Matthew Davenport’s newest novel ‘Satan’s Salesman’ main character, Shane Lowe, is the top sales person of Computer Information Technology. He always made over his sales quota. He keeps an engagement ring in the glove box of his Sebring waiting for the right time to propose.
Shane believes his ship has come in when Sara Durant, the Global Account Manager loses her job because of poor sales performance. He is told that the position is his for the taking. He tells his girlfriend, Margaret ‘Maggie’ Powers and Dale Lawson, his best friend the good news. His ecstatic enjoyment is stalled when he has a confrontation with Sara Durant where she tells him she has a backup plan and is sorry. When Shane says she has nothing to be sorry her answer is ‘Yet’ with a ominous undertone.
The next day after Shane accepts the position he finds his stuff packed up in boxes outside his new office and Sara sitting in his chair. Shane storms in to find Sara gloating one minute and crying the next. Her backup plan has come in effect. She gives Shane a business card stating for him to call it, they grant wishes. On the card reads only Perdition Investments along with a phone number.
Shane is not one for phone calls when it comes to an initial meeting. He does a reverse search on the phone number and comes up with the address. Shane arrives at the address to find only an field filled with tall grass. Among the grass was a lone fence post with a carved wooden sign with Perdition Investments burnt in it nailed to it. Shane searches the horizon for any sign that the company ever existed besides the sign.
He turns back to his car to find a strange woman leaning against the Sebring. It turns out to be Sherri Webster, the Sales Manager at Perdition Investments. She seemed to magically appear out of nothing. Shane wants Perdition Investments to reverse Sara’s wish however, Sherri offers something better, a new job with limitless possibilities, the only catch is, it cost your soul. You can earn it back by saleing the same deal to others.
Matthew Davenport does a great job of weaving thrill and suspense throughout the story. It reminds me of a mixture of the Twilight Zone and the Outer Limits. I give it a four and a half stars, minus a half a star for language.
I just received a five star review from Matthew Davenport. You can see it on Goodreads.com and Matthew’s blog https://authormatthewdavenport.wordpress.com. You can find the audio version of ‘Healer of Surflex’ https://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Healer-of-Surflex-Audiobook/B071KZGFVD.
While Healer of Surflex isn’t my usual read, the pleasurable voice of Kelly Montijo Fink made the audio a fun time. Healer of Surflex is hard fantasy, with a story rooted in a world of magic and warring factions of good and evil. Most of the populace isn’t aware of the battle for their very souls, but it’s happening.
Having not read a lot of fantasy, I have read some, and what makes Lady Laindora’s book unique is that I’ve never seen a fantasy book that incorporates Christian beliefs into a fantasy realm. Doing so makes this more like an Arthurian legend, minus Arthur.
The book follows Kerlia as she’s selected, birthed, and trained by an angel and the warriors for good to be a healer in the upcoming battle with this book’s version of Satan, Kernel. Kernel has control over a large portion of the Kingdom of Surflex, and the book is filled with people being possessed or warped and twisted by their beliefs and support of Kernel. Honestly, in the first chunk of the book, the way that some of these people get twisted and filled with such dark evil makes it look like a contagion of belief, and solidifies how Kernel must have taken hold.
Lady Laindora’s strengths are in her ability to show and not tell. The protagonist, Kerlia, is mute and a lot of the book is explaining how she interprets the world and how she communicates without dialogue (and sometimes with, when she is part of the fairy realm). There are character descriptions that become part of the story’s narrative, and locations that are described the same way. She does a great job of describing things without you realizing that she’s describing them.
Healer of Surflex, and a lot of it’s aspects, remind me much of The Sword of Truth series, by Terry Brooks. The fairies and pixies that train her even reminding me of Zed the old wizard. They are funny but with purpose. At the same time, the style of the fight against evil gave me a feeling of Eragon with less dragons. Finally, there’s angels, God as we know him, and others aspects of this book that have a strong Christianity bend.
This is epic/battle fantasy with a theme, and it is done very well.
If you are looking for a fantastic adventure novel, then check out Healer of Surflex. Kerlia’s life has been one of tragedy and danger even before she was born. Her father, Terian, has been commissioned by the Lord to train Kerlia on her quest to heal their world from Kernel’s rein of terror. Kernel’s minions have tracked Kelia down in Ferwick Enchanted Forest in their effort to destroy her. As they are about to achieve their goal Kelia is transported to the fairy realm. There she is tutored in the different magical arts by the three clans of fairy folk, the pixies, fairies, and militant brownies.
Can a young teenage with her dragon, unicorn, and three white wolves succeed where the mightiest knights have failed?
You can find Healer of Surflex in print, ebook format, and audio book.
I am looking for a narrator for my Christian fantasy novel ‘Healer of Surflex’. It is about a young girl, Kerlia, that was born with healing powers. It was prophesied that a healer would destroy the reign of terror from Kernel on the Kingdom of Surflex. So Kernel has tried to kill Kerlia before she was even born. At the age of six, Kerlia is transported to the fairy realm where she is to hone her powers for the fight. She acquires three wolves, a unicorn, and a flying dragon that can breathe both fire and ice to help her with the quest. Can a mere child accomplish when the mightiest men quake in terror at the mention of Kernel’s name? This project would be a 50/50 royalty split. Thank you in advance for considering this project. You can find the project at https://www.acx.com/titleview/ALCWIWT2VAUFQ .
Sue Raymond/ Lady Laindora