Book Two -- The Perfect Prophet series
by Diane M. Johnson
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Pub Date 25 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 14 Jul 2023
Failed satanic high priest Lucas seeks redemption for his sins in a Christian commune, until the commune leader learns of Lucas' past as well as his connection to a celebrity faith healer who is rumored to be an atheist. Lucas must now prove his spiritual worth in order to remain a member of the commune. In order to save himself, he must save someone else, but his warped sense of right and wrong puts the faith healer and his family in mortal danger.
'Prophet Reborn' is a thrill filled sequel to Diane M. Johnson's 'Perfect Prophet' that raises questions about the morals people value, and those they do not by telling the story of two brothers who are anything but perfect.
Book two of the Perfect Prophet series is back on NetGalley for a limited time. Look for book one -- Perfect Prophet -- also on NetGalley, and the final chapter of the trilogy -- Perfect Sacrifices coming soon.
A Note From the Publisher
"In the second book of... Johnson’s epic, uncommonly thoughtful saints-and-sinners-and-Satanists thriller series, the focus shifts to Lucas, a young man raised “to be the leader of a new generation of classic satanic thought,” who in The Perfect Prophet had been tasked with fulfilling a “Black Book” prophecy by killing his brother, Alec, the atheist death metal guitarist turned faith healer who served as the first book’s protagonist... Now, shaken by the apparent reality of his brother’s miracles... Lucas, scion of the New Church of Satan, seeks redemption at a living-off-the-land Christian commune as Johnson examines the fallout—in emotional, practical, and theological terms—of the first book’s bold cult horror... This engaging sequel will please fans of the first book open to big questions, challenging developments, less ritual violence—and, just maybe, a happy ending..."
-- Publishers Weekly, Booklife division
"Brothers clash, seeking mercy and redemption, with the help -- and hindrance -- of divine intervention in Diane M. Johnson's PROPHET REBORN, the sequel to PERFECT PROPHET...[Johnson] delivers a detailed portrait of two brothers in spiritual crisis. Lucas struggles to redeem his past, while Alec is crushed by responsibilities (both divine and earthly)... Spiritual questions abound... from Reverend Light's religion-for-profit to Reverend Adonis's religion-for-power. Alec and Lucas may be sinners, but they don't deserve the existential torment heaped upon them. Johnson's God can be cruel, and, at times, as terrifyingly indifferent as any of Lovecraft's unholy deities... A white-knuckle thrill ride..."
-- 4.2 out of 5 stars -- an IndieReader Approved read." -- Rob Errera, IndieReader
"In this supernatural sequel, a faith healer and his son become targets of a dangerous, misguided man searching for redemption... A dark but exhilarating tale of black magic and religious fanatics."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"...Author Diane M. Johnson has created a highly engaging and disturbing horror novel that ticks plenty of boxes for fans of the genre. One of the things I particularly liked... was the close psychological focus on the central figure, which allows us to get into his head and see where things are going to go wrong even before they happen... Overall, I would definitely recommend Prophet Reborn for fans of the first book in the series, but also for intense horror fans in general."
-- K.C. Finn, Readers' Favorite
Average rating from 6 members
When I read Perfect Prophet last year, I kept hoping there would be a sequel. The book had left off perfectly for a sequel and while I had a feeling there would be one, I wasn’t positive. I was glad I was right.
Prophet Reborn picks up a bit after Perfect Prophet leaves off and this time, the book focuses more on Lucas, who wants to see if he can be redeemed for the things he’s done in his past. He has a pretty good idea that he can’t but he at least wants to try.
While he doesn’t exactly go about getting his redemption in the right way, I can relate to Lucas. I think many of us can. While most of us haven’t done anything as bad as Lucas, we should all be able to relate to wanting redemption and not being sure we can get it. I’m sure a lot of us have also gone about getting our redemption the wrong way.
As with the first book, the book is well written. I found the book to be action packed and difficult to put down, just like the first one. Sometimes you get the “sophomore slump” where a second book just doesn’t live up to the hype of the first. This book isn’t that way.
We do see Alec, Lindy, and Jake in the book as well. There are some issues with the family and frankly, it’s nice to see a perspective that isn’t just the normal “Oh we’re having issues.” The issues aren’t tied to just infidelity, alcohol, or drugs, but also to Alec’s neurotic behavior.
There’s also a huge twist in the book that I honestly didn’t expect at all. It’s a great book that is difficult to describe without giving spoilers.
If you like a good mystery, thriller, or horror novel, I’d say this duo is for you. I actually kind of hope there will be a third book, just because I want to see how life turns out for all of the characters.