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Lucifer’s Odyssey

By Rex Jameson

Synopsis:

Lucifer languishes in an earthly prison, awaiting the apocalypse that will finally free him after 200,000 years. Before breaking loose, he discovers that the Armageddon he set in motion will destroy the capital of Chaos, his home universe.

He travels back to Chaos and stumbles upon a bloody civil war devastating his homeland. The realm’s magic wielders are firmly under the control of a rival clan, and without their protection, Lucifer’s family is in mortal peril. As old demon clan rivalries blossom and a new hostile universe expands across the known multi-verse, Lucifer is faced with not only protecting Chaos from annihilation but also saving his rightful place on the throne.

Overall:

I am much happier with reading this book; there are no cheesy names, settings, or plotlines that make the book not worth a read. After reading the first three chapters, there was a serious engagement that this author has cleverly weaved to pull my interests where I felt compelled just to read more of the book. Normally, finding self-published authors who study the craft of writing are like finding diamonds in the rough. Fortunately, I think Jameson can make it on his way to success if he tries hard enough and pulls the right strings. If there one thing I can definitely say about the book, Rex Jameson has done an excellent job in pulling his readers into his series. Personally, I highly recommend for the author to take his book a step further by entering the book into a self-publishing contest for further publication. Although I am not entire sure if he has done that already, I am quite positive he might have a chance at winning the contest or getting among the top 100 books.

The Good:

As mentioned previously, the mixture of future Christian topics (e.g. apocalypse, angels, demons, God, etc) are one of the few things that will grab an audience’s attention. However, making a synthesis of these elements to create an interesting storyline to captivate the readers into reconsidering their faiths from a different perspective is something hard to do. In this case, that is what the author has attempted to do and successfully done a pretty good job with the idea altogether. One other that makes the book worth reading is the fact that there seems to be a few interesting characters and aspects about Satan and his demons that make the book worth taking about.

The Really Good:

The best part of this book is the fact I felt quite engaged in the book for the first fifteen chapters of the book; the plot line tends to slowdown after that a bit, but then speeds up later in the series. Unlike other writers, I did not have to worry about the need about sappy melodrama, boring dialogue, and perhaps cheesy characters. There seems to be a fine balance between who is important and who is not important in the ‘demonic order.’ What makes me quite pleased about this book overall is that the author has conveyed an imagery similar to C.S. Lewis’s book The Screw- tape Letters. Though I am not entirely sure whether the author intended to make the book feel that way or convey an alternative message that was the impression I received from reading this book.

Tweaks:

There are a couple of things I would like to mention that probably is lacking in the series overall and that is verisimilitude. If there intends to be an impact upon the nature of Christianity, then the author needs to stick to make his or her character realistic and stick to the original storyline. In order to offer some kind of ‘alternative aspect’ to any kind of traditional view whether these involve vampires, werewolves, witches or (in this case) involve biblical characters, there needs to be a kind of discussion that either affirms or dismisses a common stereotype. The problems I find with the characters are how they are conveyed. According to scripture, angels bear no relations with God and cannot die. The novel’s idea that immortality among angels can be revoked or restored does not sound realistic in any sense of the term. There is some low humor that is conveyed in the book, especially with the words like “Hell” and “Demon.” However, much of its overuse can become detrimental for readers who think the book can tremendously entertaining.

The last thing I want to touch upon is that the book needs to clarify the plotline and dramatis personae i.e., the characters involved. For some reason, I began to lose track of who’s who almost toward the middle of the book and I did not figure out what was going on until the very end of the book. Hopefully, the author will try to clarify and make the book clearer.

Overall Grade:

A

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2 Comments

  1. Rex Jameson says:

    Glad to hear you enjoyed the book, Parker! The sequel “The Goblin Rebellion” does have a dramatis personae because there are a lot of new faces. I may go back and add one to “Lucifer’s Odyssey” with a new edition later in the year. Cheers and happy reading!

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