At first, Satan is disenchanted by the idea of telling his life's story; however, after some persuasion, he begins to open up about his exploits. Satan then takes Jehallelel on an epic journey beginning at the dawn of time, giving a detailed account of his earliest memories from his creation to his fall. Including the intricate details of creation, Satan's involvement in the fall of man - and even his attempt to destroy the Son of God - author Rodney Redus imaginatively weaves a tale of destruction, devastation, and ultimately betrayal in Hiss Story.
©2009 Rodney L. Redus; (P)2009 Tate
I thought this was going to be more of a fictional look at Satan being more of a satire and comical work than a religious one. I have a hard time figuring out whether the author is trying to show us the error of our ways through pointing out what Satan wants, but he also seems to be using Satan as a real hard critic of the Jews of the Old Testament and many of many of the Biblical Characters by somewhat systematically going through through the Old Testament and pointing out all the short comings and weaknesses. I started to wonder which point of view the author was taking. It's an interesting look at many of the issues of the old testament but rather hard to appreciate it due to the angry railing voice that the narrator brings to Satan so that you are distracted from the content so much that it begins to warp the message. Had the narrator read the book in a dark and move devious voice than one of anger and irritation, it would give a very different interpretation of the narrative. I would recommend this book be read than listened to it as the narrators inflection changes meanings and here it is way too distorting and ultimately confusing to be useful to the listener.
The basic idea has possibilities -- too bad the author actually saw absolutely none of them. I mean, we could have had a clever Satan (hey, if he can tempt anyone including Jesus, he ought to be clever, right?) with a perfectly satirical look at his relationship with God and "Hiss" history. Instead, we get some whiny b**** who certainly doesn't seem intelligent enough to tempt a dog with raw steaks in his hands!
This book could have been wicked fun. Good riddance!
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