A religious and historical Mystery that puts Dan Brown to shame

The Devil’s Prayer Kindle Edition

I received an ARC in return for an honest review.

A marvelous, creepy combo of I Spit on Your Grave, a Katherine Neville mystery and Umberto Eco.

Siobhan’s mother abandoned her 6 years ago, leaving nothing behind to explain why. That is until a nun hangs herself in front of thousands during a Holy Week. That nun, who spent the last 6 years under a vow of silence in a Convent that makes Opu Dei look like a trip to Disney World, was her mother, who left behind a confession explaining a secret and offering Siobhan a choice that no one should have to make.

Garcia is a brilliant storyteller, giving us the most complex character, Denice – the monther, through her own written confession. And at every turn and every twist, we need to ask is she telling the truth or did her experience send her mad? Is she a reliable narrator? Is the choice she is forcing her daughter to make real?

Siobhan herself is less of the central character than her mother and her sister, Jess is more of shadow, but with the dark story of Denice and Jess’s possible father, this doesn’t matter.

Mr. Garcia also masterfully links signs, symbols and prophecies with events that happened in the late 90’s and the early part of the 21st century. He clearly is highly informed in terms of occult culture, literature and traditions throughout the world. He somehow combines Revelations, Saint Malachy, Nostradamus with ancient Chinese traditional prophecies and compares them with the natural disasters and astral event that have taken place in the last 20 years. Dan Brown had a similar and in my opinion, a far lesser talent in combining art and Joseph Campbell symbological studies to create a mystery. Where Mr. Brown’s always leads forward in a clear understandable line with a professor in place of a dectective, Mr. Garcia does keep us guessing as two women, one alive, well and confused the other, her dead mother who believes that she must stop the end of the world through a singular sacrifice.

With historical and occultic information, we are lead on a journey across the world. And left with a cliffhanger.

I could honestly do a dissertation on the religious symbolism and history alone, but I’m getting far too intellectual in this review.

The chase is exciting and you will always be left with the question of is it real or is it insanity? Is there a Devil and what effect does he have on this world?

5 out of 5



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