Friday, February 19, 2016


Nick And Abe is the debut novel for Lex H Jones, and it is a great one! Lex came up with a fantastic premise. Read the reviews below, and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

 Every once in a while, God and Lucifer visit the earth and make a wager. Now it’s time for the next one; the most daring yet, and quite possibly the last. “This venture to live as men for a full year had been such a hilarious idea to start with. Prove Abe wrong… again… then head back to their respective domains and gloat about it forever. Only it hadn’t worked out that way. Things were different now. Having omniscient sight removed from him actually made Nick see things more clearly than he ever had. There’s harm in getting too close to a picture, but a different sort of harm comes from getting too far away from it.” What starts as a simple contest becomes something more as their newfound humanity forces them to revaluate their relationship not only with the world, but with each other as father and son. Seen through the eyes of two men, on opposing sides of a family feud of epic proportions, each of them faces trials, heartache, love and real pain as they learn what it means to be human. Can old wounds ever really be closed? Can the past truly be forgiven? And can anyone ever fall so far that it’s too late for them to be caught? “After the fall? You rise.”

Format: Kindle Edition
First off, I must confess, God and Satan represented as being human is a favorite of mine. I’m by no means an expert on the subject, but George Burns comes immediately to mind. And then there are the charismatic, nearly-human Lucifer adaptations by George Bernard Shaw and Mikhail Bulgakov (from which the Rolling Stones snagged the phrase “sympathy for the devil”). Lex H Jones has added a new variation on the theme. He has done a masterful job of bringing God and Lucifer to mortal, quirky, doubt-filled life. A family drama (estranged father and son) and a creative biblical exposition, Jones’s novel is delightfully witty and deeply intelligent. And while it is impossible to avoid the God/Lucifer clich├ęs, Jones uses these established characterizations and physical descriptions as both parody and “truth.” Lucifer (the Nick from the title) smokes cigarettes and is a selfish bastard. God (Abe) is a janitor, cleaning up the daily mess of the law firm where he works and is a lowly, yet humble, worker. There are inherent dangers in using these truths and parodies; however, Jones pulls it off brilliantly. The story is told with compassion and sensitivity. The characters of Abe and Nick are believable in their cunning and naivety (both of them, to certain extents). The best thing (well one of myriad best things) about NICK AND ABE is the removal of all the superfluous nonsense of contemporary organized religions. This is the non-fluffed story of a father and a son, whose issues have been left unresolved since right after the beginning. An excellent novel and an excellent story. Oh, and the ending, well, yeah, I’ll leave it at excellent.
Format: Paperback
Nick and Abe is a character-driven story about what happens when Lucifer and God decide to spend a year on Earth, as regular people. Nick is a highly-driven advertising executive and Abe takes a job as a janitor in a law office building.

Abe inadvertently meets the love of his life, Emily, while working in the building and their relationship grows. Nick becomes addicted to amphetamines and has to check himself into rehab.
Things happen along the way to make the father and son examine their relationship and work to try to fix it.

I really loved this book. The characters were amazing and the dialogue was spot on. I liked how the story progressed and I'm not ashamed to admit that one part almost made me cry. (Not an easy thing to do!)

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