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God of Darkness [Kindle Edition]

Christopher G. Moore
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Book Description

God of Darkness set in Bangkok follows a group of expats who work for a telecommunications company. As the economic Crisis mounts, the pressures to find and keep a job increases. The lead character, Hurley, is from Seattle and lives inside a Thai family compound. His girlfriend is pressing him for marriage. At the same time, the future father-in-law, is showing Hurley how power and influence, like dope and sex, can become addictive. And his future mother-in-law, introduces him to Rahu worship, or the God of Darkness.

Editorial Reviews


"Moore has written a wonderful time capsule of this roller coaster, crash and burn period [of 1997 economic crisis in Thailand]. If [you] want to know what goes on behind those high walls in those expensive Bangkok neighborhoods while getting a good thriller of a ride then read GOD OF DARKNESS."
--Kevin Cummings, Chiang Mai City News

"The stories of other writers--locals and expats--maybe likened to sketches or drawings, while those of Christopher G. Moore are paintings or murals."
--Bangkok Post

"Moore's understanding of the dynamics of Thai society has always impressed...."
--The Japan Times

"Southeast Asia's master novelist, with his refined word play, persuasively holds a believable world in place.... We need a novelist of Moore's quality ... to interpret [Thailand] to us."
--Pattaya Trader

"One of Moore's greatest strengths ... is his knowledge of Southeast Asian history."

From the Author

In June 1997 the economic system all but collapsed in Thailand. Fortunes were lost. Unemployment went through the ceiling. The rich could afford to fill up the gas tank of their Benz. In the midst of this chaos, God of Darkness tells the story of a relationship between a young couple. He's an American who knows nothing about Thailand. She's from a Thai family. A family headed by a Mafia like father. Nothing in his young life has prepared Hurley for the Thai ways, the language, the culture and the criminal enterprises of his prospective father-in-law.

Product Details

  • File Size: 813 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 9748711625
  • Publisher: Heaven Lake Press (January 10, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0033PRXTK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Bunch! October 29, 2008
I have read all of Christopher Moore's novels and have even met the man on several occasions while in Bangkok. It is important to note that this is not a Vincent Calvino novel. The central characters are an American expat that has a high level management job (telecommunications) in Bangkok, his US educated Thai girlfriend, the girlfriend's high society family (who are not quite gangsters) and former college professor that is looking for a wife in Bangkok.

What I really like about this book is how the fictional elements mirrored real life events. I read the novel shortly after release when the Asian currency crisis was wrecking havoc on the Thai economy (The Thai Baht went from 25 to the Dollar to 55 to the Dollar and there were mass layoffs, which caused some of the legions of corporate "office ladies" to look for work in high end hostess clubs). There is an interesting plot along with several sub plots.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Book that leaves the reader in awe... April 26, 2013
By tinman
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Right from the start this book grabs the reader. Regardless of whether or not you have been to thailand you are guided through the secrets of the Thai culture both good and bad. The characters become your companions, their pain is yours. This book has left me longing to return to Thailand my second home and wishing the characters were real people so I can go and meet them. The Author once again has hit a grandslam with this book. Don't try to speed read it or you will find yourself lost and regretting what you missed. I also write books and this Author inspires me to write more and to do better. Thank you sir for your wonderful book. Well worth the price and more.
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I am a fan of Bangkok fiction and my most recent choice was GOD OF DARKNESS by Christopher G. Moore.
Reading GOD OF DARKNESS was like watching a good movie, for me. I was completely satisfied at the end of this 320 page novel, which I would categorize as both a thriller and historical fiction. What Moore does well is parachute the reader into hostile territory that would otherwise be inaccessible. In G.O.D. you are behind the high walls of a wealthy Thai family compound. One that just happens to make frequent offerings to Rahu, the God of Darkness.

GOD OF DARKNESS is set in 1997 mostly in Bangkok during the Asian economic crisis. Thailand is no stranger to crisis as the current times reflect. Moore has written a wonderful time capsule of this roller coaster, crash and burn period. You land in a Bangkok high society family compound where the central character, Hurley has been convinced by his girlfriend's family to leave the comfort of Seattle, Washington to become part of something he had not anticipated and never experienced in his young life. The drama unfolds when Hurley moves out and it is unclear whether he will return and marry the beautiful May under the heavy handed influence of powerful, potential in-laws. Additional characters include Hurley's 73 year old former professor flying into Bangkok in order to find a Thai wife, a masturbating monkey, a cold blooded hit man and a ditched mia noi (minor wife). Moore is not a cookie cutter writer - he takes chances. An example would be his use of settings. A short time motel room is not particularly clever for Bangkok fiction. But Moore chooses to use that scene. Twice. Two years apart. The same mirrored room.
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It took me back to when mobile phones were a novelty; a status symbol and when Thailand was going crazy. Christopher Moore yet again produces a ripping story that has many twists and turns. I read his books to gain an insight into how Thais think. The Chinese Thai family living in the compound is very close to my experience - my son married into such a family who also lost badly in 1997. Like Hurley my son was told if he hurt his potential wife he would be chased to the end of the earth with dire consequences. No wonder we are always outsiders in their thinking. The professor from Seattle ends up with an unlikely bride - I found where and how he found her somewhat extraordinary but still a good read. If you think finding a Thai bride easy read this and don't say you have not been warned.
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