by Michael Alexander
Detective Nick McCallister investigates a rash of suicides-three on the south end and three
west end, his own son Justin among them. Something evil is happening in the city. McCallister comes face to face with that evil when Satan's personal assistant Nathan appears in his living room late one night and asks if he's ready for the truth. While an escape from reality is actually what he wants, McCallister knows Nathan must be stopped-but he has no idea how to proceed.
McCallister is already being sucked downward by the emotional undercurrent from a failing marriage, Justin's suicide, and the investigation of his own police force over the grim murder of a local African American civil rights activist.
He's drawn into the ugliest corners of a truth he never could have imagined, a world where the myths of civilization are exposed, the Inquisition analyzed, and the Holy Bible rewritten. McCallister is challenged to determine what is truly good and what is truly evil after he realizes his son and his wife have made their own informed and untimely decisions (overview and book cover from Netgalley)
This is a somewhat non-traditional good versus evil story, in that it leans mostly on the side of evil. We learn in great detail what Nathan is doing here on earth and believe me, it’s pretty frightening! And, there is no winner at the end.
I’ll be honest with you, I somewhat struggled with the first 50 pages of this 200 page book. This part did not feel like it flowed very well. It jumped between Nick’s personal life and work life in a way that just did not work for me.
BUT - after that - all I can say is wow. The pace really picked up and it became quite a page turner. Unfortunately, we are left hanging at the end. I want to know more about Nick! Is he going to take Nathan’s offer or the one given to him by the Sentinels? I want more! I want more!
Good job Mr. Alexander.
Thank you to Smith Publicity and Netgalley for allowing me to read this for an unbiased review.
Publish date: October 17, 2012.