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Saturday, August 4, 2012

"Breaking the Devil's Heart"

Logic of Demons #2, by H.A. Goodman, AF, 2012, 352p, rating=3.5
Source:  provided by author in exchange for an honest review
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When Stewart and Layla recruit a demon to spy on the Devil, their decision takes them on whirlwind ride through the afterlife. Journey alongside this young couple in H. A. Goodman’s new novel, Breaking the Devil’s Heart, and join forces with a teenage Angel outcast to bankrupt Satan's underground Company and save Heaven from civil war. H. A. Goodman's Breaking the Devil’s Heart is a roller coaster afterlife experience that tests a young couple's love, their grasp on reality, and the essence of human nature. What happens when Stewart and Layla tour Hell’s Marketing Department and Stock Exchange? What happens when their relationship is tested by Satan? This book is unlike anything you’ve ever read, or ever thought the afterlife might be like. Breaking the Devil’s Heart is an enlightening look into an alternate world, a new afterlife, and a profound journey inside the human conscience.(Goodreads)

First thing that comes to mind about this book is telling of the author and that is that Mr. Goodman cannot be accused of lacking imagination!  This story was genuinely creative.  The characters were engaging and the plot simply extraordinary.  You're going to need your cerebrum for this book because it can get confusing ..the good kind.  The kind that will challenge you to think.  We could use that from time-to-time and this book will absolutely do that.  At least it did for me!

I'm a give-me-a-book-that-touches-the-heart kind of girl so the bits that mentioned historical good and evil deeds were what stood out for me.  Mr. Goodman didn't sugarcoat the evil ones therefore those parts were difficult to read but enhanced the point to be made.  The good ones of course were comfort acknowledgments of the deserving worth of a human soul and that is always heartwarming to me.  Overall, there was a message of hope for defeating our inner demons if we but learn from history and it took a metaphorical-satire type of venue (see blurb) to get me there.  Pretty clever, Mr. Goodman!  It was a bizarre read but quite thought provoking.

Just because I'm lost for eloquency, I will throw in some words that came to mind about what was dealt in this book:  human pscyhe, philosophies, love, cruelty, humor, surprising twists, fanciful metaphor, putting oneself in another's shoes/mind, true nature, instincts, betrayal, loyalty, etc. ..oh yeah, logic. ;)

This book is currently 99 cents for the Kindle and Nook editions.  What a steal!  It is well worth the price and if the blurb or my review intrigued you then go for it! :)

1 comment:

  1. Having also read and reviewed this book I agree with some of what you say. Totally unlike any thing I have read before, as you say Hal Goodman cannot be accused of having no imagination.


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