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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: 22 West Books (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976778823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976778820
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,882,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

A Demon Awaits is a stunning thriller that will have you turning pages to the end and then keep you talking for weeks to come. In Sin and Vengeance, CJ West creates Randy Black, a villain so insidious that we are tempted to hate him. Randy returns in A Demon Awaits and CJ challenges us to see the world through Randy's eyes and ask ourselves if we can forgive him. We see a transformation in these two books that makes them read more like a two-part novel than the genesis of a high-action series.

As we watch Randy struggle to resist unrelenting pressure, we are reminded of the conflicting forces in our modern world and the temptation that surrounds us. Randy's struggle makes the action all the more intense and as Randy searches for forgiveness, he gives us his view into numerous issues of the day. CJ cleverly balances Randy's views with alternative viewpoints from other characters and gives us a launching pad to discuss questions of faith and forgiveness, the conflict between Islam and Western religions, and the liberal vs. conservative debate over how best to deal with violent criminals in our society.

This book will delight the casual reader with non-stop action and spark a spirited debate over weighty social issues. To truly understand the nature of Randy's journey, we suggest reading Sin and Vengeance immediately before A Demon Awaits.

From the Author

A Demon Awaits could be the second half of my novel Sin And Vengeance. Unfortunately that book would be just too long. I strongly suggest reading these books in order to understand the magnitude of the transformation Randy Black undergoes.

If it has been a while since you read Sin And Vengeance, I suggest carefully reading the prologue, which is included to remind you what happened in the first book of the series.

More About the Author

Amazon Bestselling Author C.J. West's first novel, Sin And Vengeance, was adapted for film by award-winning screenwriter Marla Cukor, and optioned into development by Beantown Productions, LLC.

Edgar nominated author, Tim Hallinan says, "C.J. West is a powerful and original writer, and I look forward to reading him for a long time."

Vincent Zandri, author of The Innocent, says, "C.J. West is one of my favorite indie authors writing today."

Avid fans insist that any mystery or suspense lover who reads Sin And Vengeance and The End of Marking Time will become a C.J. West fan.

C.J.'s Randy Black series features Sin And Vengeance, A Demon Awaits, and Gretchen Greene. The series is unusual because Randy Black undergoes a major transformation in the second book. Many readers are amazed at how strongly they root for a character they despised.

The End of Marking Time provides a touch of sci-fi as Michael O'Connor navigates a criminal justice system that substitutes counselors and monitoring technology for prisons and guards. This intense psychological novel challenges readers to consider all they know about crime and justice.

For traditional mystery readers, C.J. offers the Lorado Martin Mystery Series about a junk man who splits his time between the worlds of antiques and collectibles and his work providing housing and jobs for recovering addicts. The first book in the series, Dinner At Deadman's was released in 2012.

Find C.J. at www.22wb.com or on facebook at www.facebook.com/cjwestfans

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TANNIA E. ORTIZ-LOPES aka Mary Magdalene on July 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
A Demon Awaits is the second book in the Randy Black series written by ingenious storyteller, CJ West.

At the end of the first book, Sin and Vengeance, Randy Black found himself getting a spoonful of his own medicine as Murphy's Law once again proved itself trustworthy, ''Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.'' Things could have not gone worse for Randy, whose role changed suddenly and unexpectedly from hunter to prey with blood thirsty predators chasing him. Neither Randy nor the reader will be prepared for the outcome.

In this sequel, author CJ West mixes conspiracy, surveillance, power and manipulation of knowledge, fanaticism, and corruption in all levels of government to fold in the reader into the threshold of Randy Black's new dilemmas. The reader must decide to unmask the villains or to put on a masquerade as not to stand out in the crowd.

The book begins with an inside look at the events that caused Randy Black to be at the ICU in New Bedford Hospital in Westport, Massachusetts, with a cop guarding his room. He is a skillful and dangerous murderer who suffered numerous fractures and lays unconscious in bed with half of his body covered in plaster, his left arm suspended by two twisted cables, and his right arm cuffed to his bed. When Randy awakes, he is clueless about the length of time he has been in the ICU.

While at the hospital, he will meet a series of characters who will play key roles during the rest of the story. First he meets Detective Al Ruiz, a Westport Internal Affairs (IA) officer who is investigating the officer's alleged brutality and excessive force during Randy's arrest. Then comes Reverend Simmons, Pastor of the First Congregational Church in Westport.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Lerwill on May 17, 2009
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What if you could see into the future? What if you could fathom your afterlife and the things it has in store for you? The mind-tingling question arises: Will I go to Heaven or will I end up in Hell?
Randy Black has seen it - both sides. Following his murder rampage to avenge his parent's bankruptcy and death, Randy almost loses his own life due to the beating he takes from an arresting police officer. The things Randy witnesses while unconscious range from the indescribable beauty of God's heavenly threshold to the utmost barbaric torture sinners will endure for all eternity.
In I.C.U., Randy awakes as a changed man. Handcuffed to his bed, he recalls the grueling images of Hell and decides to turn his life around, hoping it isn't too late. And that's where his real trouble begins: The more Randy tries to clean-up his ways, the deeper he slips into a labyrinth of crime. No matter which direction he turns for help; his attorney, the cops, and even the judge trying his case, Randy encounters manipulation, black-mail and distortion. With only one person to trust, a story-hungry reporter named Cassie, Randy soon finds himself entrapped in not just earthly dangers, but also the threat of God's Unforgiving.

With Randy Black, author CJ West created a strong character who takes us on a fast-paced journey of great mystery and suspense. We cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. The story's plot and sub-plots spread over a vast variety of interests, beginning with the epilogue and it's wonderfully narrated glimpse of the afterlife, and ends with the beautiful tenderness of a romantic drama. West's skill of thrill dabbles with modern political and ethical topics which make A Demon Awaits an even more desirable read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By billatbeach on April 10, 2012
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The first book was entertaining if a bit amateurish in spots. The second was so filled with religious propaganda that I trashed it after wasting about 45 minutes of my time reading it. Nothing would lead anyone to believe this was Christian literature. To each his own. I felt misled and cheated.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 24, 2009
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A Demon Awaits is a fast moving thriller. I love the ever changing dynamics of the characters from one book to the next. If you like thrillers with a great story line and intriguing characters, you'll love A Demon Awaits, as well as the book before Sin and Vengence. I loved this book and read all three from the author CJ West. All of his books will keep you turning pages.
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By Megan on June 30, 2013
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Great book. Recommended to all CJ West fans. Will read again and continue with the Randy Black series. Enjoy future readings.
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By Irene S. Remoaldo on April 9, 2013
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It was the worse sequel I've ever read. The first book was not that good either, but I took a chance and was disappointed
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If you have a taste for adventure, you might enjoy spending some time reading this one. The author continues to draw the readers into the web of characters developed in the first novel. Filled with interglacial scenarios that keep moving forward with maniacal twists and turns it keeps the readers guessing to the end!
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