Sympathy For The Devil is the very original story about a fallen angel who decided it was time to change his world, find his way home, and create anew…in his own image.
“He showed me things, ways of doing things, ways to live, ways to make magic. Now I know you may not believe me when I tell you this, but I’m not talking about tricks, oh no, I mean real magic. Magic that can make things happen, magic that can actually manifest things into reality. He gave me everything and he never asked for anything in return, almost.” – Sympathy For The Devil
On an ordinary Saturday afternoon, Mr. Homan, an old man at a young age because of a mystery illness, was on his way home from watching a local baseball game. After falling and nearly drowning in a simple puddle in the street, Mr. Homan is saved by a mysterious stranger known as the Master. The Master offers Mr. Homan more than just a helping hand, he offers Mr. Homan his health and his life back, but at a price.
In a city like this, another murder would be business as usual, but there was nothing usual about this murder to investigator Donavan Diego because what the public didn’t know was that this murder was only one of over thirty in a series of slayings that police still had only two leads on. The first lead was the nameless John Doe who was the only victim to somehow survive one of the vicious attacks. However, the attack left John Doe mangled, locked up in an insane asylum, and refusing to speak. The other lead was the first suspect and the person who police realized knew most of the victims, at least most of the ones that could be identified. That person and first suspect was Donavan Diego himself and it was all part of the Master’s plan.
Over eight years in the making, Sympathy For The Devil is a gripping mystery unlike anything you have ever read with tons of twists that will keep you mesmerized until the very last sentence. However, at the heart and soul of Sympathy For The Devil is a unique story of fighting for what you must against all odds and personal evolution.
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My Thoughts on Sympathy for the Devil
First, the title itself cued the Rolling Stones song in my head right away. It pretty much stayed there throughout all 540 pages of this astonishing novel. I was drawn to the story because I’ve always felt a little bad for the devil in Christian mythology. I mean, without him, we wouldn’t have knowledge, right? I prefer my knowledge along with the pain of life over stumbling around in a garden any day. So yeah, I guess you could say I have sympathy for the devil. Well, I would if I believed in him anyway. Pagan here, no devil in my religion.
Second, as other reviewers have said, it is virtually impossible to tell you about this book without completely killing the plot for you. Let me just tell you that it’s a mystery, but like no other. Just when you think maybe you have it all figured out, things will suddenly change and you’ll be left sorting through the clues once again. It’s kind of like watching Lost, but with a much more satisfying ending (yes, all these years later I am still incredibly bitter about that!). While it comes in at over 500 pages, you’ll enjoy reading it so much that you won’t even notice when hours pass and it’s way past your bedtime!
If you enjoy a good mystery with a supernatural twist and have the patience to wait to find out what’s really going on, I highly recommend this book.
Gregg Levine has been writing short stories for himself all of his life. His debut novel, Sympathy For The Devil, has been something he has been working on for just as long. Having the general concept of Sympathy For The Devil in his mind for years since college, Gregg started but never finished many stories that he felt just weren’t telling the story in the way it was meant to be told. However, through the seeds of trial and error that had been planted in those unfinished stories and eventually a series of connected events, the full idea for Sympathy For The Devil spawned and eight years later Gregg finally finished writing it.
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