Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Name of the Devil by Andrew Mayne

Author: Andrew Mayne
Publisher:  Bourbon Street Books
Date of publication: July 7, 2015

In this electrifying sequel to Angel Killer, magician-turned-FBI-agent Jessica Blackwood must channel her past to catch a killer consumed by a desire for revenge.

When a church combusts in rural Appalachia, the bizarre trail of carnage suggests diabolical forces are at work. Charged with explaining the inexplicable, the FBI’s Dr. Ailes and Agent Knoll once again turn to the ace up their sleeve: Agent Jessica Blackwood, a former prodigy from a family dynasty of illusionists. After playing a pivotal role in the capture of the Warlock, a seemingly supernatural serial killer, Jessica can no longer ignore the world, and the skills, she left behind. Her talent and experience endow her with a knack for knowing when things are not always as they appear to be, and she soon realizes this explosion is just the first of many crimes.

As the death toll mounts, Jessica discovers the victims share a troubling secret with far-reaching implications that stretch from the hills of West Virginia to cartel-corrupted Mexico to the hallowed halls of the Vatican. Everyone involved in what happened on that horrible night so long ago has tried to bury it—except for one person, who believes that the past can be hidden, but never forgiven. Can Jessica draw on her unique understanding of the power and potential of deception to thwart a murderer determined to avenge the past?

The first Jessica Blackwood book, Angel Killer, made my top 10 of 2014. Ever since I finished it, I had been anxiously awaiting the second book, Name of the Devil.  I wasn't disappointed and can honestly predict this one will probably be in my top 10 of 2015!  This time around, Jessica is pulled into an investigation that seems to involve demons at first glance and quickly turns into a whirlwind of twists and turns that have her head spinning.

I loved this one as much as the first.  Jessica is an awesome character.  In this book, we learn more about her background with her father and grandfather. We also learn more about what makes her tick.  I absolutely love the way she uses her background with illusion and magic to "think outside the box" to figure out what is really going on.  It's just such a clever twist to the books and makes me want to keep reading.  Without giving away too much, I loved the scene where she has to figure out how to get 100+ people out of a building without anyone seeing before it can be blown up. I loved her solution!

We are introduced to a new and interesting character in this one, Max.  The idea that he has all of that information at his finger tips was mind boggling.  I hope he shows up in future books!  Then, of course there is Damian. I can't decide if I love him or hate him yet.  All I can say is with the way last page of the book ended, the third book better come out soon!! I'm not going to talk too much about plot because I just don't want to give anything away.  Revealing too much might give away crucial plot points and that would spoil it for you.  Just go read it!  You won't be sorry!!!

About Andrew Mayne

Andrew Mayne is the star of A&E’s magic reality show Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne, and has worked with David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, and David Blaine. He lives in Los Angeles.

Connect with him through his websiteFacebook, or follow him on Twitter.

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Andrew’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, July 7th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, July 8th: A Bookworm’s World
Thursday, July 9th: 5 Minutes For Books
Friday, July 10th: Ace and Hoser Blook
Monday, July 13th: Bibliotica
Tuesday, July 14th: Girl Lost in a Book
Wednesday, July 15th: Priscilla and her Books
Thursday, July 16th: Living in the Kitchen with Puppie
Monday, July 20th: Always With A Book
Monday, July 20th: Mystery Playground
Tuesday, July 21st: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, July 22nd: Why Girls Are Weird
Thursday, July 23rd: Bibliophilia, Please

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm very pleased to see that this book was just as good as the previous one! I'm glad you loved it so much.

Thanks for being a part of the tour.