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". . . It used . . . vocal chords, but the sound came out wrong . . ."
When Father Niccolo Paladina is sent to follow up on a possible claim of exorcism made by a younger priest, Father Jackson Reynolds, he expects to be able to quickly dismiss the allegations and return home. What actually occurs is nothing that he is remotely expecting. Caught up in something much larger and even more sinister than he could ever have imagined, everything he thought he knew is about to be put to the ultimate test.
"How does it feel to know you are truly alone?"
I really enjoyed the characters in this novel. Due to its rapidly-changing nature, we are able to see them "evolve" intellectually as the scope of what they are up against multiplies significantly. The mental growth they face is done in such a way as to seem a natural progression, or reaction, to the events set into play.
". . . In this business, nothing comes quickly . . . Except death . . . "
Aside from a couple of chapters early on in the book--where certain, entire scenes, were repeated verbatim a second time--the novel moved along rapidly from one revelation to the next.
Lincoln Cole took what could have easily been a cliched tale, and turned it into something much more complex and unique, with characters you really come to know.
". . . Demons were real . . . "
Aside from the earlier repetitions, the only thing I was left dissatisfied with was that I felt there was "too much" left unresolved, and set up for the sequel in "World of Shadows" Book 2.
Overall, an unique twist on the idea of exorcisms, with plenty of action and unforeseen turns in the storyline. I hope that Book 2 fleshes out some of the issues that we were left with at the ending of this novel.
Father Niccolo Palatin is sent by the Vatican to Everett, Washington, USA. He is there to investigate the request of a young priest, Father Jackson Reynolds. Reynolds has encountered what he believes to be a demon inhabiting one of his parishoners. Palatin arrives in the city, and meets with the local Bishop, Leopold Glasser. Glasser has heard the request of Fr. Reynolds, and denied instead of accepting the decision made by Glasser, Reynold contacted the Vatican and requested assistance. As the story unfolds, Palatin meets with Father Reynolds, then the lady that Reynolds believes is controlled by a demon.
The plot thickens when strange things occur, and Palatin cannot ignore them. He struggles with the idea that demons are real, and believes that almost every situation boils down to simple mental illness coupled with terrible circumstances or social anxieties. He is trained in exorcism, yet has never conduct one, nor has he witnessed demons or the exorcism of one. His philosophy of what a demon changes, when he encounters what can only be considered as a possession. Can it be that not only is this woman truly possessed by a demon, but that the various activities within the Everett community are connected?
Bishop Glasser, the Bishop for several cities in Washington, is a complicating factor. Not only does he not grant Reynold request for an exorcism, he thwarts the process. To Palatin, it seems strange that Glasser grants forgiveness to Father Reynolds too easily – in most situations where a priest goes around a bishop, the priest is removed from the ministry. Does he know something? Is he trying to cover something up?
The writer weaves a story of paranormal and suspense with alacrity. His characters are well-developed and very believable. Each of them struggles with self-doubt, wondering if what they are experiencing is truly real, or if they are making stuff.
I felt the “creepy factor” in this book was high, the pace of events picked up as the story went along. Voices out of nowhere, and visions of things that were not real complemented the deaths of several characters in the book.
The story kept me at the edge of my seat. I read it in one sitting - couldn't put it down. Great writing, very few errors. I DEFINITELY recommend this book to those interested in good vs evil, horror, or just a really good read. I thought the ending was a bit brief, but that could just be because I was so into the story that I didn't want it to end. Can't wait to read more of his books!
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It keeps you anchored to the chair and I could not put it down.
A well crafted read for sure.