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Scars on the Face of God: The Devil's Bible [Kindle Edition]

C.G. Bauer
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“Scars on the Face of God is a brilliant novel. Congratulations on hitting one out of the park, Chris.” — Jonathan Maberry, New York Times Bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, and author of the Pine Deep trilogy and the Joe Ledger series. “C. G. Bauer writes with passion and intensity, tackling the mysteries of faith and fear. Hotter than the flames of hell.” — Scott Nicholson, author of Scattered Ashes, They Hunger, The Red Church, The Harvest.

Hex signs protect the town's barns and outbuildings. A local tannery spews poison on land and in the river. And babies disappear at birth. Wump Hozer, an orphan and one-time felon who earned his nickname from the sound a crowbar makes when it hits a man’s head, is the custodian of Our Lady of the Innocents parish in Three Bridges, PA. Wump fought all his life against the tannery’s waste, against God, and against the blind eyes of his good neighbors. Childhood memories and strange presentments plague him when a brick wall unearthed at the site of a new restaurant collapses and raw sewage carries hundreds of bones into the pit left behind. It looks like the Devil has made Three Bridges his new playground; a blasphemous bible will tell Wump why.


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"Scars on the Face of God is a brilliant novel. Congratulations on hitting one out of the park, Chris." —Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner

“C. G. Bauer writes with passion and intensity, tackling the mysteries of faith and fear. Hotter than the flames of hell.”

—Scott Nicholson, author of Scattered Ashes

Scars On The Face Of God: The Devil’s Bible’ is one scary title and this book lives up to its promise.

These characters . . . are exquisitely drawn, fully-fleshed beings that leap from the page to engage you in the plot. I found it hard to believe this was C.G. Bauer’s first novel. The writing is pitch-perfect, from the language used to the intricate weaving of plot threads. This is a talented writer, a name I will expect to find on New York Times best-seller lists.

 —Kelly Jenkins, SF Crowsnest Review


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  • File Size: 433 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: C.G. Bauer; 2 edition (October 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060VH69G
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book-well worth your time and money June 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The title Scars on the Face of God: The Devils Bible intrigued me and I put aside another novel to read this one. I was not disappointed. I loved the main character Wump and associated with him, right from the prologue. Bauer fleshes Wump, as well as the other characters, out carefully with a complex background that drives the characters throughout the story. I never once felt a character's actions were contrived.
Wump is a powerful narrator in this novel and Bauer expertly uses the character's vernacular to validate the character's behavior, immersing the reader and Wump into a horror spanning 100 years. I found myself devouring this novel to reveal the clues and watching the clock to see if I had time to finish before bed. I raced through the book to the end. Bauer nicely wraps up the ending and does not leave anything unexplained or what the reader can deduce.
There are no 2-d characters in this book; all of them have history and are intricate to the story, which helps with the suspension of belief as the reader falls mercilessly into the river and sewers with the characters to discover the horror of dead babies with lips that move. There is very little opportunity for one to catch one's breath as this story builds in suspense, but Bauer manages to weave into the story all of the background and flashbacks without once slowing the pace as the book nears the climax.
A note on editing: I'm never without my Kindle and I read constantly. A good deal of ebooks lately have not been edited well, or not at all. That irritates me and I usually make a note of the author so as not to make the mistake of reading them again. This novel is wonderfully edited and certainly contributed to my enjoyment.

If you want to read a good book, this is the book for you.
Mr. Bauer has some new books coming out soon that I am looking forward to reading. I can't wait for his next novel.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic cross-genre novel July 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Wump", in case you didn't know, is the noise a crowbar makes when it hits a man's head. It's also the nickname of the protagonist in C.G Bauer's fantastic novel Scars on the Face of God: The Devil's Bible for that exact reason. Wump (or Mr Holzer if you'd prefer) had a troubled childhood which lead to a violent adulthood, ultimately landing him in jail. That's his past, and it haunts him, just as the true meaning of his nickname constantly follows him where ever he turns.

Wump isn't the only person in the town of Three Bridges (previously known as Schuetten) with a tortured or hidden past. From early in the prologue chapter, it's clear that Schuetten/Three Bridges isn't the kind of town the Brady bunch would settle in. Originally settled by fervent German Catholics, Schuetten in the early 1900s was plagued by poverty, hunger, dangerous work for minimal pay, child abuse, superstition and the death of countless infants - typically disposed of in the large river running through town. Now, (in the 1960s) development has occurred and the town generally seems to be in better spirits, even if a large portion of children are born handicapped and townspeople are dying of leukaemia left, right and centre. However, after a wall collapses and reopens a sewer that had been barricaded for nearly 50 years, a flood of baby bones sheds a bright light on Schuetten's dark past.

As Wump, motivated by a childhood encounter with one of the abandoned babies, investigates where these babies came from and why they were abandoned he is joined by the new priest and former baseball player, Father Duncan, on a secret mission of his own, and two wonderful little orphans Leo and Raymond who are more than meets the eye. While the investigation of the baby bones form the backbone (sorry, sorry!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written March 6, 2009
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This is a excellent book. Well written, with a taut plot and well-defined likable characters. The prose took a page or 2 for me to get used to and then it just flowed.

The characters drove this story for me. Wump reminded me of many older men I have known, gruff but kindly, a man's man. I could feel his pain and doubts over the loss of his son. His honesty and transparency was attractive. Add in Leo and Raymond, Fr Duncan and Mrs V. and you have a great cast of characters.

The plot moves along nicely, sometimes you will think you have it figured out, then all of a sudden realize you were either wrong or only half right. Thankfully though, none of the plot twist are sudden or cheap contrivances, rather they just unfold naturally.

Overall an excellent book which I greatly enjoyed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doubleshot Reviews book review April 19, 2012
Format:Paperback
Technically 4.5 stars, but rounding up because it's worthy.

Like a good character driven story? One with lots and backstory and so many twists and turns you aren't sure if you're coming or going? Then you will enjoy Scars on the Face of God: The Devil's Bible. ''The story takes place through the eyes of Wump (Ever wonder what the sound is a tire iron makes hitting a human skull? Now you know) Wump has had a hard life and he's tired, he tries his best to be a good man to make up for his past wrongs. He has a good job working as custodial for the local parish, but some odd things continue to happen and Wump seems to be right in the middle of it all. The town has a horrible little secret and Wump is about to learn the entire story.

Honestly, I don't want to say too much about 'Scars on the Face of God: The Devil's Bible ''because even though I have read it I think I need to go back and read it again. It's one of those tales that has so many hidden tidbits scattered throughout it that you're definitely going to miss things during the first read through. Trust me that this is an excellent tale of mystery and religion mixed with a touch of horror. The main character is flawed, making him all the more believable and the surrounding characters play fantastically against Wump. The setting is simple, but well developed in that as you are reading the sights, sounds and odors are vivid enough that you could swear you just smelled dog poo. (Yes, I said dog poo)

A definite must read for all who enjoy a thrilling and mysterious well told story that can truly make you sit down and ponder the sort of life you lead and where it might take you over time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it completely!!!!
I have to say I did decided to get out of "spite".... Of course I was interested, but it was a certain review that rub me the wrong way and that made me get it! Read more
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at first I wasn't sure I could get into this story. the more I read the more I couldn't stop.
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A clever well-written book with an exciting plot. Though this is not my preferred genre, I couldn't put it down.
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Great story with a very down to earth main character. Particularly entertaining was the use of words and grammar that would realistically have been used by a character in the time... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Timothy W Mason
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good read but jumps around a bit. Story could have had more detail regarding the ending. Ended rather abruptly and l wasn't sure it had ended.
Published 5 months ago by rosiesmama
4.0 out of 5 stars Scars on the Face of God
Really enjoyed this book. It's part mystery and part supernatural thriller. It has engaging characters, and the climax is like a ride on a rocket-powered roller coaster.
Published 5 months ago by johnchris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story You Don't Want to Miss!
Three Bridges, PA was started back in the 1900’s by a group of German Catholics and has many secrets that are about to come out. It is 1960 and the story revolves around Wump. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A warm and terrifying mystery that will keep the reader turning pages
Scars on the Face of God is a chilling turn-of-the-20th Century mystery set in blue-collar Three Bridges, a town of German immigrants outside Philadelphia. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jim Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard To Believe This Is A First Novel
Well written with characters you can relate to. The protagonist, Wump, comes across as truly human, flaws and all. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Shycat
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C. G. Bauer is editor of and a contributing author to the CRAPPY SHORTS short story collections. He's also author of the horror novel SCARS ON THE FACE OF GOD: THE DEVIL'S BIBLE (2010 EPIC Awards runner-up for best in eBook horror), which horror novelist Scott Nicholson dubbed "hotter than the flames of hell." Raised in Philadelphia, he now lives in Doylestown, PA, with his lovely wife Terry and their supermutt Rory. His short fiction has appeared in Thuglit, Shroud Magazine and 100 Horrors, and has been podcasted by Well Told Tales. He's been recognized by the National Writers Association, the Writers Room of Bucks County and the Maryland Writers Association. For more info visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/cgbauer and facebook.com/pages/crappyshorts, plus cgbauer.wordpress.com.

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