Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Logic of Demons the Quest for Nadine's Soul by H.A. Goodman

Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine's SoulWhat would you do if the love of your life was murdered by a deranged killer? Would you become a vigilante and seek retribution? And would this revenge affect those you care for in the afterlife? LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul takes you on a journey inside the psyches of men and women forced to deal with the spiritual consequences of their decisions. Through the lives of a demon, two Angels, and a mysterious teenage girl, a plethora of politically and socially relevant issues ranging from the roots of genocide and sex trafficking to child conscription and religious fundamentalism are addressed in this fantasy thriller. Life as well as the afterlife converge in this novel to explain certain peculiarities of the human condition. Whether you are God fearing individual or an atheist, LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul addresses moral and theological issues of interest for people of all backgrounds. (From Amazon)

I received a free copy of this novel from the author but this in no way influenced my review.  As always I will give an honest review of the novel.  I was in no way compensated for the review.  I'm sorry, but reading the synopsis of this book would make me not want to read it.  It makes it sound boring, religious and preachy.  It isn't that way at all!

I really didn't know what to expect when I read the letter that came with the book from the author.  He seemed to be concerned about the graphic things that happened in the novel and the religious overtones.  But to me it was just a story and that's how I read it.  It didn't preach and really the sex trafficking and child conscription were not graphic and essential to the story line.  It wasn't inappropriate in any way.  So, to get to the meat of it.  The main character has been to hell and back in the last few weeks when the story opens up and he is on the edge.  He's considering taking justice into his own hands-vigilante style.  And how many times have we seen something on t.v. where a murderer is let go on a technicality and we've thought how we'd like him to get his on the streets.  But Devin, our main character finds himself in that same position and temptations is just to great.  He then finds himself in various places after he dies working to sell "The Formula" to various individuals without  thinking about it only focused on getting back to his wife Bridget and his unborn son.

Life handed him a hard lesson which he didn't learn and he's not learning it any better in the afterlife.  He's tested again and again.  Until he finally finds something to hang onto.  Everyone in the afterlife is bent on either selling Nadine the Formula or saving her soul, depending on which side of the afterlife you come from and who you work for.  So who is Nadine?  She's a young teenager, who lives with her alcoholic Uncle Gustav who does nothing but resent the fact that he has to take care of her because her father was killed in a drive by in a case of mistaken identity and her mother died in jail, a junkie.  She's very depressed and has a secret.  But she's also a very talented artist, drawing anime throughout most of her classes and lives for her meetings with her anime club on Thursdays during lunch.  It seems to be the only thing that brings her happiness.

Devin is dragged through hell, earth, heaven, hell, and many other places before he's finally put on trial for failing to find his moral compass in time.  Many surprises occur during the trial  and after but the true test comes down to the quest for Nadine's soul.  I had a problem with the ending.  I didn't mind how the characters were concluded, in fact it was very clever and unique. But Nadine was depressed to the point of suicide and it felt like the author resolved those feelings too easily.  Here is one quote, "With the help of her imagination, she had defeated the foundation of her sadness, the rationale of her deepest insecurities and darkest emotions."  It isn't a mind over matter thing.  Depression is a serious illness and suicide is the lowest point of  that depression.  At that point, your imagination doesn't help you out of it.  Intervention, medication therapy, friends, possibly a hospital stay, all of that is needed to bring you back from that threshold.  I know.  I've been there and it  isn't easy to get back from.  It's my only complaint with the novel. 

I thought it was a great story with a real twist at the end.  I never expected it and couldn't figure out how Nadine knew so much.  It was great to see Devin grow from such a selfish desire driven person to a person driven by good and belief in doing the right thing.  The author obviously has a great imagination to create such a twisted and complicated story, yet bring all the story lines to a satisfying end.  I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone that wants to read a great story.  It isn't religious in any way except for locale.  I would say there are some graphic scenes in it, but not sexual, more violent.  And unfortunately, true.

This is definitely an adult book or an older YA reader 17 or older.  There are scenes in it that are inappropriate for younger than that.  But it is definitely worth reading.  I'd read it again in a heartbeat and though it kind of taught a lesson, it didn't beat you over the head with it.  It was a very good story.  Just didn't like the dismissive way depression was treated.  Will I read other books by this author?  You bet!  He knows how to tell a story!

Heather in Sandwich


  1. It's nice to see that there are some good self-published books out there. My experiences with self-publishing haven't been great - I've read some truly attrocious writing.

    I'd was always of the opinion that if it wasn't published by traditional routes, then it probably wasn't worth reading - but then JK Rowling was turned down by a fair few publishers, so I guess there probably are a few unpublished gems!

  2. Yes, this is a quality book. I think it started out as therapy and turned into a really good story. I learned from it. And I don't know what his business is now or if he's religious. We didn't go into his personal life, but he was very nice to email back and forth with and the book is nice quality too. I'm reading another self published one for MG called Kevin's Point of View that the author was picked up by an agent was turned down twice and she rejected him and he simply self published because he is so busy,(he builds dams literally all over the world) he didn't have the time to shop it around. His local Borders carries it and who knows, maybe their buyer will pick it up. It's good so far.



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