Faustus Resurrectus

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Unholy murder is just the beginning of the ritual...

When Donovan Graham, newly-graduated occult scholar, helps the NYPD investigate a man killed by scorpions in a midtown hotel, he learns the world is far stranger and deadlier than his studies ever suggested. Evidence forces his academic skepticism to give way to astonished belief that ancient evil exists, and the more he investigates, the higher it rises to overshadow the normality of his ...

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Overview


Unholy murder is just the beginning of the ritual...

When Donovan Graham, newly-graduated occult scholar, helps the NYPD investigate a man killed by scorpions in a midtown hotel, he learns the world is far stranger and deadlier than his studies ever suggested. Evidence forces his academic skepticism to give way to astonished belief that ancient evil exists, and the more he investigates, the higher it rises to overshadow the normality of his life. Can he save those he loves from its power?

In a Central Park overrun with madness, a suave sociopath seeks to achieve his darkest desires by tearing apart the world. Battling him through death and beyond, Donovan risks his soul to learn reality is flexible, and even the impossible can be had if a high enough price is paid...

Faustus Resurrectus. Evil Is Forever. Death Isn't.

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After an intriguing start that will remind supernatural thriller fans of the work of Preston & Child, this debut loses its way. Donovan Graham has just written his thesis on “the Faustus Legend” and received his master’s degree in philosophical hermeneutics, and is enjoying a serious relationship with Brooklyn ADA Joann Clery. Clery’s under pressure to wrap up her investigation of a riot at a homeless shelter that left 12 people dead, but she’s certain the ringleader is still at large. Unexpectedly, Graham gets involved in law enforcement as well when he’s asked to assist the NYPD as a consultant; a man has been killed by scorpions in a midtown hotel room, and the investigators need help understanding the symbolic significance of the creatures. Soon the plot devolves into yet another desperate race to avert the end of days, while transforming the capable Clery into little more than a damsel in distress. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597804059
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

    You're doing it wrong.

    I want to fight whoever would recommend this book to anyone. If you are a fan of Harry Dresden and or Felix Castor, or hell, if you're a fan of that schlock that Simon Greene writes, STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK. The novel opens with our hero cockily receiving his masters degree Hermeneutics, which he lamely passes off for "the search for the truth in all things" OK, I bit, I went with it--the opening chapters showed promise. But when we actually get into the plot, it's like the author did all of his research on the occult on Wikipedia. The very idea of writing a novel about a Satanic cult in 2012 is just plain sad. In a genre where we have Mike Carey's entire pre-apocalyptic living/dead shared world, and Jim Butcher's canon of Faith based magic vs. The Knights of the Blackened Denarius, among other more original flavors of evil, this reads like something a youth pastor would write to keep his church goers from reading actual adult urban fantasy. Our Hero goes from getting his Masters and being a bartender who is dating an assistant district attorney to literally fighting Satanic mass murderers and swinging over a shark tank within the first 75 pages. From the cliche priest mentor to just how readily everyone accepts this guy as a credible investigator, to just the really trite and hackneyed descriptions of the world, this book just made me angrier and insulted my intelligence with every chapter. Every character is so stereotypical, and just so...ugh. Really the more I think about the time I wasted on this the more disgusted I get. Do yourselves a favor and read Mike Carey, Jim Butcher and hell Brian O'Malley too if you want fresh urban fantasty/dark fantasy. Notice how many times I mention these other authors? With the exception of Simon Greene, they're the ones you should be reading. I really should have been tipped off by the horribly pedantic blurb that felt the need to tell me who Christopher Marlowe was.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    This is a really interesting book: God and the Devil, good and

    This is a really interesting book: God and the Devil, good and evil, oceans of blood, classical scholarship and questions about the nature of reality.

    Warning: this is a bad book if you want mindless entertainment. Or if religious references make you want to run screaming to the ACLU.


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