Whom God Would Destroy

ABOUT Commander Pants

Commander Pants
I am a the first of a new breed: the 21st Century Pseuper Hero (which is just like the real thing, only different). I live with my mysterious wife and mysterious child in a rather mysterious house. In addition to writing, I also compose music and make "found image" music videos.  More...


It's 1987, and "God" has returned to Earth to goof on humanity once more. Equipped with a new message and a bell that makes people happy, he opens up a new age store, ready to have some fun. Fortunately, things don't turn out quite like He'd planned.

Whom God Would Destroy is a thought provoking novel about God, insanity, Big Macs, space aliens and the search for the Ultimate Orgasm...but mostly it's about taking reality with a pillar of salt.

For many years I worked as a mental health outreach counselor, assisting a "delusional" population living independently in the community (a job that I'm proud to say my protagonist does as well). I put the word "delusional" in quotes because every day I couldn’t stop wondering, what if their "delusions" were the truth, and we, the so-called "sane" people were the delusional ones? I mean, what if Odin really was trying to trick Zane into giving him his ATM pin #, and the government really was melting down people and turning them into different colors? Stranger things have happened (okay, maybe not…but they could). One New Years Day epiphany struck! There was a novel here, and I was just the one to write it. Whom God Would Destroy was conceived, and just a few years later, a bouncing baby manuscript was delivered.

Luke Rhinehart  (author of the cult classic "The Dice Man"):

"WHOM GOD WOULD DESTROY is a wonderful novel, with an original comic vision and style that had me laughing aloud. Commander Pants has created a unique cast of characters and tells a story that gets increasingly mad as we proceed, climaxing in a series of scenes, each one topping the previous one...READ IT!"


"A light-hearted romp through the big boys of serious topics - WHOM GOD WOULD DESTROY examines the subjects of religion, psychiatry, the mentally ill and alien conspiracies in a sniggeringly hilarious meander through some cunning plot twists and a whole new understanding of the universe as it is."

Reading for Sanity:

"Commander Pants has a gift for characterization and the rare ability to juggle and seamlessly interweave a series of largely-unrelated subplots. The book is ripe with florid fruits of an overactive imagination and a willingness to look at everyday events from bizarre angles.
...The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Psyche, with an extra helping of blasphemy."

Bob on Books (on Technorati):

"The spirit of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., hovers above Whom God Would Destroy, reminding readers to fasten their seatbelts, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

Whom God Would Destroy is not a book for people who honestly believe that God doesn’t have a sense of humor. With a goofy cast of characters, it amiably wades through religion, science, science fiction, alien abduction, fast food, the quest for happiness, and—more than anything else—how stupid we can be without even trying. It is a romp through the conscious, the sub-conscious, the unconscious, and the conscientious, giggling all the way."

Nanny Goats in Panties:

"I enjoyed it - this fun poke at psychiatry and religion and Mickey-D-lovin' aliens, along with a sincere but clever and witty exploration of the debate about medicating the mentally ill. It provokes thought amidst its dark humor and unapologetic blasphemy."


"Thematically, not many books can tackle so many serious issues in such an absurd but meaningful way.  Commander Pants touches on mental health, medication, religion, consumerism, selfishness, sexuality, reality, and Big Macs."

Beth's Book Review:

"It pleasantly reminded me of one of the darker Hitchhiker's Guide books – slightly surreal, yet quite enjoyable."

Reading Backwards:

"Commander Pants has written a novel that cleverly forces one to question human nature while making us laugh."

The White Rhino Report:

"I do not want to give away too much of the plot, because it is delicious fun - as delicious as, say, "two all beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onions on a sesame seed bun"! That quotation will make sense to you as you near the novel's denouement....Reading this book felt much like reading the good-humored blasphemies of Christopher Moore's "Lamb," or the innocent insanity of "A Confederacy of Dunces...Drink the Kool-Aid! Laugh -at the book and at yourself.."


"WHOM GOD WOULD DESTROY is one of those books that has so many themes going on (a vengeful God, consumerism, mental illness, medication and aliens) it’s any wonder the story makes sense; however, the author did a great job of tying them all together using a velvet hammer disguised as a satirical storyline."

Reader's Respite:

"...But funny hi-jinks aside, we found a rather poignant message embedded in the story: Happiness may well be found in making other people happy. Simple. Easy. Okay, okay...so that particular message was imparted by a returned-to-Earth-Jesus who is having fun manipulating us sheep-like mortals. But we liked it nonetheless."
Used Book Blog:

"WHOM GOD WOULD DESTROY by Commander Pants is a successful mix of mental health insight, religion, science fiction and the absurd...I thoroughly enjoyed WHOM GOD WOULD DESTROY. Pants creates a number of believable characters and then tosses them into an unbelievable situation. I learned a bit, pondered the nature of personality and self, and found myself grinning most of the time."


"This novel builds to an amazing and satisfying climax and will provide the reader with quite a few things to ponder over several days, after turning the last page."