The Devil's Tale (Paperback)
|Author: Dan Wick|
This is an extraordinary book. It is funny, suspenseful, and intelligent. It reads like a spy novel, full of international intrigue both current and in various historic periods, but the controlling players are not governments but Lucifer and his son Loki (in disguise as Roger O. Thornhill). Above all, the book is devilishly witty, and provides a satiric commentary on politics and religion. Many times I just had to laugh out loud. This book has something for everyone. To the average reader like me, The Devil's Tale is simply an entertaining book. For those seeking an intellectual challenge, the book has an added bonus. The author covers a tremendous range of topics in many fields, makes reference to many texts (some esoteric), and uses an enormous vocabulary with numerous obscure words.
Most Brilliant Novel in Recent Years7/12/2006
Far more than just a novel of pure enjoyment, The Devil's Tale is also a first-rate satire that cleverly skewers, among other targets, the Bush/Cheney administration. It is a profound exploration of the nature of evil and a dazzling display of wit and wordplay. Especially entertaining to me are the aphorisms that Wick inserts at apropos moments in the narrative. Examples: "A terrorist is one who thinks locally and acts globally"; "He never met a mirror he didn't like." Like Michael Chabon, Wick constructs the high purpose of his novel around a pop cultural framework that includes forays into detective fiction, spy thrillers, and science fiction, just to name a few of the genres he explores. In short, The Devil's Tale is a novel that is fun, challenging, and unforgettable.