The Acolyte

The Acolyte

Book - 2015
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Jonah Murtag is an Acolyte on the New Bethlehem police force. His job: eradicate all heretical religious faiths, their practitioners, and artefacts. Murtag's got problems--one of his partners is a zealot, and he's in love with the other one. Trouble at work, trouble at home. Murtag realizes that you can rob a citizenry of almost anything, but you can't take away its faith. When a string of bombings paralyzes the city, religious fanatics are initially suspected, but startling clues point to a far more ominous perpetrator. If Murtag doesn't get things sorted out, the Divine Council will dispatch The Quints, aka: Heaven's Own Bagmen. The clock is ticking towards doomsday for the Chosen of New Bethlehem. And Jonah Murtag's got another problem. The biggest and most worrisome . . . Jonah isn't a believer anymore.

Publisher: Toronto, Canada : ChiZine Publications, ©2015
ISBN: 9781771483285
Branch Call Number: CUTTER
Characteristics: 298 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 24, 2017

Very thought provoking, considering what we see here in the present in our country. I am reminded of the quote, Men will do terrible things willingly when it is in the name of religion.

Feb 08, 2017

The dystopian dictatorship is ruled by "The Prophet". He is likened to "a carnival sideshow barker". He maintains his authority by fear, xenophobia, disinformation, staged incidents and outright lies. Does that sound familiar to you?

Nov 25, 2016

I cannot believe how much I enjoyed reading this twisted book.
The story takes place in a fictional future, where Christianity is the law taken to the extreme. The political/religious system is covering up the lawless and lavish lives of the church "elite"

Jun 24, 2016

I love Nick Cutter as a author!

KateHillier Oct 08, 2015

As with his previous two novels talking about two different kinds of horror, so we reach a third. Part noir, part dystopia, here we have a world of horrifying plausibility. Where the old testament is taken very, very literally and the Christian faith is the only faith. There are some truly horrible scenes and words used here - as well as an amazing amount of animal cruelty - to the point that the author has a little note at the end basically saying that the book is fiction and to please not think that he enjoyed writing this stuff.

The police are now called Acolytes and they wield not only a large amount of power but also are responsible for making certain things happen so that people still believe. We've seen this sort of novel before but the main characters in this one are fanatic believers for the most part. They don't believe but no one thinks anything can change so they operate as best they can in this society even though it's not necessarily one that they believe in fully.

Our main plot deals with a series of bombings from what looks like the least likely of people, at least officially, so that is our launching point as we follow Jonah into uncovering the truth but the real horror is the world and how people live in it. I liked Cutter's other books better but that is not at all to say that this one is a miss either.

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