Published by Smashwords Edition on January 27th 2017
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The Rites of Azathoth has a little bit of everything in it and this worked very nicely. This book had murder, mystery, FBI procedural/investigation, the occult, Occult rituals, suspense, science fiction, horror, etc. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I found it to be intriguing, interesting, engaging and a fun, creepy ride into the occult and the hunt for the truth. I love when a book is able to take me by surprise!
Diana Mancuso is an FBI criminal Profiler who now teaches instead of doing field work. She is haunted by a judgement call she made in the past. She holds herself responsible for the loss of lives and is more comfortable now in the classroom training new agents. Until one day she is called back into the field. A serial killer, Luther Vayne, has completely disappeared from the prison he has been imprisoned in for 40 years. A serial killer who kills women and children in ritualistic acts as commanded by Azathoth. The walls of his cell contain the ancient writings that were written in blood. The Assistant Director wants her to get inside the head of the killer to track him down after he has escaped and killed again. Will she get into his head or will he get into her head?
Carter, an expert in ancient languages has been hired by an eccentric billionaire, Victor Gregorian, to read an ancient tablet. A tablet that he has heard about from his previous mentor. A mentor who went insane in his pursuit of learning more about Azathoth. Intrigued and excited by this find, Carter agrees to help the Disciples of the Black Flame as they wait for the convergence and for Vayne to make an appearance. There is something big planned. Something Gregorian has been waiting his entire life for, something that Vayne has been commanded to stop.
I found the pacing of this book to be spot on. I really enjoyed how the story unfolded. I was invested in the story and it became a page turner for me as I wanted to see how it was going to end. I don’t typically read books on the occult or too many science fiction type books but I thought this book was captivating. I found the story to be really interesting and fun. Yes there is blood and gore but that goes with the genre. I found this book to be wonderfully bloody, interesting, creepy, well written descent into the occult. There are a lot of things happening in this book but everything is easy to follow and understand.
I think fans of various book genres will enjoy this book. I really enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down!
I received a copy of this book from Book publicity Services and the Author in return for an honest review.