To say that as a reviewer, I have read a great number of audiobooks. Or, have had them read to me, depending upon one's perspective, would be quite the unremarkable understatement. What one would be surprised to learn however, would be the surprisingly small number of these readings that would in my opinion, qualify as my having "experienced" the book in question. Until now.
Author J. Costa and his cast, take readers on a vengeance fueled hell ride through the thoughts and actions of Dave. A man driven by loss, pain, grief, guilt, and trauma, to do the unthinkable.
A man who some would vilify as a demon. A man who others would canonize as a saint. But a man, nonetheless.
Yes, Dave kills and kidnaps priests.
Yes, Dave has a relationship with his lost love, Mya, in his head.
Yes, Dave would be the first to admit that his actions could never be considered "right".
He would also be the first to say that he does "have his reasons".
Reasons that the dying priests, the hostage that he refers to as Judas, the reader, and even Dave come to understand, as the story progresses.
Reasons that bring the characters and the reader face to face with the terrifying knowledge that civilization really isn't all that civil
That we are all just people. One maybe two tragedies away from our own version of Dave.
The biggest reason that we as readers are able to make the leap into Dave's world has to be the all encompassing style of audio employed by Mr. Costa. Who wisely chose to dramatize his work in the style of 1920's radio works. Complete with sound effects, dialogue, and narration. Achieving a near perfect balance between emotionally compelling character interaction, a dark, complex, and highly involved plot, and an overall story that is unafraid to address issues which are both socially relevant and disturbing on both conscious and unconscious levels. This is a story that must be read, seen, discussed, pondered, talked about and experienced.
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