The Acolyte

The Acolyte

by Nick Cutter


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The Acolyte by Nick Cutter

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771483285
Publisher: ChiZine Publications
Publication date: 04/22/2015
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 345,159
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Nick Cutter is the pseudonym for the Giller and Trillium-nominated Craig Davidson, author of THE TROOP, CATARACT CITY, SARAH COURT, and RUST & BONE (made into a film starring Marion Cotillard).

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The Acolyte 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TracyMJoyce More than 1 year ago
**I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** "1984" meets "Fahrenheit 451", meets the Spanish Inquisition and crime noir. Brilliant, brutal, mildly horrifying; at times savagely funny…I think I have another favourite author in Nick Cutter. In a country ruled by fundamentalist Christians, Jonah Murtagh is an Acolyte, an officer of the Faith Crimes Unit in the City of New Bethlehem - a unit which enforces religious conformance and operates outside the law. Jonah’s involvement in an investigation into a series of terrorist bombings, expose him to the machinations of the extremist theocracy. I could not put this book down. At times I was horrified and at others I laughed out loud at the biting satire of Cutter’s writing. The scariest thing is that I can see how you could extrapolate our current world into this dystopian vision.  The characterisations are wonderful and the story is fast paced. Cutter’s writing and use of imagery immerses you in this harsh world and two of the scenes made me grimace in their savagery; it takes a lot to make me do that. I loved every minute of it.  This has to be one of the best books I’ve read in a long while.  Five out Five Stars. Brutally Awesome.