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Special Agent Gil Martins investigates domestic terrorism for the Houston FBI. He is a religious man who is close to losing his faith; the very nature of his job has led him to question the existence of a God who could allow the things that Gil sees every day. But Gil' s wife, Ruth, doesn' t see things the same way and his crisis of faith provokes a fracture in their marriage. Gil' s world is breaking apart. At the same time, Gil starts to investigate a series of unexplained deaths that bring this crisis of faith into uncomfortable focus. When Esther, a disturbed woman, informs Gil that these men have been killed by prayer, Gil questions her sanity. But as the evidence mounts up that there might be something in what she says, his new-found atheism is severely challenged, more so as he finds his own life is next on the line.
©2013 Philip Kerr (P)2013 Recorded Books
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2 out of 5 stars
By Nissology on 28-11-2016

Very far from Bernie Gunther!

I should have paid more attention to the title: it says it all.
The text is crypto-religious, if anything, "Prayer" is a coherent, far right and conservative Catholic view that the actor Mel Gibson and his father, Hutton, are said to hold.
This is a religious vision stirred by some of the more "vengeful god" passages in the bible. And, in fact, the reading/text ends with a recitation of such harsh verses in no particular order from the old and new testaments.
I kept waiting for the lead character or, even, one of the minor ones, to find out the rational basis for the passionate visions described; for the mystery to be solved without reference to Christian scripture.
But, no, one bizarre (for me) vision after another proceeds until the lead character who started out an atheist convert, but ends as a trainee priest in a seminary.
As the text proceeds, more and more religious phrases creep into the narrative until you almost expect to hear someone shout an evangelical "hallelujah" at some points of pulpit monologue.
My interest in purchasing Philip Kerr is his past catalogue of procedural drama, not his possible Christian faith.
This book was very disappointing for me as a non-believer; in fact, as far as I know, my family has been free from religion for several generations.
I listened to the end of the text, hoping for something clever to emerge, but it never did.
If you a Christian or fear losing your faith, this book might be for you.
If you are a "Traditionalist Catholic", this will be one of your favourite books.

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5 out of 5 stars
By roger w patton on 29-05-2015

Prayers to a Wrathful God

As a fan of Phillip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series and his very creative other fiction novels I was impressed with the imagination of Kerr to create a story and a character able to piss off religious people, atheists and agnostics all at the same time.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Gary on 02-06-2014

Wow, WTF Happened To This Guy?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Not flogging Catholicism or any other religions.

What was most disappointing about Philip Kerr’s story?

This is pretty frickin far from Bernie Gunter.

How could the performance have been better?

Not doing it at all.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Bewilderment.

Any additional comments?

If this is Philip Kerr's new style, I'm out. For good.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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