Saturday, April 09, 2011

Wonders Never Cease

Um . . . wow. Even I'm surprised at how fast I devoured Wonders Never Cease by Tim Downs. Seriously. I started reading this thing less than twelve hours ago.

Kemp McAvoy has a plan: he's going to be an angel. At least, that's what he wants injured Hollywood actress Olivia Hayden to believe. After getting in a serious car wreck, Hayden is in a medically induced coma in Kemp's ward. A little fiddling with the meds, a little help from Hayden's agent and a publisher desperate for a bestseller, and Kemp figures he'll be rolling in the dough. All he has to do is deliver a message from "God" and everything else will fall into place. Only things don't go exactly as planned, not with his girlfriend Natalie and her daughter, Leah, getting in the way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Oh, sure, the plot seems a tiny bit implausible, but Downs wrote it with such a great sense of fun that I found myself wanting to keep reading, just one more chapter, just one more page, just to see how everything played out.

The only thing that made me hesitate a little is that the "spiritual payload" of this book is a little light. There's no heavy-handed preaching, no conversion scenes. You might even wonder if anyone in this book is Christian at all. But that's okay. Consider it "tiller fiction," prepping the soil and getting people thinking about why they don't believe.

I don't know. All I do know for sure is that I really enjoyed this book.

1 comment:

Jason said...

Tim Downs is my favorite author currently. I think "tiller fiction" is a good way to describe his books. I poured through this quickly myself.