Jack O'Conner has dealt with his fair share of figurative demons - death, loss, and alcohol - but what happens when an actual demon decides to possess Jack's bitter soul and have a little fun? Well, not what demons Ike and Max thought would happen. Instead of consuming Jack's soul and taking control, Ike gets trapped inside and must rely on Max to somehow release him. Unfortunately, no one on Earth seems to know how, so Max must cross into another realm and find a demon who can help. But after hearing about Garrock, a warrior demon, and his plan to get rid of Lucifer in order to start the Apocalypse, Max and Ike must work together with Jack in order to free Ike and try to save the world.
I started reading at 9:30pm and couldn't put it down until 12:45am when I finished the last page! This fast-paced christian-based fantasy adventure consumed my entire attention and kept me on edge. I didn't know what to expect from a book sporting an "Exorcist-like" illustration on the cover, but I am glad I didn't judge too quickly. The Consuming is shockingly intriguing, and full of fun, feisty, and well-developed characters woven into a sinuously twisted plot. I loved the way Max and Ike were portrayed and the striking personalities they had; the demons were almost humanized, but still retained their demonic and otherworldly persona. The story-line kept me guessing and the dialogue fit the situations perfectly, it wasn't forced. Todd Boyer has a writing style that keeps the reader interested and ready for more. I will definitely be looking out for sequels! I recommend The Consuming for lovers of all genres because there's something in it for everyone: horror, fantasy, religion, drama, and humor.
Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)
*** I received this book from the author (Bostick Communications) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.