Today I am so excited to be reviewing On the Seventh Day by Mark Wilson and Spellbound Books. Thank you to Zoe-Lee O’Farrell of Zooloos booktours for organising this tour. I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review.
God is furious.
He has run out of patience with humans and decided that our time is over.
We’ve had our chance and it’s back to the drawing board.
Mo, and Jay, best friends who’ve screwed up in the past, beg him for one more chance to get the humans back on track.
Alongside Mr Saluzar, the head of a global charity foundation, and Nick, The Fallen Angel, they hurtle towards Armageddon and their one chance to prove God wrong.
They have seven days to save us
When I agreed to review On the Seventh Day I really had no idea what I was letting myself in for but I had an absolute blast reading this crazy novel. It’s fun, satirical and such a brilliant twist on religion. I’m not religious at all or offended by anything however just a warning that if you are quite religious and don’t like this being played with, it may not be the book for you. This novel also contains a lot of profanities so again – be warned if this bothers you. In my case, any book that begins with THAT Stephen Fry quote certainly gets my attention.
So God (Stuart – who knew?!) is done with humans. He’s fed up of them treating each other terribly, starting wars in his name and just being a disgrace. Nick (a fallen angel – yes Lucifer – but a good friend of God) feels differently. He things humanity can be saved with help and being shown the error of their ways. Also there’s Jay (Jesus) and Mo (Moses) who’s sole job was to deliver the commandment of do not be a c**t until Moses screwed it up by adding additional ones and Jay messed up by getting involved with the Romans who are now desperately trying to teach humans the word of God. God decides that the 3 of them have one last chance to save humans before he destroys them.
What ensues is an often hilarious but also thought-provoking road trip with Nick, Jay and Mo trying their best to show people God exists and warn them of the dangers of their choices. I mean…God just wants them to be nice to each other so how hard can it be?
I love the modernised biblical characters and how Wilson has used biblical events but with a twist and a different perspective. Yes it’s comedy but there is also a lot of food for though about humans and what we do to each other and the planet and how often is religion used as a reason and justification for things. I loved the perspective of God and it made me wonder what he would make of things (if he is actually real) and also just how much control he has. There are references to may of the world’s problems and bring them to the forefront of your thoughts in such a clever way.
Overall, On the Seventh Day is an intelligent, satirical look at religion and the world’s problems and is extremely creative and often hilarious. If you don’t mind religious satire or a bucketful of profanities, then you need to add this one to your pile (the top). Very clever!
Author Bio – Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson is the author of twelve works of fiction and one non-fiction memoir. He also writes Crime Thrillers under the pseudonym, C.P. Wilson
Mark’s short story ‘Glass Ceiling’ won first prize in May, 2015 on Spinetingler’s Short story competition and will be included in Ryan Bracha’s Twelve Nights at Table Six. dEaDINBURGH reached the quarter finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014 and was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards, 2015.
Mark currently teaches Biology in a Fife secondary school and writes in his spare time, in lieu of sleep.
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Website : https://markwilsonbooks.com/