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When God Whispers Loudly
When God Whispers Loudly by Chris Hibbard.
This is a treasure of a short story. Great to get comfy on a sofa, with a blanket, a nice cup of lemonade and relax for about 1-2 hours depending on your reading pace.
I loved it all the way through. I recommend reading it through all the way, no stops. I will not give any spoilers away. I read it and it was not until the end and until writing down this review that I realized. I never got the main character's name. It was never mentioned at all. I got so captivated that I did not even notice. He is a husband, a father, a grandfather, a working member of our society, a human being and yet he has no name. I was intrigued that I did not notice while reading and realized; this is a brilliant story. It engrossed me and I still felt very connected with the main character. A nameless character that is so easy to relate to that we get caught up in the story and now I am left with the question "I'm sorry, I did not catch your name?" Ever meet someone in the grocery store and just start talking right away and the conversation goes so smoothly, there is laughter and a connection and at the end, ''I'm sorry, I didn't catch your name phrase" comes out? It felt like that.
It is a short story; just when you think it is predictable, it isn't and that is part of it's charm. When you get to the end, you smile and say, "I should have seen it coming, but smile at yourself because you kind of did not." The author's ability to get his message across is subtle and yet powerful and you relate to the story so quickly that a the end the "wow" comes out of your lips without even thinking.
I am not giving any plot info away, no spoilers what so ever. It is a short story and I do not want your mind to start trying to think ahead of the story, just read it and let yourself be taken for the ride. It is well worth it.
I am going to have to look for other works by this author today. Wish me luck in finding more.