By: E.C. Fisher
Length: 238 Pages
Release Date: Aug. 16th, 2017
What if the Bible was a con devised by none other than Lucifer himself? What if The Rapture came, and it was a trick? In E.C. Fisher’s biblical thriller The Deceived, it is the devil who is behind religion, and everyone from Adam and Eve on up are in the thrall of his lies. But as the End of Days plays out on Earth—a ploy designed by Lucifer to give the world to his followers—the archangel Michael is sent down to earth from heaven, where he must battle the devil to save God’s children—not to mention the planet. As God lays dying in heaven, and Lucifer kidnaps Michael’s soulmate, Ari-el—Michael must face not only the potential of demons overtaking earth, but the loss of both his Father and his one true love. Armed with the Sword of the Spirit, forged from God’s own powerful wings, Michael sets out to destroy the Antichrist, and thereby bring an end to the deadly masquerade that is Lucifer’s religion.
Written with the verve of a contemporary adventure fantasy, and the deep, complex knowledge of a religious thriller, The Deceived is a harrowing tale that reflects the rifts and tensions of our modern political moment. This is the story of Revelations that you do not know, but one that you will not be able to put down.
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So this may all come out at once, but I have 2 pages of notes I wrote on this book, so I will try my hardest to sort my thoughts out so they come out clearly and not the writings of a mad woman.
When I first read the outline of this book, I for some reason was expecting it to be the journey of the war between Lucifer and God, with Lucifer obviously winning the battle. But that was not the case. In fact, it was my own miss reading that caused me to think this because as I came back to the recap I realized that Lucifer already has the throne and Michael is there to reclaim what was stolen. So I wanted to clarify that.
The Deceived has a lot of positives going for it and I will get them last because I want that to be your final impression of the book. But for now here are my dislikes. I know that it may not be the same for everyone but for me (it is my review) this is them.
The cover…..I know, I know “Never judge a book by its cover”, but it’s there and well… I think after reading this book this cover doesn’t match the inner workings. I know how this may come out as harsh but it makes the book feel too juvenile. Like R.L. Stine Goosebumps should be the prime target for this book. That is not the case though. This book is definitely meant for adults I’d say late teens + and this cover just doesn’t say that.
UPDATE : OCT 6th, 2017
I received word from the Author E.C. Fisher that a new cover is in the works. The one on the left is the original cover while the one on right is the new cover. I think this fits the books so much more. I love the contrast of dark Lucifer on the smoky red background and the intensity of the eyes boring into you. Lets not forget the fallen wings torn from him and covered in blood that highlights our author name.
I love details, the more the better. Seriously if you make it come alive in my head as I’m reading you’re golden in my book. While the author was great at providing details it almost felt as if there was a checklist of items that had to be ticked off. Here’s a brief example. “…Light blue jacket with a dark shirt that had some type of logo on it scrawled in yellow. His jeans were tattered around the knees and his black leather boots were scuffed. He had a medium-length dirty-blonde hair with brown eyes.” Just about any character that came into the scene was marked off as such Pants [X], shirt [X], shoe [X], hair [X], eyes [X]. While it’s great I knew what everyone was wearing during every scene I think the author could have intermixed the descriptions in with the storyline better. The play out of Vegas was my favorite and also my least favorite because you met 7 new faces and the checklist appeared 7 times making it rough. Now with that said the author did a commendable job with his settings with the exception of the ARCs which also just became a blurb of a generic rundown of the underground bunkers. This made it hard for me to enjoy the book, I dreaded the arrival of new cast and the rundowns (as I began to call them). Like I said I love details but I don’t think it was offered in a way the allowed it to flow with the storyline, it felt stopped and abruptly given to me. This was my main thing, this is the main reason for the 4 stars, the reason why I couldn’t find the book to be amazing. The other reason was the ever so quickly pairing off with couples which seemed to not only be impractical but forced and unnecessary.
Now that I got that out-of-the-way on to what I did like. I loved that the author chose a topic that usually isn’t one that is touched on, Lucifer winning…well it’s untold. Lucifer attempting is told all the time but Lucifer actually being in control is not. ( At least I haven’t read it anywhere.) E.C. Fisher methodically took the Bible without seriously changing the Bible and showed how it could be construed to benefit Lucifer and his half truce.
The ever Heroic Michael was superbly written giving him an ethereal warrior. I know not something that really goes to together, but it is what it is. He’s an Archangel, he kind sweet & pure but badass at the same time. The visions you get when Michael slams his sword into the ground basking himself and his companions in the light, that is how you get an ethereal warrior. Everyone knows of Katniss from Hunger Games and Tris from Divergent, well I’d Jude can fall right in line with them. Being of strong, powerful and willed women which any girl would love to look up too. Drew & Peter offer a relationship that is unique given the circumstances that they have faced, their relationship shows a side of humanity that only can be found in siblings. But by far, hands down, wish there was more of him Bartholomew was my absolute favorite character. He is that friend who is always at your house and essentially is family. The one who just walks in without knocking grabs his own plate of food without asking and gives your kid brother a hard time just like you. Maybe I like him because he felt genuine, Not saying the other character didn’t, but he felt real.
The author nicely handles topics of sensitive nature like down syndrome (which I noted as being horrendously beautiful) and homosexuality. Both topics didn’t seem forced upon the reader and were covered gracefully while incorporating into the plot and not detaching from it.
I don’t know this author, but I would say that based on the description of the military gear this author is or was in some way affiliated with the military. The talking of the MRAPs made me positively giddy.
So the battle scene, with a book about angels vs demons you’d expected to find battle scenes that a superbly written, engulfing you in the storm that is brought down to Earth with the Four Horseman. You’d want to be there in the center of the action as if you yourself have defeated the enemy alongside your comrades. Well…..You most certainly will not be disappointed when it comes to the action shots. Not in the least bit.
I would say this book is a clash between the movie Legion (2010) and the hit show The Walking Dead (swap the zombies with demons). This was an exceptionally good book, in fact, I spent date night talking about it over dinner (my poor husband, he doesn’t understand my love of books). My husband did, however, say that he would love to see this in a film.
Cautionary warning: After reading this book you will never be able to look at a super soaker the same way. You will see as more than a super soaker. You have been warned.
Overall I would say put this at the top of your TBR (to be read) list. You won’t be disappointed with this biblical thriller.
And incase you need more convincing here is the second book trailer.
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