Godsent (Book) Review
Not so much?
A really good author can pull anyone into the story until they are lost there, frantically turning pages long after they should have gone to bed, just to see what happens next. Richard Burton is one of those authors, and I highly recommend Godsent to anyone who loves a great thriller, a great conspiracy theory, and most importantly……a great read.
With great power comes great responsibility, or so the saying goes. Unfortunately, with great power often comes great corruption as well…and what could be more powerful than the Church? After all, one could argue that the Church holds the power of the afterlife itself, as the power of absolution or damnation rests with its priests. And so, what happens when that great power and great corruption come together in that most holy of places? Such is the premise of Godsent.
Godsent is the first novel by author Richard Burton, and he has chosen to hold nothing back in his debut attempt. Godsent begins with the story of Kate Skylar. Kate is a young, devout teen who has taken a vow to save her purity for marriage – one that she takes quite seriously. And so, when Kate inexplicably finds herself pregnant at age seventeen, questions arise, not the least of which is the widely held assumption that she is lying. Her trusted childhood doctor assumes she is avoiding taking responsibility for her actions, and frightened to tell her parents. Her wealthy parents, loving yet a bit misguided, naturally assume she is protecting a boy. Yet it is her extremely powerful grandfather who takes matters into his own hands, setting into action a series of events that will have serious repercussions.
At the outset, none but Kate seem to take seriously the idea that hers is a virgin conception. You see, to accept that is to accept that the world is about to change drastically. What if God sends another Son? Not the Second Coming of Jesus, but a Second Son? The Catholic Church has been aware of this possibility for years, and two secret rival factions have evolved over the centuries, fighting each other to be the first to find Him.
One faction, the Congregation, believes that the Second Son is a trick of Satan, the AntiChrist sent in Godly guise to turn the people of the world towards evil. The Congregation will stop at nothing to eliminate what they believe is the AntiChrist, regardless of the cost to life and liberty. The Conversatio is no less dedicated to their task. They also stop at nothing, in their quest to locate the Second Son and keep him safe from the Congregation until He is able to complete his mission from God.
All of this sounds very religious, and Godsent is definitely a book that does not shy away from the subject of religion, from both sides of the argument. And yet, Godsent is a book that people from all religions (and none) will enjoy. There have been obvious comparisons made between it and The Da Vinci Code, obviously because both center around themes of corruption within the Catholic Church. The Da Vinci Code was widely decried by many because of this, and I suspect there may be some who feel the same way about Godsent for obvious reasons.
I have read The Da Vinci Code, and at the time, I felt that the majority of those who decried the book had not actually read the book, choosing instead to stay away from it on the principles of content alone. Had they read the book, what they would have found was a well written work of fiction that simply chooses to use religion as a theme. Godsent, like The Da Vinci Code, is a very well written story that masterfully places the readers inside a thrilling and unpredictable work of fiction that happens to be of a religious premise. To avoid it simply on that basis would be to avoid murder mysteries because they contain death, or romance novels because they contain sex, or even ghost stories because they contain spirits. Godsent is simply a great story, so don’t be scared away by the religious undertones.
So is Godsent worth the price of its paper? Let me just say that I will read anything, and have. Fiction or nonfiction, comic books, graphic novels, short stories, biographies, memoirs, romance, sci-fi….doesn’t matter, I’ll read it. The true test of a good read really has nothing to do with the genre, and everything to do with the writing. A really good author can pull anyone into the story until they are lost there, frantically turning pages long after they should have gone to bed, just to see what happens next. Richard Burton is one of those authors, and I highly recommend Godsent to anyone who loves a great thriller, a great conspiracy theory, and most importantly……a great read.