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.
In my opinion:
This story is not lacking in anyway , in any genre.
This is one of the very, very few books that has interfered with me sleeping. Not saying it's given me nightmares (I've not found one that good, lol), but it had everything a really good thriller/horror should have.
A good story line, good characters, a bit of gore, a bit of suspense and toppped with a bit of humor.
The narrater did a great job giving each character a different voice. I'd listen to him narrate again.
Well worth the time. :-D
It took me a minute to get with the story being read by the narrator because I had listened to him on another series and I kept losing the story. 30 minutes in I was totally in it. This was a nice bit of fiction fantasy.
It was exciting creative And all-around creepy and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing . Luke Daniels did an excellent job , and Bub sounded terrifying the book throws a lot of questions that you and me use it to your imagination on certain things which is nice if you're looking for a good scary adventure this is your book
The story starts with a very interesting premise for a villain, then botches it with a bunch of horror tropes. Oh, look, the characters have deep personal flaws that the big bad exploits. And then they get opportunities to redeem themselves. Big surprise too that the antagonist is also very difficult to kill with certainty.
The author obviously tried to include interesting science, but as a biologist I can say the science is pretty awful--especially the genetics. The one scientist also is a ridiculous stereotype.
The one redeeming quality is that Luke Daniels does an excellent job narrating, with distinct voices for each character.
I was disappointed, starting with the fact that Andrew Dennison is a linguist, yet neither he nor "Bub" seem to know that Beelzebub is a mocking name for the devil and means "Lord of the flies" (equivalent to a pile of crap) vs. Beelzebul, which means "Prince of demons".
It held my interest long enough to finish it, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you get it on sale or something.
I very much enjoyed the beginning of this book. It started with a mystery, a slow burn, fascinating, well done. Somewhere about midway, it became a Stephen King novel. That's not a compliment. But, if you're a King fan, this book should work well for you.
As usual, Luke Daniels' performance was excellent.
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