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When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review, courtesy of LuxuryReading.Com:
The God Thought
by Dave Cravens
Publisher: Outskirts Press
“A MASSIVE EXPLOSION… levels a small town in Kansas and rips apart the commercial airliner flying overhead. The wife and child of Oliver Wells are among the thousands reported dead. Authorities blame the tragedy on an accident at a fertilizer plant not up to code. A year later, still grappling with his depression, Oliver is accosted by a mysterious stranger who offers another answer: A FARMER CAUSED THE EXPLOSION. AN EXPLOSION BORN OF THOUGHT. A THOUGHT SO PERFECT AND DIVINE IT’S SAID TO MIRROR WHAT GOD THOUGHT TO CONCEIVE THE UNIVERSE. Thrust into a hidden world of conspirators and luminaries who would do anything to attain the farmer’s knowledge, Oliver finds himself in a race to confront the man who killed his family. To do so, he must test the limits of his sanity… AND UNLOCK THE POWER OF THE GOD THOUGHT FOR HIMSELF.”
The God Thought is a very unusual type of book… in a good way. More than just a sci-fi book or a thriller, this book delves into the fantasy world of what could happen if human beings were just a little bit more than human, but not so different that it couldn’t actually happen.
First of all, I love the cover. As a book cover artist, I found it to be stunning and it really made me want to read the book. It’s also very fitting for the theme of the book and what you can expect inside of it.
The first part of the book did a great job at sucking me in with snippets of social media conversations on the main character, Oliver’s, page. You instantly start to read from his friends about his loss of his wife and child in an explosion while they were on an airplane above Kansas, and how they are grieving for their friend. Then a stranger comes into the picture, posting weird things under the name of “Whisper”. It seems like the unusual comments are just a prank, but the person keeps entering the conversation after being banned. Then Oliver goes off grid for a while to recover from his loss.
During his time of recovery, Oliver is faced with two possible paths he could follow: one allows him to go on living his life in the world he has always known; the other is the road less traveled, which will open up an entirely new world to him. While exploring this “less traveled” path, he learns that the explosion which killed his family is not quite what it seems. Instead of being caused by a fertilizer plant (which is, in fact, far away from where the center of the explosion actually happened), it is caused by one person. A person who formed the perfect thought… a thought so powerful that it actually caused the fabric of reality to shift, and a powerful explosion to occur. This person is referred to as the “farmer” and his true identity is an ongoing mystery in the book. Is he a person? Is he God? Is he Oliver himself? Whoever he is, his thought is what the author refers to as “The God Thought”. And it isn’t limited to only the farmer.
Throughout the book we find out that there are other people with the same ability, including Oliver himself. We also are introduced to a secret organization which is deeply involved in conspiracy and knowledge, and we meet new characters along the way with powers of their own. This book almost reminds me of the TV show Heroes, but with a different sort of feel and a more powerful, interesting vibe to it. More sci-fi, less super-hero, and more reality-based.
Some people are good, some people are bad, and some people are something in between. All of these people are interesting, and most of them are likable.
The end of the book is a cliffhanger, which makes me really want to read more. I can’t wait to see what Dave Cravens comes up with next… this really has the potential to become a fantastic series with almost limitless roads it can branch out into.
Rating: (five stars)
[ reviewed by Holly Madison ]
Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:
The God Thought is an amazing read! Just when you think it can’t get anymore crazy something happens in the next chapter, throughout the whole book. It definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, even if you are not much of a reader, like myself. The chapters are about 3-5 pages long, so it’s easy to pick up and put down if you need to. Although, it’s hard to stop reading!
– Amazon Reviewer Carissa Lidster
First of all, somebody make this book into a movie. Second and last, I loved the theme of this book. It is difficult to pull off a story with a concept as this one if you have no knack of keeping the reader engaged. Dave Cravens has not dragged any aspect of this story, necessarily or unnecessarily.
The story is based on the idea of what happens if a layman acquires infinite power just by a thought that rose in the mind, a thought that is said to have been conceived to birth this universe, a thought called The God Thought. So, it is not enough to just have a concept for a story. You also need characters in it. Well, we have a fantastic array of characters whose special powers will amaze you; Oliver Wells, Pamela Chance, Dr. Janet Pharaoh, Mr. Trevor, Charlie, John Douglas and Marilyn Douglas. What do these characters do? They are trying to save the world from one another. How? By working for an organization that claims to strive for everyone’s wellbeing. Oh, really? Read the story to know more. This book has neatly sewn plot. Men in Black meet Harry Potter.
You will not regret reading this book. It keeps you gripped to itself. How I wish somebody turned it into a movie already….
– Amazon Reviewer Shwetha H S
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