- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,200,009 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 Kindle Edition
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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. Hozer's perception is deeply embedded in the past and his desperation to seek justice drives the plot forward with well paced momentum.
In this novel Bauer raises questions about responsibility. The main dominant male positions in society put in jeopardy the safety and morality of all of the villagers. Each of the superior figures harbour clear ambitions to which they will spare no cost in order to achieve. Their disregard for the well-being of people is as harrowing as the physical horrors that occur. A misguided perception on the value of human life propagates a dangerous backdrop for this dark horror story.
At times the plot begs incredulity but the character and plot development swallows the more fantastical scenes with a well earned sympathy for the characters and a deep seated need to resolve all the mysteries of The Three Bridges.
Bauer is the author of several short stories, the latest of which is to be published in the anthology 100 Horrors in the very near future. A promising new voice in Horror, this book comes highly recommended for readers seeking a new author.
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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.
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.
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.
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