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The Road to Hell: The Book of Lucifer Paperback – August 9, 2011
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About the Author
Christopher C Starr grew up in Saint Paul, MN and currently resides in the Seattle area with his wife; two kids--The Boy and the Honey Badger; and his golden retriever, Lady D. Dog. He has a sense of humor like a Gremlin, a trash TV fetish, and telling stories is absolutely what he was meant to do.
You can check him out at crookedletterz.com or talk about the Heaven Falls books on the new Facebook page: facebook.com/HeavenFallsSeries.
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Starr crafts a world where angels are more akin to our concept of mythological gods (which may have been fallen angels), the universe feels like a whimsical dimension subject to the will of those angels, and all of existence takes place in the hand of God. This story leaves our concept of such unseen worlds to be greatly pondered.
The Scriptures are strangely silent when it comes to Lucifer's fall - in that we are given no idea as to "how" it could have happened. We are told that he wanted to be like God and led a rebellion against God with a great multitude of angels, but how could that happen? Why would Satan want to be like God, how could things in heaven have brought him to such a place of rebellion? And how could he possibly have turned so much of God's host? These questions provide the framework for Starr's story. I found his concept interesting and thought-provoking, and rather enjoyed his timeline of events.
The story is told through the eyes of Lucifer, Michael, Gabriel, and other angels, and really tries to make you "feel" the circumstances that lead to war in heaven... and the universe.
Not a theological treatise by any means, we are given the ability to imagine what might have been, how it could have went down, and that freedom to wonder is The Road To Hell's most valuable attribute. That Starr's writing so mystically represents the metaphysical world of angels, demons, and creation itself, only helps us to imagine all the more.
The story starts with Lucifer wondering why he is, which, seeing he is all there is that he can see, seems reasonable. Lucifer falls out with God, although why God behaves this way is unclear. Lucifer then plays at creation, and God appears more like a spoiled child playing with toys than anything else. The story progresses to major fighting, lurches back in time, then progresses back to major fighting that goes on for some time. Lucifer sins in as much as he refuses to spend eternity praising God, then he becomes arrogant, and so on, but this seems hardly the stuff to wish to destroy heaven, particularly since by then Lucifer recognizes that God is more powerful and he is greatly outnumbered. The problem then is, the major fighting has no perceived rules (some die, others should but regenerate) for no real perceived purpose, and I found it hard to work out why what occurred did occur. The last half did not make sense to me. It could be argued that the plot was given and the author was stuck with it. True, but by the same token, in my view the author has to add something to it, some insight, some novel interpretation, or to superimpose some message, in other words, there should be some reason for presenting it. At the end, Lucifer should be dead, but presumably he is not, and there is a discussion about free-will that I found confusing. If that does not bother you, then yes, it is well-written, and there is plenty of slashing, "blood", demons, bodies, destruction, etc. If you want something extra, for me it was not there.
What I got out of the message or this book was God giving us each the free will to choose, he loves us that much.
My heart ached for the ArcAngel Michael, you felt his pain, his belief in The Father was strong, but he found himself questioning God at times.
The author was able to write in such a way, that you were pulled in emotionally. I would recommend this book many times over.
What I would really like to know how Lucifer became a fallen angel, to become Satan and rule over hell. Not much is said in the bible about it.
I feel part of the message the author was trying to send was:
Is that Jealousy can slowly start to eat away at your heart, clouds your mind and judgement. You start second guessing yourself and others, leaving room for doubt to open up until it starts to consume you, takes over, ruins your life. Your mind plays tricks, you fall for lies more easily, and start to question the truth.
Then again... Maybe you will disagree! I'll leave that up to you.
I am a Christian, I also under stand this book IS NOT FACT. Geez people!
If that's why you are thinking about reading it don't. The author never claimed this to be fact.... It's fiction people! You want fact read the bible.
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