Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Curse of Mephisto’s Seed -- reviewer Lee Pletzers

The Curse of Mephisto’s Seed
Book One: The Day of Awakening
By William P. Haynes
PublishAmerica
ISBN: 1-4137-2865-0


A fast paced action book about the devil’s son. Or is it really the devil’s son?


You
see, Elliott has always been different; he has no friends; is extremely
quiet. As a young child he sat in front of the window most of the night
waiting for his father to return home from work. Being too young to
understand death, he waited and waited. His mother tries her best but
is at a loss, she sees something seething under the boy’s skin,
reflected in his eyes.

He is kicked out of every
school as unexplained things happen around him. One case being a school
bully teases him and shortly after a large wolf attacks the kid -- a
wolf sent from Hell, to protect and befriend Elliott.

His father sold his soul to have a son. The Devil granted his desire, with his own cause in mind.

The
boy grows into a handsome young man, his dark powers have increased and
he has discovered a room where all the black magic books reside. And he
learns them all. The wolf has become a close friend, only friend
actually and leads the boy into Hell to see his real father. He learns
what his friend, the wolf, went through to save him from an early
death. Angered, he bounds the Devil in thick heavy chains. The tortured
souls of Hell scream for release -- they sense his power.

The
Devil allows himself to be bound for a time, give the boy false
confidence in his powers, but shortly after he’s made his point clear,
the chains fall to the ground and the devil disappears.

Two
cops stumble onto and link several incidents to Elliott, only thing is
-- one of them is a reincarnation of an ancient angel who’s walked this
track before, hundreds of years ago.

The wolf warns
Elliott to kill him quickly before the cop learns of his real powers.
But Elliott is too sure of his own strength and decides to play with
his first.

It was a mistake.

This book is full of surprises and it’s only book one of three.

Many
readers know I hate Point Of View changes without some kind of warning
of the change like a series of asterisks or hash marks or a couple of
blank lines, but William Haynes switches POV easily and smoothly that
it is barely noticeable, keeping the book readable and enjoyable.

Mr.
Haynes is a well noted poet published in Japan, Europe and across the
United States and he lends his verse style to this book, blending
sentences into beautiful pictures of vengeance, bewilderment, betrayal,
lost hope, action, reality and the dark side of humanity.

A perfect edition to any horror library and I can’t wait for book two.

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