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Scars on the Face of God: The Devil's Bible by [Bauer, C.G.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 656 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: C.G. Bauer; 2 edition (28 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060VH69G
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,123,437 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Scars on the Face of God: The Devil's Bible is a pacey urban fantasy/horror novel set in a village north-east of Philadelphia. Bauer expertly builds suspense with unsettling supernatural occurrences and drip feeds enough clues to keep the reader engrossed in the scandalous past and present of Three Bridges, formerly known as Schuetten.

The residents live in the shadow of the Volkheimer legacy and the Catholic church. A host of unwanted secrets bubble under the surface of the narrative. More specifically, in the sewer system. The construction of a new restaurant disturbs the long buried secrets of Three Bridges. Debris floating amongst the abject waste of the sewers sets the tone of a dark narrative.

C.G. Bauer writes from the point of view of Johnny Hozer, later known as "Wump" due to a very specific event in his early adulthood. The narrative is in first person and heavily colloquial. Being English this did present a few problems with certain brands and phrases having no meaning for me at all. However the voice of Hozer was so strong and fully formed that these quirks only served to add to the character of Hozer.

The narrative holds the attention of the reader with expert timing of the supernatural. Sparse and explainable events sow the seeds of doubt and flash backs fill in the gaps of knowledge that combine to expose the criminal neglect of the Volkheimer Tannery and unravel the horrific truth about the Monsignor.

Bauer ploughs straight into action in the prologue where Hozer witnesses the extremely short life-span of a newborn child. The contrast with Hozer's bewildered twelve-year old voice to his hardened sixty-five year old voice sets the precedence for a narrative that swings from horror to investigation.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 44 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book-well worth your time and money 4 Jun. 2012
By Don Cranford - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantabulous Read That Shouldn't Be Missed! 26 Feb. 2012
By Bruce J Blanchard - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A warm and terrifying mystery that will keep the reader turning pages 15 Dec. 2013
By Jim Brennan - Published on Amazon.com
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Scars on the Face of God is a chilling turn-of-the-20th Century mystery set in blue-collar Three Bridges, a town of German immigrants outside Philadelphia. Author Chris Bauer wastes no time getting the suspense going with hundreds of infant bodies surfacing in sewer pipes that dump into the Wissaquessing River. Wump, a maintenance worker who grew up in the local orphanage, begins to snoop around. What unfolds is a terrifying tale of an order of religious and church gone wrong.
Bauer places the reader in the era of his story with an astute eye to detail, from the infrastructure, architecture and decor to the customs, behaviors and church policies. Wump has a soft spot for the orphans, especially Leo, a slow, dim-witted kid, and his buddy Raymond, a sweet wheel-chair bound and challenged boy. Wump senses Raymond is special beyond comprehension, and his senses don’t fail him. Father Duncan joins Wump on a quest for the truth, which leads to discovery of a copy of the Devil’s Bible, which says that, the devil return.
Bauer is a masterful story teller with a knack for pulling the reader into the story with emotional hooks—empathy and love as well as, hate and rage. The warm spot felt for the orphans is balanced by complex characters like Monsignor Krause, a 19th Century doomsday prophet, and his replacement Monsignor Fassnacht, predator, demonic lunatic, and filthy murderer who makes pact with Lucifer, the devil, evoke rage.
There are enough intricate twists and turns in the story to keep the reader guessing—the Monsignor who convinced poor and faithful immigrants to drown their first-born baby boys, misguiding a faithful congregation, Wump’s dedication to his wife Viola, and a grand cover up by the church. When things begin to go awry at a church procession, the Stations of the Cross, and the kid playing Pilot, blurts out blasphemy, sets off a frightful series of events—blood oozing from the kid playing Christ, dimming lights, candle smoke spiraling, and shocked parishioners running out of the church. The mural of God the Father fades on ceiling.
The story is a classic struggle of good against evil, ultimately Lucifer vs. Michael the Archangel. Wump has to choose between good and evil, and with the inspiration of Raymond, strength he draws from his dying Viola, he chooses good and his faith is restored, to a degree.
Scars on the Face of God is a charmingly chilling tale that will warm your heart.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Unsettling, But In A Very Good Way 7 Feb. 2012
By jwmanus - Published on Amazon.com
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I love scary novels. In order to scare me, the story has to tap into my deepest, darkest fears. This one does. Mindlessness and mass hysteria, and how easily we are sucked into the madness and are used to evil ends. In a nutshell, there are a lot of dead babies in the tiny town of Three Bridges, and the reason behind it is an evil that threatens the world.

It helps a lot that Bauer has created a cast of interesting and sympathetic characters. Wump, a strong man in his declining years, suffering the unbearable pain from losing his child, and Leo, a mentally handicapped boy with a big heart are my favorities. Told from Wump's point of view, his voice is pitch perfect--I could hear him as clearly as if he were standing in front of me. I'd have read this novel no matter what the genre just for the pleasure of the way Wump turns a phrase.

Bauer's an author to watch. He's on my must-buy list.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Intelligent Horror at it's Finest 17 Sept. 2012
By Malina Roos - Published on Amazon.com
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Engaging theme, brilliant story, wonderfully written and a pleasure to get lost in. What an amazing tale! This is one book that you must read. And what makes it even better is that this one will cross many genre's; horror, historical fiction, drama, supernatural and more.

The beauty in this book is the horror is there but it is so subtle, so ethereal, so nebulous, you can almost miss it, but it weaves it's icy fingers throughout its pages and into your thoughts. Each chapter brings out a little more of the story, about a Priest trying to save a town, an ex con befriending a disabled boy, and a bitter past involving the interpretation of the Bible.

Clever, warm, thoughtful. This should have been snapped up by a mainstream publisher a long time ago.
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