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There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffey
Bobby Barnes was a careless man…a drinking man…a man with twin sons in his truck which crashed one night…and the last thing he saw before he blacked out were the stars. He awoke to the stars…but something had changed. As Bobby puts the pieces together, he learns he must decide…is this Heaven?...is this Hell…or is this the place of Stars?
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
"IN A LIFE FULL OF LIES, HE FINALLY SETTLED FOR THE TRUTH."
No one in Mattingly ever believed Bobby Barnes would live to see old age. Drink would either rot Bobby from the inside out or dull his senses just enough to send his truck off the mountain on one of his nightly rides. Although Bobby believes such an end possibleand even likelyit doesnt stop him from taking his twin sons Matthew and Mark into the mountains one Saturday night. A sharp curve, blinding headlights, metal on metal, his sons screams. Bobbys final thought as he sinks into blackness is a curious oneThere will be stars.
Yet it is not death that greets him beyond the veil. Instead, he returns to the day he has just lived and finds he is not alone in this strange new world. Six others are trapped with him.
Bobby soon discovers that this supposed place of peace is actually a place of secrets and hidden dangers. Along with three others, he seeks to escape, even as the world around him begins to crumble. The escape will lead some to greater life, others to endless death . . . and Bobby Barnes to understand the deepest nature of love.
4 stars. 'Rich, vivid language and description make up Coffeys latest. Bobbys voice is intense and rich. His flaws cause him to stand out against the colorful characters who surround him. An inventive, intricate plot, cleverly written and filled with humor, There Will be Stars is a truly engaging, entertaining read.'
Danielle Hull5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing story-telling I want to re-read!June 8, 2017Danielle HullQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I think this is my favorite book by Billy Coffey. His story-telling is amazing and continues to draw me in. He challenges my stereotypes and what I think I like in a book! I thought I liked character driven books; even if I didn't like the plot or I already solved the murder, I would finish a book because I loved the characters. I was half way through There Will Be Stars and realized I would never choose any of the characters as a friend! I actually didn't like them! They were nasty, selfish, and dishonest. But they were real in their weaknesses, and I was invested in their lives, even hoping for change.
I love that Billy's stories are not predictable. I don't re-read books, but this is the second of Coffey's that I want to re-read after gaining new perspective from a twist! There Will be Stars did not disappoint.
comfyreading5 Stars Out Of 5Good BookJuly 22, 2016comfyreadingQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A story about a life of lies and death that doesnt bring what we all think will happen, There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffey is a dreamy, somewhat scary, take on life after death, and what Heaven could or should be. This book has character that spoke to me, and the voices with in the pages were so real it was like I was watching a movie.
Bobby Barnes is the town drunk, always has his bottle readily available, and most people believe that that same bottle will be the one that drives him to his grave. Bobby sort of believes the same thing, he knows hes an alcoholic, but doesnt really care. He knows that people talk about him, and yet doesnt care about that much either. Even though he knows his drinking is bad, it doesnt stop him from taking his children on a trip to the mountains one night. They were just going to go for some fun, and to get away from all the gossip, but since Bobby has one hand on his bottle and one eye on the road, the car ends up totaled and Bobby ends up dead.
This is not where the story ends though. Bobby wakes up in a place that isnt quite Earth and its not Heaven either. He wakes up on the day that he passed away, but its not the same day, because there are six other people with him that werent with him the first time he lived this day. Now Bobby has to figure out how to get back to his real life, or move on to death. The help of these people is all he has to get to the next stage, and he has to help them as well.
The way that Billy Coffey writes is so genuine and so visual that I cant help but sink into his words. He fills the pages with characters that come to life and I love every second of it. I cant really explain it, you just have to pick up one of his books. Its so weird how you can be mad at Bobby for making such stupid choices, and yet feel for him as he tries to reach his children. This book was incredible, very deep, very surreal and extremely emotional. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, and I received it from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
D2 Stars Out Of 5Strange storyJuly 5, 2016DQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 4Probably the most unusual book I've ever read. It was very confusing for me at the beginning. Six people are killed and seem to land in some sort of time warp called "Turn" ...Heaven? Hell? They live as a family and, eventually, based on changes made by them, they go back to their previous life or die.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Wondering if there is a redeeming aspect to this novelJune 25, 2016bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2I found this book tough going. I have read other books by Coffey, having come to expect a type of fiction that almost defies being placed in a particular genre. Unlike the others I've read, this one left me wondering what the point was.
The setting is Mattingly, the town we've come to know from other Coffey novels. The time is what is so different. The main characters are people who have (apparently) died. They are in a situation where the last day of their life is every day they live. The main character, for example, is Bobby, a drunk car mechanic. No matter what he does during the day, in the evening he drives up into the hills where he dies in a car crash.
There may be several themes that run through the novel. A group of these (dead/undead) people have come together to form a sort of family. Most of them seem terribly dysfunctional to me, as are the relationships between them. The woman who controls the family, Mamma, convinces them they are in heaven. Bobby doubts it as one of the women was beaten and then killed by her husband and relives that every day. Would that be heaven?
Another theme might be time. One character suggests time is like a river and they are in an eddy. That sounds like an eastern philosophy to me. While time seems to be repeating, people can do different activities each day and seem to remember their previous actions. We learn what brought each of these people to their death and those stories may contain some lessons. There is also some thought that we might have the ability create our own future, or that we do create our own present reality.
For me, this book just did not work. When I reached the end, I wondered what the point of it all was. I could not really identify the moral of the story. I was not really entertained. I was not struck by well crafted sentences or amazing characters. I found the dialog, particularly the uneducated southern language, irritating. I also think the book is about a hundred pages longer than it needs to be.
I wouldn't call this a Christian book. There is talk of heaven and hell but there is nothing about saving faith. I am not even sure there is anything redeeming about the book. It there is, I missed it. Some may like this style of fiction but I don't.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5it was okayJune 16, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I have read most of the authors novels to date with the exception of a couple. In reading his stories, I have come to realize there is a spiritual message that may not be apparent or quickly seen until toward the end of the story. Here is story that actually takes place a few years after the novel, In the Heart of the Dark Wood. At first, it took me a while to remember just who some of the characters were and the story from the other book.
There is a flavor of mystery here when a character that is known as the town drunk, named Bobby Barnes, is in an accident and believes he is now in heaven. Though Bobby is aware he doesnt deserve to be there what catches him off guard is to be talking to other people from the town of Mattingly. Plus Bobby sees his two young twin sons, talks to them and more, believing they are real and alive. Yet are they?
So much more occurs in the book than I am really able to describe to you. All I can really say is that it is a story worth taking time to read and enjoy. At times I thought I knew exactly how the story was going to play out or how it was going to end, but the author sure likes to throw in twists and turns that bring a moment of pause to see how a scene will really develop.
From the first page till the end, the novel engaged all of me, and my heart was touched in various scenes sometimes causing me to react with anger at a character or sadness and even a laugh every now and again. There is one use of a cuss word by town drunk Bobby Barnes though it is not the f bomb. I was disappointed when a sexual scene occurred even though it isnt in detail or described erotically, but to show how some people use others in this manner. I wanted to let you be aware in case something like what I just described might bother you readers. When I came upon it, at first it caught me off guard and in all honesty I would have liked to have not seen that in the novel at all.