Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Scott A. Lerner - Ruler of Demons - Advance Review and Giveaway

About the Book

Only eleven shopping days till Christmas. And less than a week to save the world.

Three nuns—in Chicago, Paris, and Jerusalem—have been killed in a religious ritual. The choice of victims and the macabre details of their deaths indicate that someone is following a recipe provided on an ancient text—a recipe to unleash the forces of hell on earth. The final sacrifice must occur on the Winter Solstice.

Samuel Roberts, a small-town attorney in Urbana, Illinois, knows a bit about the supernatural, having triumphed at least once over the forces of evil. Thanks to a friend who is aware of Sam’s little known previous efforts on behalf of mankind, Sam is hired by a big Chicago law firm to take on a sensitive case. His mission? Nothing less than halting the impending apocalypse.

Sam and his good buddy Bob travel first to Jerusalem then Paris in a desperate race to save mankind.

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My Review

THE DA VINCI CODE with a holiday twist is the perfect gift to give the mystery lover this holiday season. Scott A. Lerner continues his Sam Roberts' series of paranormal whodunits with this Christmastime caper. The hunt is on as he tries to track down a ritualistic killer who's been conducting a string of gruesome murders across the globe. Nuns are being slaughtered on sacred ground in an attempt to bring about the apocalypse on the winter solstice. The individual responsible allegedly obtained a top secret manuscript from the Vatican on how to perform unspeakable acts of evil in order to force the second coming of the Messiah. There's just one problem - it might actually be a how-to manual for summoning the devil. This recipe for human sacrifice is all about taking the holy and making it profane.

Lerner keeps the pace brisk and the action non-stop as Sam and his sidekick, Bob, travel the world from Chicago to Jerusalem to Paris in the hope of thwarting the sadistic plot after a severed tongue ends up in Sam's kitchen. Realizing the extent of the danger they're in, Sam begins to question the people they're working for - a hotshot yet highly secretive attorney, an influential cardinal and an ex-Marine who's now an ordained priest. They're doling out a great deal money for Sam to conduct his investigation, but are they really setting him up to take the fall?

The changes in location help place the novel in the religious and historical framework that Lerner constructs. An archeological site in Israel grounds the story in antiquity. A French farmhouse built on the remnants of a Catholic church adds a spiritual element. The rooftop of a Chicago skyscraper brings things back to the modern threat that evil poses complete with an elaborately constructed altar. All of these settings combine with a protagonist who is more of a suburban atheist than anything else. Sam's belief in logic and living in the now directly opposes the nature of the crimes he's trying to solve, giving the book an added sense of tension as the reader is forced to look at things from the outside in.

Christmas may be threatened, and even though Sam Roberts might believe more in Santa Claus than in God, he's going to do everything in his power to keep the forces of evil at bay - or at least for another sixty-six years until they can be summoned again. If the end of the world won't stop Americans from indulging in the holiday season, nothing will. So let the sleuthing festivities commence and check the suspense aficionado off your list by purchasing this gem of a thriller. RULER OF DEMONS might not be bursting with peace on earth and yuletide cheer, but for the murder mystery fan who gravitates toward the macabre, it makes the perfect stocking stuffer.


Ruler of Demons can be purchased at:

Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Pages: 202
Publisher: Camel Press
Release: December 15, 2013
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About the Author

Author and attorney Scott A. Lerner resides in Champaign, Illinois. He obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and went on to obtain his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. He is currently a sole practitioner in Champaign, Illinois. The majority of his law practice focuses on the fields of criminal law and family law. Mr. Lerner lives with his wife, their two children, and their cat Fern. Lerner collects unusual antiques and enjoys gardening, traveling, reading fiction, and going to the movies. His first novel, Cocaine Zombies, won a bronze medal in the mystery/cozy/noir category of the 2013 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards.

Links to connect with Scott:
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