Monday, May 13, 2013

The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper

I liked this book but I felt like some of the story was repeated often.  David is a professor whose studies John Milton and other works like his.  Milton is quoted over and over.  David is often depressed. So is his daughter but neither one acknowledges it.  A woman comes to his office and asks him to witness a phenomenon.  She gives to other explanation and then practically vanishes.  He gets home that
evening and his wife says shes is moving out.  So he takes his young daughter and goes off to Venice to witness the phenomenon. He goes to the address and sees a man.  The man is obviously possessed.  This cannot be because his whole career he says demons do not exist.  He records this visit and returns to the hotel.  It really freaks him out.  He quickly starts packing and arranges to go home.  Then Tess, his daughter is missing.  He finds her at the top of the hotel and realizes that she is not herself.  then she jumps off the building.  The rest of the book is about him trying to find her.  He knows she is not dead but not alive. Weird... I did not understand the ending.  Maybe I am just stupid.

Description form the author's site
Professor David Ullman’s expertise in the literature of the demonic—notably Milton’s Paradise Lost—has won him wide acclaim. But David is not a believer.
One afternoon he receives a visitor at his campus office, a strikingly thin woman who offers him an invitation: travel to Venice, Italy, witness a “phenomenon,” and offer his professional opinion, in return for an extravagant sum of money. Needing a fresh start, David accepts and heads to Italy with his beloved twelve year-old daughter Tess.
What happens in Venice will send David on an unimaginable journey from skeptic to true believer, as he opens himself up to the possibility that demons really do exist. In a terrifying quest guided by symbols and riddles from the pages of Paradise Lost, David attempts to rescue his daughter from the Unnamed—a demonic entity that has chosen him as its messenger.

Read an excerpt here.   This novel has been optioned by Robert Zemekis for a movie, according to B&N.

Pages: 285

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