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The Trinity Corporation has a problem. It's losing followers. G (the Boss) believes that his message has been perverted over time and that it is crucial to get someone down there to implement a new plan for gathering the masses back into the Fold. G has already picked the lucky people to carry this message- a lesbian named Rainfall on the Desert Plains Johnson (who calls herself Rain because, well...look at her name) and Jude, a guy sent back to act as her recruiter/public relations manager/wrangler. And when Rain is told she is to be the new Lamb of God, she is going to need all of the wrangling that Jude can come up with.
Rain is a delightful character. She is funny, hard working (mostly), and appears to have an eagle eye for bull$#!&. And when Jude convinces her to take a meeting at a local Dunkin' Donuts and informs her that she is "the embodiment of the Second coming of Christ. The Messiah", her meter is understandably hitting its outer limits. Then Jude looks at the empty bagel case and casually tells her to multiply the bagels. Having only taken the meeting because she was afraid Jude might be a member of the mob (although she has no clue as to why the mob would even know her name), Rain is now sure that she has stepped into something that is a whole new level of crazy. That is, until she decides to mollify the looney guy by doing what he asks- and it works. All of the sudden there are full trays of bagels- and Rain has a much bigger problem than either the mob or a deluded, bad smelling homeless looking guy on her hands. Because the Second Coming of Christ has always been inextricably linked to, yes, you guessed it, the Apocalypse.
As Jude tries to get Rain to perform miracles, he is confronted with the numerous ways things have changed down here in the last two thousand plus years. When he has her change water into wine in a local homeless kitchen, there are some hilarious, and disastrous, results. In addition to trying to figure out how to get Rain moving in the right direction, there is the big question. This being that if Rain is the Messiah, who is the Antichrist? Because as sure as rainbows follow a storm, Good is going to be confronted with Evil.
This is a hilarious but thought provoking book. It's the story of an everyday person suddenly confronted with a situation that she has absolutely no reference for. Thoughts of God, faith and deep contemplation of what our role is here on Earth and with our fellow humans has taken a backseat to working for a living, trying to keep a relationship from tanking and how to not get stuck with tables full of poor tippers. In other words, us.
I would imagine that the first reaction that some may have to the idea of this book will be that it is somewhat, or totally, blasphemous. I would strongly disagree. Yes, this isn't the step-by-step story told to us, but it IS a strong story of G's belief in love (although it isn't always an easy love) for us, and Redemption. The goal of bringing the masses back into the Fold starts with a woman who has never read the Bible and doesn't believe in God. When she purchases one and begins to read it, she wonders, quite understandably, if there isn't a CliffsNotes version somewhere to help her through it. When Rain finds out that her job is to bring about the End, she certainly can be forgiven for having a healthy dose of "why me?". As she tries to navigate her way through G's Plan and today's society, events are spinning out of all control. But in the end there IS a Plan, and we mortals are not always going to be privy to what it is- and if we don't start out believing, then G is just the person to show us the way.
Well, I can definitely say that this story was one HEL* of a ride. *Bad pun intended!* I have to admit that when I was asked to read and review this, I was slightly hesitant. I'm not typically keen on heavy religiously themed stories, but honestly, the blurb and the way the author described it won me over. Especially when I started thinking that it sounded vaguely similar, with the modern day comedic based religious theme, to one of my favorite movies...Dogma.
So yeah, that solidified it for me.
I went for it, and honestly I am glad I did. The hilarious plot line of a tattooed, orange haired, trucker mouthed, lesbian being the second coming, and the big G and his disciples being the heads of a huge corporation, and Judas as the ultimate anti-hero, I loved every second of all of that!
Even with the comedic awesomeness aside, the characters were compelling, the action scenes were engaging, and the visuals that the author painted were extremely vivid, whether it was the urban setting, an exceedingly grotesque foe, or even a steamy little romp. Monroe seriously knows how to tell a story. The sarcasm, and medium use of profanity were just extra little perks, like the yummy cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae.
I also appreciated that you didn't have to be well versed in the bible to get a lot of what was going on and who key players were. I would say that even a person with very little biblical knowledge would easily be able to follow along and recognize most, if not all the big names.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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