- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: Rehoboam Press; 1 edition (9 Jan. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0991106601
- ISBN-13: 978-0991106608
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,677,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
13:24: A Story of Faith and Obsession Paperback – 9 Jan 2014
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About the Author
M Dolon Hickmon is a child abuse survivor, a writer and an anti-abuse activist. Over the past ten years, his activism has run the gamut, from opposing state laws that allow the devout to deny their children basic literacy and lifesaving medical attention, to authoring a widely cited study linking schools' use of corporal punishment to persistent academic underachievement. A contributor to The Freethinker, OnFaith, Alternet and TheHumanist.com, Mr. Hickmon has explored the intersections of faith and child abuse in articles and interviews, including local and nationally syndicated talk-show appearances. Hickmon married his wife in 2007, and they have one daughter together. His hobbies include pleasure reading, songwriting, and playing acoustic and electric guitar.
Top Customer Reviews
I am generally an avid reader of crime and horror fiction. All the better if they have firm basis in real life - "could this really happen?".
I first picked up 13:24 as I had heard it being described as disturbing, its cover appealed to me and I was intrigued by the title itself, as I had no idea what it referred to.
I like to discover a book as I read it, and let it speak for itself, without it being marred by any preconceptions I might have due to someone else's account of it. As such, it took some time and a lot of guessing on my part before I came across the actual significance of 13:24, and as I delved deeper into the story I was slowly able to truly appreciate the full meaning of the tagline "A story of faith and obsession".
I would strongly suggest to any reader to do the same. The narration will explain everything.
Just a word of warning: the book deals graphically with child abuse, but it only touches upon child pornography. If you are squeamish, or thin skinned... well, get over it!
This is real life - face it.
Learn from it (and there is a lot to learn and plenty of food for thought here) and stop burying your head in the sand.
Events such as those described in this book are most probably occurring in your neighbourhood (especially if you live in the USA), not that far away from you, and they are only going to stop if people are aware, if people are horrified and take an active stand against it.
13:24 is not your usual crime story - we know from the beginning who the killer is (a teenager, Chris). What we need to figure out is why these murders are happening, and what ties them to a rock band, Rehoboam and to 13:24.Read more ›
I read this book three times, I had to keep putting it down too as I felt every emotion possible. I was angry, I was upset, I laughed my head off and I was also disgusted at the lengths that people will go to in the name of Faith and for their own personal kicks.
I don't believe, I am firmly in the atheist camp. I cannot condone what people do in the name of their Faith, it's just an excuse to do terrible things as far as I am concerned but this hasn't affected my review.
This book had me hooked from the very first page. I was there with Chris when he set off out of the trailer that he lived in with his mother and I was there until the very end.
This is a book that takes the reader on an emotional roller-coaster, the author has taken several difficult topics and handled them with great care and finesse. There is no hint of judgement from the author either.
The different characters and stories are interwoven beautifully and make it impossible to put down. I read it three times and then spent a long time contemplating what I was going to put.
I would recommend this book to anyone, no matter what your beliefs are although some might find it a little harsh.
There are two main stories in this novel which are told in the current timeline and with flashbacks which at times was a little confusing. Then there is the additional murder mystery time line (although the protagonist was never really hidden from the reader. There are some twists and turns in the story line to keep you interested. This reader found the constant jumping about confusing and it wasn’t until chapter 32 that all the storylines melded into one.
The characters are well developed and this reader felt empathy for the little boy. However, the grammar was questionable in placed but perhaps it is just that the author’s style is different to what this reader is used to.
The novel itself is well paced and well written. IT is powerful enough to make the subject matter sinister but also interesting enough for the reader to keep reading. It is pitches at just the right level for the reader to understand the topic and even empathise with the protagonist. A thoughtful, un easy read that stays with you well beyond the time it takes to read the book.
The book deals with a few taboo subjects, that this reader will not go into as it would ruin the surprise. The author goes into just enough detail without getting too graphic. The seriousness of the crime and the church preachers can twist the good book to make it mean what they want. In this novel the incident is not blasphemous to Christianity in general.Read more ›
13:24 - a story of faith and obsession, at its' heart is a novel about revenge, a revenge exacted by a victim of physical and mental abuse. This is not a novel written to praise or attack any particular religion, although many anti-religion advocates could so easily find plenty of ammunition.
The cover is a little misleading as whilst two of the major characters are a rock fan and the cult rock star who is the focus of his adulation, and whose lyrics and motivations are examined in some detail, this is not the story of that band.
Our third major character is cop, Detective William Hursel as well as finding his main suspect 14 year old Chris Pesner, he needs to determine exactly what is the motivation behind the murders.
This is not so much a whodunnit, the book opens with the killer on his way to commit his second murder, and in fact we find ourselves watching in horrid fascination as he does the deed, instead we are concerned with the why?
The rock fan, Chris and the lead singer of the rock band Rehoboam Josh Sebala have made contact with one another long before 13:24's opening paragraph, and it is obvious to Detective Hursel from the offset that this is not a typical fanboy relationship. Why would the leader of a cult rock band with thousands of fans reply personally to just one fan? It is this connection that Hursel needs to understand and unravel in order to catch his killer before it is too late.
The abuse here is the use of belts and other instruments to beat children, it is not blatant child sexual abuse, although there are hints that the ultimate villain may indeed be so inclined.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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