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Devil's Verse

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A MUST READ - Thought-provoking mystery

Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down...
I felt myself immersed into the thoughts and actions of the main heroine, and was astounded by the biblical and historic revelations described in this novel. It made me wonder if our government is actually in...
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down...
I felt myself immersed into the thoughts and actions of the main heroine, and was astounded by the biblical and historic revelations described in this novel. It made me wonder if our government is actually involved in some kind of conspiracy that might change the world...

posted by Natalka on July 30, 2009

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Thrill Ride!

Devil's Verse was an unstoppable, heart pounding thrill ride. Coming from a rollercoaster junkie like me, enough said!

posted by Pat_Sokolova on September 13, 2009

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    Thrill Ride!

    Devil's Verse was an unstoppable, heart pounding thrill ride. Coming from a rollercoaster junkie like me, enough said!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    The Secret Is Big!

    Devil's Verse was awesome! I ordered it at the same time as I pre-ordered Lost Symbol and devoured it last weekend. I liken it to a cross between Twilight and Da Vinci Code, but it has a completely different plot and is truly original! I recommend Devil's Verse for anyone looking to read a fast paced historical thriller.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    Devil's Verse, by Joseph Nicholas

    In Devil's Verse, paleographer Dr. Natasha Azshatan sets out to prove her friend, a Russian Orthodox priest, was murdered and did not commit suicide as investigators presume. Above Father Elijah's frozen corpse, a bloody finger-painted message screams out from the wooden planks: IN GIRUM IMUS NOCTE ET CONSUMIMUR IGNI. It is the ancient Latin palindrome known as the Devil's Verse, which Natasha translates, "We wander in the night, consumed by fire."

    Natasha follows clues from actual historical documents, the bible, archaeological sites and ancient Latin and Greek palindromes that lead her away from her home on Jerrels Cove Island in the Pacific Northwest, all the way to the exotic cities of London,Istanbul and Rome and back again. Along the way she learns that Father Elijah was murdered because he uncovered dangerous secrets, hidden within the prophecies of the Apocalypse which predict the hijacking of the Vatican's Geo-political power by immortals. The villain's true identity is the man known to the world as King David whom within an obscure passage of scripture was cursed with immortality by the prophet Nathan. The archaeological record concurs, showing no evidence of the death or burial of King David.

    Natasha reveals that David held Vatican power once before under the identity of Pius the VI, who was dethroned by France in 1798, and whose corpse mysteriously vanished. Nowadays he is the ingenious Francis Charles, Vatican Cardinal Secretary of State. Natasha knows him intimately as they were lovers 20 years prior.
    Francis Charles, AKA David, is planning an unimaginable catastrophe that will pave the way for his ascension and subsequent power grab. He also needs the Rod of Aaron and the Ark of the Covenant to rule his army of the damned known as the Rebels of Korah. But those artifacts lay in the same treasure vault that hides the lost Vatican treasure of 1798. He kidnaps Pope Andrea Saracini, who prior to papal ascension was also one of the world's foremost paleographers, in order to force him into unraveling the palindromic clues that lead to the treasure.

    Natasha concludes that the treasure and the Pope are hidden in a subterranean chamber beneath the famous Hagia Sophia, Church of Holy Wisdom, Istanbul, Turkey. Palindromes carved into the structures at Hagia Sophia lead her to a secret underwater passageway within the bowels of the Basilica Cistern and ultimately to the amazing lost treasure and Pope Saracini. Once she rescues the Pope, he invokes his powers as the Vicar of Christ and takes control of the Rod of Aaron, at the same time vanquishing the fallen David and his followers.

    Natasha returns home to Washington State where one more surprise awaits her. A bloody finger-painted palindrome screams at her from her kitchen wall. "Ah Satan Sees Natasha." The same satanic killer that murdered father Elijah lurks in the darkness of her lonely home. It will take all of her skills and miracle for her to survive.

    In her journey of life, death, mind and spirit, Natasha fights demons literally and figuratively as she is forced to confront the mistakes of her past in order to overcome the evil and save the world from a very dark destiny.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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