The Lucifer Messiah

The Lucifer Messiah

by Frank Cavallo
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Lucifer Messiah 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wouldnt you know...harriet klausner ruins another book. Stop with the plot spoilers already. Ppl want to read a book for themselves, not have someone else condense it down into cliff notes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sean Mulcahy vanished in Europe during World War I. Thirty years later, he reappears in his old neighborhood, Hell¿s Kitchen in New York City. He doesn¿t seem to have aged and some mafia thugs are trying to kill him. Meanwhile, an odd collection of people are gathering in secret, preparing for some kind of festival and looking for the return of their promised savior, a figure they call Lucifer. Sean recruits two old friends to help him fight his way through a series of dangers that begins with the mob, but leads to an even darker underworld where shape-shifting creatures are beginning to stir. One faction of changelings is led by a dark queen called the Morrigan and the other by a thousand year old child named Argus. Both sides believe Sean to be Lucifer, but have different agendas. The Morrigan sees him as a threat and wants to kill him, while Argus wants to make him their new king. Sean, for his part, wants nothing to do with either side, and tries to find a way out. He doesn¿t think he¿s anyone¿s messiah and is only interested in being with the woman he left behind decades before. This is a strange and sometimes difficult book. Since several of the main characters are changelings, they completely change their physical appearances midway through the story, and then adopt a new name as well, which can make it hard to keep track of who is doing what. In other words, it can¿t be read lightly, this book demands a certain level of attention. It¿s worth the effort though. The story, like many of the characters within it, transforms over the course of the book. It begins as gritty tale of the New York City mafia (with some serious hints of weird things to come) and then morphs into a surreal trip through a nightmare world of shape-shifting creatures and pagan gods. Imagine Goodfellas crossed with Pan¿s Labyrinth and you have a rough idea. The whole story is told with vivid, sometimes gory detail that occasionally ventures into some very graphic scenes of bizarre sex and extreme violence, but also touches on some philosophical points concerning the myth of the messiah-figure and the false hope of prophecies. One warning: the title is a bit of a trick. This book has nothing to do with Satan. The meaning of the name is ultimately explained, although not in the way I expected. Overall, it¿s a unique read, well written and with a few interesting surprises.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even if I don't like a book, I normally read it all the way through to see if it gets better, but not this one. Two-thirds of the way through, I still couldn't figure out what, exactly, the book was about. The characters are flat, static, and cliche. The writing is so-so. I found nothing unique about the plot, setting, or characters to catch my attention. Cavallo didn't make me care about Sean's problems or Argos's schemes. The multitude of misspellings and grammatical/punctuation mistakes was the last straw. I honestly don't see how this one got past the editors. This book was nothing but a waste of my time and money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down!! It kept me guessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was different than what i read on the norm, but was a nice surprise. Definitley puts a different image in your head as to what "other beings" may exist. Character development was nice, even for some of the minor characters. The story was very straight forward and there was no break up in between to throw anything out of whack. Great recommendation to get away from normal gothic sparkly vampires and back to true horror books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting. It was different that's for sure. Was not sure if liked it but it got better when I understood more of the story line
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been a long time since I have thoroughly enjoyed a book. The Lucifer Messiah is one such book. The plot and story are unique and more importantly, the characters are so vivid that I felt that I was watching a good movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The author artfully constructed the story to keep me turing the pages to see what would happen next. It reveals a plotline that takes you on twists and turns right up until the the very last page.-in fact, i'd reccomend reading the author's note.
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With its skillfully crafted plot and powerful imagery, Cavallo has created a riveting first novel. Cavallo's dark prose is beautifuly detailed, yet succinct, making the book a smart and enjoyable read. I couldn't put this book down. I hope we don't have to wait too long for a follow up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a goody, can't wait to read more.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the Fall of 1946 in New York City, goons employed by Salvatore ¿Sam¿ Calabrese chase after Sean Mulachy, but as they area about to catch up to him, a mist forms out of nowhere hiding Sean from them. Once they leave, he visits his best friend Vince Sicario, who is shocked to see Sean as the last time they saw one another was in 1917 when the latter enlisted. Sean looks like he did in 1917 while Vince has aged three decades.----------------------- Two groups of beings search for Sean the Morrigan and her minions, and Argus, who looks like a six tear old and his allies. Both believe that Sean is Lucifer reborn to bring light and wisdom to a troubled world. However while the Morrigan believes that humanity is not ready f such a revelation, Argus deems the prophecy of Nestor has begun. Sean must learn who he is before either side gets to him.----------------- Sean initially does not believe he is Lucifer, but begins to reconsider as strange phenomena occur including his lack of aging and the Church demonizing his allies and the Morigan needing to kill him so the prophecy doesn¿t come true. Adding to the suspense is that much of the cast wear human disguises to masquerade their true essence. Frank Cavallo cleverly uses creatures of myths and legends to further the tale as the audience wonders what is good and evil and who lines up where including the protagonist. Dark fantasy fans will cherish this urban thriller.------------- Harriet Klausner