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The story itself was quite colorful with an interesting array of settings and some fun interplay between the characters. I laughed but I also enjoyed the drama, particularly the relationship between Beezlebub and Samantha. I particularly liked how Beezlebub had some likeable and even potentially admirable characteristics - few villains are "all" bad and, particularly when writing Satan, authors are often all too unforgiving. But this writer did a good job making him believable and somewhat relatable.
My main suggestion for the author is to pay closer attention to the lead-up to changes in emotion or character paradigm shifts. Characters would often cry or angry without warning and I often felt left out of the emotional turmoil a character should experience before a major paradigm shift - it felt like the most of important parts of the emotional experience were skipped over.
But overall, I think most will find it a very fun read which some dramatic moments and a good, solid drive towards that all-encompassing war between good and evil.
It is a novel which switches between centuries and combines the most basic emotions like family love with the most extreme and unusual scenes (and therefore, by scenic association, emotions) like the devil’s tail punishing the devil’s would-be bride. I just couldn’t make the connection and I believe Grant definitely bit off more than he could chew regarding this very difficult literary task. I found the human emotions by “normal” association absolutely strange but not strange in any good way. I also found the layout of dialogue and other typos irritating. As for heavenly relationships on earth and earth relationships in heaven, again why on earth trouble your literary imagination with such appallingly difficult tasks? But Grant Leishman does and he is obviously committed to the attempt. It sort of freaked me out to read about JC’s way of thinking and looking at the world as well as his fleshly tenderness for Maria. I imagine Milton when he sat down in his blindness and dictated “Paradise Lost” was likewise in the midst of such difficulties and the critics have never ever spared him since!
I just have to get positive. I owe it to my great friend and fellow writer just across the waters from me. We expats in Asia need all the umbrellas against the monsoons that human relationships can give! And again that’s it! Human relationships. Yes, they’re there in “Holy War” but in the oddest, most extreme contexts, all yoked by violence together as one critic put it about John Donne’s piled-up metaphysical verses.
Grant Leishman’s ambition is massive and the novel is of great interest in that one writer is telling us how all the travails and problems that the great religions have tried to solve without great success are leading to one hell of a big battle. He shows a wide grasp of world religions too and once you accept his premise you will enjoy flying from heaven to hell, back again, and, of course, all the in-betweens. If I didn’t enjoy that flight, maybe the fault is all mine. I wish I had enjoyed it.
To conclude : I certainly enjoyed the gathering-storm ending and thought the crescendo was well done. Four stars despite reservations to the end about the worldly relationships of the unworldly and the fairly frequent typos. I would like to quote one reviewer: “This novel had a lot of really interesting and unique elements. It’s the standard religious battle between good and evil…however….” The reviewer goes on to say just why for him/her the characters were so interesting, and I agree wholeheartedly that the novel is refreshingly unusual. Unique elements? Yes, maybe…Could it just be that my Christmas bad mood isn’t going away that quickly!!!???
Beelzebub, one of the main protagonists, escapes from Hell and hatches a plan to raise an Anti-Christ, who is, in fact, JC's and Maria's daughter, Samantha.
I could put this book into a couple of genres. It is fantasy/adventure, yet there are poignant and profound messages in the book that delve into biblical prophecies and teachings. Armageddon has begun, The fantasy, lively, and, at times, comedic dialogue melded beautifully with the more serious and dramatic aspects of the plot and characters. The clever writing, surprising twists, compelling characters and fast paced chapters made for a highly engaging read.
This is not a big book at 250 or so pages, and I admit I read it during the course of a day and night. It is not a book you will want to set down unless you're forced to leave it. This author has found a way to engage his readers from the first pages and keep them interested until the end. Having read most of this authors' titles, I can attest to being a fan of his work. Another 5* read.
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