Book One -- The Perfect Prophet series
by Diane M. Johnson
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Pub Date 03 Sep 2018 | Archive Date 05 Jul 2023
When atheistic death-metal guitarist Alec is shot on stage by a Satanic fan, his miraculous recovery inspires a change in his beliefs about God. But when he returns to his hometown to make amends with his family, he discovers that his strictly religious and abusive father has dark secrets that involve Alec and his role in a local Satanic cult. Perfect Prophet is a dark, supernatural thriller where normal people who question the existence of God must choose what roles they will play in a battle over an unlikely savior's soul.
Book one of the Perfect Prophet series is back on NetGalley for a limited time. Look for book two -- Prophet Reborn, and the final chapter of the trilogy -- Perfect Sacrifices coming soon.
"Verdict: PERFECT PROPHET features a strong plot, with multiple twists and turns, and will appeal to fans of straight-edge God vs. simplistic Satanic cult stories."
-- IndieReader Rating - 3.9 -- IndieReader
Key Take Away: "...Diane M. Johnson was dead-on with her narrative and ability to hold the theme, message, and spirit that I believe she intended." If you feel like me, and it has been a long time since you read or even watched a wholesome "saint vs. sinner" story, please take a look at this one...there's something nostalgic to it. You'll get what you expect in a good way. 9 out of 10 Hail Marys."
-- Alex Ganon -- Bear Hill Review
"An edgy, swiftly paced thriller... The author truly excels at character development..."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"Perfect Prophet melds elements of thriller, horror, and the supernatural into one fascinating tale that is as edgy as it is dark. You can't put it down."
Romuald Dzemo -- Reader's Favorite
"...Pulsing with blood and pentagrams, murder and faith healing, Alec's decidedly adult journey is not for the faint of heart... The crisp, to-the-point prose, engaging characters, and pacing of revelations will keep the pages turning... leaving mysteries for the second book... Johnson takes matters of the soul as seriously as the thrills, and does a miraculous job of weaving ideas and suspense as Alec...questions the beliefs that are foundational to life... Takeaway: A dark adult thriller of faith, prophecy, and a murderous Satanic cult, crafted to keep readers guessing."
-- Publishers Weekly, Booklife division
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Average rating from 30 members
I am the Resurrection, and I am the Light
So says Jesus. And Ian Brown. But not Alec Lowell, lead guitarist in ‘The Great’ and the antagonistic protagonist of Diane M. Johnson’s second novel, an atheistic anarchist who finds himself thrust into the centre of the ultimate Light vs Dark battle.
This story plays out as a supernatural mystery, fantastical elements of black magic and miracles running alongside the classic ‘Whodunnit’ (or rather, Whoissit) of the true persona of The Man, Ashland’s satanic cult leader. The reader is taken on a journey of theological debate and personal struggle as Alec survives a bullet that should surely have killed him, returns home to his family and begins to uncover the secrets of his devoutly religious father.
I found the language and style of writing a little heavy going at times, and this novel took several evenings of perseverance to complete. The subject matter, as any type of theology, requires more than comfy slippers and a mug of hot chocolate to fully devour and appreciate, and I felt the great time leaps between Alec’s major life incidents confusing at times. The idea of an entire town being composed of Satanists, and not knowing who (including law enforcement) to trust came across very intensely, and had me ‘edge of my seat’-ing as if I were watching a Final Girl trying to survive the night in a classic horror film.
Overall, I really enjoyed Perfect Prophet, if I could suspend my disbelief at the darkest of dark magicks taking place in a small town in Wisconsin, of all places. And The Great singer Cleo’s propensity to call everyone ‘hon.’ If you’re after something with a little more meat than your standard mystery thriller, I would recommend giving this a try. But keep a clear head and an open mind as you go!
I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.