Pastor Charlie is frightening from the first page of Hand of God, more so due to his assertion that he is performing his violent deeds because he is working in tandem with God. His calm and cynical narration of the acts, often laced with twisted humor, lends credence to the point that he feels he is doing what he truly believes is right and just. The fact that he is a man of the cloth compounds the possibility that Pastor Charlie could be in any town, any church, watching our misdeeds and exacting a punishment at the perceived direction from God.
However, it turns out that Pastor Charlie’s mission is not as simple as he thinks.... this is a stunning and captivating novel about the human struggle with spirituality and belief that is certain to be controversial in its content.
Author Tim Miller presents us with a book that is reminiscent of Stephen King’s earlier excellent writings: The Stand, The Shining, Carrie, Salem’s Lot, before King became a victim of his own market saturation (and became a joke on “Family Guy”).
Miller delivers to us a portrait of evil versus good, yet it is unclear up to the last page (and beyond) which is which. Even further, this author is fearless in presenting an alternate view to what many believe to be absolute truth. Hand of God is a fascinating and thought-provoking read and a page turner from start to finish.