When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he's been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon.
He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan.
But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn't just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth…
©2012 J.A. Konrath (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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A very fun listen with a surprising story line. Love books where I can't tell what is going to happen next (so rare!). Especially effective is the slow-reveal of character's histories. Also, is the creature evil or not? Keeps you guessing. Listened to this book several times since I purchased it.
Wow! That was one of the best performances I've listened to period. The demon voice is so scary that I couldn't listen to it at night. Voices were so varied and skillfully done that I was certain there was more than one narrator at one point. The production value was really good too, using effect on the voices to convey distance, etc.
The story itself is very much like Michael Crichton with lots of science explained but not dumbed down. Led to a few theological discussions on the nature and exisitance of evil.
Highly Recommend. Totally Credit Worthy!
I have never been a Sci-Fi fan but I love J. A. Konrath's Jack Danial series so I thought I would give some of Konrath's other works a try. I was hooked on the first chapter! I was surprised the book has a lot of depth to it and I enjoyed getting to know the characters. Luke Daniels does a fantastic job narrating, especially on Bub!
If you don't know of Konrath, his books are not for the squeamish lots of gore for some people! I'm funny, I can read about gore but can't see it.
This book has to continue because I'm looking forward to # 2!!!!!
No. The problem isn't the genre, and really, the book had great potential, except for two things; one, this is NOT, by any stretch of the imagination, a technothriller - if that's what you're after, try Daniel Suarez' Daemon. The second issue, I'll explain later.
Luke Daniels did a fantastic job with all of the voices, particularly with Bub.
Frustration. The second part of the reason I think this book is a failure is that the pacing is really messed up, and the characters are a bunch of selfish morons.
The protagonist is a linguist who speaks 30 languages, but the day he shows up, before he does a single thing, suddenly the reason he's been called there evaporates. There is literally no reason for the protagonist to be a skilled linguist. He could have been a cook or an architect and the story would have been pretty much the same.
The way the characters are developed is pretty good, and the prose is also pretty good, but the whole book has the feeling of being hugely abridged; we spend the first half of the book learning who these people are and why they do what they do, and then they start dying gruesome, quick deaths. This only works if you are George RR Martin, and even then, it feels like a waste of my time.
Pretty much every single character there does something incredibly, irretrievably idiotic, tantamount to hearing a scream from the basement and going downstairs armed with a hairbrush.
Luke Daniels is a really great narrator; I look forward to picking up other books read by him!
Listener of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Intrigue (not romance), Historical Fiction and very eclectic in her literary wanderings.
I thought that the idea of "Is it a Devil?" would be exciting. Nope. Just a theme to write up a lot of violence and not a lot of plot.
It was mostly about the characters and the horrors that brought them to this point. The temptations that make people choose evil.
In short, it was a morality play with lots of guts and blood.
The beginning of this book was like watching a horror movie that you find yourself peeking out between your fingers, you are terrified but can't stand not seeing. There were several times that I found myself shutting off the book but then having to turn it on to continue. The story is an interesting concept... falls off a tiny bit here and there, but overall a very good listen. The narrator, Luke Daniels, is one of the best if not THE BEST narrator I have ever listened to. His ability to characterize his voice is beyond amazing. Bub... just gave me the creeps!
This was a great study into the hidden motives behind each characters choices
yes, this was a great story with some good character development and an interesting take on mankind's history
I'll be vague so not to spoil any of the story but the part where the priest has many questions answered.
Not really but it did have some gripping parts
It is nice to have a story told in a short concise manner every once in a while.
This is an extremely gory book. What I mean by gory about 90% of the book seems to be a discription of oozing gore, poop odor, dismemberment, reanimated dead flesh and criminals in charge of the devil. The narrator was good though. However the characters are very stereotypical and you'll be offended if you're a Catholic or Jew, women too, vets, just about everybody could be offended by the actions of the characters in this story. It's too gross for me. Don't buy this..
Bone chilling horror story that could give nightmares to the squeamish. I dare you to put yourself in the shoes of those that are trapped in this situation.
Andy, Sun and Frank are the heroes. But I think Bud was the most interesting.Bud was able to make my goose bumps run and hide .
This is the first time hearing a performance by Luke but he did an exceptional job.
Although I did not cry for any of the characters, I could sure feel their fear.
This book is what a " true horror" story should be. Edge of your seat mind numbing terror.
The story kept me on the edge of my seat. For the first few hours I actually gasped and laughed out loud numerous times. The narrator did a wonderful job with the different voices.
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