The Devil's Apocrypha

The Devil's Apocrypha

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by John A. De Vito
     
 

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We all know that the victors of battle write the history. But what if that history is wrong? What if it is very, very wrong...

We all know the tale of Satan's fall from grace. Of his defeat at the hands of the Lord God. But what really happened?

A new manuscript has been uncovered. Written by a priest visited by the devil himself. A priest who then left the church

Overview

We all know that the victors of battle write the history. But what if that history is wrong? What if it is very, very wrong...

We all know the tale of Satan's fall from grace. Of his defeat at the hands of the Lord God. But what really happened?

A new manuscript has been uncovered. Written by a priest visited by the devil himself. A priest who then left the church to find three mad prophets who knew the truth.

But one day, the priest was murdered and the manuscript disappeared. And now, over one hundred years later, the document has been found. It is a tale that begins before the univese was born... and ends with a chilling prophesy.

And the truth is like nothing you've been told before.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595250707
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/13/2002
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
736,096
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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The Devil's Apocrypha 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading the book you felt scared or...or...uncomfortable because deep down you know it isnt right. We all know the truth come on people!!! It is like the air, you dont see it but you feel it.

Ironically enough, that was exactly why I liked this book. The accepted version of the story has always struck me as having problems.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. The author is a master storyteller who plants the seed of realism and makes you really think about the reality we have all taken for granted and accepted. I mean, what kind of a God would have one set of people slaughter another? What kind of a God would have His people kill animals just to give Him glory? What kind of a God would flood the world and kill everyone but a select few? I know He was killing the evil people, but what about a ten day old baby girl? There were likely tens of thousands or more innocents who drowned to death, and for what? If an omnipotent being cannot even accomplish what any good parent can, then who is He? What is He? What motivates Him? This book is great for anyone who has ever gotten tired of feeling like they are part of a great cosmic science experiment. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that I¿ve found this book to be very enlightening as well as very entertaining. I have learned a great deal more than I already knew as to just how contrary the Christian God really is. I also feel that the book paints a much more honest picture of Lucifer in as far as his appearance, his intentions towards the race of man and his kindness and benevolence towards us. This is quite a contrast to the Christian God who is very jealous and twisted and wants to keep us in the dark at all costs. I also feel that John DeVito has done a tremendous job in presenting this material to us. The wording and pacing of the story are done very well. I found it very easy to digest this material. John also seems to have the ability to write in such a way that you don¿t want to put the book down. It literally sucks you in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful. It gives new meaning to the term christianity. I recommend this book to everyone, regardless of religion. It gives a totaly new perspective to everything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not a horror book really, not sci fi, not fact(?), but has all the elements of each and falls somewhere in between. Gave me the creeps, but not in a Stephen King way. I suppose 'chilling' describes the feeling better. It is entertaining, sure, but it also makes sense (too much sense!).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book tremendously. I thought the biblical language was well suited to the subject and added to the overall atmosphere of the story. The arguments were very thought provoking and had me questioning my preconceptions. I found the whole thing very clever and would recomend it to (well) not just anyone, but to those who are seeking something different.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are open minded you will love this book. If your are a religious person you may find this book a bit offensive. Especially since the author claims that it's not his work but based on actual writings collected by his great grandfather who was once a priest. Is it fiction or is it truth, let your heart decide...If anything, this is a fun book to read and will have you turning the pages with wonder. In essence the author claims that Lord God created Man(from the word manna meaning food for the heavens.) for prayer becuase the He That Is Three (God) and the Choosen(Angelica)need the sentient faith to survive. Man is the center of disagreement between Lucifer and God. God sees Mankind as his sheep, since he created us he sees fit to do what with us as he pleases...and really does not like to be questioned at all. Lucifer claims that since we are beings that have sentient we are beings with souls and that our lifes should be ours of our own choosen...it is the natural laws of the universe. He Who Is Three, will hear none of this and has Mikal(Angel of the Melder of the Physical.) bound the Fallen to the Mateial plane. This is just the begining, As I said a very thought provoking and wounderful read of the story of Mankind and the battle between the Heavens and Fallen Angels. Who side will you choose? After reading Apocypha, you might reconsider.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed reading this It's a rarity these days to find an author capable of such good storytelling. The story is well written and very engaging, and despite the fact that it lost some momentum in the middle, I found myself eagerly turning pages to find out what would happen next. All in all, though this is not quite a perfect novel, it comes close.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I came across this book at the website of a group calling themselves the Church of the Fallen at geocities.com/church_of_the_fallen666 which bases it's beliefs on this book and it's philosophies. The movement has chapters (and more websites) in Florida, Indianapolis, Canada, Malta and who knows where else. After reading the excerpts from the book on the site, I decided to buy it. I can see how this book was able to start a new religion. The concepts are life-enhancing, the tales are well presented and thought out, and you can't help getting the chills as you read it. I found myself drawn in and hooked. While the Devil is portrayed as the good guy and God 'evil', the philosophies are morally sound and I find my life changed by them. Controvercial, yes. Absolutely. Fundamentalists will react to this (and have) the same way the muslims reacted to Rushdie. Evil? I don't think so. An alternate, and I'd even say more realistic, view of biblical tales we've been raised not to question. I recommend this highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well written. Not exactly an 'Alternative' history to those of us who have been asking questions about christianity for a long time now, but worth the read. I especially enjoyed the alternate 'commandments' give by the Fallen Ones, now those are words to live by.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I came across this book at the website of a group calling themselves the Church of the Fallen (www.geocities.com/church_of_the_fallen666) which bases it's beliefs on this book and it's philosophies. The movement has chapters (and more websites) in Florida, Indianapolis, Canada, Malta and who knows where else. After reading the excerpts from the book on the site, I decided to buy it. I can see how this book was able to start a new religion. The concepts are life-enhancing, the tales are well presented and thought out, and you can't help getting the chills as you read it. I found myself drawn in and hooked. While the Devil is portrayed as the good guy and God 'evil', the philosophies are morally sound and I find my life changed by them. Controvercial, yes. Absolutely. Fundamentalists will react to this (and have) the same way the muslims reacted to Rushdie. Evil? I don't think so. An alternate, and I'd even say more realistic, view of biblical tales we've been raised not to question. I recommend this highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a breath of fresh air. It was nice to throw off the heavy cloak the Xtians have held us under, and read some refreshing that actually MADE SENSE and PROVIDED ANSWERS. In addition, the author writes with a very nice style, it flows and is very pleasing to read. Great Job, Mr. DeVito!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really makes you think. Maybe help break out of the brainwashing the xtian churches like to perform. Anwsers many questions church leaders have never been able to answer: makes loads of sense! Written WONDERFULLY, keeps the reader's attention and is easy to read in that it flows really well. I loved this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I started reading, I didn't want to stop! Even though it's fiction, I had a lot of the story saying to me 'what if?' The writing is great. I had scary and negative experiences in the 'church' I grew up with, and this just seemed to validate the negative ideas that upbringing gave me. I got a feeling of Hope from John's book. Thanks for giving us an alternative view of the big picture!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In a universe separated from this one by time and space some sentient beings evolved so far that they left their material bodies behind. The came from different planets, some are even a collective mind and they speak to each other and contemplate many subjects. One day Lucifer tells He Who Is Three that he senses a change in the universe and the being that is three-in-one discovers that their universe is dying and he doesn¿t want to die with it.

Using their combined mental energy they open a portal into this universe and their entry ignited the big bang. Planets and stars, light and dark came into being. Eventually a special planet formed and those sentient creatures created a creature who worship them for their prayers are fuel that is needed to keep them alive. When Lucifer objected to using man as sheep, they entombed him and his followers to stop them from revealing to man that they can transcend the material realm if allowed free will. Millennium later a priest was directed by Lucifer to find the tablets of the three mad prophets if he wanted to learn the true purpose of man ant to warn the world what they face.

John A. De Vito¿s premise for this book is a very clever one based on the concept that history is written by the winners so the loser Lucifer is cast as the evil serpent whose sole purpose is to tempt man into the sin. The Apocrypha is Lucifer¿s story told from his point of view from the birth of our universe to the teachings of Martin Luther. This is a very imaginative colorful science fiction tale that shocks the audience with its suppositions and historical interpetations.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got this and it is incredible. I can usually read a book pretty quickly, but this one I find myself rereading sections 2 and 3 times. Since the age of 7, I have questioned the bible. I have never believed it to be a whole or real telling of history or the way things became as they are now. I have read many of the Gnostic chapters and I have read many of the other great works of religion, always searching for something near the proximity of the truth. This book is so chilling because the logic and science behind the thoughts could very well be the way it occurred. I had to do extensive searches on the Internet to even determine if this was a work of fiction or non-fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though I don't agree with everything in this remarkable book, it does give food for thought. I've often wondered why an all-powerful God NEEDS us to do anything FOR Him and this book at least gives a possible answer. The story also reminded me of the Gnostic mythologies which attribute the creation of this world/universe to the blind idiot god Sammael. I believe the people who give books such as this negative reviews, who are supposedly 'secure in their faith', are afraid to exercise their imagination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
okay, it should be made quite aware that this is NOT the Apocrypha, but a novel. it's only a scary book if you feel your own morality in question. this book feeds off the church conspiracy theorists and gives it an emotional twist so the reader can't help but feel a nagging pull inside. masterfully done. being a reader who has no belief in God or Lucifer, I felt none of what the writer was trying to accomplish except the occassional grin and gasp at the vivd detail. to those who read this book and felt need to 'save the souls of others', shame on you for not having more faith in your own religion that you felt so afraid enough to post it here. fear of words only have the strength that you give them. all that being said, I felt that this book was very well written (it had a fantasy novel feel) and I recommend it to anyone who has the ability to read books for the enjoyment of the book, not the hidden implications written between the lines.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me tell you this author is brilliant. Under the right circumstances he could create a whole new religion. The way he reworks the xian myth is genius. Amazingly enough, the poor reviews are what lead me to buy the book - particularly because it's obvious those reviewers never read it. If it upset the zealots, it had to be interesting, but I never expected it to be this good. The book is just outstanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read this book ,at first I was a little taken back.You see I believe in god so it scared me a little at first.So I put it down once and when I picked it up again .....Well let me tell you this, the book got better and better.It is a great book and it did not shake my believes in god at all.It is a little scary because it does make sooo much sense.You have to go in open mindet.It is one of the best books I have read in years.Very different and a little strange .I loved it great book.I think everyone should read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a catholic school survivor, I found the detail amazing. There is so much in here that correlates straight to the bible. There are many things in the bible that are vague and leave you wanting to know more about the when, where and whys. This books fills in all those answers and treats the subject matter very seriously. It was so well presented that you will find yourself nodding in agreement. But until you get used to atmosphere it creates, I wouldn't recommend reading it alone late at night, it really will give you the chills. I haven't had a book do that in a very long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always knew the bible wasn't telling us everything and god had motives he wasn't letting us in on. Well, it's all here. The writing style is perfect for the story and sets a very frightening mood. It makes so much sense that you actually start feeling uneasy. This book is a collection of related events from pre-creation to future prophesies. One section of the book, proverbs, is a neat summation of life philosophy. Another, the Book of Power, has a piece in it that seemed like some ancient ritualistic language. I was confused until I figured it out - and then my heart skipped a beat. It was brilliant. And no, I'm not going to tell you what it was. If someone ruined it for me, I would have been very annoyed. The ending is a chapter of prophesies that will leave your head spinning. The End Times are here! This is going on my shelf to re-read again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The other reviews are on the money. But I have to say, I put the book down three times before I got through the first chapter. It scares the hell out of me - excuse the pun. I agree with the arguments, but hey, they come one after the other like a sledgehammer in the face. Some times, it's just too much. But I did it, I read it all. And I have to say, I loved it! But I can't help feeling I'm going to go to hell just for buying the thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The devil's story of what really happened before, during and after creation - from the birth of God, Satan and the Angels to the creation of man, the end of the age of miracles and the final prophecies of Armageddon! And, as you can imagine, God is not the good guy. A definite must read. Nothing like this has ever been written before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible. It starts before the creation of the universe, re-tells the more common biblical stories and ends with a great prophecy - all from the Devil's point of view! I think the description on the back of the book is better than the paragraph above, so here it is: The battle between good and evil began long ago. Before history, God and Satan fought for the dominion of heaven. And God was triumphant. We all know the story. The tale has been told for thousands of years. But it's all a lie. For millennia, we have heard the tale of Satan's expulsion from heaven, of his defeat at the hands of the Lord God. But what if that's not the way it happened? A manuscript has been uncovered, written over a century ago by a priest who was visited by the Devil himself. A priest who left the church to seek out Three Mad Prophets and learn the truth. It is a tale that begins in another universe, before creation, and ends with a chilling prophesy. You will finally learn the truth about the origin of God, his journey to our universe, and the battle for heaven. You will discover why God manipulated the flesh of our race, the logic behind his commandments...and why one being dared to try and stop him. Here is the true story of Satan and God... ...and it's like nothing you've been told.