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

Todd Stockwell
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Book Description

George Somerset is the unhappiest man in paradise. The horrors of the Tribulation are over. Finally reunited with his raptured daughter, he has been handed the keys to the magnificent splendor of God’s kingdom. Yet, George prefers to sulk, denying his own salvation and rehashing his past failings until he pushes himself, literally, into the depths of hell.
This is the story of George’s past and present, of his sins and quest for redemption—a journey of self discovery through God’s creation, from the mind of a troubled soul searching for answers: Why am I here? Where did I come from? How old is the universe? How was it created? Who or what are the Illuminati? What about demons, ghosts, and aliens? What is the nature of God? Why is there a hell? Why does Satan even exist? How did I end up in paradise instead of the pit?
This would be the ultimate journey for most, a virtuous and wondrous trip through space and time to answer the big questions and experience the glory of heaven and Earth. But through the eyes of the often irreverent and confused George Somerset, it is a sad, horrific, and satirical misadventure, a black comedy for Christians and nonbelievers alike.


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  • File Size: 672 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: ZFS; 1 edition (August 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MG14B1U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageously hilarious, and yet poignant! August 24, 2014
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I was never too interested in politics, till I started watching Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. Jon made politics funny and interesting, and gradually I began to learn more about it, and today I'm a political junkie. This book, “What the Hand” by Todd Stockwell may yet succeed in making a non-religious person like me interested in religion.

Todd tackles religion, talks about God and the Holy Bible in the same way that Stewart covers politics, and in this way, makes the book highly appealing to a younger readership. “What the Hand” is unique, and refreshingly different. It makes the Holy Bible sound so much fun!

The book tries to offer an answer in a funny way, but from the Christian point of view to so many questions most of us have about religion and spirituality – what's heaven and what's hell, what's Rapture, what are angels and demons, what are ghosts, what really is God's plan and why does God allow so much injustice in this world if His Will is supreme.

Through his protagonist, George Somerset, who has landed in heaven, writer Todd offers his own specific observations on so many things – popular conspiracy theories such as the JFK assassination, UFO sightings, Barack Obama's Presidency and what it may eventually lead us to, the 2008 economic crisis and so much more. Todd is obviously a highly opinionated man, but his opinions are unique and highly readable.

We get a ringside view of heaven through the eyes of George, who is a good man at heart who loves his daughter more than anything else in the world, but was a petty cheat, fornicator, gambler when on Earth. We read all about how the world comes to an end, about the Rapture and the Tribulation and so many other things foretold in Biblical prophecies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely Compelling 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The future? 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Satire at it's best! 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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More About the Author

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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