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You follow George as he checks out heaven and explores a number of theories along the way. It's a little mix of fiction and nonfiction with plenty of humor in between. George spends a lot of time in a library exploring life's questions and meeting different people and reflects on his own life. Great read and I highly recommend it!
The novel is written in the first person by the protagonist (George Somerset) who is, as the book jacket says, the "unhappiest man in paradise." George's story chronicles his struggles to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. He's still living on "Old Earth" after the rapture, nuclear war, and a New World Order run by the minions of the evil Illuminati who hunt George and his fellow survivors.
Stockwell's writing style is biting, sarcastic, and (from the hero's point of view) self-deprecating. George Somerset considers himself to be a cowardly scumbag, unworthy of a place in God's kingdom in heaven. As the author describes George's physical and spiritual journey, he injects commentary about current and past events, conspiracy theories and entertaining tales about the missteps of his life on earth.
The lurid writing about the horrors that George and his group endure made me think that this book could be adapted into a screenplay, filled with state-of-the-art CGI about demons on earth and the War of Armageddon.
As the book jacket says, this can be enjoyed by believers and non-believers alike.
I could relate to a tremendous amount of his feelings throughout the story. I don’t think I have led a very bad life, but I know I would feel the shame of everything being exposed. So I really related to that. This was written in a way that I could truly see it going down like it read. The humorous aspect kept the story upbeat. Things like the Roswell incident being caused by a bull onboard, the building of the tower of Babel as being a star gate, and even aliens being jokers with a mean streak kept me interested in what he would say next. Of course there were many Bible references that helped to complete the story. I really liked how the book ended too.
The choice seem easy at this time, but as my favorite excerpt from the book stated:
'It wasn't a life full of constant miracles and daily enlightenment, but a hard road of self-discovery and inner change, often beset by difficult test of faith and most difficult of all, the tedium of devout living.'