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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Prayer For The Devil

A graduate of Fordham University, Dale Allan has held several senior positions in Fortune 250 companies and has traveled the world.  As a black belt in martial arts, an avid fly fisherman, a political junkie, and a devout Christian, he writes storylines that reflect his diverse life.
When Dale was just twelve years old, his father was murdered while away on an extended business trip.  A week before, Dale had struggled to write a letter updating him on the family's activities.  When his father was buried with the handwritten note in his pocket, Dale fully understood the power of writing.
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Twin brothers Luke and Aaron Miller could not lead more different lives.  Aaron, a rising political star who manages the campaign of a man many believe will be the nation's next president, embraced his father's Jewish heritage.  Luke, on the other hand, honored his mother's faith and entered the Catholic priesthood.  When Aaron and the candidate he supports are killed in a bombing at a presidential stump speech, the Miller family's core is destroyed.
Luke is tempted to break his promise to God and reassess his own sense of right and wrong.  What sort of priest carries a concealed weapon?  How can he judge others when he himself has strayed so far from the flock?
Luke's comfortable life in Boston collides with the faraway world of the Middle East as he sets out on a journey to unravel the truth behind Aaron's murder.  Will he take an eye for an eye?

My Thoughts:
A Prayer For The Devil is my first Dale Allan novel to read, but it won't be my last!  I was literally sucked into the story of Aaron and Luke from the very first page.  Allan has written a book with just about everything:  political intrigue, heart pounding mystery, struggle with faith, cultural dissonance, and painful family dynamics.  The story is fast-paced and the plot construction is amazing.  The characters are well developed and woven into the action fluently.  The ending leaves you gasping for more and screams...SEQUEL PLEASE!
Some readers may be taken back by some of the mild expletives in the book.  I was not because the language is used in a proper context and I did not get the sense the author used this language simply for "shock" value.  In the majority of times where the expletives were used, they were voiced by the character in a situation you would expect such language to come.
*I received a complimentary signed copy of the book from the author through The Book Club Network in exchange for this review.  The opinions voiced about the book are my own.

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Happy Reading,