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The Devil's Bible

Narrated by: Gary Bennett
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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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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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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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.

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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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Great book!

Great read. Definitely kept me intrigued. Any fan of James Rollins would live this. Hopefully we can get more from the author on Audible.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 10-07-19

An Enjoyable Book That Surprised Me

The description of this book doesn’t do it justice. It’s a bizarre mashup of a bunch of genres including mystery, thriller, horror, and adventure. I only mention this because from the looks of it, it’s just a horror book, but it’s really so much more that I wasn’t expecting.

I haven’t been to church in quite some time and I would consider myself to be an atheist – but I was raised Catholic and I’ll tell you what. Reading about things that you were warned about for your entire childhood is… disconcerting. It’s one of those feelings where even 10+ years since the last time I stepped foot in a church (not for a wedding) yet I still have Catholic guilt for things. It’s that same uneasy feeling.

The only major thing that bothered me was Hyde’s, what I’ll call, “forced romance”. The romance or at least pre-romance scenes in this book were a struggle to get through. They were written in a really awkward and forced way and honestly they didn’t really add to the story. If he’d not written any of their thoughts about each other (oh, I don’t like her, but she is pretty) and left it open for the reader to interpret – I’d be that more people would have them together than not. But writing out their inner monologues when the other was talking just made it awkward.

The storytelling, outside of what I mentioned was good. It took a little bit to get into it but once the story picks up – it’s a race to the finish. Hyde’s description of the Devil’s Bible and the Antichrist(s) were chilling and I thought really helped this book shine. It was an enjoyable story that surprised me.

The narration by Gary Bennett is great. His performance was just that – a performance (but without feeling like an audio drama either). He helped bring an interesting and intriguing book and make it great.

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Hope Mr. Hyde develops this into a series.

Hope Mr. Hyde develops this into a series. Well done. Interesting plot and good character development.

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Mehhh

The dialog in this made me roll my eyes....a LOT. I know the author was trying to create some drama with the couple but it was pretty dumb. Took a while to get to the point.