Friday, October 5, 2012

Breaking the Devil's Heart by Hal Goodman

When Stewart and Layla recruit a demon to spy on the Devil, their decision takes them on whirlwind ride through the afterlife. Journey alongside this young couple in H. A. Goodman’s new novel, Breaking the Devil’s Heart, and join forces with a teenage Angel outcast to bankrupt Satan's underground Company and save Heaven from civil war. H. A. Goodman's Breaking the Devil’s Heart is a rollercoaster afterlife experience that tests a young couple's love, their grasp on reality, and the essence of human nature. What happens when Stewart and Layla tour Hell’s Marketing Department and Stock Exchange? What happens when their relationship is tested by Satan? This book is unlike anything you’ve ever read, or ever thought the afterlife might be like. Breaking the Devil’s Heart is an enlightening look into an alternate world, a new afterlife, and a profound journey inside the human conscience.

This is a deeply original novel, in more ways than one. Not only is the plot different, but the writing style and the message behind it are as well.

Let me start with the plot, because this is where the book is particularly strong. The main idea behind it is to make us really think of what good and evil truly mean. We, the readers, are asked to examine our own thoughts as we follow Stewart and his quest to destroy Hell and its “Formula”. This is what makes the book so interesting to read. We are thrown head first into the scenarios and forced to think what we’d do.

Stewart is an interesting character, though at times he comes off a bit too one-dimensional. He seems wholly intent on his objective, so that he doesn’t really read as authentic and real as I would have liked. I wanted to see more hesitation, more of his own demons coming to play.

But it is a good book, with fascinating ideas propelling the story forward. I do recommend it to all lovers of paranormal mysteries and thrillers, and even to those of you who like to read things that are just a bit different.

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