Today I’m excited to bring you a Guest Post and Kind Fire Giveaway from Chris Datta. His first Novel Touched with Fire was a number one best-seller in the Historical Fiction category, and this supernatural thriller lives up to the high expectations readers have for this talented author.
The Demon Stone by Christoper Datta
The Demon Stone is a powerful supernatural thriller that leads you from the killing fields of Africa to the quiet Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. In braided narratives, Datta spins a terrifying story about the spiritual forces—both real and supernatural—that incite the basest, bloodiest and most frightening of human behaviors.
“Reading Chris Datta is like riding a rollercoaster. It’s a fast ride filled with twists and turns. His Demon Stone is scary fun. Stephen King, watch your back!”
-Richard Rashke, author of The Killing of Karen Silkwood
Review of The Demon Stone
Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Demon Stone by Christopher Datta.
As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of horror and love nothing better than a possession story to get the blood pumping.
In The Demon Stone, we’re introduced to the two main characters, Kevin and Liz. Kevin volunteered to travel to a war-torn country in Africa to work with his lifelong friend, Bill. When he arrived, he was introduced to a part of the world and humanity he hadn’t experienced previously. When he and Bill have a confrontation with the leader of the rebels, Kevin had his life torn apart and was given an idol possessed by a demon. After he arrived home and following a family catastrophe, Kevin talked one of his college friends, Liz, into going on a camping trip with him.
For the life of her, Liz was unable to understand why she agreed to go on a camping trip with Kevin and his daughter. As the days passed, she found herself embroiled in a far different civil quarrel than she ever expected.
The story was fast paced and a fun ride. The only bump for me was the first few chapters as they alternated between the present with Liz’s point of view and the past through Kevin’s. It was more me since I’m not used to stories set up in such a manner, but I love seeing new formats like this and once I became used to it the pages flew by.
I loved the characters, and despite wanting to reach in and shake a couple of them at times, I really enjoyed the internal battle Liz had between what she knew as reality and what truly existed. Her struggle was done perfectly and I could feel her torment.
By the end, I felt for all the characters. This is a wonderful demonstration of how fragile one’s sanity can be when under enough pressure or influence. I definitely look forward to future books by this author.
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About the Author
Debut author CHRISTOPHER DATTA is no stranger to civil conflict or the still-extant scourge of slavery. Most recently the acting ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan where he helped end a war in April of 2012, he has spent a distinguished career moving from one strife-torn country to another, including Lebanon, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. A lifelong student of the American Civil War, his research for Touched with Fire is exacting and based in part on a true story.