13:24: A Story of Faith and Obsession Paperback – Illustrated, January 9, 2014
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From Kirkus Reviews
March 1, 2014 Issue: Hickmon’s taut, gripping fiction debut journeys into a world of subversive rock-and-roll, dark perversions and deep emotional scars. . . .Hickmon weaves these separate plots together with an unforced ease, as when he effectively portrays Rehoboam’s struggling early years in well-deployed flashbacks. The narrative’s lean, unadorned prose becomes intensely involving as the plot hastens to its climax”--Kirkus Reviews
From the Midwest Book Review
March 2014 Issue: 13:24 – A Story of Faith and Obsession is truly a complex and multi-faceted novel. To call it a crime story would be simplistic: woven within the plot are insights on obsessive behavior patterns, how music can provide subliminal impulses toward destructive actions, and how even religion can provoke a turn to the dark side of death and destruction. The characters are varied, with plausible motivations, often deeply rooted in their pasts. Through their actions, reactions and decisions, an absorbing Biblical mythology comes to life within a modern underworld of human trafficking. . . . Also at stake are beliefs and interactions between secular psychologists, their patients, and lives changed by death, faith, and abuse. It is a story about lifetimes of fear, plots of revenge, and reactions to messages begun in early years; but it is also about choices made along the way. . . . For some readers, this account of obsession, abuse, and redemption could strike too close to home; but those who want a hard-hitting, emotionally charged crime story should place this near the top of their reading list. 13:24′s emotional impact is solid and compelling, dark though it is, and it will keep readers guessing about all the connections and results right up to the blistering conclusion.--D. Donovan, e-book reviewer, Midwest Book Review
- Publisher : Rehoboam Press; 1st edition (January 9, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 376 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0991106601
- ISBN-13 : 978-0991106608
- Item Weight : 1.21 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.94 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,788,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As bothersome as his story is, the skill exhibited in the telling is impressive. The writing is elegant & descriptive (sometimes too much so,) flowing and detailed. The reader is immersed into the cauldron of depravity even though we may not want to be there. The intolerable levels of mental torture & physical child abuse generate an instinctive hatred toward most of the incredibly hypocritical abusers. As repulsive as the material is, there’s something about it that draws us back in when we try to abandon it as being too intense - a need to see a final resolution perhaps.
The author presents a long view as well, demonstrating the lifelong damage done to child victims of church-sponsored abuse ruining the survivors’ ability to have normal emotional relationships with other people as adults. It heartbreaking, gut wrenching, infuriating and causes visceral pain to see these children emerge as emotional cripples as a direct result of the mental and physical torture that was inflicted upon them by adult men who purportedly loved & cared for them.
Nominally, 1324 is a police investigation of murder committed by an abused teenager. In this aspect too, the author generates nerve wracking suspense while the reader hopes desperately that the evil abusers will get what they deserve.
It’s difficult to decide whether to recommend this book and I think I would need to know someone well to do so. A blanket “I loved this book, you should read it” definitely does not apply to 1324. Rating it presents a difficulty as well – the quality of the writing is excellent while the subject matter & detail of crimes against children is really horrible. In the end, the writing won out.
I thought the book's jumping about was a bit dis-jointed since the storyline tracks will switch quickly and without lead-in. I would have preferred a smoother flow.
The author delves into issues of the older, conservative Christianity, in which brutal corporal punishment was very much the reality. Any of us old enough will surely remember the sadistic behavior of the clergy as teachers.
More so, the book has its primary roots in the sick minds of zealots and abusers.
Kudos to Mr. Hickmon for telling this tale, having lived some of it himself. The content is dark by the very nature of its subject. Sadly, though a novel, this subject does permeate our world today.
One way or another, this novel is nothing if not unique. I’d really like to see a film version of “13:24.”