Logic of Demons by H. A. Goodman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Goodreads.com description: What would you do if the love of your life was murdered by a deranged killer? Would you become a vigilante and seek retribution? And would this revenge affect those you care for in the afterlife? LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul takes you on a journey inside the psyches of men and women forced to deal with the spiritual consequences of their decisions. Through the lives of a demon, two Angels, and a mysterious teenage girl, a plethora of politically and socially relevant issues ranging from the roots of genocide and sex trafficking to child conscription and religious fundamentalism are addressed in this fantasy thriller. Life as well as the afterlife converge in this novel to explain certain peculiarities of the human condition. Whether you are God fearing individual or an atheist, LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul addresses moral and theological issues of interest for people of all backgrounds.(l
I received a hardback copy of Logic of Demons from H.A. Goodman, the author, for review. I was happy to take a look at this novel because from the description, it sounded like something a little different from what I've been reading lately and it definitely caught my interest. I honestly didn't care much for the book cover, however, the book within was definitely worth reading.
Logic of Demons is a dark, twisty novel that introduces us to Devin Schwartz, a man who recently suffered the loss of his pregnant wife to an unspeakable act of violence. When Devin decides to take matters into his own hands and seek revenge on the murderer, it sets into place a series of events that change his life and very soon after, his afterlife as well.
Devin finds himself transported to hell where he is offered a "too good to be true" deal with the devil. Satan was a lively and entertaining part of the story. She is the boss of "The Company", and the company's product? The Formula for revenge.
I found Devin to be such an interesting character, not really one I can relate to, but interesting all the same. His actions and decisions seemed to be very immature, making impulsive decisions without considering any consequences to himself or anyone else. He also seemed a bit obtuse at times, missing things that should have been fairly obvious. Even though he claimed to have the single-minded purpose to be with his wife and child, he didn't seem to actively ensure that he was on the right path to succeed in that. Although, I guess that's a fairly common human trait, inadvertently putting obstacles in your own path.
Nadine also plays a major part in all of these goings-on. She is the teenage target that Devin must foist the Company's "Formula" off on. NadinePublish Post is an easy character to sympathize with, with her tragic past and so many things against her, I couldn't help rooting for her throughout the twist and turns.
Some of the plot was a bit hard to follow at the beginning, but was cleared up with the twists at the end, which I felt was cleverly done. This book takes a hard look at right verses wrong and some of the gray areas, as well as causing me as a reader to think about where I stand as far as my beliefs, and how I would react to certain situations and what the consequences would be.
Although Logic of Demons explores heaven, hell, angels, and demons, I don't feel that it had an overbearingly religious message and is a novel that can be thoroughly enjoyed regardless of your own personal beliefs.
This novel can be pretty graphic at times and does explore some touchy subjects. However, I don't believe it was overdone in any way and was relevant to the story. As a reviewer though, I feel as though I should mention this to anyone thinking of reading Logic of Demons.
Overall, I think H.A. Goodman has penned a novel that is incredibly unique and thought provoking. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of darkness in their fantasy.
Rated: 4 Frankies
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