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Book Review – “If God Doesn’t Show” by R.Thomas Riley and John Grover

September 6, 2013

If God Doesn't Show

Hello ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to the Casa!

For today’s book review, I thought I’d revisit one of my favorite characters to read, Gibson Blount. Today I offer “If God Doesn’t Show” by R. Thomas Riley and John Grover. In this story, Gibson, who has already lived many lifetimes, is back to face kidnappers, cults, monsters, demons, and the ancient god Chthulu.

The story begins with Secret Service agent Thaddeus Archer, a trusted protector of the President and family man, whose life spirals when his daughter is kidnapped. Racked with grief, he is on the verge of suicide when the kidnappers call to his daughter’s cell phone and tell him his little girl dies if he does. One year later, Thaddeus works his way back up to securing a park for the President’s arrival, his daughter’s cell phone constantly at his side. Before long, chaos reigns as people begin to act in ways they can’t control. Living shadows use people like puppets and the world is plunged into chaos. Thaddeus’s training and instincts kick in and he gets the President and the Secretary of the Interior to safety. That is all just the beginning.

Gibson Blount is the leader of a specially selected tactical force composed of equal parts military, theologians, and psychics. Their mission, to investigate an island whose rise from the depths of the ocean triggered the mayhem around the world. Shortly after landing on the island, they discover the island is the home of the sleeping elder god, Chthulu, and he is on the brink of awakening.

I enjoyed this story tremendously, especially the way how they melded the H.P. Lovecraft universe into our world. Gibson Blount is at his best in this story and the climax of the story is fitting for him. You don’t even have to be a fan of Lovecraft to appreciate this story. My rating is a 4 out of 5 stars.

You can find their book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite book store.

As always, if you want to leave a comment, please do so below.  Let me know your opinion  and feel free to share mine with your friends, family, and yes, even your enemies.  I’m on FacebookTwitterGoogle +, and via e-mail at  And check out my stories in the “Darwin Murders” and “Bump Off Your Enemies” anthologies available through

And remember… Why so serious?

Donald P.


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