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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
Having read and reviewed the previous book in Jeff Altabef’s Nephilim Series, Devil’s Dance, there was no way I would pass up book three, Devil’s Deal, and I snatched it up. Already a fan of Stephen, the halfling (part human, part fallen angel), I was determined to understand Stephen’s opening statement: “It turns out that hell and Lucifer aren’t what I imagined. That’s a good thing, although I’m still forced to make a deal with the Devil, one that might trigger the Apocalypse.” Stephen gets a message from his long-time best friend, Hank, about trouble in their hometown (Charleston)—a vampire might be killing kids. Stephen and Hank join forces and put everything on the line to figure out what happened and to shut down whoever is terrorizing his hometown. He suspects the mystery is tied to the End of Days and his untenable position between light and darkness.
A master strategist, wordsmith, and character developer, Jeff Altabef excels (again) with Devil's Deal. His imagination and presentation of characters that don’t quite fit their biblically-described personages are remarkable and thoroughly entertaining. Who’d-a-thunk the devil didn’t have horns, worn jeans, and walked around barefoot most of the time? How about a game of chess between God and his once most powerful archangel, Lucifer, to determine the fate of the world? Perhaps a female archangel that’s Lucifer’s favorite lieutenant and Stephen’s irresistible curse become your favorite scenes? My favorite scenes included the often funny, satirical, or ironic banter between Stephen and Hank as they faced one deadly situation after another. From action and adventure to supernatural and natural horror and violence, or great prose and imaginative scenes, there’s something here for you to applaud. I rave about the Nephilim series novels and Devil’s Deal has been the best, yet. I’m betting, though, that Altabef will top this in the next book; I can’t wait!