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Whom God Would Destroy

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A book by Commander Pants

A novel to incite a Judeo-Christian Fatwa: When "God" decides to mess with humanity once more, he runs into some kinks he didn't foresee... WHOM GOD WOULD DESTROY, it's about God, insanity and the search for the Ultimate Orgasm. Luke Rhinehart (author … see full wiki

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Author: Commander Pants
Publisher: Pantsateria
1 review about Whom God Would Destroy

Excellent, Humerous Novel with Serious Undertones

  • Feb 25, 2010
I have to think that I am lucky. Over the course of the past year, I have been introduced to quite a few new authors. Where I was once hesitant to take a chance on a new author, I now relish the opportunity to delve into characters and writing that is fresh, new, and, in almost all cases, original and funny. When the author, Commander Pants, contacted me to review his (I assume) novel, Whom God Would Destroy, I welcomed the opportunity. This novel builds to an amazing and satisfying climax and will provide the reader with quite a few things to ponder over several days, after turning the last page.

God returns to Earth in the person of Jeremy. Jeremy runs a New Age store in Ripley, Massachusetts, touching the lives of anyone that comes into contact with him. One of those people is Oliver, an outreach counselor for a mental health organization. Most of the people that Oliver knows are on some kind of medication, and it is his job to help his charges to function in society. His clients have a variety of mental health issues and each must be dealt with in their own way. One, Doc, believes that aliens have implanted a device in his brain to communicate directly with him. Another, Abbey, has a multiple personality disorder. And then there is Greg; as the author states "Rhyme and Reason" are not on speaking terms with him. Weaving through the novel is Jeremy, who has returned to Earth to check on humanity and deliver a new message, since all of his earlier missives have done more damage than good.

On the surface, Whom God Would Destroy is a very entertaining novel. There are enough characters to keep the readers interest without overloading the book. As the majority are in some aspect of the mental heath community, Commander Pants has plenty of comical situations with which to play. Of the characters, only Abbey and Greg cause the reader to think about the action and the dialogue as they are difficult people to grasp due to their "issues." The others flow naturally and easily. Jeremy, while reviewing what worked a few thousand years ago to get a crowd worked up, adapts to the new mediums of communication to promote his message and recruit some disciples. This is a character that could have been given more time in the first half of the book. He is a great character. Don't worry, Jeremy is provided ample time in the second half. He has quite a bit to say and explain. All of it, thoroughly engrossing. This novel is a fun read; who would have thought that aliens love McDonald's Big Macs? It is only after finishing the book that you realize that Commander Pants has made some serious points; (over) medication of the mentally ill, our core belief system, the psychiatric profession, religion, human nature, among others. This novel will stay with you, long after you have put it down. While there are a few, minor editing mistakes, they do not detract from the overall enjoyment of this excellent novel from a very promising author.

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