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Holy Water: A Novel
Holy Water: A Novel
Holy Water: A Novel
Audiobook9 hours

Holy Water: A Novel

Written by James P. Othmer

Narrated by William Dufris

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars



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Henry Tuhoe is the quintessential twenty-first-century man. He has a vague, well-compensated job working for a multinational conglomerate-but everyone around him is getting laid off as the company outsources everything it can to third-world countries.

Henry has a beautiful wife-his college sweetheart-and an idyllic new home in the leafy suburbs, complete with pool. But his wife won't let him touch her, even though she demanded he get a vasectomy; he's seriously overleveraged on the mortgage; and no matter what chemicals he tries, the pool remains a corpselike shade of ghastly green.

Then Henry's boss offers him a choice: go to the tiny, magical, about-to-be-globalized Kingdom of Galado to oversee the launch of a new customer-service call center for a boutique bottled water company the conglomerate has just acquired, or lose the job with no severance. Henry takes the transfer, more out of fecklessness than a sense of adventure.

In Galado, a land both spiritual and corrupt, Henry wrestles with first-world moral conundrums, the life he left behind, the attention of a steroid-abusing, megalomaniacal monarch, and a woman intent on redeeming both his soul and her country. The result is a riveting piece of fiction of and for our times, blackly satirical, moving, and profound.
Release dateJun 16, 2010
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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Rarely has existential crisis been so dark and so funny. This novel is as absurd as today's headlines. Othmer knows his subject--the morally bankrupt and irony-soaked machinations of the corporate world--like a surgeon knows the biology of the human body. A compelling, hysterical, and surprisingly uplifting book.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Upon first sight and reading the inside cover, I thought this would be a really good read. But after starting, I easily became bored while reading this book; hence why it took me over a week to finish it. (I could never stay focused while reading.) I think it was a good book though; I enjoyed how modern and up-to-date it was with technology and such although they were trying to modernize/globalize a third world (or as they put it 2.5 world) country. It was interesting how the author continued to integrate music into the characters life, and I knew most (if not all) of the song mentioned and thought they fit perfectly with how I visualized the moment. I think Henry's fate was rather unfortunate; but it's cool how it ends with him ready for a new journey rather than simply giving up after all his misfortune.While I'd recommend this book for older audiences (with the belief that their attention span can better grasp reading the book better than mine) I think it's a good young adult book since it refers to such "hip" things as itunes, twitter, facebook, linkedin, etc.I think anyone can appreciate the instances of comedy throughout though, several time I found myself actually laughing out loud while in public. So having said all that, I say go for it! It's a decent read!!