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A Demon Lies Within; A Novel Paperback – November 13, 2012
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About the Author
Tony Hubbard was a long-time sportswriter, most notably covering the death of Boston Celtics' star Reggie Lewis for The Patriot Ledger, before moving into the production and advertising side of the publishing business.
After many years away from writing, Tony makes a return with his debut novel, a book 18 years in the making. A Demon Lies Within. Massachusetts born and bred, Tony has lived all across the state throughout his life. Today he is settled in Dracut with his wife and son.
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Top Customer Reviews
Tony Hubbard endears his characters to the reader, carefully interweaving them like threads that cross over one another at various points in the story, until they weave together a dark and twisted tale. He creates a well executed portrayal of the malevolent darkness that can gain strength in the spaces where anger, resentment and despair are allowed to dominate over the light of one's spirit. Although this story includes several graphic scenes of violence, torture and evil, it also carries with it a message of hope, sacrifice, and the strength that faith and spirit can create in conquering our own demons. This was an excellent debut novel and I look forward to reading the next in the series.
I cannot wait for his next installment of Terror. If he can mix more gruesome events with different characters and demons, he has a sure hit. He nailed it with this novel.
Thanks, Tony for your book and for our future interview on my radio show!
Cons: The story went on and on and on. The book description does not match well with the story.
A Demon Lies Within, published by Two Harbors Press, is written by Tony Hubbard. It promises to tell the story of an abusive husband who, upon his murder, enters Hell and becomes demonically enabled to wreak his undying hate on the living.
The story begins with the brutal death of an abusive man, who arguably deserves everything he received. Death. After he dies, he is mentored by a demon that shows him how to induce suffering into the lives of the living. At the same time, another couple in a different state are beset with their own difficulties. They are being terrorized by the demon-in-training. But it's at this point where I really can't say any more about the book. There are simply too many ways to spoil the author's surprises.
Something kept me coming back for more. That I wanted to quit tells me I didn't enjoy the book, but I was compelled by something to finish the book. I tried to stop reading the book. Honestly. Repeatedly. And I'm not really saying that to make this review sound more dramatic as if it was a book blurb, "I couldn't put the book down. Gazillion stars! -Circus Reviews." I really did try to stop. So on one hand, the author's writing was such that he kept pulling me back into a story that I struggled with remaining dedicated.
There is simply not the amount of focus on the demon-possessed main character like the publisher promises. The horrors that he was subjected to while learning how to hone his evil skills are not really all that flushed out or well-developed. The author can definitely write fiction. I have no doubt that he can tell a story. I just don't think this was the story that should have been told.
I write reviews for titles when they are like literary heroin. If I'm addicted to a five star book, I believe I should reward the author and let the audience know it was enjoyable. If I actually can finish reading a one-star book, I will do it and warn off potential readers so they don't have a bad experience. Friends don't let friends read bad stories. It wasn't overly obscene or graphic or evil. It was just really too much story telling without the story I was led to expect. It's like being in the mood to watch "The Shining" for the very first time and the movie that pops up on the screen is a "CSI: Demons." So not really bad, but different from my anticipated path.
Finally, I couldn't get past the idea that the story wouldn't die. I kept on reading, waiting for the demon that was lying within. I felt more like the demon was hiding within the story and like a genie, could not be compelled to manifest it's treachery. The bulk of the story simply did not center on the demon within. I was reminded of the line where the movie Lord of the Rings is criticized for not ending at any number of natural closure points.
Overall: I definitely kept me coming back for more. The characters seem to be developed well enough to suit their events. But I wanted more demon-in-training, at least more than one page. I would recommend it for fans of CSI-type stories but with a dark, devilish, dirty side to it. You will probably feel unclean by the end of the book. But not the kind of creeped-out from seeing someone kick a puppy, but more that you just witnessed the worst side of human nature and had no way to intervene.
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