on April 16, 2014 :
This novel is written in the form of a television show transcript between the television host and God (or someone claiming to be God according to the host.) The story is this exchange and not much more.
The man interviewing God is a confusing character. He states he is a heathen yet he is upset God didn't answer his prayers in the past. The main item that is quite apparent is his definite lack of belief regarding who he is interviewing, with no change at the end.
With the opportunity of a lifetime - getting to interview God - most of the dialogue meanders around with the interviewer arguing his point and "God" evading a straight answer, refusing even to clarify his already clear statement of creation in Genesis chapter one.
The god of this novel requires prayer in order to "beat" Satan which makes god appear to not be all-powerful. The concept that humans were created so the angels could decide which one is right - God or Satan - via a "contest" sets an unappealing tone. Who is really in control is questioned since a committee of angels (both good and bad) must be consulted before actions can be taken.
Although the premise was interesting - an interview with God - it wasn't quite clear where the author was going with it. A range of topics were mentioned but with very limited follow through (an angel being evil incarnate, angels sinning and being forgiven, and Satan's ability to "wreck" God's work). All of these topics needed to be examined further. As it is they were just stated, leaving the reader wondering if the fiction contains any fact.
(review of free book)