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Electric God

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  949 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Hayden Reese once believed he could have it all -- and once, he almost did: a wife and a daughter he adored, and a child on the way. But little by little, a chain of heartaches stripped him of all he loved -- and a flash of violence changed his destiny. Now at middle age, newly spring from jail in a remote California town, Hayden is utterly alone -- his girlfriend has left ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 2nd 2002 by Pocket Books (first published November 30th 2000)
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May 02, 2013 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have yet to come across a book by Catherine Ryan Hyde that I didn’t like. She has an incomparable talent writing about the misfits, the oddballs, the downtrodden, the immensely flawed, all the while keeping them exciting and interesting, and most of all, giving them that spark of hope for redemption. C. Ryan Hyde is slowly becoming one of my favorite writers. Her characters are never boring. Here in Electric God, we meet Hayden Reese, a man who has lost everything. He is a good and decent man. ...more
Feb 11, 2016 Rick rated it it was amazing
As always, Hyde manages to touch my heart as well as my mind, in that order (and that's a rare and wonderful talent). Brava!
Ron Charles
Dec 29, 2013 Ron Charles rated it really liked it
Advance publicity for Catherine Ryan Hyde's "Electric God" claims that it's a modern retelling of Job.

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
Sep 05, 2014 Elle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of
This novel is funny, wry, moving and has such believable characters. I love how Hyde has a penchant for writing about flawed characters that have so many redeemable qualities you just can’t help but cheer for them. I found this book thoroughly enjoyable and will definitely be reading more by Hyde.
Feb 25, 2016 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who's on first?

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
May 22, 2015 Shana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow and steady story

This heartbreaking story starts off slowly but steadily increases in intensity. I liked the growth and independence of both Hayden and Judith. Nice, if a little sudden, ending relationship between all characters.
Julie LaScala
Jul 22, 2015 Julie LaScala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down

Another great read with complex characters. I always enjoy Catherine Ryan Hyde's way of telling a story about flawed characters.
May 25, 2016 Marie rated it liked it
It took me awhile to get into it, and then you just feel such sorrow for the main character. The story was satisfying enough for me.
Merla Miller
Oct 26, 2014 Merla Miller rated it liked it
In true Hyde writing, the characters come to life in this book. Unfortunately, I developed a dislike for the main character early in the story and simply couldn't shake it. Hayden is stubborn, meaner than a junkyard dog, and can only see the world with visors on. He is a good man, but self destructive at best. Needless to say, this made this particular book by Ms. Hyde not one of my favorites. Bouncing between decades has never been one of my favorite writing techniques, but Ms. Hyde did make th ...more
Rita Mahan
Oct 13, 2015 Rita Mahan rated it liked it
Three and a half stars, another excellent read by Catherine Ryan Hyde. The liner notes state " a contemporary reinterpretation of the Book of Job"....Hayden Reese is an angry man, angry because he is mistreated by his Father, angry because he feels he was the cause of the death of his brother when they were children, angry at God because he took the life of his firstborn son and later took his wife and daughter out of his life. Not exactly a feel-good story, but somehow Ms. Ryan Hyde delivers a ...more
May 14, 2015 Kat rated it it was ok
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Debra Darschewski
Apr 06, 2015 Debra Darschewski rated it liked it
I liked this book better than I thought I would. I couldn't totally relate to the main character as his levels of violence were so over the top. I think I could appreciate his anger, but most people control themselves. It was sad that it took him so long to break through. It is a telling story in that we can all learn to let go and not let our past define us and not hold on to anger so much that it derails your whole life and lets you hurt and push away those who love you most and mean the most ...more
Aug 08, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
I am now a confirmed fan of Catherine Ryan Hyde. This is the second book of hers that I have read. They were both well written, unique and had well developed characters.
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
May 24, 2014 Clara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ANOTHER of c.r. Hyde's books that captivates and you cannot put the book down.

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 .
Jun 07, 2015 Pwlib rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rough start, but great read

I was unsure when I started this if I could get into it. I couldn't figure out who Hayden was exactly. But, I kept reading, and I am very glad I did. The character developed into a complex and heartbreaking man.
Millie Russom
Oct 02, 2014 Millie Russom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book.

Catherine Ryan Hyde did it again. I loved this story from beginning to end. It started out good and was good all the way thru. There was not a boring page. I wanted to read every word of this book.
Elice Mcneely
Jul 30, 2015 Elice Mcneely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feel Good Book

This is a heartwarming book that makes you feel good.

Characters that you care about and a good story line that comes full circle at the end and doesn't leave you wondering "and then what"
Feb 22, 2015 Ruth rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. I've always believed that who we become is shaped by how we are brought up. This book verified my belief and goes on to show how we can also overcome the bad things that happened to us and start new, no matter our age.
Lesley Halliday
Feb 27, 2016 Lesley Halliday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book, could relate to Hayden in the sense that it's easy to be angry at the world when really things just happen and you have to deal with them. 2nd book I've read by this author would recommend her.
Jul 11, 2016 Janci rated it liked it
I found myself skimming through parts of this book, Hayden just had too many problems for me. I wanted to shake him every time Laurel showed up. Still, I liked it about 3 stars worth. An easy read.
Mary E. McKinney

Sorry to say I did not like this book the main character was a train wreck to much religion made me uncomfortable.This book was not believable.
Rachael Drouillard
Love this author!

I always enjoy Hyde's characters! I really get involved in the wonderful story lines! I'm am never disappointed! Another great book!
May 13, 2015 Romi rated it really liked it
Such a talented writer..I've enjoyed everything I've read from her. This one was really depressing - really - but beautifully done...and redemptive at the end. A lovely read.
Susan oleneack
Not my style

The book was OK but the clipped style of writing wasn't for me. The story line kept me reading till the end though.
Susan Moore
Could not finish.

I didn't like the main character. This didn't even seem a bit like any of C. R. Hyde's other books. Disappointed.
Jun 05, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book of redemption

What a hard difficult life, lived, survived and forgiven and redeemed. A story of love, growth, forgiveness and release. Loved the character of Hayden Reese and his transformation even though it took a lifetime. Enjoyed every moment spent with this book.
Tom Langer
May 31, 2015 Tom Langer rated it really liked it
A well told story about how decisions, sometimes very simple choices ultimately shape a persons life and character.
Patricia Dunn
May 02, 2015 Patricia Dunn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story of a life that comes full circle.

Worth every minute! Very moving and deep. I always get something important from Catherine Ryan Hyde books. Great read! Bravo!
D.j. Lang
May 18, 2013 D.j. Lang rated it liked it
I'm rather embarrassed to admit that I thought this local writer wouldn't be that good. I know she wrote Pay It Forward, but I only watched the movie; I didn't read the book. Catherine Ryan Hyde is much better than some of the writers we've indulged in our book group. Her story kept me interested. I have friends to whom I will recommend this book, and I will take a chance on reading more of her works. Electric God does discuss God -- if the reader has read any Russian lit, this won't seem strang ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Karyn rated it liked it
Shelves: beach-reads
A little slower start than her other books, but once I got into some of the flashbacks, it got more interesting....
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