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Richard A. Kirkham
5.0 out of 5 stars"Clark, you handsome Devil" was never more literally expressed.
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2014
A lurid and engrossing tale of the paranormal, written in a pulp style that will satisfy fans of old school thriller fiction. Set in Hollywood in 1946, it places historical locations and well known personalities into a traumatic story of demon possession and a desperate battle to overcome true evil. The author's knowledge of the landmarks of Hollywood is very thorough, it was easy for this Southern California native to visualize the story in the Hollywood Hills and nightspots. Be careful of the content since there are some nearly explicit sexual passages in the text. They are titillating and revulsion inducing at the same time, a sign that the author has a creative mind and a way with words.
Having enjoyed many of Mr. Levesque's books before, I eagerly dove into "The Devil You Know" [Quite aptly titled!]. A roller coaster ride of Golden Age Hollywood depravity and lust awaited me. So much fun! Not wanting to give too much away, I'll just say that I enjoyed how this book sets up it's story from the beginning, and finishes in a flurry. The author accurately describes this as paranormal fantasy. As such, fans of Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman might find a lot to like here. I certainly did!
The Devil You Know is a clever, well-written paranormal fantasy, set in 1946 Hollywood and written in a pulp noir style, ideally suited for the story and setting. I enjoyed it but not nearly as much as his earlier novel Take Back Tomorrow
Partially, this is my own fault. The book description on the product page contains a warning that the book contains adult material, although it doesn't identify the book as paranormal fantasy. I didn't realize that this warning referred to graphic paranormal sex scenes with demon lovers. Although I'm not a prude, this just isn't the type of book I enjoy very much. Also, I felt that some of the characters and their actions weren't especially well-developed or believable.
However, overall, it's an entertaining, very original tale and I recommend it to those who are interested in the paranormal genre and who aren't bothered by explicit sex scenes. Levesque is a talented writer and his first novel Take Back Tomorrow is a recent favorite of mine. By all means, give him a try, but my recommendation is to read Take Back Tomorrow first.
Marie is a war widow who just wants to get through her day working as a church secretary. She is still mourning the loss of her husband two years after his death. She is not looking for a good time so she almost says no when her friend Elise asks her to go to a party in the Hollywood hills. Once they get to the party, it is increasingly clear that something isn't quite right. And where has Elise gotten to? This will set Marie on a path to fighting demons and powerful men. But could it also steer her toward a fresh start?
This is set in the 40's directly after WWII was won. It was well plotted and the characters were fully developed. It kept my attention throughout and I was invested in finishing the book to know the outcome for Marie, Tom, Collin and Elise. Although there were some parts that could have been more fleshed out, especially the Father, it was entertaining and definitely a fun listen.
The narration was extremely well done with the tone of the book captured quite well by LC Kane, who gave a good performance for both male and female characters. I would definitely listen to something else by LC Kane. I did listen on 1.5 speed which is my wont.
I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
This was a book I received off of one of my free book sites. It was different than anything I have read before. Only took a few days to read it, as it did keep me interested in it. It really makes you think about spirits and demons and if they do exist. I am a lapsed Catholic and know the Bible etc and was always told to stay away from the Occult or things to do with it. With this story I can see why. The characters are great and I would love to see more adventures with Marie and Tom.
This was a very entertaining story.LC Kane is great narrating this one. One drunken night at a mansion,a bunch of juvenile rich men summon a demon.Not sure it worked they repeated the curse over and over.Suddenly there are four or more demons,who just happen to look like Hollywood actors of the day.They meet a woman and essentially suck their souls from them,making them seem more like real men.One lady sees what is happening and will go to all ends to stop this. I was given this book free of charge for an honest review
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 4, 2015
Richard Levesque gives us here a good little horror thriller, although I should point out there are some scenes of a sexual nature – so you have been warned. The Second World War is over, it is 1946, and we are in Hollywood, but for Marie, she is now a widower and currently works as the secretary for the local priest. Carrying on with her life and still going out with friends, Marie finds herself going to a top notch party with Elise, her best friend, at the mansion of Julian Piedmont.
Julian Piedmont has now taken over the reins of his father’s movie empire as his father is now dead, but having his cronies around isn’t just enough for Julian. Finding an old occult book in his father’s collection he gets one of his cronies to recite one of the spells. Unfortunately all of them are drunk, and with only one person who seems to know any Latin from his Catholic upbringing, things do go slightly awry. With demons or to be more exact incubi let loose on to the streets of Hollywood, Julian is disappointed, as he wanted a succubus.
When Marie sees what happens to her friend Elise after a sexual encounter with one of these incubi she knows that she must put a stop to it, and thus gains some unexpected help from others. But will the demons be too powerful to be stopped?
This is a good romp that will more than engage your imagination as you read of these incubi who look like famous film stars of the time, and the effects that they have on starry eyed women. With references to Weird Tales and other pulp publications, and a lost story by Lovecraft this is an easy book to devour, firmly set in its time and place.