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Title:The Bastard Hand
Author: Heath Lowrance
Synopsis: Charlie Wesley is not right in the head. He’s escaped from a mental hospital up north and hitchhiked his way south, the voice of his dead brother urging him on. But when Charlie hits Memphis, the fine line between his delusions and reality shift in the form of the Reverend Phineas Childe-a preacher bent on booze and women; a Man of God with a dark agenda. Charlie is the perfect pawn in the Reverend’s game of retribution. And the small North Mississippi town of Cuba Landing will be the setting for the Reverend’s very personal Apocalypse. . . .
My Thoughts: Where to start? This book was amazingly awesome! Written in first person, readers ride around in Charlie’s head as he meets the crazy cast of characters, gains a superpower, and just maybe finds religion. The book takes place in Mississippi and the author brings the South to life through southern dialect and realistic descriptions of small town life in the Bible Belt. Good old southern religion has never been so fun or so dark!
The only thing that really threw me for a bit of a loop was the magic hand. Maybe I missed it but other than being, as Disturbed would say, “the hand of God, the dark Messiah”, I’m not sure what the point of the magic power was other than to add a piping hot plot twist.
Overall a fantastic read that I give 9 paws out of 10! I can’t wait to read more by Lowrance, and if you are into noir, mystery, or crime I highly recommend you pick up this free ebook from amazon!