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A Faustian Bargain

It's the age-old story—sort of.

Maxwell Niemand, now known as Maximilian Faust, semi-wittingly made a deal with the devil to be a rock star. It was a heady ride full of great music, humongous parties, and piles of ...
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The Devil Made Me Do It

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Overview

A Faustian Bargain

It's the age-old story—sort of.

Maxwell Niemand, now known as Maximilian Faust, semi-wittingly made a deal with the devil to be a rock star. It was a heady ride full of great music, humongous parties, and piles of money, but when he discovered he wasn't the only one paying a price for his fun, fame, and glory he walked away in shame and remorse.

Hiding from his still loving fans, Max moves to a rickety antebellum mansion in a small town in Mississippi.

Purchased by his old manager, the place is a decrepit, battered old mansion. A once magnificent southern belle, she's now more of a southern bag lady, dressed in Gothic-horror gowns and hiding poisonous lice. Despite this, Max finds an odd feeling of kinship with the old lady and instead of following his initial impulse to burn her to the ground, he vows to restore her to her former glory.

Unfortunately, this bag lady carries a lot of baggage and she doesn't mind dumping it on Max. Between the ghosts, the unquiet bodies, the bizarre visitors, and the “special” nature of the town, Maximilian is going to be pushed to the... er... max.

Just like God, Old Smoke has a sense of humor, but his is a bit... darker.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148443285
  • Publisher: Quantum Duck Ink
  • Publication date: 6/5/2013
  • Series: The Devil's Mark , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 260
  • File size: 970 KB

Meet the Author

R. Scott VanKirk lives in Colorado and is happily married. None of his friends call him “R”. He lives with three amazing women whom he loves dearly: mother, wife, and daughter. He also has a 7lb toy poodle which he believes is karmic retribution for a previous life of sin. He is a compulsive creator of companies from software to solar, and now is writing full time. This is his first published book.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Aaron

    She grinned and began to kiss Kaitlyn.

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    Posted February 23, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Lexi

    Shoves it in deeper and faster than ever " gtg eat brb "

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Josh to rita

    Hey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Carrie

    "That went well."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Bionca

    Ok. You choose.

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    Evie

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    Posted February 24, 2014

    Katlyn

    She moaned. Kk

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  • Posted August 28, 2013

    1.  Title 10 of 10  His title shouts 2 different things: 1.  It¿

    1.  Title 10 of 10
     His title shouts 2 different things:
    1.  It’s got something to do with music (it doesn’t hurt that there are music notes on the cover); &,
    2.  It tells the reader that this book has something to do with the way the Devil ‘beats’ down those foolish enough to deal with disgraced,
    fallen angel.

    2.  Cover 9 of 10
    VanKirk changed the cover (the one here@B&N is the OLD version) so it looked snazzier & had more of an edge.

    3.  First 500…10 of 10
    VanKirk sets the stage perfectly with the opening of his story. The reader is immediately thrown into the upheaval of
    Max's life after dealing with a painful fall from grace & gets its first glimpse of Lucien Black who is all too willing to let Max try to ‘go it on
    his own’. Why? Because Lucien knows Max is screwed 20-ways to Sunday and no matter what the fool does he’s never going to really
    escape his devilish grip. Essentially, you know that Lucien is going to do everything in his vast power to make Max’s life a living Hell
    But that would change if Max would agree to get back in line & hold up his end of the contract.

    4.  Age Group/Genre Class  8 of 10
    This book is listed ‘humor/contemporary fantasy’. But it's not a ‘humor’ book. I feel that when a book is listed as a humor, there’s a
    light/uplifting aspect to it. But The Devil’s Beat is more dark & heavy than light & airy. There are parts that are laugh out loud
    hilarious but you must realize the laughs are generated from a warped sense of the macabre which is why I feel like his book should 
    be more classified as ‘Dark Humor’. And it’s not really contemporary fantasy as it's a twisted tale with supernatural elements.
    And that’s why I feel like the proper genre classification for this book should be listed as ‘Supernatural Dark Humor'/

    5.  Presentation/Format  10 of 10
    A breeze to read. It's got great flow to it & there’s nothing about the format that causes hiccups to the reader.

    6.  Theme/Originality 9 of 10
    There are more ‘original’ things in this story than ‘unoriginal’ however,  VanKirk ‘borrows’ a lot from the classic German tale of Faust
    who sells his soul to the Devil. Van Kirk even names the main character Max Faust.  When I opened the book & read the 1st few
    sentences I knew what the story was going to be (for the most part). Now there were a few curve balls thrown in but when a reader
    knows the plot before getting past the 1st paragraph–it's not a good thing. 

    7.  Description/Enhancement  9 of 10
    VanKirk does a terrific job of using description & enhancement in the book. He even makes sure that he didn't violate copyright issues
    by skillfully reworking the names of the soap operas Old Bone likes to watch. But there is one huge - &I mean HUGE MASSIVE error
    that is made in the book. One that any God-fearing Southern woman MUST address.  He incorrectly refers to the mega famous
    character Scarlett O'Hara as Annette O'Hara. HEAVENS!

    8.  Intrigue 10 of 10
    Yes, I knew what was going to happen but VanKirk did a great job of making it so ‘out there’ I couldn’t stop reading! And I admit, I
    winced more than a few times when Belle (the mansion with an attitude) 'put the hurt' on poor Mike!

    9.  Mechanics 10 of 10
    There were a few issues  but nothing so incorrect a point needed to be deducted!

    10.  Overall Impression 10 of 10
    If you love reading totally wigged out, darkly hilarious, sometimes painfully funny stories – Scott VanKirk’s The Devil’s Beat is a book
    you must purchase because you WILL laugh!

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