Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tyndale Blog Tour: "As One Devil to Another " by Richard Platt Book Review

Summary:  As One Devil to Another is an astonishing debut work that C. S. Lewis’s biographer and foremost Lewis authority Walter Hooper calls “a stunning achievement, the finest example of the genre of diabolical correspondence to appear since this genre was popularized by C. S. Lewis.” Enter into this chilling and diabolical tale, one that reveals the very tricks and strategies of Hell. Through a series of letters between devils created by Platt, senior devil Slashreap trains his young protégé, Scardagger, to win an individual soul away from Heaven and into their clutches. As the devils plot their way to triumph, they reveal the spiritual dangers and risks we face in today’s society. Their frighteningly accurate perspective on issues such as contemporary technology and sexual mores is interwoven with timeless matters such as the power of prayer, the purpose of suffering, and the promises held out by Heaven . . . and Hell. Destined to become a modern classic, As One Devil to Another is a brilliantly written, deeply unsettling perspective on twenty-first-century society . . . a glimpse of ourselves through the eyes of those who have embraced their underworldly existence.

As One Devil to AnotherAs One Devil to Another by Richard Platt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I cannot even put into words what an unbelievable read this was!  I was completely engrossed in the story from start to finish and truly struggled to put it down.

First off, I have never read 'The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis.  I have heard portions of the book read aloud, and I certainly know the premise, but I have not read it as yet.  Certainly on my vast TBR pile.  And since finishing this book, my desire to read the inspiration behind this insightful book has grown with intensity.

This novel gives the reader a glimpse into something we would rather forget about--Satan's demonic realm.  The subtleties of the Enemy's craft are detailed in a way I have never considered.  There were a number of "Aha" moments too numerous to detail here.  And the ending practically left me breathless.

Indeed God spoke to me during this tale.  I saw myself in some of the human beingsl striggles, and I was reminded that we as humans are hated by Satan and his hosts.  He will use every tactic in his arsenal to attack us and humankind.  Thank God for His protection of us.  It was nice to see that the powers of darkness have very limited powers where the saints of the Lord are concerned.  The ruthlessness amongst the demons was even shocking!

I think C.S. lewis would have been proud of this book.  It paid homage to the original and even took te subject matter to new heights.  I think this is a must-read for any Christian who truly desires a glimpse into hell.  And you will be grateful. It is only a glimpse!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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About the Author:  

Richard Platt
Richard Platt has been in love with words and the music of language all his life, but he did not begin writing until his early forties. He is a contributor to the literary quarterly Slightly Foxed and was a finalist for a 2012 San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Fellowship for his one-man play, Ripples From Walden Pond: An Evening with Henry David ThoreauAs One Devil to Another, his first novel, is dedicated in grateful homage to C. S. Lewis. Richard and his wife, Susan, live in California.
Check out the first chapter of the book here.

I am giving away a copy of the book here to my U.S. readers, so be sure to enter by May 7!


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