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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
Cerberus by J.R. Pestel tells the story of Robert Durling, a former coroner, who wakes up from a nightmare during a flight from Minnesota to Philadelphia. Robert has to visit his brother, Father Johnny Tuttle, in Saint Isidore. He needs answers to questions about his childhood and hopes Johnny can help. Robert last saw Johnny after defeating the demon Abyzou who was killing infants. Johann “Father” Gunter, a demon hunter, is forced to enlist the help of the demon Alastor to find his sister, Theresa, who had been kidnapped five years previously. Alastor needs to prevent his cousin Malphas, the demon prince of hell, from taking over hell from Lucifer and throwing Alastor in a fire pit to destroy him. To do that, Alastor needs to possess Robert to access the gift given to him. He can see where demons under the control of Malphas are going to be. While searching for Theresa, Alastor and Johann encounter Cerberus, the ultimate hellhound, the mythical three-headed beast that guards the gates of hell.
Cerberus is an exciting story, fast-paced and smooth flowing as Robert and Johann fight internal and external demons. From start to finish, this novel is filled with suspense and action, with some family drama thrown in for good measure. The characters are varied with different personalities. Alastor is a comical demon, Malphas is mean and nasty, but Robert and Johnny bring some normalcy to the story. I enjoyed the descriptive way in which the story is written, creating vivid images and scenarios. The plot is well thought out, especially the interesting intertwining of humans, demons, heaven, and hell. There are no negative elements to J.R. Pestel's Cerberus, and it will thrill readers.