Reviewed by: JA Gill
Approximate word count: 70-75,000 words
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David Beers currently resides in Athens, Georgia. This is his first novel, and he’s currently working on this second while earning a MBA.
What happens to a god when the last of its believers are long dead? And what if that god were a demon? It may just wait, growing ever hungry. Dead Religion is about such a god and those who would see it rise again to power and those who would stand in its way.
If apocalyptic could describe a writing style (never mind theme) then reading David Beers’ Dead Religion would be the template. Every chapter, every event, every moment is world shattering and soul destroying. It’s amazing the characters can even manage getting out of bed in the morning--but of course, the poor, sleep-deprived souls in this brand of horror novel are only allowed to ever dream in the blackest of blacks and reddest of reds. The adjectives and descriptions are so intense and final (e.g., “endless pits”, “endless green depth”, “the seemingly endless amount”) one routinely feels caught in a climatic moment, only to discover another chapter of bottomless horror. The impression that things are forgone and hopeless suggests the author is most interested in his readers enduring a book-length thought experiment in real-time eschatology. So this is the way Beers’ world ends: not with a bang but a whimper…from the collective mouth of countless decapitated heads.
No significant issues
Rating: ***Three stars