I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I have read Michael Brookes' other books and really enjoyed them.
Being aware th...moreI was lucky enough to win a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I have read Michael Brookes' other books and really enjoyed them.
Being aware that this was a slightly different topic to The Cult of Me and Conversations in the Abyss I was not sure if it would appeal. I shouldn't have worried, initially wary of all the computer programming speak, I very quickly got into the story. I am sure if you understand the jargon, it makes it an even more enjoyable read, but in no way did it detract from or ruin the story.
What this story comes down to is how far are you prepared to go, to get your desire? What will it take to make you promise to pay back, no matter what? Michael has drawn a fascinating array of very believable characters, you might not like them but you will find that you need to discover what happens to them.
A seedy, modern world is depicted in all its grime and shallowness, tempered with a very human love story. Not a romance by any stretch, but there are characters that you do care about and want to see succeed.
At times, this book is rather disturbing, but at the same time not so graphic or horrific that you can't continue. A fascinating look at the age old problem of temptation, greed and how far an individual can be manipulated and pushed.
From being worried that I'd get lost amongst the computer tech stuff, I became rapidly drawn in and read it in a couple of sittings. Unnerving, edgy and fascinating right to the end, I was left wanting to read the next book! (less)
I was lucky enough to win this book in a draw on a forum and I feel privileged to have done so. To me, the blurb doesn't do it justice, what drew me i...moreI was lucky enough to win this book in a draw on a forum and I feel privileged to have done so. To me, the blurb doesn't do it justice, what drew me in was the prologue. I read that and was hooked.
Although the second book in a trilogy, having not read the first book did not diminish my enjoyment of this story and I will now go and read The Cult of Me
The story really does feel in the main like a conversation between The Deathless Man and the other protagonists. I rather enjoyed that style and found it made you have almost an empathy with the main character even though I am sure you are possibly not supposed to like him.
Without giving the story away, I loved the concepts about why/how heaven and hell and even the creation of earth occurred. Yes, it is a story, no I am not saying it is the gospel truth but I love a story that makes me think 'What if...' And the author has come up with some interesting theories.
This book is not a religious tract and not at all preachy, so please do not be put off simply because it has a religious theme. It is more about the character of the individuals and an interesting political commentary too. One is left with the thought that some of it just might be how it is!
I found this a quick read possibly due to the conversational style but was left with probably what the best endorsement I can give, I couldn't wait to finish it to pass it on to a friend. It is one of those books that you want to share so that you can discuss it with them after they have read it. A book has to really draw me in before I would recommend it to a friend, this one did.
Michael Brookes has created some fascinating characters that I can't wait to revisit in the next book.(less)