Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Favorites #2 A Prayer for the Devil

Title:  A Prayer for the Devil
Author:  Dale Allan                                                                  
Pages:  320
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Emerald Books
     When I first heard about this novel, my interest was piqued because of the title.  Where was the author going to take a reader with a book that includes prayer and devil in the title?  Perhaps you too have looked at a novel picture, title or author and whatever you conclude decides whether you will read the book or keep looking for something else.  I read a couple of reviews and decided to go to author’s website to read more about the author as well as the book.  Deciding to contact the author and inquire about the contents of his book, I was pleasantly surprised when I received a direct answer from the author himself.  Then, having interacted with the author via email, I proceeded to risk reading his debut novel.  What I didn’t expect was one of the best novels I have read by an author that is new to me.
     A Prayer for the Devil is a novel that really defies any one particular genre.  There are multiple themes, stories, locations, cultures, characters, and more included.  There is a flavor of mystery, suspense, thriller, and more as well.  Inside the multifaceted story is murder both at an individual level as well as national level.  A nation with certain philosophies desires to destroy another nation for many reasons that come to the surface the farther one reads.  Characters that live for selfish gain as well as those who would lay down their lives for a complete stranger are portrayed.  In some cases, it is based on just being part of the human race.
     Religious affiliation, national governments’ philosophies, and freedom come into play as a plan from the past has now come into fruition.  During a political speech for the presidential race, a bomb from the past explodes and causes the death of key figures.  As a result many lives are irrevocably changed and not all for the better because for some there is no closure.  Luke’s twin brother is one of the casualties.  Suddenly this priest finds himself temporarily changing vocations.  Luke is no longer an unknown priest serving parishioners; he now has decided to find out who murdered his brother.
     Luke, however, has no idea how this one decision is going to change the life of his parents, sister-in-law, nieces, and countless others.  The local detectives have run into a dead end in their investigation, and now it has become a matter for the FBI to handle.  Though the investigation doesn’t stop with the FBI, it becomes necessary to involve the Vatican and their protective services.  There are homeless people who offer clues as to what they witness, even though what was seen in the past has some link to the current tragedy.  Would you even believe that baseball has a part in the resolution of the plot?

     There is so much more to what Dale Allen wrote in what I can describe as an imaginative, peculiar, and illusive spiel.  Many times you will locate well known places or climaxes that only continue to lead down paths to discovering who has means, knowledge, purposes, and reasons.  The priest goes from Boston to Dubai to locate and hopefully conclude what he considers his sole purpose:  Find the mastermind who killed his brother.  Yet, just as the priest is about to get the answer that has driven his life for months, revelation for both Luke and the nation will be more than anyone can even imagine.
     The author is currently writing more fiction that I hope proves to be just as captivating as A Prayer for the Devil.  Don’t pass this one up!  There are a few swear words and no sexual content or innuendos at all.
     My rating is 5+ stars!
     Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

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