It’s not easy to review a friend’s book, even an online blogger friend I’ve never met in person. What would I say if I hated the plot, despised the characters, and thought the writing was really bad?
It’s also difficult for me to review books because I write novels and tend to read with my internal editor on high alert. Not only do I want to insert commas and reword sentences, but I also want to “fix” things that don’t need fixing, simply because the author’s style and voice are different from mine.
For those reasons, and because I would never write anything but my honest reaction, I think Marvin was very brave to let me read Beware the Devil’s Hug and review it on my blog. However, I don’t think he’ll be too upset at the result.
Beware the Devil’s Hug by Marvin D. Wilson: A Book Review
All Things That Matter Press (September 1, 2010)
Paperback: $16.99 Kindle edition: $3.19
“What if a homeless, smelly, ugly, unkempt old man had a hug so powerful it could cure cancer? Cause a prostitute to stop hooking and seek true love? Shake the demons of addiction free from a junkie? Make a Christian want to embrace and love a Muslim and vice versa? But rare is the beneficiary of his divine embrace – nobody wants to come near him out of fear.”
Iam is The Old Man incarnated to Terra with the power to change Destiny and to persuade a Muslim soldier and a Christian to join forces in a movement to recognize that all humans worship the same One. What does it matter if the cultural traditions vary and the prayers are whispered in different languages and different words? To Ali and Christian, after their first experience with The Old Man, it seems obvious. There is only One.
The prostitute, Destiny, is one of those who see beyond Iam’s outward appearance and accepts his embrace. She gives up her former lifestyle, falls deeply in love with The Old Man, and mends her relationship with her family. While Iam shares his healing hugs with all who are willing, he is saddened by those who would choose to destroy him. He never gives up, however, even when attacked and left for dead.
In an attempt to sabotage Ali’s and Christian’s movement and organization, a terrorist group infiltrates their ranks and plans a horrible attack that will kill a large number of people. Can Iam do anything to help? I’ll let you find out for yourself. Two separate times I thought I had the ending of this novel figured out, and I was wrong. I liked that.
If I had to pick one thing about Beware the Devil’s Hug to criticize, I guess it would be one of the relationships in the book that seemed unnecessary, even a bit distracting. It’s a small complaint, and it did not lessen my enjoyment of Iam’s story in the least.
Everything else about Beware the Devil’s Hug is interesting and intriguing. The character names made me think and the plot twists kept me turning the pages. It’s a complex tale that held my interest from beginning to end.
Author Marvin D. Wilson has a widely varied and rich life experience background - from Hippie Rock and Roll musician, to nightclub entertainer, to Zen Buddhist minister, to carpenter, to small business owner, to network marketer, to sales and sales training, to skilled trades instructor and adult education teacher, to public speaker and motivational coach, to now in his chosen “golden years” career, a writer and multi-published author with the self-proclaimed, “audacity to write novels”.
To see the schedule for Marvin’s blog book tour and learn about the contests, prizes, and giveaways, visit the Hugs Therapy Virtual Tour page at The Old Silly’s Free Spirit blog. The blog also features more reviews and information about Marvin’s other books.
Be sure to visit Sylvia Dickey Smith’s blog today and tomorrow for more about Marvin and his book.
You can order your copy of Beware the Devil’s Hug in paperback or Kindle e-book at amazon.com.