Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Ain't No Messiah by Mark Tullius

Ain't No Messiah
Tales of the Blessed and Broken Book 1
by Mark Tullius
Genre: Psychological Suspense

God has chosen Joshua to bring forth his new kingdom on Earth.”

From the day he was born, Joshua has found himself the recipient of
death-defying miracles. His earliest memories include his own father
proclaiming him the second coming of Christ. However, Joshua has
wrestled with serious doubts about the validity of this claim all his
life. How could he not, having survived a childhood filled with
physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his earthly father.

Now, one way or another, Joshua is going to show the world who he really is.

"A compelling, if sometimes-lurid, picture of a faith gone wrong."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Ain’t No Messiah is a beautifully-written book about one man's effort to
find himself - and maybe even a bit of happiness - in a world bitter
enough to greet even a supposed Messiah with abuse and scapegoating."
~Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader

The day had been a long one, and I was sitting at my table half asleep, doodling dead people in my notebook, thanking God that Mother never called on me. The dead people were riding waves, being blasted into buildings, sucked out to sea. So much life wiped out by an uncontrollable force of nature.
Sometimes I didn’t know when the disaster in the footage I was watching had taken place, but I knew this tsunami had just happened. Over the last year, we’d nearly caught up on all major disasters, so Father was always amped up when something big came in. I had to pay attention during my atonement because Father always quizzed me on the content. Unlike the tests we took in school that Mother never handed me back, Father didn’t tolerate wrong answers. I took in every heartbreaking moment, all the deaths I was responsible for. All because these people wouldn’t believe in me; because I failed to give them a reason.
I wish I had kept track of just how many people I’d seen perish. Children holding machine guns half as big as their bodies. Fires in factories. Mass graves. Workers picking up dead kids by their legs and stuffing them in black bags. Explosions tearing buildings in half. Fires in apartments. Bodies on a dirt road, rotting into puddles, flattened by vehicles. Fires scorching out families. White kids my size hunting down classmates. Children crying, starving, bleeding, covered in flies. Death and decay. Destruction and debris.

Mark Tullius is the author of Unlocking the Cage: Exploring the
Motivations of MMA Fighters and dark fiction which includes Ain't No
Messiah, Twisted Reunion, 25 Perfect Days: Plus 5 More, Brightside,
and the Try Not to Die series. An Ivy League graduate, Mark lists
Chuck Palahniuk and Stephen King as the authors who most influence
his own writing. He attests that attending Tom Spanbauer's Dangerous
Writing workshop marked the turning point in his career. In addition
to his writing, Mark is the host of the podcast Vicious Whispers.
Mark resides in Southern California with his wife and two children.
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Sherry Fundin said...

Usually I would pass on a book like this, but I loved the excerpt and the writing has drawn me in, making me want to know more.

sherry @ fundinmental

Carl Scott said...

Love that cover! I'd buy the book just for that. Thanks!

Mark said...

Hi Laurie, thanks so much for having my book on here. I'm glad the excerpt won you over, Sherry. And I appreciate the comment on the cover, Carl. This is by far the favorite of all my covers and what makes it even better is that my good friend created it for me.