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As a fan of Phillip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series and his very creative other fiction novels I was impressed with the imagination of Kerr to create a story and a character able to piss off religious people, atheists and agnostics all at the same time.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Not flogging Catholicism or any other religions.
What was most disappointing about Philip Kerr’s story?
This is pretty frickin far from Bernie Gunter.
How could the performance have been better?
Not doing it at all.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
If this is Philip Kerr's new style, I'm out. For good.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I should have paid more attention to the title: it says it all.
The text is crypto-religious, if anything, "Prayer" is a coherent, far right and conservative Catholic view that the actor Mel Gibson and his father, Hutton, are said to hold.
This is a religious vision stirred by some of the more "vengeful god" passages in the bible. And, in fact, the reading/text ends with a recitation of such harsh verses in no particular order from the old and new testaments.
I kept waiting for the lead character or, even, one of the minor ones, to find out the rational basis for the passionate visions described; for the mystery to be solved without reference to Christian scripture.
But, no, one bizarre (for me) vision after another proceeds until the lead character who started out an atheist convert, but ends as a trainee priest in a seminary.
As the text proceeds, more and more religious phrases creep into the narrative until you almost expect to hear someone shout an evangelical "hallelujah" at some points of pulpit monologue.
My interest in purchasing Philip Kerr is his past catalogue of procedural drama, not his possible Christian faith.
This book was very disappointing for me as a non-believer; in fact, as far as I know, my family has been free from religion for several generations.
I listened to the end of the text, hoping for something clever to emerge, but it never did.
If you a Christian or fear losing your faith, this book might be for you.
If you are a "Traditionalist Catholic", this will be one of your favourite books.