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About the Author
EDITOR: In addition to a career as a newspaper editor, publisher, and manager, I've written fiction most of my life. The newspaper biz has taken my family and me from Phoenix, Arizona, to small towns in North Carolina and Texas, and from seven years in Washington, D.C., to five years in Asia. Born and raised a small-town kid, I'm as comfortable in Tokyo or Tuna, Texas. I now reside in a small community in Wisconsin where I manage the business operations of a daily newspaper. The variety of places I've lived and visited serve as settings for the characters who invade my head. I also edit fiction and non-fiction books for authors from around the world. It helps that I'm fluent in five languages: U.S. English, U.K. English, Canadian English, and Australian English, plus my native language, Texan.
EDITOR: I love reading. Books have always been a part of my environment and my life. I taught English Literature for many years and my favorite part was watching students find their voice in writing. I edited at Weekly Reader for about a year prior to taking time off to have children. They are now writing their own stories, and reading as many books as their mama! I manage an independent bookstore in Chappaqua, New York called Scattered Books, which is my second home. I travel often with my family, and friends, and always make sure I find the bookstores wherever we go. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 4175 KB
- Publication date : November 5, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B07GC367K1
- Print length : 293 pages
- Publisher : Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st edition (November 5, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #404,783 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The world, that Jeff Altabef has built, is dark and sinister, only fleeting moments of hope. Steven joined the army after his mother killed his father and claimed he was a demon. Now, 16 years later, Steven sees demons and the dark side tempts him.
It's been two weeks, six days, and seven hours since I last killed someone. Pity, I really wanted to reach three weeks.
(Loc 253 Kindle edition)
Now Steven is back, trying to track down his mother and find out the truth about his father. One text message from a person he left behind sixteen years ago changes his search into a rescue mission. A teenage girl has gone missing and he has to find her before it is too late. When the truth behind her disappearance is slowly revealed Steven realizes that the battle between good and evil is fought on all levels and all the bets are off.
Devil's Den is a thriller combined with paranormal and dystopian and maybe even some apocalyptical aspects too. It may sound like a lot, but it is all perfectly weaved into an amazing story. From the first page until the very last, Devil's Den has a tight hold of the reader and there's no other choice than keep reading. Putting the book down is simply not an option.
Will Steven be successful? What of his relationship with Kate? Does Steven himself have demons to confront?
I found this book difficult to get into. It first alternates between a third-person present-tense perspective and Stevens first-person present-tense perspective. I always find it a little tricky to move between third person and first person in a novel, and I'm not a fan of present-tense writing. It seems like it should be more immediate, but I find it more distancing. The first person sections, too, were written in an overblown style that tried too hard to be both describing what was going on and offering supposedly pithy thoughts. Also, I thought many sections went on too long narrative went on for too long without breaking for dialogue.
I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.
Characters, especially MC, are shallow and stupid. Impossible to believe the MC was some black-ops operative. He finds himself in ludicrous fights and his internal dialogue is running the entire time. This guy couldn't survive a day in a middle-class pre-school let alone military operations.
Old, unfinished personal relations make up most of the book. They are child-like and naive. No one has grown or resolved their issues.
I managed to trudge my way through almost half the book before realizing I didn't care about any character, not even enough to turn to the end and read. Author has churned out sixteen books (under this name). Should have gotten it better by this time.
Two stars are a gift because most of the words are spelled correctly and the grammar is acceptable.
The author produces a storyline that regardless of the setting allows the reader to think about how their lives and the choices they make are similar to the choices the character has to make. Much of the story could have been told in 2018 be 2041.
Jeff is a talented author who brings his characters to life and grabs the readers attention from the beginning to end. While I saw how the plot was unfolding I had several pleasant surprises as I made my way to the end.
I can’t wait for the second book in this series.