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The Thirteenth Demon, Altar of the Spiral Eye

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    First in Chronicles of Jonathan Steel fails to live up to expectations

    The 13th Demon by Bruce Hennigan is the first book in the Chronicles of Jonathan Steel. Steel washed up on a beach two years ago with completely no memory of who he was or where he was from, but he had almost super human fighting abilities. When the woman he loved was killed by a vicious demon with a spiral eye, Steel committed his life to hunting own his nemesis. He arrives in the small town of Lakeside, Louisiana to help out a desperate pastor whose church has been taken over by demonic forces. Huge spiders and scorpions run around the sanctuary, blood pours out from the doors, and the baptistery holds a portal to another dimension. Steel calls on his mentor, Cephas, to send him to reinforcements, a linguist named Liz and a physicist named Claire who brings her troubled son, Joshua. Hennigan has an enigmatic hero in Steel, but he takes the mystery a bit too far at times. The story suffers from too much back story and introduction of characters. Hennigan obviously has plans to write a large series, but 300 pages are too few to include all of the story elements he wants to put into play. One thing that concerned me in reading is that Hennigan's descriptions of the evil forces are poetic and lengthy in nature, but the forces of good get far less detail, making them less real, more abstract for readers. The story moves so quickly, and so many characters are introduced, there is little time to grow to care for them. (SPOILER ALERT) When a major character dies at the end of the story, I had very little emotional response, because there hadn't been opportunity to grow to care. I think that Hennigan has some terrific ideas, and Jonathan Steel could be a terrific hero, but it needs some work.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

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    A great storyline that promises more to come!

    This is probably one of the most intense supernatural thrillers of the Christian genre, I have had the opportunity to review for Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. This is not for the light-hearted. The story has to deal with a man named Jonathan Steel who was rescued from a near drowning, found naked and on a beach during a raging thunderstorm, he has no memory at all of his previous life. With the help of a psychiatrist named April, he has moments of clarity where he gains bits and pieces of his former life, but only when he is in a rage of anger.

    Now all that remains of Jonathan's previous life is compiled into two years worth of memories but it involves finding and destroying the 13th demon, one more powerful than all the demons Satan has at his disposal, and this one wants to destroy everything pure and full of God's holiness. There is a brief historical look back into the human sacrifices of the Aztec civilization and thus where our story gains a bit of momentum.

    Without giving up all the details of the story, Jonathan Steel is called in to help a pastor and his pregnant wife who are dealing with some strange things happening within the church and it appears that only Jonathan's expertise will help them wage the war against evil.

    I received The 13th Demon by Bruce Hennigan compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and would have to rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars. The story lags a bit with so much background of not only the character but of the current evil characters so it takes awhile before the reader really understands what is going on. Since this is a genre I enjoy, I look forward to the next book in this series.

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