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The Chosen

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  206 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
What do you get when you mix the father of all mankind with a snotty archangel, the Father of Lies, a couple of snarky waitresses from Texas and a tattooed street preacher from Tennessee? A cross-country trip to save the world, of course! Adam (yeah THAT Adam) has been around for a long time, but even he's never seen anything like this. He has to gather his ex-girlfriend a ...more
Paperback, First, 218 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Createspace (first published August 14th 2010)
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Nov 28, 2010 Brainycat rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of lighthearted familial drama and socio-religious critique
The Chosen is a fun little book that reads very quickly. As self-published ebooks go, it's well formatted and has only a couple of typos. Written from the point of view of Adam (yes, the biblical Adam) it takes place in the modern day south. It's written with a lot of tongue-in-cheek dry hyperbole, which suits me fine - Adam makes many of the same observations about the world and the personalities in as I do, with much the same sense of snide superiority. There were several LOL moments, and the ...more
Keryl Raist
Nov 04, 2010 Keryl Raist rated it it was amazing
There is a tiny subgenre of fiction that will make me squee with delight like a Twilight Fan discovering Robert Pattinson is coming to her high school and she will be showing him around. It probably doesn't have a specific name, but I'd call it Theology for the Well Versed and Irreverent. Up until now it was such a small subgenre that I had only found three examples, Good Omens, The Life of Brian, and Dogma.

Make that four now.

The Chosen by John Hartness is an example of all that is good and joyf
Cheryl Anne Gardner
Our story opens at a Las Vegas casino, specifically at the gambling tables, where we find Lucky (Lucifer) and Big A having at a game of blackjack. Big A or rather, Adam -- yes that Adam -- and Lucky are trying to do a little bit o' the smash and grab at the tables, Lucky counting cards, and Big A trying to pass off 25 year-old chips from a long-demolished casino. This, of course, doesn't work. However, Adam and Lucifer's run-in at the casino is anything but coincidence, and Adam knows it. In day ...more
Nov 20, 2010 Candy rated it really liked it
Oh my. I don't think I knew what I was getting myself into fully when I started reading this book. Hilarious doesn't even begin to describe this book. It's funny. It's well-written. It's sacrilegious. It's blasphemous. It darn well nearly made me pee my pants I was laughing so hard. I absolutely loved it!

The whole concept is so outlandishly delicious that I really wanted to pour chocolate over it and dig it. And dig in I most certainly did. I will caution that if you take yourself or religion to
Sep 27, 2010 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a part of the First-Reads program. I thought the description sounded very interesting and I was overjoyed to find out that I was right. This book was very funny and very entertaining. I didn’t want to put it down once I started reading it.

The book is told from Adam’s point of view, and being alive for several thousand years has definitely given him a sarcastic bent. I don’t want to give away any of the story, but let’s say that putting together his merry little band of tr
Nov 04, 2010 Elise rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.

From the first scene where Adam and Satan are playing blackjack together in Las Vegas to the end I did not want to put it down.

It's deeply funny, very well written, both in terms of pacing and voice, and fast paced.

I have a few small quibbles, there were some typos and grammar issues, but nothing big enough to jerk my attention away from the story to the actual writing of the book.

As a reader of a lot of self published fiction I kept expecting the story to go off the rails, for
Steve Caldwell
Oct 26, 2015 Steve Caldwell rated it it was amazing
What an amazingly funny and serious by turns book. Adam and Eve walk into a bar is a pretty apt description, at least for part. The story begins with Adam, yes, THE Adam, the first man created by God, sitting in a casino in Vegas in the modern world playing Blackjack, when Lucky, AKA Lucifer, comes and sits in on the game. If this sounds ridiculous, it is, in the best way, Lucky's visit starts Adam on a journey that will have him meeting up with an old girlfriend of Adam's, who happened to be ju ...more
Sep 28, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I really deliberated about whether this was a 3 or 4 star book.
I went with 4 because ultimately I enjoyed the book. The concept is great - Adam and Eve and Cain - are still alive. Immortal. Lucifer (Lucypher in the novel) is kind of a "friend you hate" or an "enemy you like" to Adam and Cain. The 3 of them make up the most fucked up dysfunctional family ever to gain the field. As you might imagine. That is both entertaining and intriguing. Its a road trip novel, with fighting, drinking and sex.
Sep 23, 2012 glass.curtain rated it did not like it
Shelves: quit-reading
I wanted to like this book. The premise sounded very intriguing, but unfortunately the execution is what fails this book.
The characters are characters, only made up, never to exist personalities would say the things or do the things in this book. I'm not talking about Lucifer, the Archangel Michael or any other characters are nonexistent and therefore unbelievable, I'm saying: even if you assume the characters and their quest would be real, none of their actions, reactions or dialogue is believa
Aug 18, 2011 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book from a new, independent author is now on my personal list of "favorites of all time."

The story features a familiar cast of characters, with an unexpected modern interpretation. The story is told in a sardonic tone that makes the book all the more enjoyable.

The story qucikly grabbedmy interest and I did not want to put it down.

I have quickly become a fan of John Hartness, but The Chosen remains my favorite.

If you are a fan of Kevin Smith, I suspect you will like this one a lot.

Feb 18, 2011 Leslie rated it really liked it
Great idea for a story. The characters were likable and you really wanted to see what was going to happen. The ending seemed a little rushed and it would have been nice to see what happens a bit later but overall a good read.
Dec 30, 2010 Mattazuma rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The author did a great job bringing a bunch of historical characters in to the present day.

Highly recommended.
Sally Bisbee
Jan 07, 2012 Sally Bisbee rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I haven't had this much fun reading a book since I read Christopher Moore's Gospel According to Judas!
Mar 25, 2012 Courtney rated it really liked it
An amusing book with fun assortment of cast members. Will need to read it again for a more indepth write up.
Aug 22, 2011 Danya rated it really liked it
What if Adam, Eve and Cain were still alive today? Interesting fantasy
Jan 06, 2011 Lexi marked it as to-buy-or-borrow
Comparisons to Good Omens, Dogma, and Life of Brian? At least worth a look...
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I'll write a review shortly.
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John Hartness is a recovering theatre geek and award-winning poet from Charlotte, NC. He is the author of The Black Knight Chronicles urban fantasy series, featuring snarky, non-sparkly vampires with bad attitudes and comic book collections to rival Stan Lee's!

A graduate of Winthrop University, John has spent twenty years in some form of theatre, from performing and directing to designing and prod
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