Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: A Prayer for the Devil by Dale Allen

 Book Blurb

Twin brothers Luke and Aaron Miller could not lead more different lives. Aaron, a rising political star who manages the campaign of a man many believe will be the nation's next president, embraced his father's Jewish heritage. Luke, on the other hand, honored his mother's faith and entered the Catholic priesthood. When Aaron and the candidate he supports are killed in a bombing at a presidential stump speech, the Miller family's core is destroyed. Fear of a terrorist threat grips the nation, but the FBI and the press seem more focused on the death of a presidential candidate than on the other innocent victims like Aaron. Suddenly, Luke begins to feel the lure of a vengeance that is stronger than the bond of faith.

As he falls deeper into the abyss of political intrigue that surrounded his brother's mysterious professional life, Luke is tempted to break his promise to God and reassess his own sense of right and wrong. What sort of priest carries a concealed weapon? How can he judge others when he himself has strayed so far from his own flock?

Luke's comfortable life in Boston collides with the faraway world of the Middle East as he sets out on a journey to unravel the truth behind Aaron's murder. Will he take an eye for an eye?

In this murder mystery wrapped in a thoughtful meditation on the intersection of faith and justice, Luke's journey through his own darkness propels him to a shocking ending that will leave readers breathless.

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Author Info

Dale Allan is a graduate of Fordham University, has held several senior positions in Fortune 250 companies, and has traveled the world. A black belt in martial arts, avid fly-fisherman, political junkie, and devout Christian, the storylines of his novels reflect his diversified life.
When Dale was just twelve years old, his father was murdered while away on an extended business trip. A week before his death, Dale had struggled to write a letter updating him on the family's activities. When his father was buried with the handwritten note in his pocket, Dale fully understood the power of writing.

My Review

A Prayer for the Devil is a brilliant, unassuming tour de force filled with enough international intrigue, present-day turmoil, and personal self-discovery to keep even the most hard to please reader hooked until the very end. What starts out as a personal vendetta of a priest in finding his brother’s murder ends in a horrifyingly, tangled mess that you will never see coming. Just when you think you have things figured out, the entire landscape morphs into something you least expect. The most important question to answer is who can be trusted.
A Prayer for the Devil not only has a brilliant plot, but is also filled with the most unforgettable and diverse cast of characters. They truly bring this story to life. Without them, this journey would not have the heart and soul that reaches inside you and pulls you into the story to feel every struggle and rejoice in each victory. Each of them are meticulously and meaningfully fleshed out and filled with such amazing depth.
The themes flowing throughout A Prayer for the Devil range from the mundane, everyday struggles we all face to the highly-explosive, controversial issues discussed in the political area. You will be amazed at how Dale Allen effortlessly flows from one theme to another without any warning. Allen will without warning completely immerse you in his world of how one simple man’s life can become entangled in the nefarious efforts of those located half way around the world. At the same time, Allen also shows you how one person can be a positive impact on those around him. One person can change a world. One person can open the eyes of millions. That one person is valuable no matter who they are.
I was overwhelmed by the sheer genius that Dale Allen shows in A Prayer for the Devil. I was pleasantly surprised at how I was immediately taken into this story. I couldn’t put this book down very easily. I had to know what happened next. Allen is an amazing storyteller, and I look forward to reading more from him. I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a strong story and deep, meaningful characters. You will not be disappointed.

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