Fisher of Devils
By Steve Redwood
Reviewed by Susan M Phillips.
The title of this novel refers to Saint Peter of Pearly Gates fame who has been caught rigging the trials of the recently deceased to ensure that more go down than up. He took this unprecedented step when heaven started to get overcrowded due to the increasing number of applicants. Now he must travel to Hell to recruit Satan himself in his newest plan.
The early chapters of Fisher of Devils might offend devout Christians, or make fans of Monty Python's Life of Brian chuckle appreciatively. This is a very irreverant retake on Genesis and the book of Revelations [biblical version, not eighties pop group] and has some supremely surreal moments. The beginning, which takes place, appropriately, in the Garden of Eden is written in a naively naughty style that extracts the kind of laugh usually only inspired by a really funny seaside post card. Adam is not the devout fellow most Christians have grown up believing him to be and he is NOT pleased with the body God has blessed him with, complaining vociferously about certain design flaws, which extract at least three laughs on the first page alone. He is less than impressed when God later removes one of his ribs, part of his appendix and various other internal organs to produce Eve, whom everyone falls in love with--everyone, that is, except Adam. When Satan pays an unofficial visit to Eden, he, too falls under Eve's spell and tries to lure her back to live with him in Hell through a ruse involving a tree and a Holy commandment. As the story progresses, the writing style keeps pace until by the end it is slick, sophisticated and soulful.
The easy humour that runs in bright flashes throughout the book is tempered by deepest pathos, an apocalypse beast by the name of Pobbles and a love story that spans millennia. Fisher of Devils is a truly inspired masterpiece.
Review by Susan M. Phillips
Fisher of Devils by Steve Redwood
Published by House of Dominion
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