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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
In D.W. Eamer's The Satan Gene, a modern-day deep state European group with mysterious historical roots dating back before the time of Jesus Christ is urgently bent on implementing a diabolical crime against humanity. This is in order to fulfill a two-thousand-year-old biblical prophecy giving them the power to become the divinely chosen monarchs, ruled by a supreme god-man king on earth. A man whose real-life persona will shock many prospective readers—for the religious astute, a foregone conclusion.
The Satan Gene is the epitome of what book publishers today label an "upmarket" novel—simply put, a combination of literary fiction and commercial thriller novel. Undoubtedly, many readers of this book will compare it to Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code and that would not be inaccurate. Personally, though, I would compare The Satan Gene to the more literary works of Umberto Eco, particularly his novel Foucault’s Pendulum published in 1988. Deep-seated esoteric conspiracy theories come together with biblical verse interpretation, real governmental and secret conspiratorial organizations, and historical facts.
Exceptionally well-described locations, the inner workings of governmental agencies, and current leaps in technology provide catalysts for a story that is not only a page-turner but a thought-provoking work of societal urgency. Indeed, current events, especially in the United States, clearly indicate an accelerated effort to insert religiosity into government, public schools, and deterrence for the growing number of disaffected theists losing their religion. And let's not forget characters that are as real as any I've read in fiction, including a viciously psychotic antagonist with zero redeeming qualities. Mr. Eamer's expertise in interweaving verisimilitude in fictional/theoretical scenes and characters is second to none. The Satan Gene is a must-read for fans of Dan Brown, James Rollins, and the aforementioned Umberto Eco.