A former spy with a dark secret and a past he can't outrun. A mysterious cult that steals beautiful teenagers. A looming battle between the forces of light and dark, and the girl who drags them into the middle of it all.
WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Best Thriller
WINNER: Readers' Favorite Book Award - Bronze Medal: Fiction - Supernatural
FINALIST: Next Generation Indie Book Award - Paranormal
D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review, says, "Readers who enjoy an injection of the supernatural rather than a story based entirely on otherworldly forces will appreciate just the right blend of paranormal tension and intrigue that bring this thriller to life.... [A] vivid, winning tale of a former couple's confrontation with themselves, each other, and a wider-ranging threat that grabs the reader from the beginning and proves nearly impossible to put down. Thriller audiences will find Devil's Den more than a notch above others in the genre." [Pick of the Month – September 2018]
Steven Cabbott sees demons, and has even had to fight a few. That might have something to do with his past. His mother killed his father when Steven was young, claiming he was a demon. He figured she was nuts. Now he's not so certain.
Sixteen years of silence between Steven and Kate, the love of his life, end with a cryptic one-word message: Help! A mysterious cult has kidnapped Kate's teenaged daughter. Steven risks everything to save the young woman, but he's caught in a fight between forces much larger than he can imagine.
Can he overcome his own demons to save Kate's daughter, or will they both fall victim to the Devil's Den?
EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS an intriguing, thrilling look inside a great battle between good and evil, with characters you'll come to love (if you haven't already from previous books).
Books by Jeff Altabef:
- A NEPHILIM THRILLER - Book 1: Devil's Den
- A NEPHILIM THRILLER - Book 2: Devil's Dance
- A POINT THRILLER - Book 1: Fracture Point
- A POINT THRILLER - Book 2: Shatter Point
- RED DEATH - Book 1: Red Death
- RED DEATH - Book 2: The Ghost King
- CHOSEN - Book 1: Wind Catcher (with Erynn Altabef)
- CHOSEN - Book 2: Brink of Dawn (with Erynn Altabef)
- CHOSEN - Book 3: Scorched Souls (with Erynn Altabef)
More Great Fantasy Books from Evolved Publishing:
- GRIM'S TRUTH Series by Isu Yin and Fae Yang
- Shadow Swarm by D. Robert Pease
- Kingdom in Chains by J.W. Zulauf
- THE SUNDERED OATH Series by Ciara Ballintyne
About the Author
EDITOR: In addition to a career as a newspaper editor, publisher, and manager, I've written fiction most of my life. The newspaper biz has taken my family and me from Phoenix, Arizona, to small towns in North Carolina and Texas, and from seven years in Washington, D.C., to five years in Asia. Born and raised a small-town kid, I'm as comfortable in Tokyo or Tuna, Texas. I now reside in a small community in Wisconsin where I manage the business operations of a daily newspaper. The variety of places I've lived and visited serve as settings for the characters who invade my head. I also edit fiction and non-fiction books for authors from around the world. It helps that I'm fluent in five languages: U.S. English, U.K. English, Canadian English, and Australian English, plus my native language, Texan.
EDITOR: I love reading. Books have always been a part of my environment and my life. I taught English Literature for many years and my favorite part was watching students find their voice in writing. I edited at Weekly Reader for about a year prior to taking time off to have children. They are now writing their own stories, and reading as many books as their mama! I manage an independent bookstore in Chappaqua, New York called Scattered Books, which is my second home. I travel often with my family, and friends, and always make sure I find the bookstores wherever we go.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“The truth is hard to find, but it’s always worth the effort. But, some truths should remain hidden.” Wealth or class? The end or a chance for a new beginning? Angels or demons? Who’s in charge and is that a positive or negative outcome? Another smart thriller that leaves you wondering Never pick up a Jeff Altabef book and expect to do anything else until the last page! This is the first book in a new series called The Nephilum, and, much like the rest of this author’s work, he baits the hook with a succulent appetizer and gets you every time. Highly recommended. 5/5 [disclaimer: I received this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it]
Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite A man looking for his mother after many years of estrangement unexpectedly finds himself embroiled in a demonic war that threatens the continuity of the world in the exciting and action-packed novel, Devil's Den (A Nephilim Thriller Book 1) by Jeff Altabef. Sixteen years ago, Steven left Philadelphia to embark on a secret and dangerous career. To keep Kate, the only woman he ever loved, safe from his enemies and his darker side, he never returned ... until now. Recently, the demons which continually hound Steven, trying to turn him, have stepped up their harassment. To get answers to why they are attached to him, Steven returns to his childhood neighborhood to find the solution to his burgeoning dilemma. While searching for the cause behind his tortured past, Steven receives a cry for help from Kate. Her daughter, Megan, has been abducted and Kate wants Steven to rescue her. With demons fast on his heels, Steven discovers that an ancient evil plan of doom and destruction is under way. The kidnappers are into something far more diabolical than anyone can imagine, and more than Megan's life is at stake. Has the battle for the end of the world been initiated? What has Steven to do with it? Non-stop action and chills abound in the astounding speculative novel, Devil's Den (A Nephilim Thriller Book 1) by Jeff Altabef. This book has a thrilling plot, complete with formidable characters, magnificently blended with heart-pounding scenes filled with blood and guts. It starts with a bang and continues to build to an explosive finish. The book is set in the year 2041 in a realistic and lifelike dystopian story world that is disturbingly close to the current state of our planet. With government control and the clear distinctions between classes, it doesn't take much imagination to see the story unfold in our lifetime. All the elements in the story mesh well together to form an extraordinary novel that will enthrall those who enjoy books set in the real world with a touch of violence and a supernatural twist.
Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite Steve's mother saw demons, and now he does too. Returning home in the hope of discovering answers, he soon finds himself on a mission that will bring him closer to the truth than he could imagine. He has spent years battling demons, both figurative and literal ones, but he finally came home only to receive an almost perfectly timed plea for help. His ex's daughter, Megan, has been abducted, and lacking the funds to pay the police she reaches desperately to the one person she thinks could be of help. He will move Heaven and Hell to see it through; better yet, they should know their place and step aside. Nothing will stop him, not the demons who hunt him, not his doubts, not even the fact that his enemies seem to remain one step ahead of him. Megan is just another number in a string of disappearances orchestrated by The Farm. They brainwash their subjects into compliance and preach religion, but their agenda is a little more sinister. Devil's Den is the first book in Jeff Altabef's A Nephilim Thriller and what a first book it is. You're immediately pulled into Steve's distorted world, a place of political hierarchy, districts and, of course, demons. You can't help but love Steve's no nonsense attitude. Tempered by life and experiences, he is a firm believer in actions speaking louder than words, especially when said actions make people confess, and he has the stomach and the attitude needed to get things done. Nothing and no one will stop him. Devil's Den has an intensely gripping narrative with vivid descriptions, striking characters, and a plot that sinks its claws in so deep you may end up scarred for life. It is impossible to put down; you just have to know what is happening, you need to see the bigger picture, and when you do see it ... you may wish you'd had the foresight to avert your gaze.
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Who says one man can’t fight evil? In Devil’s Den by Jeff Altabef, Steven Cabbott is a one-man force to be reckoned with who has to choose between good and evil. After a past full of violence and killing, Steven has to decide whether to give in to the demons trying to steal his soul or forge a path for goodness. The choice becomes simple when his only true love contacts him to say her daughter has disappeared. After 16 years of separation, Steven has no hesitation in helping Kate and, in the process, uncovers some interesting facts about his past. Fortunately for Steven and Kate, Megan is a smart young lady with several people willing to look out for her as she is groomed for special duties in a quasi-religious cult that hides human trafficking in a future of virtual reality and mind control. Will rescue come in time and does Steven really have what it takes to be a true hero? Jeff Altabef has created a realistic look at the future with a distinct divide between rich and poor and those who have special access to technology in Devil’s Den. Exciting action makes this thriller move quickly and the added spice of supernatural elements increases the appeal. Steven is a well-defined character struggling with issues that are beyond the usual and the rest of the characters provide colorful engagement supporting the overall plot. A smooth read with plenty of action and solid characters. Intense with a love story thrown in, Devil’s Den is a great book and the perfect beginning to what should be a wonderful series.