You know how you hear people say, "I loved XYZ book, I couldn't put it down!" I do the same thing myself. If I like a book, I'll blaze through it pretty doggone fast.
But if I love a book, it takes me ages to finish. I put it down, I walk away for a few weeks, I resist the siren calls. Super counter intuitive, right?
Here's the thing, when I love a book, I don't want it to end, I don't want to say goodbye to the characters. I miss them, life get drab. Coming from me, there is no higher praise I can give a book than to say, it took me a long time to finish it.
Up Jumps The Devil took me ages to finish. I loved it, no wait I floved it. I hated having to say goodbye to John Scratch. Michael Poore did such a fantastic job of giving the devil his due. Oh sorry about that cliche, I tried not to go there, but I had no control. The devil made me do it. Alright, I'm done.
I cannot more highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys flawed protagonists. Michael has really created a fantastically sympathetic anti-hero.
He takes a bit from old tales of the Devil (ie Robert Johnson, The Devil and Daniel Webster, etc) and does something amazing. The Devil has such hope for humanity and we let him down again and again.
The book begins with Satan as the host of a Reality Show and then moves forward and backward through time in dreams and memories and current moments. I let that sit with you a moment, Satan is the host of a wildly successful reality TV show. How perfect is that.
From the opening pages where The Devil is shot we follow him through a timeless love affair he has with an Angel and the love affair Satan has with humanity.
Up Jumps The Devil is a love story, a history lesson, and a road trip story wrapped up in a leather duster smelling of pipe smoke.
And the ending is wonderfully satisfying.
Curious? Want my copy? Too bad, you can't have it, I'm going to keep it--and I don't keep books.
It's available on amazon and other fine book selling establishments.
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