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When a horribly disfigured woman breaks into the underground depository of the Stockholm National Library in Sweden and tears out pages of satanic spells hidden deep inside the Codex Gigas - The Devil’s Bible - teams of investigators quickly realize that there is more to this than meets the eye. Meanwhile, in the Czech Republic, Colonel Cameron Skull is investigating the ravaged remains of the cemetery outside the infamous, and now touristy, Church of Bones. But when a manlike creature appears and Colonel Skull realizes the danger, it’s too late. It is then that he sees Iris for the first time, and they both quickly realize that they are connected way beyond just a physical attraction. 

Predictions are starting to come true and the clock is ticking. The Book of Revelations, Nostradamus, and the Dead Sea Scrolls have all warned of this moment, and now it is upon us. The coming of the Antichrist.

©2010 Justin Hyde (P)2019 Justin Hyde

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A good read.....

***SPOILERS***SPOILERS***SPOILERS***
Okay, so positives first. It is very evident that the topic was well researched. It is also an extremely interesting concept. And Hyde certainly knows how to use little cliff hangers at the end of each chapter to keep you interested. I feel like there is tons of potential for this author.

Now for the negatives. There seems to be a lot of tell and very little show in my opinion. And in a few places too much information is given which slows down the story. Likewise, there are a few places where the opposite is true. An example of this would be the kiss on the forehead. I personally need so many more interactions between the two before something so intimate comes out of nowhere. In the beginning, Skull comes off as a jerk and is rude for no apparent reason. It seems by the end there was an arc for the character, but it isn’t really shown in the story. We see point A and point B, but no real arc connecting the two. Lastly, as far as the writing is concerned, most interactions seem choppy and awkward. Maybe there is a reason for this but very few conversations had any fluidity to them. Except however the one-liner over the bracelet. I loved Cameron’s response and laughed out loud.

For the narrator…I did not like him at all. He sounded nasally and sometimes hard to understand. I felt like he didn’t master any of the accents and it sounded as though he sometimes slipped in and out of them. Maybe he did this book a disservice and I just missed something.

Even with my laundry list of complaints, I would certainly be interested in Hyde’s other books. AH

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An adventure read nearly deadpan.

The Narrator reads with a rhythmic tempo that is more robotic than human. It may be accentuated by the simple speech patterns given to the characters in the adventure. This is not a terrible reading, but he is no Scott Briggs.

I enjoyed the overall story - it is one of those relic stories that is probable if you do some accurate researching, and suspend a bit of reality. I also enjoy the mentioning of the arcane so that I can research it independently. The different aspects of setting described in the narration were easy to visualize, however, they were not supplied with enough historically significant details for these places to seem real and tangible. I feel that as a writer, visiting your setting so that you can pen about it later is important, and brings a bit more to an Historical thriller, mystery, suspense, or any genre really. It is believability.
Character development is lacking as well. I could not get a true sense of the MC Skull. At one moment, he is brave and stealing computers and motorcycles(no in depth explanation of the acquisition of said skills), and at another point, Skull is terrified to be groping along a statue looking for a hidden chamber on the upper portion of the statue by shuffling on tiptoe. Inconsistancies with all characters,(as well as character development that does not develop anything at all - plot, theme, character) is distracting to the reading. Skull's daughter is a constant flashback scene. In Action novels, if a character who is related to,, but separated from(and important) the main character, this is typically a signal that something will befall this character. I keep waiting for the daughter to die, as did her mother, making a connection to something pertinent to the Cidex Giga. it never happens. Likewise, many actions of all of the characters are unexplained, unsupported, and underdeveloped. There is no afore mentioned history, no revealed secrete, no nothing. It was maddening to think..."...and why did this character act this way?" or "now where did that character suddenly get that skill?" I feel that all characters need their history, skill set, behavior, etc. pre-written so that the reader can see when the characters are acting as predicted, taking a risk, or using something from a past experience.
I do have to say that every author has to start somewhere. As an author writes, and consequently grows, and honest book reviews are taken into consideration, there will be a critical development in a writing career. Justin Hyde has incredible potential as an historical thriller genre. Research done to create this novel was of good quality, which is a big plus for a reader like me who want near facts incorporated in the tale. I predict that in time, with the right editor(and narrator), Justin Hyde could be a NY Best seller's list candidate, but just not yet.
I DO think this book is worth the read, or listening to. 👍🏻👍🏻

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Wow.

Great book with narration to match. Couldn't stop until it was finished. I received this audio book free and voluntarily reviewed

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Entertaining new author

I enjoyed the story but I could tell the author is a newer author as it felt like he was being overly exact in describing what the characters where doing. I.E. skull held the the strap of his duffle in his right hand and used his left hand to enter the passcode on his iPhone. I also felt a little like Cameron and Iris were being forced together rather than a natural relationship forming.

Overall it was action packed and I loved the mix of fiction and nonfiction and can’t wait to see how the characters develop and how Hyde develops as an author

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I looked forward to the drive to/from work...

You know you're listening to an excellent book when you look forward to your ride to/from work, so you can listen to your book.

That's how I felt about the Devil's Bible. I was always looking forward to seeing where the story was going next. I became invested in the characters. It makes for a very enjoyable drive.

I highly recommend this audio book.

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Great adventure!

Thus was an awesome book! It started a bit slow, but had enough to keep me interested, but when it took off, I couldn’t stop listening! I literally listened to the last few hours straight through. 👏👏👏

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The Devil's Bible

I really liked this book!This was a great mix of history and mystery.Gary Bennett was the perfect narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Written for fans of the DaVinci Code

A thriller with plot twists, unexpected characters and interesting historical tidbits to add realism. It delivers pretty well. Somehow, though, it lost me after awhile. I just wasn’t invested in the characters. So the cliffhanger / intro to a future book was just annoying.

It’s a good listen if you’re looking for something entertaining that doesn’t require heaps of concentration.

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Such a great book!

You just want to read more and more after every chapter. You can even research the events that are going on in the book. And The narrator does a great job changing his voice to each character.

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If you like The da Vinci code you’ll like this story also

Maybe the next book there will be a different narrator.
But I enjoyed this story.
Make sure you have time to really listen to this book.
I am looking forward to the next book from Justin Hyde.

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  • 05-26-20

KAZ 😘 Bedford 🧡

I really enjoyed this book it’s got demon’s anti- christ and plenty of thing’s to keep you up at night Will definitely be getting the next book 📖 Loved 💜 the characters especially Colonel Skull 💀 Good story that will keep you entertained until the end Would happily listen to this book again Thank You 😊

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  • Ben K Lodhia
  • 10-01-20

Awesome Find

Highly recommended read for lovers of Adventure. Reads like a young Kuzneski novel. Kudos to the author for a great story.