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Publisher's Summary

Fans of The Historian won't be able to put down this spellbinding literary horror story in which a Columbia professor must use his knowledge of demonic mythology to rescue his daughter from the Underworld.
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 12-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.
©2013 Andrew Pyper (P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By David on 03-20-13

The Hardy Boys meet Indiana Jones...

...and not in a good way.

How can a story that features a depressive professor who is summoned to a mysterious house in Venice and then gets led on a supernatural road trip POSSIBLY be so lame?

The idea is better than the novel. It just sounds so good. In truth, despite occasional points of very high interest, I found myself sitting and thinking "Ummmm...what?" at some of the things that happened.

The ending of the book is completely unsatisfying and is the logical conclusion to a book that started out with great promise and then slowly flops to the floor with an "audible" thump.

I expect that, if you're like me, you're going to get this one anyway. Great title. Great synopsis.

Just keep in mind: I TRIED to warn you.

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5 out of 5 stars
By David Shear on 04-04-13

Good story if you ignore "The Historian" reference

Author Andrew Pyper needs a new marketing manager. He has two books on and both have bad reviews because the description of the book doesn't match the actual book. The comparison to the great book "The Historian" is absurd as this book is nothing like it. However, this is a great story when put in proper context.
I chose this book because of the reference to "The Historian," so was surprised when it got really scary fairly quickly. I often listen to books as I fall asleep and I couldn't do that with this one. There are a lot of scary moments in this book.
The story is good. It's multi-dimensional so you care about the main character. The addition of both "good" and "evil" possible super-natural encounters made me ride along with, and cheer for, the main character as he continued to leap into new freaky situations.
If you stumble across this book and can manage to ignore the comparison to the gorgeous work-of-art that is "The Historian" and begin listening with the expectation of a fun, guilty-pleasure of a horror story, you'll enjoy it.

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