Every once in a while, God and Lucifer visit the earth and make a wager. Now it’s time for the next one; the most daring yet, and quite possibly the last. “This venture to live as men for a full year had been such a hilarious idea to start with. Prove Abe wrong… again… then head back to their respective domains and gloat about it forever. Only it hadn’t worked out that way. Things were different now. Having omniscient sight removed from him actually made Nick see things more clearly than he ever had. There’s harm in getting too close to a picture, but a different sort of harm comes from getting too far away from it.” What starts as a simple contest becomes something more as their newfound humanity forces them to revaluate their relationship not only with the world, but with each other as father and son. Seen through the eyes of two men, on opposing sides of a family feud of epic proportions, each of them faces trials, heartache, love and real pain as they learn what it means to be human. Can old wounds ever really be closed? Can the past truly be forgiven? And can anyone ever fall so far that it’s too late for them to be caught? “After the fall? You rise.”
“A Lesson In Humanity”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Kacey Duggan
To me, the mark of a strong writer is to enjoy their work even when the subject matter isn’t your cup of tea. Stephen King, Lee Child, Michael Crichton – all can make a pancake recipe sound riveting. Here we have a debut that carries that same power.
I wasn’t particularly won over by the religious connotations of the book when I first heard about this – the Devil and God come to earth for a year – but by the end of the first chapter I was spellbound by writing so well developed and charismatic I was carried along on the wave of Jones’ writing.
The main characters of God and the Devil are actually incredibly grounded and human in how they go about their year amongst humans, and the strength of their development is that they aren’t immune from the problems we face but have zero experience to fall upon outside of their normal omnipotence (surrendered for the year) so have to battle through in endearing and revealing ways. At no point did I feel like the author was using the concept of religion as a vehicle for the story, but more using the frame of the two protagonists to tell a story about what it is to be human, to mess up, to learn, to talk about how children and parents don’t always see eye to eye.
The final chapter couldn’t be more perfect. I won’t spoil anything here, but as I progressed through the story I couldn’t see how this story could be wrapped up and finished. The way Jones does this is something magical. I was won over. I loved this book. I felt better for having read it, and I was more than a little disappointed that this is only the first release from Lex H Jones. No doubt I’ll revisit Nick & Abe between now and then, but I’m already looking forward to more from this author.