Devil's Prayer Book Cover Devil's Prayer
Luke Gracias
occult, horror, conspirancy
Australian e-Book Publisher
Feb 2017

A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.

As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors.

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?

Don’t judge a book by its cover they say, and often it’s good advice. For this book, not so much.

Firstly, let me say, in my – and the author’s defence – that I read this book through completely, somewhat compulsively, in one day.

But that was more through incredulity than because the story was compelling – it was compelling but in a way where you looked for yet more impossible things to happen; yet more cribs from other stories; and from conspiracy theories; and yet more plot holes. For me, this was wonderful B movie fodder for a very late student night after a few bevies, when your critical faculties are rather blurred. [I wrote this well before I read the final statement by the author, where he admits it was originally a low budget film script before funding collapsed.].

It was difficult for me to rate this book as unlike many, I did finish it right through to the end. So 2 stars for keeping me reading and getting the book published!

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