Mike Philbin's new novel isn't really a novel. There isn't much plot or development--most chapters are a lot like the ones that came before. Whatever it is, however, I kept turning the pages. Some of the images are astonishing, all are powerful, and there are moments of good humor. Mr. Philbin is a good writer, and his choice of words and syntax are sometimes striking. More importantly, the book is a scathing indictment of the socio-economic-religious culture we have become. It sticks with you long after you've finished it. Well worth the read.