This is far more of a Cthulhu Mythos novel than a zombie novel but we’ll leave our traditional title in place anyway. If you don’t know what Cthulhu Mythos means I will give a brief explanation. Cthulhu is a Godlike monster created by H.P Lovecraft back in the the 1920’s that is something like a cross between a giant Octopus and a dragon. Mythos is basically a set of central rules of a story line that take place. So with If God Doesn’t Show we have a Cthulhu Mythos meaning we have a story that takes place in the shared world that H.P Lovecraft created featuring one of this most famous monsters. If that still isn’t clear, think of it like the Marvel Super Hero stories. There is countless stories branching off but they all exist in the same Universe with a lot of the same characters.
If God Doesn’t Show begins with Thaddeus Archer who is a Secret Service agent whose job is to protect the president. Thaddeus is a hard working man who is pretty high up in the Secret Service. He is respected by the President and puts in long hours to do his job. But even with the admiration of one of the most powerful person in the world at his side, Thaddeus can’t stop the tragedy that is becoming his life from getting worse.
A mysterious cult has learned of a way to make the Elder God rise again but while this gate open there is another evil coming through it that this cult can’t control. Earth is under attack from every direction and the only clue humanity has to stop it is an Island that has suddenly appeared in the Pacific ocean.
This is a clever book that weaves together everything from nuclear war to supernatural monsters. It’s the standard Permuted Press length of hovering around 200 pages and moves very fast. It’s balanced between a thriller and a horror novel. It’s far from predictable as authors R. Thomas Riley & John Grover did an excellent job of hiding the books secrets until they were ready to unveil them.
As noted above the book is fast paced. In fact it was so faced paced I got confused a few times and had to back track a page to reposition the story. I felt like there was a couple missed opportunities where they should have slowed down to explore a rather brilliant story line that presented itself.
There is a lot of characters in this book and each of them had their place in the story being well defined. Leading the way is Thaddeus and Gibson Blount who is the leader of a military ops croup that is like the CIA version for the supernatural.
Aside from my feeling that it moved too fast at times I really enjoyed the book and finished up in a couple days. I highly recommend this, especially if you’ve never read anything that includes our Dark Overlord Cthulhu.
Coming up soon we’ll have an interview with co-author R. Thomas Riley.
If God Doesn’t Show is published by Permuted Press.