Frank E. Peretti is one of my favourite authors among the hundred or so that I say that about. Ideally, in its most simplest form The Hand of God is a story of good and evil, but what sets the book apart from others that ta
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Kami
Feb 11, 2013 Kami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was gifted to me from the author for an honest review. Thank You!

God save me from a righteous man. Pastor Charlie is doing God's work by killing sinners. I personally don't approve with the amount of murder that has been done in the world in God's name. Pastor Charlie meets a man, David Davidson, who tells him that God told David to tell Pastor Charlie to look out for someone who will need to be dealt with. Bishop Hoover shows up and apparently brings a woman back from the dead. Pastor
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Paranormal Reads
May 31, 2012 Paranormal Reads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not my typical book I usually read but with saying that I did enjoy the book. Tim writes a new spin on Nephilim that I have yet to encounter in other book. Even though I had a hard time connecting to the main character the story line kept me hooked and turning the pages to see what would happen next.

Charlie is a pastor who believes God is giving him visions of sinners to kill. He calls himself the Hand of God. But he soon finds out from another that he is not all human and his visions do
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Sabrina
May 31, 2012 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not my typical book I usually read but with saying that I did enjoy the book. Tim writes a new spin on Nephilim that I have yet to encounter in other book. Even though I had a hard time connecting to the main character the story line kept me hooked and turning the pages to see what would happen next.

Charlie is a pastor who believes God is giving him visions of sinners to kill. He calls himself the Hand of God. But he soon finds out from another that he is not all human and his visions do
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Beth
Jun 15, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pastor Charlie is frightening from the first page of Hand of God, more so due to his assertion that he is performing his violent deeds because he is working in tandem with God. His calm and cynical narration of the acts, often laced with twisted humor, lends credence to the point that he feels he is doing what he truly believes is right and just. The fact that he is a man of the cloth compounds the possibility that Pastor Charlie could be in any town, any church, watching our misdeeds and ...more
Nicole Hill
May 14, 2012 Nicole Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was totally different from what I thought. Pastor Charlie simms Is the hero. He " Thinks " he is " The Hand Of God. " but discovers that in reality, he is a serial Killer who is also part of an old, thought to be extinct race of half humans/ half angels. Throughout the book it turns out that he's not really been getting orders from god. It also turns out that god tried to wipe out his race hundreds of years before because he deemed them an abomination. Even though he is a serial ...more
Terri Baldwin
Jul 09, 2013 Terri Baldwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a religious person, so I doubt I'd even think about reading this book if I hadn't known the author on Facebook and completely enjoyed the banter there. It also helped that my boyfriend's mother read it and called me, just describing the book as "Oh My God, not what you expect!". That piqued my interest!

Pastor Charlie isn't your everyday normal pastor... he has a side job enforcing the biblical rules. In essence, this makes him a serial killer, and it's a job he thoroughly enjoys. Charli
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Helen White
May 24, 2012 Helen White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a ripper of a book. I just couldn't stop reading after I had started. The tone is morally ambiguous and you should find yourself at the end of the book still unsure who is right and who is wrong. It looks at religion, God, Jesus and the Devil, and starts to question and upset conventional notions about morality, right and wrong. There is some excellent detail that gives the book tone, biblical quotes, references to real life TV Evangalists for example. The book could be classified as ...more
Brian Mcclain
Oct 23, 2014 Brian Mcclain rated it it was amazing
So this story is a great example of why I should research my buys more. For a while I had wanted to read something by Tim Miller and saw that this was one of his earlier works. It was nothing like what I expected and yet his writing was so smooth and flowed so well that wasn't a problem. I honestly read this so fast its hard for me to comprehend and yet I caught each and everything. I guess it might be considered a minimalistic style, but for someone as imaginative as I am it allows me to fill ...more
Tammy
Dec 15, 2015 Tammy rated it it was amazing
I've read several of Tim's books and I haven't been disappointed yet and these books are no exception. I really enjoyed reading Tim's version of God and Lucifer and the trinity and religion as a whole, he gave me a whole new perspective!! These are definitely scary because you get lost in the story and it's terrifying to think of things happening the way they are described in these books!! I whole-heartedly recommend these books!! I love when a series is sold all together it's so much easier and ...more
Daniel
Aug 26, 2012 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlie Sims is no ordinary preacher, on the side he carries out God's orders by torturing and killing sinners. When a new preacher comes to town, his faith is shaken and the line between good and evil is shattered.

Pastor Charlie is such an interesting character. Throughout the book my feelings for him varied, I'd hate him one moment and then I would urge him on to continue. He is both the antagonist and protagonist, which works well. The arrival of Bishop, changes the scope of the book and the
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Kayla
May 29, 2012 Kayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, ebook
I started this book and literally could not put it down. It was a great book, that in the beginning it sort of reminded me of the show Dexter.

Pastor Charlie is a minister who kills sinners because of his calling from God. He likes to refer to himself as "The Hand of God". No one has a clue about his secret, until someone shows up claiming someone will pop up and seem to be someone they are not. Later on in the book he meets both the Devil & Jesus. Things start to get weird for Charlie and i
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Lisa Markson
Jan 16, 2013 Lisa Markson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of The Hand of God by Tim Miller in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. This reminded me of a saying "Vengeance is mine; sayeth the Lord". One preacher out to save all of mankind one sinner at a time. The book got me from page one till the very last one. I initially thought it was going to be a holy roller type book but it was so much more. I was kept on my toes always turning the page to find out what was going to happen next because when I thought I knew the author ...more
Amber
Jan 16, 2014 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hand of God will definitely have you rethinking everything you ever thought you knew about religion.
I was amazed by how much suspense there was in the book. To me it seems like there is very little you can do with a serial killing preacher. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Tim Miller went all out. Pastor Charlie was an amazing character who truly was in the midst of good and evil. Miller's take on his portrayal of Christ and Lucifer was very unexpected to me. There was so much in this
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Susan
Nov 22, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
I didn't know what to expect when I first started reading this book. The very idea of a preacher being a serial killer of sinful people made me wonder about the mind set of this preacher--Charlie Sims. Then we get two more men to deal with-- the Bishop and Lucifer. None of the characters are what they seem to be.

The story was a roller coaster ride full of twists and turns between good and evil and nothing is what it seems to be.

I enjoyed the story and recommend it to those who enjoy a lot of we
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Crystal
Jun 23, 2013 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hand of God is definitely out of my normal genre. This is the first book I've read that gives me the willies thinking about it. With actual scriptures being quoted while this serial killer of God passes judgement, it makes me wonder how Mr. Miller came up with this story. It's original and very dark and twisted. All throughout the story the plot turns just as you think you've figured it out. I was able to read this book in a day and was definitely creeped out by it. Good job on making my ...more
Kenn Anderson
Jan 04, 2015 Kenn Anderson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, first-reads
Well written thriller with a tough of horror. Preacher Charlie Sims tends to his flock by preaching during the day and butchering during the night. God has chosen Charlie to punish the wicked, or did he. The Bishop comes to town performing miracles but Charlie worries he is evil. With the aid of an angle, Charlie plots the downfall of this so called holy-man.

A very fast paced book, very exciting.
Nicole Galloway-Miller
I enjoyed Tim Miller's "The Hand of God." Nothing was as I expected. In addition, Miller addresses the hypocrisy of Christianity and challenges the accepted views of God and Satan. I have a link to my blog if you would like to read my entire review.

http://nrgalloway24.wordpress.com/201...
Jake
Sep 03, 2015 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible Book

I am not a religious man. I gave up on mainstream religion when it became clear to me that no God would allow churches to behave the way they do. Tim Miller knocks this out of the park. God may exist, but he's not what you think. The lies you've been told are real. And so is the premise of this book. Amen, Mr. Miller. Well done.
W.H.
Apr 28, 2016 W.H. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this in Tim Miller's The Hand of God Trilogy. I was gifted a copy of the audiobook by the author/narrator in exchange for and honest review. No enumeration was involved.

The Hand of God, #1
The Revenge of the Three, #2
The Hand of Hell, #3

http://www.audible.com/listener/A335D...
Keith
Jun 19, 2015 Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I save 5 stars for the best and this is indeed one of them. Great story and witty humor through out the entire series, laughed out load more than once. Very enjoyable whether or not your religious or your beliefs, very entertaining and a fast read.
Terry Trahan
Mar 14, 2013 Terry Trahan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read. Tim you wrote a story that truly had me wondering about you. I sure hope you are mentally stable!!!! Hahaha... But I did enjoy it!
Steven
Jan 13, 2016 Steven rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, 2016-read
Evil vs more evil, two reverends do battle, and neither is a good person. This is book one of a trilogy. More comments when I complete this.
A.B. Shepherd
May 25, 2012 A.B. Shepherd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tim Miller has dedicated his life to writing stories that will both scare readers and make them cringe.

Over the years, Tim's writings have evolved into darker realms. He released his first horror novel, "The Hand of God" in 2011. Since then his books have become progressively more violent and gory. With the release of "Family Night" in 2013, Tim had moved into the world of extreme horror where he
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