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Scars on the Face of God: The Devil's Bible by [Bauer, C.G.]
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"Scars on the Face of God is a brilliant novel. Congratulations on hitting one out of the park, Chris." —Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner

“C. G. Bauer writes with passion and intensity, tackling the mysteries of faith and fear. Hotter than the flames of hell.”

—Scott Nicholson, author of Scattered Ashes

Scars On The Face Of God: The Devil’s Bible’ is one scary title and this book lives up to its promise.

These characters . . . are exquisitely drawn, fully-fleshed beings that leap from the page to engage you in the plot. I found it hard to believe this was C.G. Bauer’s first novel. The writing is pitch-perfect, from the language used to the intricate weaving of plot threads. This is a talented writer, a name I will expect to find on New York Times best-seller lists.

 —Kelly Jenkins, SF Crowsnest Review


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  • File Size: 656 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: C.G. Bauer; 2 edition (October 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060VH69G
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The title Scars on the Face of God: The Devils Bible intrigued me and I put aside another novel to read this one. I was not disappointed. I loved the main character Wump and associated with him, right from the prologue. Bauer fleshes Wump, as well as the other characters, out carefully with a complex background that drives the characters throughout the story. I never once felt a character's actions were contrived.
Wump is a powerful narrator in this novel and Bauer expertly uses the character's vernacular to validate the character's behavior, immersing the reader and Wump into a horror spanning 100 years. I found myself devouring this novel to reveal the clues and watching the clock to see if I had time to finish before bed. I raced through the book to the end. Bauer nicely wraps up the ending and does not leave anything unexplained or what the reader can deduce.
There are no 2-d characters in this book; all of them have history and are intricate to the story, which helps with the suspension of belief as the reader falls mercilessly into the river and sewers with the characters to discover the horror of dead babies with lips that move. There is very little opportunity for one to catch one's breath as this story builds in suspense, but Bauer manages to weave into the story all of the background and flashbacks without once slowing the pace as the book nears the climax.
A note on editing: I'm never without my Kindle and I read constantly. A good deal of ebooks lately have not been edited well, or not at all. That irritates me and I usually make a note of the author so as not to make the mistake of reading them again. This novel is wonderfully edited and certainly contributed to my enjoyment.

If you want to read a good book, this is the book for you.
Mr. Bauer has some new books coming out soon that I am looking forward to reading. I can't wait for his next novel.
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"Wump", in case you didn't know, is the noise a crowbar makes when it hits a man's head. It's also the nickname of the protagonist in C.G Bauer's fantastic novel Scars on the Face of God: The Devil's Bible for that exact reason. Wump (or Mr Holzer if you'd prefer) had a troubled childhood which lead to a violent adulthood, ultimately landing him in jail. That's his past, and it haunts him, just as the true meaning of his nickname constantly follows him where ever he turns.

Wump isn't the only person in the town of Three Bridges (previously known as Schuetten) with a tortured or hidden past. From early in the prologue chapter, it's clear that Schuetten/Three Bridges isn't the kind of town the Brady bunch would settle in. Originally settled by fervent German Catholics, Schuetten in the early 1900s was plagued by poverty, hunger, dangerous work for minimal pay, child abuse, superstition and the death of countless infants - typically disposed of in the large river running through town. Now, (in the 1960s) development has occurred and the town generally seems to be in better spirits, even if a large portion of children are born handicapped and townspeople are dying of leukaemia left, right and centre. However, after a wall collapses and reopens a sewer that had been barricaded for nearly 50 years, a flood of baby bones sheds a bright light on Schuetten's dark past.

As Wump, motivated by a childhood encounter with one of the abandoned babies, investigates where these babies came from and why they were abandoned he is joined by the new priest and former baseball player, Father Duncan, on a secret mission of his own, and two wonderful little orphans Leo and Raymond who are more than meets the eye. While the investigation of the baby bones form the backbone (sorry, sorry!
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This is a excellent book. Well written, with a taut plot and well-defined likable characters. The prose took a page or 2 for me to get used to and then it just flowed.

The characters drove this story for me. Wump reminded me of many older men I have known, gruff but kindly, a man's man. I could feel his pain and doubts over the loss of his son. His honesty and transparency was attractive. Add in Leo and Raymond, Fr Duncan and Mrs V. and you have a great cast of characters.

The plot moves along nicely, sometimes you will think you have it figured out, then all of a sudden realize you were either wrong or only half right. Thankfully though, none of the plot twist are sudden or cheap contrivances, rather they just unfold naturally.

Overall an excellent book which I greatly enjoyed.
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C.G. Bauer's Scars on the Face of God is a novel that will stand the test of time and encourage a re-reading because you might have missed something the first time around. "Deceptive writing" is that which does more than tell a story; it draws you in and reveals little details one nth at a time. The story proceeds at its own pace bringing the reader along and still pursues the plot. We identify with the main character Wump (the sound of a crowbar meeting a human head) with his wishes, dreams, sense of injustice, and anger. The people around him and the events emerging will bring him into the midst of a conclusion that surprised me. Wump is a nobody and an every man who has ever had to face the not-fairs of this life. He doesn't see it but he is helped by all the good people around him.
The novel is dark with a strong touch of the salt of the earth. Wump is not a believer. He's a cynic still touched by a sense of duty and caring. He is faced with a mystery he can't let go. He keeps a sense of earthiness despite the touches of the supernatural that guide his life. When hell breaks open in his life, he is still the person who will keep on living and making the small things happen for others around him. Will he continue to be a mass of contradictions? I wouldn't doubt it.
There is so much that other reviews will reveal about the book and that's their voice. For me, the slam, bash conclusion is still there in the novel, but I love the story C.G. Bauer crafted for the reader and it is a fantabulous read that shouldn't be missed...by any of you.
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