- File Size: 3457 KB
- Print Length: 293 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 4, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078TM1189
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,587 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Jesus Man: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Horror Kindle Edition
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I'm not gonna lie, it was a bit of a difficult read for me. I found myself re-reading portions here and there, but truth be told, it was a pleasure doing so. Some passages are just too good not to read twice. I rarely ever re-read a book, but I honestly think that this deserves one or two later on down the road. I have the feeling that I may have missed some things the first time through... there's a lot going on in this story. One of the things that struck me was that not only is it a postapoc tale, but it's rather a horrific one at that. Fans of the horror genre should find this fitting in quite nicely in their library. It is a very, very, dark tale.
I found no typos or grammatical errors that took me out of the story and like before, I felt that it was very well written. I highly recommend this to fans of not only post-apocalyptic stories, but horror stories as well.
This book is biblical in both scale and style, and Baird has a way of stringing together sentences that perfectly describe the bleak horror of an ultimate evil stalking you in revenge for a crime you didn't even commit. It's the sort of story where the good guys are so messed up they make you think the bad guy actually has a point. It takes a certain level of skill to have an antagonist that's flaying people alive and imploding heads, while also having them have a reason that's basically valid enough for doing so.
The Jesus Man is a methodical read with a discordant tone that's constantly rising till the very last page - if you want a grating feeling of nihilistic dread that will leave you a little misanthropic, then check out The Jesus Man.
Just 3 of the personalities in this tapestry woven from the brain of Keith Anthony Baird. This up and coming author weaves an epic tale of a future not so far away from the world of today. He uses words to build a fleshed out picture of how life might be once the bombs drop. Pay attention, you will see yourself in the characters. A really great read for fans of Dystopian Worlds. Colorful and well written, not to be read on a windy night alone. If you are looking for a deep read that will startle you and give you the "What Ifs", this is your book.
One of the major deciding factors for me when I read a book is its ability to make me feel emotion. I want a connection with the characters, even if it's a seething hatred that I feel in the depths of my heart. With The Jesus Man, I felt loathing and disdain, but nothing beyond that. I felt disconnected, for the most part. The characters seemed to me as if they were in limbo between fully and halfway developed.
In regards to plot, Baird does an excellent job. As a horror fan, I end up reading a lot of apocalyptic books. Most of the time, the cause is a viral outbreak of zombies. It's a cliché we deal with far too often and it's been beaten to death time and time again. Baird goes an entirely new route, with the dredges of Hell returning to claim what should be theirs. Described as the Fallen, we know these creatures as the angels cast from Heaven in the wake of God's love for mankind stoking rebellion among them. It's an interesting take on the world's post-nuclear was end and I feel that Baird did a wonderful job in this area of his book.
I do have to take a moment to appreciate one beautiful perk to Baird's ornate writing style: his depiction of gory acts is absolutely stunning. I'm a sucker for splatterpunk, so this served as a nice treat for me. While his characters felt lacking to me (which I discovered was the author's intent post-read), his vivid descriptions (even if heavy-handed) are breathtaking and nightmare invoking.
I've danced between a two and four for this book several times, so ultimately I'm going to go with a three. While I loved the concept, the difficulty of reading this book made it hard for me to enjoy.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.