Let me start by saying I love horror with religious undertones. It’s what gets under my skin and keeps me up at night. The concept of an “ultimate evil” has been woven into our culture for so long it makes even the fictional accounts seem almost real (at least to some).
I was really excited for the opportunity to read David Dubrow’s The Blessed Man and the Witch, a novel dealing with angels, demons and other supernatural characters engaged in a war here on earth. Now don’t get me wrong, this is not a religious book trying to push one view or another upon the reader. This is a horror novel that takes place during the onset of Armageddon, the last battle between good and evil, and Dubrow’s imaginative telling includes a wide range of current events (like the Occupy protests and current economic crisis, for example) that gives the story a very immediate and real feeling.
The Blessed Man And The Witch Full Of Bloody Horror
There is a lot of violence in this book, and I do mean a lot. Limbs torn from bodies, severed heads, crucifixions, gnawing on human flesh… Yeah, I figured you’d like the sound of that. Nothing was too over the top as all the action fit contextually with the story itself (it is hell on earth, after all), and I was pleased with how brutal some of the fight scenes were. Dubrow can write vividly and this makes for a lot of great imagery throughout the book. The characters were also fleshed out well, some of them very dark and frightening.
The Blessed Man… is the first novel in a series, which may explain why I found parts to be somewhat drawn out. The telling felt grand, almost epic, and this did cause the momentum to drop off at points and my interest to wander. In all fairness, I’m sure there was a lot of ground to cover in this first novel and setting up a complex plot such as this would take serious work. That being said it could have been trimmed a bit, primarily the first half.
Within some chapters you’ll find many Spanish phrases thrown around. I didn’t understand this, as they were not common phrases and would require a lot of Googling if you wanted to know the translation. I thought this was a poor choice (albeit a minor one) as it took away from the flow of the book. Not a very big deal but I thought it was worth mentioning.
Overall I found the book to be entertaining and a really clever twist on the Revelation prophecies and a reflection on today’s social climate. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series and hope the Apocalypse doesn’t suddenly come before its release.