The Devil Will Come: A Novel Paperback – Feb 27 2012
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About the Author
GLENN COOPER is the author of three internationally bestselling novels: Library of the Dead, its sequel, Book of Souls, and The Tenth Chamber. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in archaeology and received his medical degree from Tufts University. After practicing medicine, he was the chairman and CEO of a biotechnology company in Massachusetts. He is also a screenwriter and film producer. Visit him online at glenncooperbooks.com.
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With the help of her brother Zazo, a Vatican policeman, her sister Micaela a doctor in Rome, and her father, a respected mathematics professor, Elizabetta is unwittingly pulled into a centuries old battle between good and evil, the outcome of which could lead to the end of not only the Catholic Church but civilization and the world as we know it.
I found the timelines involving Nero and Marlowe very well written and captivating and would have enjoyed the novel much more if the same level of writing and development had been applied to the present day timeline involving Elizabetta and her investigation. Although not my favourite Glenn Cooper novel, this was an interesting and intelligent take on the Malachy prophecy, weaving together both fiction and fact into this story of historical fiction.
I’m looking forward to the final Glenn Cooper novel on my reading list, The Resurrection Maker. Check back soon for the review!
Thank you to NetGalley and Lascaux Media for providing me with an e-book copy in exchange for an honest review.
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The Devil Will Come, by Glenn Cooper, is a really great book. It takes something previously unknown to me, vestigial tails, and twists it into a dark plot against the Catholic Church that stretches all the way back to the founding of Christianity itself. Our hero of the book? Elisabetta, an archaeologist-turned-nun, who is convinced to come out of her cloistered life to help solve a mystery of dozens of bodies found in an ancient burial ground in Rome - all of them with tails. She then explores these connections and is swept up into a plot of labyrinthine proportions, stretching throughout history. She is forced to fight not only those who do evil, but her own Church, who in the end might be involved with this plot of dark evil.
This book... it ventures throughout history, all the way back to Aggripina, the mother of Nero, the Emperor of Rome, who had a tail, according to the book. It creates a long-lasting plot throughout history for those with tails to acquire power, and destroy their hated enemy, the Catholic Church. From Ancient Rome and Nero, to Elizabethan England and Marlowe, this novel takes you on a whirlwind tour of history with side notes into the past that people are unaware of. Glenn Cooper weaves this all together so seamlessly, you almost start to wonder, "What if it's true?".
The settings and characters are once again flawlessly rendered, just like in The Resurrection Maker. He makes each location come alive with the details, so it makes you feel like you're there. When he takes you back in time with the historical flashbacks, you feel like you're in Elizabethan England or Ancient Rome. The characters he has created are true to their descriptions. They are unwavering in their beliefs and stand up as interesting characters in their own rights. Once again, however, the ending is explosive. It doesn't leave you in suspense, but it did come as a complete shock to me. I wasn't expecting it. I guess that is what makes Glenn Cooper such an excellent author, though! I highly recommend this book to those who like like historical flashback books, those who enjoy reading about Christopher Marlowe, Elizabethan England, Ancient Rome, those who like books regarding religious artifacts, and those who like suspense and mysteries. It's a great book and I highly urge everyone to buy it!
*Disclaimer:I received this book for free to read for an honest review from netgalley. The opinions in this review are 100% my own*
I would have given it 5 stars but I was having trouble with the editing on my kindle touch. There were several times I had to reread several paragraphs to realize that the book was switching characters and gears. Because of the jumping around it did take me a few pages to get into the book.
I really liked the story, it has a good plot and it made me think. It wasn't a boring murder mystery. I don't believe that there are really people out there with tails (Lemurs) but I am interested in the religious, historical, secret society part of the Lemurs and the Vatican drew me in, I am fascinated with those things. I actually guessed a few things right and got a few things wrong, which was nice to not automatically be able to guess what would happen. The ending certainly was not what I was guessing would happen. I also liked to follow along with Elisabetta even during her tragedies in her life and overcoming them in her own way. She still managed to get pulled back into her old life but did not stay drawn to it once her investigation was over. She just wanted to live a simple life. The author seems very knowledgeable about history and the archeological areas of the book. It made me want to go research history about several things that were discussed. The story came together very well in the end and the author left it open as if there might be a sequel. I am curious to see what happens and hope that there is a sequel, I would read it in an instant. I love reading and always am looking for good authors to read and I have found one in Glenn Cooper. I now am going to hunt down his other books.
I will be recommending this to my family and friends that are also huge readers.
Okay, yes, historical-conspiracy thriller plots can sound absurd, but with a skilful writer in charge, they can be very entertaining, and little bit edifying. This author is skilled in the art of conning the reader into accepting the unbelievable premise. He has experience, with several historical-conspiracy thrillers to his name. Readers get what they expect, and more. Unlike some authors in the genre, this writer has big issues in the background of all his books.
In The Devil Will Come, the nature of evil is examined. Is it learned? Is it a throwback to an earlier human era when a lack of conscience was an asset? Do sociopaths play any positive role in society? They hide in plain sight. They sit on company boards. They teach at universities. They play sports professionally. They hide their evil, but they are adept at spotting the like-minded. At the heart of the all the scary bits in The Devil Will Come is the fact that people who seek out power are rarely good-hearted.
The author takes the reader from Rome in the present-day, to Rome in the first century A.D., to Rome in the Middle Ages. Each period is credible, with historical facts to back up the author's depictions. An ancient prophecy of the supremacy of evil is at the heart of the plot. As always, there is a group that supports the evil, and there is a group that defends against the evil.
Our hero, or heroine, which is quite unique for this genre, is all that stands between good and evil. Well, not quite. The Italian nun has help from her uniquely helpful Italian family. And she has help from unexpected sources along the way to the climactic ending. The author pulls all the strands together in the end and creates a satisfying conclusion to the story.
The writing is clear and direct, with an unobtrusive omniscient narrator. The story flows smoothly, weaving together the stories from the past and present so we understand all there is to know, in the end. A special storyline set in Elizabethan England adds to story's uniqueness. I would have liked line breaks between scene changes, and fewer periods in place of commas, for greater clarity, but they may be added in future editions. There are some vulgarities, sex and nudity.
Are you interested in learning about Ancient Roman superstitions, early Christians, Roman astrology, Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe, the Roman Emperor Nero, and the source of human evil? If you are, then The Devil Will Come will keep you entertained.
Please read my full and illustrated review at my Italophile Book Reviews site.
Of most interest were the descriptions of the inner sanctum of the Basilica of Saint Peter and the Vatican, the labyrinthian mazes behind the facades -- both physically, politically, and mentally.
Better editing, or at least better formatting, would have certainly improved the readability of the narrative; judicious use of double-line breaks or * would have served to delineate clearly the time period in which the story advanced. Without them, it was difficult to follow the time sequence between scenes and the shifts from the present to the past and back again.
The only thing I had issues with was the editing. While reading a chapter I came across multiple changes in location and characters without any visual indications that I was reading about something different. I had a few "what is going on here? Where is he coming from?" moments. This does interrupt the reading experience.