The Devil's Calling

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Pub Date 18 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2022
Greenleaf Book Group, Greenleaf Book Group Press

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Dive into the second entry in Mike Kelley’s spellbinding trilogy, with freethinking literature professor Sean Byron McQueen returning for another high-stakes adventure.

It’s been nine years since Sean Byron McQueen and quantum physics professor Emily Edens—aka M—discovered his murdered best friend’s Theory of Everything. Now, Sean and M live a near-idyllic life on the campus of a college they’ve established for young women. M’s teaching of the new paradigm-shifting theory of constant creation has made her a rock-star scientist.

When Sean’s missing spiritual guide, Juno—believed to have been abducted by aliens that are targeting enlightened beings—sends him a telepathic message that his beloved and illuminated M is also in danger, Sean becomes hypervigilant in order to protect her.

Meanwhile, troubling AI-produced literature begins arriving in Sean’s inbox, and the culprit may be an ex-CIA operative with the code name Guru who is intent on revenge. Sean presumes the Guru is also the mastermind behind Genesis, a super-intelligent Russian computer that will connect humans via a network of direct brain-to-brain links. Genesis is seen as the next evolutionary step by the wired-in nation (WiN), a group determined to create a New Society. Are the Guru and WiN after M,who is determined to ensure the ethical rollout of the dangerous “hive-mind” technology, or are the threats figments of Sean’s vivid imagination—his superpower and curse?
Dive into the second entry in Mike Kelley’s spellbinding trilogy, with freethinking literature professor Sean Byron McQueen returning for another high-stakes adventure.

It’s been nine years since...

Advance Praise

“Michael Kelley has delivered a mystical techno-thriller that examines the difficulty of living a peaceful and spiritual life side-by-side with technologies that can strip us of humanity and enable the forces of evil in the world. You’ll want to stop reading so you can catch your breath, but you won’t be able to. It’s that kind of page-turner.”

—Laura Manning Johnson, former CIA WMD analyst and DHS all threats and hazards planner, current adjunct professor at Georgetown University

“The Devil’s Calling is a brilliant and heart-pounding, epic saga of metaphysical science fiction. It’s a journey of self-realization and a cautionary tale for generations to come; the kind of book that hooks you from the start and never lets go until the final sentence of the final page. This sci-fi story pits human-based intelligence against automated thought.”

—John J. Kelly, Detroit Free Press

“This is a wondrous novel on so many levels, not the least of which is an affinity with the great novelists of the century: the work of a master artist is evident on every page and lingers in the mind long after reading! The adventure propels along with voracious but eloquent speed in exploring all manner of scientific concepts and theories in a way that embraces mystery, sci-fi, magical realism, romance, philosophy, spirituality, and poetry, as well as some fine asides about culture.”

—Grady Harp, Top 100 Amazon Hall of Fame reviewer

“Well, dear reader, this incredible story is guaranteed to ignite questions in your mind, questions that can only be answered with the passing of time. However, I can guarantee that as you find yourself hurtling toward the last page, nothing will prepare you for the final paragraph of this truly outstanding book. Michael Kelley, in this incredible work of science fiction, asks, ‘Can free will and AIs truly live in harmony?’”

—Susan Keefe, Midwest Book Review and Columbia Review of Books & Film

“Michael Kelley takes the reader into the characters’ lives nine years later in the thrilling sci-fi adventure The Devil’s Calling. Kelley brilliantly continues to develop the protagonists’ personalities and relationships amid the progression of the story and interactions with both new characters, life-altering situations, and entanglements with future-science phenomena.”

—Chris Cordani, host, Book Spectrum

“Many writers have a daunting task ahead of them to produce a sequel to a complex and involved first novel, especially one as intriguing as The Lost Theory. Michael Kelley has risen to the occasion with an equally compelling thriller that finds new and exciting ways to raise the stakes and push the development of established characters in different directions.”

—K.C. Finn, Readers’ Favorite

“Michael Kelley has delivered a mystical techno-thriller that examines the difficulty of living a peaceful and spiritual life side-by-side with technologies that can strip us of humanity and enable...


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Featured Reviews

this was a strong sequel in Mike Kelley's series about Sean Byron McQueen, I really enjoyed the first book in the series so I was glad I was able to read this book. It was a great techno-thriller plot going on and I was invested in what was going on in the world. I enjoyed getting back to know the charatcers in this world and am glad it was another well written story.

“Ethics and restraint on R&D can do that. Silvio claims Neurotech is subject to the highest ethical and medical standards. But where’s the oversight? Where’s the control?” She saw my prayer hands and raised me a determined smile. “But . . . Russia. AI. It may be the Guru. You know that’s where he went.”

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Overall, excellent characters, brilliant and vivid descriptions, well paced plotting, a terrific hook and a very satisfying ending. I look forwards very much to reading next book in this addictive series.

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This was a new author for me . I never read anything from this author before but for the most part I really liked this book. I thought the whole story was amazing. I honestly didn’t want this book to end. I can’t wait to see what this author comes up with on the next book they write. I usually judge a book from the cover because for me it shows if it’s going to be interesting or not and I loved the book.

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This was a new author for me . I never read anything from this author before but for the most part I really liked this book. I thought the whole story was amazing. I honestly didn’t want this book to end. I can’t wait to see what this author comes up with on the next book they write. I usually judge a book from the cover because for me it shows if it’s going to be interesting or not and I loved the book.

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