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5 Stars Out Of 5
February 10, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this series ... very thought provoking ... and I hope the publisher will seriously consider the idea of another book (or books) picking up where The Redeemer left off. Everyone I've spoken with who has read the original 4 books would RUSH to purchase the 5th!!
What a great story. You want that little demon who was mistakenly thrown out with Lucifer, to have everything righted for him. He leans on Jesus. What I don't like in this and any book is the typo errors. Worth getting anyway.
I have yet to read the 4th book but I have ordered it and am EXCITED to get back to our cowardly yet faithful demon! "demon" is such a hard word for this little guy, he's funny and regretful and I feel so sad for him. In the third book "The King" I teared up when Samuel died and the demon said "Can I go with you?" it was sad... I know this new book is going to be great! I hope there are more to continue this great series!
The Redeemer by Linda Rios Brook is the fourth book in the Reluctant Demon series. We have followed our unnamed protagonist through the previous three books as he "accidentally" falls from heaven with the rest of the demons when Lucifer rebels against God and then is assigned by Satan to watch over the Jewish people and report back to the devil about God's dealing with them. Our "hero" has watched Adam and Even get the boot from Eden, Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt, and King David unite the twelve tribes together in peace under his rule. While observing the humans, he has come to understand much of how they think, and he's spent an enormous amount of time trying to compile a solid argument to someday present to God for his repentance. In The Redeemer, even Satan is shaken when he discovers that Adonai has disappeared from second heaven and that the Messiah has been born on earth. The reluctant demon quickly figures out that Adonai has left heaven to be born on earth as Jesus, the Messiah, but he can't figure out what blood has to do with anything and why is Satan so insistent that Jesus die any way BUT on the cross. He is present from Christ's birth to his baptism to his crucifixion and along the way, he comes to fall in love with this Messiah who refuses to listen to his wisdom but sometimes gives the slightest hint that He knows the demon is there. Brook has done a magnificent job of reinterpreting first the Old Testament and here the Gospels in a fresh way through the eyes of a new witness who has an unusual perspective on things. Brook offers readers unfamiliar with the Bible an intriguing way understanding it, and for those who have heard these stories again and again, she gives new life. There is also a modern day element to the story as the demon's scrolls are discovered and forces jockey for control of them, and it appears that there may be a sequel based on this. I hope so. I'm not ready yet to say good-bye to our hapless, often hopeless, cowardly yet trustworthy hero who retells these familiar stories with humor while making them deeply personal through his desire for redemption.
The Redeemer is the fourth in the Reluctant Demon series. This has been the best series I have read in ages! Linda Rios Brook tells the story of the Bible from before creation through the crucifixion and resurrection - all in her own unique style and from the viewpoint of the most unusual character - a fallen angel! This series is a pleasant and 'fast' read - you won't be able to put it down! Give it a try; you will be recommending it to your friends too!