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It is the time of the Dark Ages. A gravedigger works in the moor late one night to assemble a grotesque book by the light of a torch. On its papyrus pages are the spells of a demon to be bound in the wood of a Sorcerer's Tree before being covered in the hide of a wolf.
Completing his task, the book helps the man become the head of the most powerful - and most feared - family in a land to become known as Scotland. Fifteen hundred years later, a dishonest merchant attends a book sale held far from his place of business in London. There he sees and steals a nearly ancient tome with a title that links it directly to hell. But he has no real idea of what he has just done, that what he has taken is possessed, a book that is aware of its environment, a book that can see and hear those around it, a book knows who is in the room and who is speaking, a book that will grant its reader anything he wants if it so chooses no matter how gluttonous or vile the request, no matter who gets hurt or who dies.
Selling the book three times, it is returned three times within just days of the sale, its terrified owners claiming supernatural occurrences were observed in their own homes. And one of those customers, a woman nearly killed by the book, happens to be the wife of an Oxford University theologian that also possesses a deep knowledge of occult beliefs and practices. But before Dr. Peter Ashford can carry out his plan to destroy the book, to his disbelief and panic, it goes missing. The man is thrust into a race against time to find the demonic book, encountering two antagonists...one human, one not.
In a frantic effort to track it down, Peter must make sense of mysterious clues and codes, solve a baffling cryptogram, avoid a deadly cloud of legend while trying to escape the control of a strange man with dark green eyes that do not belong to him. He lives alone in a castle so haunted that residents fifty miles away will not even speak of it. From this man Peter learns more of the missing book, of the gruesome history of the castle in which he finds himself, the flesh-eating revenants that inhabit it and murderous stone statues that can come to life. He also learns to his horror that within the book he seeks is a secret. And if unlocked, the most powerful archdevil of hell will be unleashed on earth - an archdevil that is not Satan.
Someone far away uses the book for the first time. The result is horrific. People begin to die and then by the hundreds. And how they die cannot be explained by any science known to man, their deaths coming to scare even police forensic investigators. Time is running out. Peter is humanity's only hope for rescue. Nearly losing his life several times as he struggles to locate the book that will try to stop him at all costs, the man is drawn into hell itself as he races to prevent a satanic Armageddon.
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King of the Nine Hells is as eerie as its cover and title suggest.like nothing you've ever read before. And without vampires, werewolves or zombies.There are enough of those elsewhere. This is an utterly original work of dark fantasy, much different in storyline and utterly unpredictable, far more so than anyone would expect. I invite you to compare it to anything written by your favorite author of fantasy, dark fantasy or horror. The narrative is relentless, the characters utterly believable and the supernatural scenes described within only grow in scale, complexity and sophistication. (Trust me - some of the netherworldly scenes presented in this book will startle/scare/shock you and could well challenge a Hollywood special effects team.) The conclusion is no less than frantic, a heart-pounding conclusion that will cause you to tear through the final pages -- if you can stand the tension!
The novel was subtly inspired by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series but in no way imitates her characters or storylines. And also in no way was it written for children. Far too intense and frightening. No joke and no exaggeration. A very high-concept tale that will repeatedly engage and captivate the reader. As a TOP 500 Amazon reviewer stated, 'this is a book that demands your attention.'
Please note that a Barnes& Noble bookstore manager took the time to read this tale (and my ghost story for women, Hell's Shadows). He (and his two assistant managers) enjoyed them so much that both novels were ordered and shelved right next to the works of Stephen King. When asked to compare King of the Nine Hells to the works of Mr. King, the store manager paused for several seconds and then replied in one word. "Better.'
Please enjoy this with my best wishes!
P.S. Wish to point out the softcover version of this novel offers artwork and fonts not available per the e-book. If you wish to read this novel with the enhancements noted that provide FAR more character and eeriness, strongly consider choosing the story in book form. As one review site noted, with the fonts embodied in the story, they make one feel as though they are 'stepping into an entirely different world.'
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1480290572
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