My love for all things frightening was satiated with these books! It's unlike anything I've read in a long while and I was more than honored to be a part of a feedback team! This series is about many people, but one in particular. His name is Matthew Paladin. A man with many demons, but also does his best to fight them! He's an Exorcist and works for The Church but there's nothing conventional concerning their methods. Dressed like Neo and the crew of Matrix, he's loaded down with weapons of all sorts... blessed by the Pope himself! This story is a wild ride! On to the reviews!
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The summary for Devil's Garden is as follows:
The Paladin Sequence is an introduction to a world on the brink of apocalypse. Told through the eyes of Matthew Paladin, an exorcist who knows all too well what it means to be a thrall to an infernal force, the Paladin Sequence is a retrospective account of the events that have led Matthew to the end of what seems to be mankind’s best hope for salvation....
This story is amazing because you don't just get to know why things are happening but how. As the reader you're introduced to key players that bring to you a visual, sometimes bloody, how Paladin is to battle against Original Evil.
Tuck carefully developed histories and personalities that are both tortured and full of faith to do what they're required to do to help all that are lost and ignorant to what's happening around them. I personally loved Gerald Ironblood's story. Not only did he go up against The demon and fail; he sulked then came back like Rocky Balboa and blew it away... for a while. Paladin's story is deeper and as you travel across and around the world, you find out just how much research and planning went into this book.
I was amazed, grossed out and encouraged to read until it ended... Or did it?
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
I've never read a series that gave me goosebumps before. Never have I ever doubted my own faith and wondered if I'd be strong enough to resist, should I not make the first wave of The Rapture. This book is frightening!
Devil's Night summary:
Devil’s Night takes us into a mystery from Gerald Ironblood’s past. One of his mentors has made a deathbed request, swearing Gerald to secrecy about a scandal that racked the church fifty years ago. It is not over yet. Leaving Matthew in St. Louis, Gerald travels to Detroit, joining forces with a dying priest, a discredited Fire Chief, and a pair of warrior nuns to try to stop the past from claiming more lives in the future. But all is not as it seems.
Book two of the Paladin Sequence is just as powerful as the first. The very beginning alone, will make you cringe- exorcisms are no joke and I'm speaking from experience as a witness: The Exorcist, The Omen, The Possession, Dominion- you know I know what I'm talking about!. I'm a professional, but this book took me places I never imagined!
The flow of the story didn't change, making it feel as though I was just reading a rather large story than another book. The flashbacks and informational pieces added to the novel in every way- never hindering, which displayed Tuck's great skill. He also showed how much more serious he was with his research. The knowledge poured into this story is impeccable and compared to the designing of the LOTR stories! (You can learn more on Tuck's techniques with my audio interview, posted in my Adventures and Mistakes blog.)
Characters are flawed but flawless, action is non-stop, even when necessary bits of slowed in order to educate the reader. It's so freaking amazing that I think I spooked myself a couple of times, due to my heightened imaginary senses, thanks to Tuck's gift of writing. Any reader would be spooked by this book- I'm not kidding. Then you'll find yourself conflicted as you obtain a deeper look into those who are seen as the antagonists and who the protagonists are. I referred to this story magnanimous, when sharing with a friend one day, because it just is! There's a place for open forgiveness, but also straight up castigation! It's one where you won't know which side to stand on.
So please, check out Lance Tuck's Paladin Sequence: Devil's Garden and Devil's Night. When you read them, keep your bible's nearby. You will be spooked! On to the next series! 📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
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