Friday, September 14, 2012

Breaking the Devil's Heart by H.A. Goodman

From Amazon - When Stewart and Layla recruit a demon to spy on the Devil, their decision takes them on whirlwind ride through the afterlife. Journey alongside this young couple in H. A. Goodman's new novel, Breaking the Devil's Heart, and join forces with a teenage Angel outcast to bankrupt Satan's underground Company and save Heaven from civil war. H. A. Goodman's Breaking the Devil's Heart is a rollercoaster afterlife experience that tests a young couple's love, their grasp on reality, and the essence of human nature. What happens when Stewart and Layla tour Hell's Marketing Department and Stock Exchange? What happens when their relationship is tested by Satan? This book is unlike anything you've ever read, or ever thought the afterlife might be like. Breaking the Devil's Heart is an enlightening look into an alternate world, a new afterlife, and a profound journey inside the human conscience.

I didn't realize what I was getting into when I picked up Goodman's novel, Breaking the Devil's Heart.  I thought it could be a spattering of angels and demons, you know like all of those other books out there right now.  I couldn't be more wrong.

Told from the viewpoint of Stewart, he and Layla are Observers and have their own plan.  They were together when they were alive, and dead, they are still together.  A love that transcends time and life - or so it would seem. They want to bring down Hell and all that comprises it.

Hell is now corporate, with tons of cubicles and selling points.  They have to be able to sell 'the formula' to the humans to succeed.  As a Director of Sales myself, I chuckled as the demons went all over the world to sell their product (formula).  Stewart and Layla begin to lay the groundwork to bring down the company, and that's where things really start to get interesting!

With an unconventional foundation, Breaking the Devil's Heart is unique and intriguing.  I really liked the characters and thought that Goodman did an excellent job of testing Stewart and Layla's beliefs and love.  The other characters are also well developed and really added depth to the good versus evil contemplation.  Fast paced, at times witty and  arcane, Breaking The Devil's Heart is a sensational, off-beat fantasy thriller that is well worth the read! 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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