Gun Church

  • by Reed Farrel Coleman
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett, John Keating
  • 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Original Work, 2013
Kip Weiler is a self-destructive, washed-up, middle-aged professor. Once a superstar of the literary set, he has bottomed out after years of drinking and not writing anything worth a damn. As the novel begins, he’s teaching classes at a small, rural community college. Kip's talent, money, and chances have just about run out, when he rescues a classroom full of his students from a deranged student gunman who opens fire and takes the class hostage.
As a result of the subsequent media attention, Kip gets an invitation to join a bizarre club-cult with members who have a near-religious fascination with handguns. His involvement with this group - and a simultaneous fling with a "spectacular" and sexually adventurous student of his named Renee - rekindles his passion and his creative-writing energy.
But just when his muse returns, Kip Weiler’s life takes an even more insane and deadly turn. Kip begins to write a new novel called Gun Church, and things begin to happen in the real world that parallel his novel in progress. By mid-book it’s impossible to know where the art stops and the life or, in some cases, death begins. Can the very thing that gave Kip back his life take it so quickly away?

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What the Critics Say

“Reed Farrel Coleman is again operating at a very high level in Gun Church. Narrated by a failed writer who has notions of literary redemption suddenly sparked awake again, it is an audaciously plotted adventure in the unglamorous America. Coleman has a lot to say about the psychology of a writer's life, ethics or their absence, and a great eye for the world around us. It is a confessional but propulsive novel, bizarre at times, touching, expertly paced and fresh.” (Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone and Tomato Red)
“If this is church, I might start going. Sign me up as a parishioner.” (Don Winslow, New York Times best-selling author of Savages)
“Coleman’s Gun Church is wonderful. His protagonist, Kip Weiler, is one of the most fascinating characters in years.” (David Morrell, New York Times best-selling author of The Brotherhood of the Rose)

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THE MAN WHO BELIEVES HE'S SEEN IT ALL IS A BLIND F

JUST LIKE THAT BUT DIFFERENT
This has been compared to Fight Club and Fight Club is even mentioned in the book. This is not Fight Club, it is better. I read Fight Club, liked it, but liked this just a little better. It is a strange concept, people shooting at each other for fun, but so is fist fighting.

DID YOU PLANT THAT IN MY HEAD OR DID I PLANT IT IN YOURS?
This book will play with your head. Just when you think you know what is going on, you don't. There are lots of twists and turns, which keeps the story from getting stale. This is a book within a book. The author mentions dream sequences and how they are a crutch for some writers. I have always hated dream sequences, so was glad to hear why they are used so often.

BAD NEWS IS BETTER THEN NO NEWS
There are some weakness to the story which kept it from getting the fifth star. I like sex, I like it a lot, but I really found the amount of sex this guy is getting with the ST. PAULY Girl to be a bit unbelievable. Where was this chick when I went to school? It also has an element that I really hate, that in which something happens and all the readers go, what was that, but the main character makes up some poor excuse for ignoring the obvious, happens more then once. The back pocket one saves the day. I also thought the saving day part was a pretty cheap way out and as believable that this guy is getting laid several times a day and for hours at a time.

A SPORT IS ONLY SPORT WHEN BOTH SIDES KNOW THEY ARE PLAYING.
I am a fan of Joe Barrett, not a fan of John Keating, but thought this turned out great.

DID THEY HAVE FACE MASKS WHEN YOU PLAYED OR WERE YOU BORN WITH THAT FACE?
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Glad I took the chance

I did hesitate about buying a book that hadn't been reviewed by users or print readers yet. I am very glad I took the chance though. The publishers blurb led me to expect something a bit mystical but instead it was more a well paced psychological thriller than anything else. One of the main characters (Jim) was a bit of a caricature but the rest were developed enough to make up for it. The ending was very satisfying and very fitting. I was always sorry when my journey ended and I had to stop listening for the day. Well worth the credit.
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- Karen Campbell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios