Explicit Content Warning: “The Devil’s Prayer” is a historical horror thriller that contains brutality, rape, sex, drug abuse and murder. Readers may find its content offensive and confronting.
Blurb: A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago. In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul. As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors. And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it. Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?
About the author: Luke Gracias is an environmental specialist who has been working part time in the film industry since 2006. An avid photographer, Luke traveled through Europe during the development of the film script for the Devil’s Prayer in 2014 and 2105, documenting a 13th Century conspiracy between the Mongols and the Papal Inquisition on which this story is based.
Review: The Devil’s Prayer is a fast-paced, brilliant thriller that literally begins with a bang and never lets up. While the religious overtones of the novel might not resonate with all readers, the quality of the writing is so good that the protagonist’s inner turmoil and moral struggle will truly appeal to nearly everyone. Honoring the intelligence of his audience, the author takes a minimalist approach that sucks readers in, keeps them thinking, and makes all the pages fly by with breathtaking speed. The ending packs a real punch to the gut, leaving an impression that lasts far beyond the final page. The story is about a nun named Denise Russo and the way she deals with the devil who had betrayed, tortured and almost killed her. After taking the revenge, her life turns difficult when Denise ( the nun) realises child of the devil in her house and she starts the hunt to know the facts of this devil’s prayer. She with the help of Father Jakub learns about the secret of devil’s prayer. As she decides to destroy this, she visits monasteries, learns languages of the ancient texts and translate them for her understanding. I loved this book ( not because it is of my reading genre, but this happens to be my first kindle read). I liked the way author described monasteries, their architecture and history of the Europe of 13th century. The story has been well researched and written so well that it was diffcult to find faults. No doubt, Luke Gracias seems to be another Dan Brown in making. The Devil’s Prayer is a fantastic read, likely the first of many noteworthy novels by an extraordinary writer Luke Gracias.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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