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What the Hand: A Novel About the End of the World and Beyond Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Todd Stockwell was born in Torrance, California. He lives and writes in Southern California. He is a U.S. Army Veteran with an MA in Psychology. A self taught expert in eschatology, he has authored the first black comedy concerning biblical end times prophecy.

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  • File Size: 928 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: ZFS; 1 edition (August 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MG14B1U
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Todd Stockwell was born in Torrance, California. He lives and writes in Southern California. He is a U.S. Army Veteran and has worked as a cab driver, clerk, banker, accountant, therapist, business owner, and traveling salesman among other things. He is also a former English Teacher with an MA in Psychology and a passion for eschatology. He hosts a website where guests can take a pledge never to allow a mark or implant upon their person (mark of the beast) in order to buy goods or services (neveracceptthemarkofthebeast.com).



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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Allen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 25, 2014
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A fun way to read about religion. I could see both believers and nonbelievers enjoying this book. A very unique and refreshing take on the Bible and its lessons. The author has a great sense of humor and he does a wonderful job at adding fun into the mix. The author has a unique way of looking at things and its both highly entertaining and educational at the same time.

You follow George as he checks out heaven and explores a number of theories along the way. It's a little mix of fiction and nonfiction with plenty of humor in between. George spends a lot of time in a library exploring life's questions and meeting different people and reflects on his own life. Great read and I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Froehlich on August 11, 2014
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This book is unlike anything I've ever read. It is an odd mix of fiction and non-fiction with a satirical edge. It is the story of George Somerset, a man struggling with his past, who has landed in heaven (or the New Kingdom) by the skin of his neck. He spends his time reading at a place called the Hall of Knowledge, a giant library containing the answers to life's big questions. He moves around heaven meeting different people while he recounts his troubled life.

I found it a quick read, and I wanted more. I loved the dry humor and the way he weaves historical events and wacky conspiracy theories. The book sometimes jumps around too much, but is well worth reading. I learned a lot about end times prophecy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NickTrott on August 27, 2014
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Wow!! What a fantastic read. This book should be a movie lol.
Political, spiritual, historical, all with a good dollop of 'tongue in cheek'.
I think everyone will get something out of reading this regardless of their interests.
It's going to change the way I watch future world events that's for sure :)
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"What the Hand" is a book that normally would not have been on my radar but it was recommended by a friend. I read it and found it to be thoroughly entertaining and interesting. This is a work of fiction that does not fit into a particular writing box: it is a book about the Bible, about heaven and hell, it's a horror story, a love story, a science fiction tale, a dark comedy and a political commentary all wrapped into one neat package.

The novel is written in the first person by the protagonist (George Somerset) who is, as the book jacket says, the "unhappiest man in paradise." George's story chronicles his struggles to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. He's still living on "Old Earth" after the rapture, nuclear war, and a New World Order run by the minions of the evil Illuminati who hunt George and his fellow survivors.

Stockwell's writing style is biting, sarcastic, and (from the hero's point of view) self-deprecating. George Somerset considers himself to be a cowardly scumbag, unworthy of a place in God's kingdom in heaven. As the author describes George's physical and spiritual journey, he injects commentary about current and past events, conspiracy theories and entertaining tales about the missteps of his life on earth.

The lurid writing about the horrors that George and his group endure made me think that this book could be adapted into a screenplay, filled with state-of-the-art CGI about demons on earth and the War of Armageddon.

As the book jacket says, this can be enjoyed by believers and non-believers alike.
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By Amazon Customer on September 24, 2014
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What the Hand is not your typical book about the end of the world. It takes a tongue-in-cheek look at how humans have destroyed the world through various means and what happens to them when the Book of Revelations comes true. George is the main character who is left behind when his daughter is taken by the Rapture. The book is told from George’s point of view as he ponders his past sins while living in the outskirts of Heaven. The book flashes back to the past as George dwells on everything he has done wrong on Old Earth. This is probably one of the best satirical novels I have ever read. It explores politics, religion, the greed of big money and many other subjects that lead to a person’s downfall. However you do not have to have an interest or know a lot about any particular subject because the author presents it in an amusing format that makes it very entertaining. I have no interest in politics but even found those sections of the book amusing. It is black humour and rather dark reading at times but that is to be expected when reading a book about the end of the world. I found it funny with a lot of subtle truths in what the author writes about. The format and editing worked very well on my ereader and the cover drew me in. This is a perfect book for anyone who enjoys dark humour and great satire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 28, 2014
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Fascinating. I was hooked from the beginning. I love how the author incorporated facts and the Bible. He inspired me to seek out more Christian topics!
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This is the story of a man named George Somerset, who outlines his life before and after the rapture. His story starts off in the present, with him in heaven. He then gives an accounting of events that happened in his life, and eventually makes full circle to present-day heaven.

I could relate to a tremendous amount of his feelings throughout the story. I don’t think I have led a very bad life, but I know I would feel the shame of everything being exposed. So I really related to that. This was written in a way that I could truly see it going down like it read. The humorous aspect kept the story upbeat. Things like the Roswell incident being caused by a bull onboard, the building of the tower of Babel as being a star gate, and even aliens being jokers with a mean streak kept me interested in what he would say next. Of course there were many Bible references that helped to complete the story. I really liked how the book ended too.
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