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An upmarket blend of fantasy, myth and alternative history, the novel is complete at 83,000 words. It’s a stand-alone book with series potential. Readers familiar with CAIN by José Saramago and AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman will find it explores related themes.
In 2,500 BCE, Jesophot grows up in Sodom. All he wants is to buy a new goat. Instead, he receives the curse of divine revelation. In 1995, to exploit her human free will, the devil tricks Ana, a young woman from Chicago, into becoming a demon. Once Jesophot records his vision inside five sturdy leather belts to disguise and protect it, Ana—for whom time matters little—replaces it with the devil’s version. Now, Jesophot faces the choice of doing nothing and allowing all of history to be corrupted, or working to recover the true testament at a lethal risk to his family. Ana’s choice is more personal. She can continue to be a pawn at the devil’s hands, or rebel and face a distinct possibility of annihilation. What Ana and Jesophot choose to do will set the course of history.