3 out of 4 stars
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Demiurge: Blood of the Innocent by Michael R. Hagan is an intense mystery-thriller that intertwines the lives of two different professionals who are connected by a mysterious symbol.
Renowned archaeologist, James McKenzie, has spent the majority of his life researching and following, what he calls the ‘Seer Symbol’, a triangle-like symbol that he has found at various archeological sites across the world. James believes that the symbol relays an important prophecy that interlocks much of human history. Unfortunately, the symbol itself starts to appear in modern day, as Detective Hassom uncovers the same symbol at some extremely violent and gruesome murder scenes. As Detective Hassom investigates, he reaches out to James in order to discover the meaning of the symbol to solve and prevent further murders. The men realize that the symbol is a part of a cult and that their next victim is a small orphan boy named Lucas, who has some unusual but remarkable gifts. The men need to protect Lucas before the murderer strikes again.
This book is like Sherlock Holmes meeting Indiana Jones. Following Detective Hassom, you are trying to unfold an intrinsic mass of murders which leave you guessing to the very last page about how the whole situation is going to unfold. Whereas with James McKenzie, you follow him through an archeological dig and watch his theory unfold, which, while bordering on pseudoscience, ends up holding some remarkable truths.
The title of the book, Demiurge, which according to the Webster’s dictionary, means: “a Platonic subordinate deity who fashions the sensible world in the light of eternal ideas” or “a Gnostic subordinate deity who is the creator of the material world”. The title is a reflection of the intelligence and effort that Michael Hagan has put in to the compilation of this novel. The plot is unique and Hagan has a gift to reel his readers in. My one complaint with this book is that it was occasionally convoluted and hard to follow at times and could have been a bit more concise. However, with that said, it didn’t deter me from getting involved with the novel and enjoying the plot. The main characters are realistic and deep, and the sub-characters are witty and some even humorous. They were easy to like and easy to engage with.
I think that this book would be a great read for anyone that enjoys mysteries or thrillers. Especially if you’re a fan of both! There are some graphic murder scenes in the book so that may not sit well with some readers. Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.
Demiurge: Blood of the Innocent
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