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It is a novel which switches between centuries and combines the most basic emotions like family love with the most extreme and unusual scenes (and therefore, by scenic association, emotions) like the devil’s tail punishing the devil’s would-be bride. I just couldn’t make the connection and I believe Grant definitely bit off more than he could chew regarding this very difficult literary task. I found the human emotions by “normal” association absolutely strange but not strange in any good way. I also found the layout of dialogue and other typos irritating. As for heavenly relationships on earth and earth relationships in heaven, again why on earth trouble your literary imagination with such appallingly difficult tasks? But Grant Leishman does and he is obviously committed to the attempt. It sort of freaked me out to read about JC’s way of thinking and looking at the world as well as his fleshly tenderness for Maria. I imagine Milton when he sat down in his blindness and dictated “Paradise Lost” was likewise in the midst of such difficulties and the critics have never ever spared him since!
I just have to get positive. I owe it to my great friend and fellow writer just across the waters from me. We expats in Asia need all the umbrellas against the monsoons that human relationships can give! And again that’s it! Human relationships. Yes, they’re there in “Holy War” but in the oddest, most extreme contexts, all yoked by violence together as one critic put it about John Donne’s piled-up metaphysical verses.
Grant Leishman’s ambition is massive and the novel is of great interest in that one writer is telling us how all the travails and problems that the great religions have tried to solve without great success are leading to one hell of a big battle. He shows a wide grasp of world religions too and once you accept his premise you will enjoy flying from heaven to hell, back again, and, of course, all the in-betweens. If I didn’t enjoy that flight, maybe the fault is all mine. I wish I had enjoyed it.
To conclude : I certainly enjoyed the gathering-storm ending and thought the crescendo was well done. Four stars despite reservations to the end about the worldly relationships of the unworldly and the fairly frequent typos. I would like to quote one reviewer: “This novel had a lot of really interesting and unique elements. It’s the standard religious battle between good and evil…however….” The reviewer goes on to say just why for him/her the characters were so interesting, and I agree wholeheartedly that the novel is refreshingly unusual. Unique elements? Yes, maybe…Could it just be that my Christmas bad mood isn’t going away that quickly!!!???
The author really did a great job when it comes to research of religion, history and their relation to one another. There were some pretty good ideas thrown in the narrative (such as the ancient Gods being actually fallen angels taking different 'gigs' as their influence on humankind varies and they move on to greener pastures). The representatives of the Christian side of the conflict was definitely presented as the good guys in the classic conflict of pride and humility. Still, they were presented in a refreshing way, without the hollier-than-though attitude that usually pisses me off in Christian fiction. Like another reviewer pointed out, there was humour, the characters didn't take themselves too seriously, the Kingdom Of God church lacked the stifling dogma usually associated with religion, it was clearly open to gay couples and women had a major role as leaders.
I enjoyed the novel a great deal, the last part was really suspenseful and kept me on my toes until the last pages of the battle. However, there were things that I wish were different. All the characters were pretty much set in their own way, either "good" or "evil" and I have a preference for more grey characters who go through conflicts and suffer changes. Perhaps that is why my favorite character in the book was the prodigal daughter, Samantha. Not because she was particularly loveable, oh no, at times she is such a spoiled brat you want to slap her. Still, she was the most conflicted and battled plenty of personal demons of her own, she was torn between her good and evil side and ultimately found redemption. Even if I found some of her shift from good to evil to good back to evil and so forth a bit way too sudden her development arc was the best. Also, perhaps it is just me, but I remained with the feeling the good guys in the story were kind of passive and hoping for a miracle, scratch that, relying on a miracle. There was also a lot of pack patting and reassurance between the good guys over how strong they were, how amazing their faith is and how they'll fight till the end. That is pretty fine by itself but at some point, it started getting repetitive.
Another interesting character was Collin Griffiths, the old Druid holding on desperately to the traditions of his religion, in spite of it slowly getting lost and becoming more of a fashion and fancy belief for those tempted by the hippie culture. I also liked the fiery Irish pastor Rachel and I wish she had been more involved the story. Also, that particular subplot felt kind of disjointed from the main narrative, as much as I enjoyed it. I thought it could be better executed in a separate book, especially since eco-terrorism is heavy enough problem that can't be explored thoroughly as a subplot. It kind of felt like this storyline was cut in the middle.
There were typos and some grammar issues but Grant's general writing style is compelling enough to help me ignore them. The dialogue was witty, the characters were various and interesting enough, the interpersonal conflicts were engaging the attention. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys the battle of good vs, evil but prefers it with more of a twist and without the over the top preaching. I will certainly look for more of Mr. Leishman's current and future work.
The story itself was quite colorful with an interesting array of settings and some fun interplay between the characters. I laughed but I also enjoyed the drama, particularly the relationship between Beezlebub and Samantha. I particularly liked how Beezlebub had some likeable and even potentially admirable characteristics - few villains are "all" bad and, particularly when writing Satan, authors are often all too unforgiving. But this writer did a good job making him believable and somewhat relatable.
My main suggestion for the author is to pay closer attention to the lead-up to changes in emotion or character paradigm shifts. Characters would often cry or angry without warning and I often felt left out of the emotional turmoil a character should experience before a major paradigm shift - it felt like the most of important parts of the emotional experience were skipped over.
But overall, I think most will find it a very fun read which some dramatic moments and a good, solid drive towards that all-encompassing war between good and evil.
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