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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013: This supernatural thriller rises above its by-the-numbers plot to deliver a mix of creepy mood and engaging musings on good and evil. It’s still a light read despite author Andrew Pyper’s literary pretensions. The movie rights have been optioned, and the staging of some of the narrative seemed based more for big-screen bang than because it made sense. The story is told by David Ullman, a renowned Miltonian scholar whose knowledge of Paradise Lost draws him into a mystery in Venice that ultimately puts him in peril. Ullman has to fight both his internal demons and possibly some very real ones to save himself, his daughter, and maybe the whole world. Original? No. But The Demonologist still provides a bit of page-turning fun with some truly scary moments that had me shivering during a late-night read. --Aaron Knopf
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review by . March 20, 2013
This is a very scary book! It concerns a college professor who specializes in teaching Milton's "Paradise Lost" to undergraduates, and giving his own interpretation as to who is the hero and who the villain in the piece. When the school year ends he is offered a seemingly simple job that pays quite well; going to Venice to see something and make a report. He takes his 11 year old daughter with him, as he and his wife are in the process of dissolving their marriage. When he arrives …
review by . March 10, 2013
"The Demonologist" by Andrew Pyper starts off with great promise as an apocalyptic novel narrated by a loving father who has lost his daughter to a demon with an agenda. Even though the pace of the story never lets up, as the novel reaches its conclusion, the pent-up terror so carefully and initially wrought unwinds with the all-pervasive sense of melancholy and depression that hovers around main character David Ullman. Whether or not love conquers all, the joy of resolution and revelation is muted …
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