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What would you do if the love of your life was murdered by a deranged killer? Would you become a vigilante and seek retribution? And would this revenge affect those you care for in the afterlife? LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul takes you on a journey inside the psyches of men and women forced to deal with the spiritual consequences of their decisions. Through t What would you do if the love of your life was murdered by a deranged killer? Would you become a vigilante and seek retribution? And would this revenge affect those you care for in the afterlife? LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul takes you on a journey inside the psyches of men and women forced to deal with the spiritual consequences of their decisions. Through the lives of a demon, two Angels, and a mysterious teenage girl, a plethora of politically and socially relevant issues ranging from the roots of genocide and sex trafficking to child conscription and religious fundamentalism are addressed in this fantasy thriller. Life as well as the afterlife converge in this novel to explain certain peculiarities of the human condition. Whether you are God fearing individual or an atheist, LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul addresses moral and theological issues of interest for people of all backgrounds.


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What would you do if the love of your life was murdered by a deranged killer? Would you become a vigilante and seek retribution? And would this revenge affect those you care for in the afterlife? LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul takes you on a journey inside the psyches of men and women forced to deal with the spiritual consequences of their decisions. Through t What would you do if the love of your life was murdered by a deranged killer? Would you become a vigilante and seek retribution? And would this revenge affect those you care for in the afterlife? LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul takes you on a journey inside the psyches of men and women forced to deal with the spiritual consequences of their decisions. Through the lives of a demon, two Angels, and a mysterious teenage girl, a plethora of politically and socially relevant issues ranging from the roots of genocide and sex trafficking to child conscription and religious fundamentalism are addressed in this fantasy thriller. Life as well as the afterlife converge in this novel to explain certain peculiarities of the human condition. Whether you are God fearing individual or an atheist, LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul addresses moral and theological issues of interest for people of all backgrounds.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    To be completely honest, Logic of Demons felt like it was written for no other purpose than to convey a message to its readers. While this is usually a fine motive, Logic of Demons was written in an overly simplistic, flat manner, which made for a very dry read. The way in which H.A. Goodman presents his messages to the reader is so blatant that the whole book feels a bit preachy. You can barely turn a page without being told that humans have no right to judge whether or not someone deserves to d To be completely honest, Logic of Demons felt like it was written for no other purpose than to convey a message to its readers. While this is usually a fine motive, Logic of Demons was written in an overly simplistic, flat manner, which made for a very dry read. The way in which H.A. Goodman presents his messages to the reader is so blatant that the whole book feels a bit preachy. You can barely turn a page without being told that humans have no right to judge whether or not someone deserves to die, or that we need to be responsible for our own decisions (or that fundamentalism isn’t the best religion ever). While I enjoy social commentary, I didn’t quite enjoy the blatant manner through which H.A. Goodman presents his opinions. I don’t want to hear characters tell me what I should be thinking; I want to be able to come to my own conclusions. In terms of characters, Logic of Demons also disappoints. Devin is almost childlike in his naiveté, despite his age. He has no real personality, and his opinions change as soon as some other character can convince him to share their views (which, frankly, happens way too often). I felt myself rolling my eyes at Devin’s decisions, and his narration makes him out to be someone who is not too terribly bright. Despite the didactic tone of the book, Logic of Demons does have a unique concept. I was very interested in the story until it became so obviously about right and wrong. I enjoyed Nadine’s abilities and the concept of Hell being a corporate office, and I think were the novel focused a bit less on teaching a lesson, I would have enjoyed it more. A bit of metaphorical language wouldn't hurt either.

  2. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    Brought to you by OBS staff member Annabell Cadiz Synopsis: Devin Schwartz is a broken man. Having lost his wife, who was pregnant with their son, to a serial killer who rapped her and killed her, leaving her lifeless body in a dumpster, Devin has lost all reason for living. He becomes a man on a mission, driven by his thirst for vengeance and his need to rid himself of all the pain, Devin sets out to find the man who killed his wife and son. He finds Earl Ray, the murderer of his wife, in a hote Brought to you by OBS staff member Annabell Cadiz Synopsis: Devin Schwartz is a broken man. Having lost his wife, who was pregnant with their son, to a serial killer who rapped her and killed her, leaving her lifeless body in a dumpster, Devin has lost all reason for living. He becomes a man on a mission, driven by his thirst for vengeance and his need to rid himself of all the pain, Devin sets out to find the man who killed his wife and son. He finds Earl Ray, the murderer of his wife, in a hotel room and stabs him square in the chest, and continues to stab him in a blind rage. In his rage, Devin doesn’t notice that police have already entered the room and are demanding he stop. The police shoot Devin, three bullets hitting his chest, and Devin’s life as a human is over. Enter The Company, otherwise known as Hell, Devin has been chosen by The Company to be turned into a demon and to help sell their Formula. Templeton, Devin’s new mentor at the Company, tells Devin this special Formula helps humans find the courage to do what they otherwise couldn’t do on their own. Devin at first is reluctant, not fully convinced he wants to sell the Formula if that means he has to become a demon but Templeton makes Devin a promise: sell the Formula and he will get to be reunited with his wife, Bridget again. There is one specific person Templeton and The Boss, otherwise known as Satan, want Devin to sell the Formula: Nadine Marin. Templeton explains to Devin that Nadine is severely depressed and needs the Formula to help give her the courage to overcome her depression and make the right decision. Devin agrees, hoping by helping this girl, he will find his wife. But Devin will soon realize that everything he thought he knew about Heaven and Hell wasn’t all true and the very mission he has agreed to undertake may cause him more harm than good. Review: Logic of Demons was a book filled with so many twists and turns you’re head will be spinning. When you think you figured out a certain part of the plot, you’ll find yourself back at square one attempting to understand what in the blazes is going on! Author H.A. Goodman does a very good job at keeping you both frustrated and simultaneously determined to know what happens through Devin’s journey and what is so special about Nadine. Part of me sympathized with Devin. I understood why he committed such a heinous act and part of me wanted to slap him repeatedly for some of the stupid things he ends up believing! He’s a character a lot of readers will be able to identify with and understand. He was written very well (for the most part). You end up connecting with him from the beginning and wanting to help him find his way back to his wife (while at the same time wanting to either slap or strangle him– sometimes a bit of both!). Nadine is a beautiful soul. I SO desperately wanted to save her and protect her. For a teenager she has an amazing amount of wisdom and knowledge. Natalia is also a very lovely character, full of compassion and love. The pacing of Logic of Demons could have been better. The beginning starts off with action but drags some throughout the middle. It was very frustrating on how long it takes to find out what exactly is happening in the story! I had to put the book down a few times out of sheer annoyance of the plot moving just too slow and boredom. But around chapter seventeen the story picks back up again, somewhat. Logic of Demons also address some very tough and heavy subjects: depression, rape, murder, sex trafficking, genocide, the afterlife, God, Satan, and religion. There are some moments you may have to reread certain parts to fully understand and grasp what author H.A. Goodman is trying to convey to his audience but there are many good lessons to learn from his characters and story. The view of genocide in Rwanda was not a chapter I cared for at all, too much description for my taste, and traumatizing I feel for readers so you may want to skip that chapter (21). For the most part, I enjoyed reading Logic of Demons. The ending was really great! Surprised me, I did not expect it to end the way that it did and how big Nadine’s role really was. Not everyone will be happy reading this book, especially since it discusses such strong subject matter. You will need to come to Logic of Demons with an open mind. Whether you believe in God or the Devil, whether you believe there is an afterlife or not, Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine’s Soul is a pretty interesting read, one that will cause you think about your own views on yourself and on what you believe in. http://openbooksociety.com/article/bo...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Annabell

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Synopsis: Devin Schwartz is a broken man. Having lost his wife, who was pregnant with their son, to a serial killer who rapped her and killed her, leaving her lifeless body in a dumpster, Devin has lost all reason for living. He becomes a man on a mission, driven by his thirst for vengeance and his need to rid himself of all the pain, Devin sets out to find the man who killed his wife and son. He finds Earl Ray, the murderer of his wife, in a hotel room and stabs him square in the chest, and con Synopsis: Devin Schwartz is a broken man. Having lost his wife, who was pregnant with their son, to a serial killer who rapped her and killed her, leaving her lifeless body in a dumpster, Devin has lost all reason for living. He becomes a man on a mission, driven by his thirst for vengeance and his need to rid himself of all the pain, Devin sets out to find the man who killed his wife and son. He finds Earl Ray, the murderer of his wife, in a hotel room and stabs him square in the chest, and continues to stab him in a blind rage. In his rage, Devin doesn’t notice that police have already entered the room and are demanding he stop. The police shoot Devin, three bullets hitting his chest, and Devin’s life as a human is over. Enter The Company, otherwise known as Hell, Devin has been chosen by The Company to be turned into a demon and to help sell their Formula. Templeton, Devin’s new mentor at the Company, tells Devin this special Formula helps humans find the courage to do what they otherwise couldn’t do on their own. Devin at first is reluctant, not fully convinced he wants to sell the Formula if that means he has to become a demon but Templeton makes Devin a promise: sell the Formula and he will get to be reunited with his wife, Bridget again. There is one specific person Templeton and The Boss, otherwise known as Satan, want Devin to sell the Formula: Nadine Marin. Templeton explains to Devin that Nadine is severely depressed and needs the Formula to help give her the courage to overcome her depression and make the right decision. Devin agrees, hoping by helping this girl, he will find his wife. But Devin will soon realize that everything he thought he knew about Heaven and Hell wasn’t all true and the very mission he has agreed to undertake may cause him more harm than good. Review: Logic of Demons was a book filled with so many twists and turns you’re head will be spinning. When you think you figured out a certain part of the plot, you’ll find yourself back at square one attempting to understand what in the blazes is going on! Author H.A. Goodman does a very good job at keeping you both frustrated and simultaneously determined to know what happens through Devin’s journey and what is so special about Nadine. Part of me sympathized with Devin. I understood why he committed such a heinous act and part of me wanted to slap him repeatedly for some of the stupid things he ends up believing! He’s a character a lot of readers will be able to identify with and understand. He was written very well (for the most part). You end up connecting with him from the beginning and wanting to help him find his way back to his wife (while at the same time wanting to either slap or strangle him-- sometimes a bit of both!). Nadine is a beautiful soul. I SO desperately wanted to save her and protect her. For a teenager she has an amazing amount of wisdom and knowledge. Natalia is also a very lovely character, full of compassion and love. The pacing of Logic of Demons could have been better. The beginning starts off with action but drags some throughout the middle. It was very frustrating on how long it takes to find out what exactly is happening in the story! I had to put the book down a few times out of sheer annoyance of the plot moving just too slow. But around chapter seventeen the story picks back up again. Logic of Demons also addresses some very tough and heavy subjects: depression, rape, murder, sex trafficking, genocide, the afterlife, God, Satan, and religion. There are some moments you may have to reread certain parts to fully understand and grasp what author H.A. Goodman is trying to convey to his audience but there are many good lessons to learn from his characters and story. The view of genocide in Rwanda was not a chapter I cared for at all, too much description for my taste, and traumatizing I feel for readers so you may want to skip that chapter (21). For the most part, I enjoyed reading Logic of Demons. The ending was really great! Surprised me, I did not expect it to end the way that it did and how big Nadine’s role really was. Not everyone will be happy reading this book, especially since it discusses such strong subject matter. You will need to come to Logic of Demons with an open mind. Whether you believe in God or the Devil, whether you believe there is an afterlife or not, Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine’s Soul is a pretty interesting read, one that will cause you think about your own views on yourself and on what you believe in.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Review originally posted at: http://supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com... Actual rating: 2.5/5 THE STORY With one little decision to stay home instead of accompanying his wife to the mall, Devin's whole life changed. One more decision made out of a need to make his wife's murderer pay changed Devin's death. Now, instead of finding himself reunited with his wife and unborn child in the afterlife, Devin is enlisted in the service of The Company, selling a Formula to innocent souls–an endeavor that result Review originally posted at: http://supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com... Actual rating: 2.5/5 THE STORY With one little decision to stay home instead of accompanying his wife to the mall, Devin's whole life changed. One more decision made out of a need to make his wife's murderer pay changed Devin's death. Now, instead of finding himself reunited with his wife and unborn child in the afterlife, Devin is enlisted in the service of The Company, selling a Formula to innocent souls–an endeavor that results in unfathomable consequences. All Devin wants is to be with his wife, and he's told by his demonic mentor Templeton that if he just sells the Formula to a young teenage girl named Nadine, he will be free to search for his wife in this new realm of existence. Soon however, Devin begins to wonder about The Formula he's peddling and the effects it will have on young Nadine. Before he can even attempt the sale he finds himself face to face with an Angel, one who makes him aware of the growing unrest between Heaven and Hell and the importance Nadine has to this epic battle. Devin made several regrettable choices in life, now the question remains as to whether he has learned enough to make the right ones in death, as his fate, Nadine's fate, and all of humanity's fate could be on the line. MY THOUGHTS Conceptually fascinating, Logic of Demons examines the extreme consequences resulting from the basest human behaviors, where the survivors of horrific crimes often scoff at the lack of divine intervention on their behalf, leading them to an entitled sense of vengeful retribution that usually only ends in additional pain. From there, the way for the eclipse of rationality and the birth of moral ambiguity is paved, and the separation of right and wrong can no longer be so easily defined. This story is a telling introspection, one that forces us to confront the fact that the evilest of deeds are often cloaked in a wrongful sense of righteousness, and at times overwhelming fanaticism provides the means to justify acts of inhuman cruelty. The broad spectrum of implications addressed causes us to question the reasoning behind our own day to day actions, and whether we have ever acted impulsively, thinking our behavior was morally and ethically sound but perhaps could have been more cruel or selfish in nature than we might care to admit. Though the questions raised by this tale are haunting and endless, main character Devin is exceedingly difficult to relate to, his misery over his wife's death earning our sympathy and understanding, but the brutality of his retaliation erects a transparent wall between us where we can both see and hear him, but he remains out of reach of our full emotional absolution and the warmth of our complete embrace. He is consumed by a blind naivete, bumbling forth with a single-minded purpose that causes him to agree to virtually anything anyone asks of him regardless of the consequence. Devin is like the lightest of feathers, haplessly blown in the direction of the prevailing wind, and whether the whispers carried on those billowing gusts are poisonous or heavenly seems to matter little to him provided they get him back to his wife. He makes himself frustratingly pliable, able to be molded into any dominant personality's shape of choice without truly questioning what effects this new form might carry with it, and we have no choice but to read on as he repeats his mistake again and again. The story itself is difficult to manage at times, often muddied by the presence of several snippets thrusting us into the midst of Nadine's vibrant imagination as well as flashbacks to a younger Devin, and these disparate elements begin to cloud the clarity of Devin's ultimate goal. Further adding to the confusion is the contrast of a fairly simplistic writing style indicating a younger target audience with the very graphic and violent imagery of the horrors of which humanity is capable. Thus, this story seems to be in a classification limbo, lacking some of the finesse that might appeal to an older audience, but also far more brutal than one would deem appropriate for all ages. Mr. Goodman does provide a very interesting twist at the end, one that eases some of the confusion and begins to knit the disjointed elements back together, thereby leaving us with more of a sense of understanding than we've experienced at any point previously. This story has a powerful premise and a riveting concept, his ideas unmistakably unique and his vision of the afterlife intriguing, but at times the characterization and execution can cause readers to stumble in their journey with Devin. That being said, I expect more good ideas will no doubt come from Mr. Goodman moving forward, and I will certainly be keeping an eye out for his additional works. Rating: 2.5/5

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I received a free copy of this novel from the author but this in no way influenced my review. As always I will give an honest review of the novel. I was in no way compensated for the review. I'm sorry, but reading the synopsis of this book would make me not want to read it. It makes it sound boring, religious and preachy. It isn't that way at all! I really didn't know what to expect when I read the letter that came with the book from the author. He seemed to be concerned about the graphic things I received a free copy of this novel from the author but this in no way influenced my review. As always I will give an honest review of the novel. I was in no way compensated for the review. I'm sorry, but reading the synopsis of this book would make me not want to read it. It makes it sound boring, religious and preachy. It isn't that way at all! I really didn't know what to expect when I read the letter that came with the book from the author. He seemed to be concerned about the graphic things that happened in the novel and the religious overtones. But to me it was just a story and that's how I read it. It didn't preach and really the sex trafficking and child conscription were not graphic and essential to the story line. It wasn't inappropriate in any way. So, to get to the meat of it. The main character has been to hell and back in the last few weeks when the story opens up and he is on the edge. He's considering taking justice into his own hands-vigilante style. And how many times have we seen something on t.v. where a murderer is let go on a technicality and we've thought how we'd like him to get his on the streets. But Devin, our main character finds himself in that same position and temptations is just to great. He then finds himself in various places after he dies working to sell "The Formula" to various individuals without thinking about it only focused on getting back to his wife Bridget and his unborn son. Life handed him a hard lesson which he didn't learn and he's not learning it any better in the afterlife. He's tested again and again. Until he finally finds something to hang onto. Everyone in the afterlife is bent on either selling Nadine the Formula or saving her soul, depending on which side of the afterlife you come from and who you work for. So who is Nadine? She's a young teenager, who lives with her alcoholic Uncle Gustav who does nothing but resent the fact that he has to take care of her because her father was killed in a drive by in a case of mistaken identity and her mother died in jail, a junkie. She's very depressed and has a secret. But she's also a very talented artist, drawing anime throughout most of her classes and lives for her meetings with her anime club on Thursdays during lunch. It seems to be the only thing that brings her happiness. Devin is dragged through hell, earth, heaven, hell, and many other places before he's finally put on trial for failing to find his moral compass in time. Many surprises occur during the trial and after but the true test comes down to the quest for Nadine's soul. I had a problem with the ending. I didn't mind how the characters were concluded, in fact it was very clever and unique. But Nadine was depressed to the point of suicide and it felt like the author resolved those feelings too easily. Here is one quote, "With the help of her imagination, she had defeated the foundation of her sadness, the rationale of her deepest insecurities and darkest emotions." It isn't a mind over matter thing. Depression is a serious illness and suicide is the lowest point of that depression. At that point, your imagination doesn't help you out of it. Intervention, medication therapy, friends, possibly a hospital stay, all of that is needed to bring you back from that threshold. I know. I've been there and it isn't easy to get back from. It's my only complaint with the novel. I thought it was a great story with a real twist at the end. I never expected it and couldn't figure out how Nadine knew so much. It was great to see Devin grow from such a selfish desire driven person to a person driven by good and belief in doing the right thing. The author obviously has a great imagination to create such a twisted and complicated story, yet bring all the story lines to a satisfying end. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone that wants to read a great story. It isn't religious in any way except for locale. I would say there are some graphic scenes in it, but not sexual, more violent. And unfortunately, true. This is definitely an adult book or an older YA reader 17 or older. There are scenes in it that are inappropriate for younger than that. But it is definitely worth reading. I'd read it again in a heartbeat and though it kind of taught a lesson, it didn't beat you over the head with it. It was a very good story. Just didn't like the dismissive way depression was treated. Will I read other books by this author? You bet! He knows how to tell a story!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Logic of Demons was an interesting exploration in all things religious and in this aspect, was a fascinating read. I enjoyed the main character's journey through Hell and back, learning the story of some of the other characters and the ending was certainly surprising. However, there were definitely aspects that didn't work for me. Devon's journey was definitely one full of twists and turns. I was drawn into his plight from the beginning and wanted to know why and how his wife was ripped from him. Logic of Demons was an interesting exploration in all things religious and in this aspect, was a fascinating read. I enjoyed the main character's journey through Hell and back, learning the story of some of the other characters and the ending was certainly surprising. However, there were definitely aspects that didn't work for me. Devon's journey was definitely one full of twists and turns. I was drawn into his plight from the beginning and wanted to know why and how his wife was ripped from him. I understood why he fell into temptation but him killing his wife's murderer really did cut off my connection with him. Afterward, he seemed very childish, falling for one lie after another. While I liked that he was so devoted to his wife, it bothered me that he was willing to forsake everything to be back with her. I was really glad that he learned to stop making rash decisions, even if he did believe he was going to be back with her. In that regard, his growth was refreshing. I also found how Goodman portrayed demons very fascinating. The fact that they lied to each other to get the new recruits to follow suit was an interesting twist. The entire imagining of Hell was something I hadn't read before and felt fresh. I enjoyed picturing it as an office with stints selling The Formula and answering to "The Boss". The way we were introduced to Nadine, the girl who could draw angels and demons was also great. I loved getting snippets of her stories throughout the novel and really helped solify the ending. I had no idea how it would end but becuase of these snippets of who Nadine was and what she did, it was a believalbe way for the story to end. It was a quest for Nadine's soul, we just don't find out until the end that she's alone on the journey. While there were plenty of good things about this novel, it wasn't without its faults. The endless exploration did wear down on the story and interrupted the flow of the plot. By the middle of the novel, I felt that it was either trying to preach to me or that it was focusing too hard on the issues and forgoing the plot. I felt a lot of things could have been cut to allow the reader to interrupt what the author was trying to say instead of hammering it over and over again. The writng was also a bit shaky. Some first novels don't feel like firsts, but this one did. It suffered from some over-writing and as mentioned before, it just felt like the author didn't trust that the reader could get the point. However, this only showed up every once and a while and for the most part was absent. I enjoyed getting to know the other character but I felt a bit tricked about Devon's son and his wife. We go on a journey, and unbeknownst to Devon and the reader, we are actually with his son and his wife but his son and his wife pretend to be entirely different people. It was a bit frustrating because it was from these two journies that Devon learned that even if he does bad things for good reasons, the deeds are still bad. This is really Devon's breaking point where he finally starts to accept his own actions and because those people his wife and son were pretending to be didn't actually exist, it sort of cheapened the journey for me. There were a lot of things about this novel that worked-- the main character's journey, the re-invention of Heaven and Hell and angels and demons and the surprise ending. But because a lot of the plot was buried in exploration, I grew a bit detached from everything else and lost interest about halfway through. This might be a book for some people but I certainly wouldn't reccommend it for everyone. Overall, I'm glad I read it but it's definitely not for the light hearted.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Smash

    Check out this review over at Smash Attack Reads: http://smashattackreads.blogspot.com/... I really enjoyed the premise of this book. There are sociological, religious, and political themes. The story revolves around justice, the human condition and free will, how the choices we make always have consequences. Great concepts to be explored, for sure. Devin is sent to The Company after he falls trap to his feelings about his wife’s murder and takes justice into his own hands. Apparently, he’s applie Check out this review over at Smash Attack Reads: http://smashattackreads.blogspot.com/... I really enjoyed the premise of this book. There are sociological, religious, and political themes. The story revolves around justice, the human condition and free will, how the choices we make always have consequences. Great concepts to be explored, for sure. Devin is sent to The Company after he falls trap to his feelings about his wife’s murder and takes justice into his own hands. Apparently, he’s applied for a Sales position, unbeknownst to him. As you can easily guess, The Company is Hell and The Boss is Satan. His job? To sell The Formula, aka Revenge. Retaliation. Retribution. Devin was not a very interesting character, to me. It’s easy to understand where he’s coming from, but it’s not easy to relate to the experience or his choice. And his naivety was annoying. However, I did enjoy his progression throughout the story, though I never saw him as “evil” to begin with. The poor guy is thrust into the war between Good and Evil, lied to, tricked, physically and mentally tortured, yet he presses forward, albeit mostly for selfish goals. At first, the introduction to Nadine bothered me, even though it’s done in a creative fashion that really ties into the entire book. However, later on the creativity of that transition and subsequent ones really interested me. Nadine’s a creative soul and I found her imagination amazing! She’s in an ugly spot due to certain experiences and is overwhelmed with grief and depression. Drawing anime was a catharsis for her. I found her to be the best part about the book and she wasn’t in it enough, even though the story revolved around her. I would’ve like some more insight into Nadine via her own eyes, and not everyone else’s thoughts. Natalia, an Angel who is watching over Nadine, wants him to witness firsthand what The Formula does. She is trying to prove to Devin that he is being played and is working for the wrong team. So she transports him back in time to Rwanda where he has to witness the carnage of the genocide that took place there in 1994. [This scene fueled my passion for human rights advocacy all over again. I was an anti-genocide advocate during my undergrad, and Rwanda holds a dear place in my heart. The genocide that occurred there in 1994 and the movie made about it, Hotel Rwanda, is what shaped my ambitions. During my undergrad, I wrote many papers on the genocide and the inaction of the world. I will adopt a child from that country one day.] The plot was interesting but after the Paladin entered the story, it all went downhill for me. I did not enjoy any part of their involvement in the story. I also found the main plot regarding Nadine and her importance to be odd. The ending of the story was creative but it didn’t work for me. I just found it a bit convoluted and weird. However, as stated earlier, I enjoyed the premise and themes presented. It was definitely a thought-provoking book that made you question your values about certain issues of justice and the like. I think the author has great ideas.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cass - Words on Paper

    Slight spoilers. Read at your own risk! Let me start by saying this wasn't a terrible book. It just wasn't for me, and it is my duty as a book reviewer to be completely honest in my opinions. I know there are many people out there who would deeply enjoy this novel, and I'll tell you why this didn't fit the bill for me. It goes without saying that this would appeal more to "adults" (whatever that means these days), say those in their late twenties onwards. Logic of Demons begins when a steadfast ma Slight spoilers. Read at your own risk! Let me start by saying this wasn't a terrible book. It just wasn't for me, and it is my duty as a book reviewer to be completely honest in my opinions. I know there are many people out there who would deeply enjoy this novel, and I'll tell you why this didn't fit the bill for me. It goes without saying that this would appeal more to "adults" (whatever that means these days), say those in their late twenties onwards. Logic of Demons begins when a steadfast man in his thirties is mulling over the recent murder of his late-wife. He goes to her funeral, and fights against his inner tendencies to strike back: he knows who did it, he has the motive, all he needs is the courage to go forward with such an idea. And he does. And in so doing, he scores himself a quick trip down to "The Office" (or Hell), after being 'accidentally' shot time and time again, before succumbing to his injuries. All that drives him forward is the will to see his wife again. I could not relate to the protagonist, Devin, at all. He lives in a different world than I ever could have: he'd been married, then experienced horrific events; committed murder, and so on. His actions are also painfully naive considering all he's gone through. Perhaps this stems from my fatal inability to relate to him on even the most basic terms, but his mentally throughout the whole novel is "All I want is to be with my wife again!" It really annoyed me that he continually got screwed over time and time again by blindly trusting those who promised if he stuck by them they'd be able to lead him to his wife. This happened, sadly, to the point that I was shaking my head. The writing style, and more specifically, just the basics of writing, are to be expected when dealing with a self-published novel. I can forgive that, but I can't forgive the blatantly obvious typos that popped up time and time again. Being a stickler for spelling and grammar, this also stifled my possible ability to enjoy the novel, even that little bit more than I did. Once more, the formatting of the novel as a whole was one that I was unaccustomed to. The chapters are long, especially when compared to many YA titles, resulting in my only reading one chapter in one sitting, most times. It took me more than a week to finish this book, and even by the end, I skimmed (I'm talking 60 pages, which is 20% of the novel!), just so I could read another book. At the beginning though, I was willing to give this one a shot, but it just wasn't meant to be. However, the story when seen from a distance, is at its core, about the struggle between good and evil. Are the actions we, as humans, make purely our sole decisions? This novel deals with a chunk of issues that it's hard to list it. There's death, rape, love, trust, family, justice . . . Goodman actually addresses these pretty well, and I have no doubts that his next novels will prove to entertain and satisfy fans and loyal readers.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I received a hardback copy of Logic of Demons from H.A. Goodman, the author, for review. I was happy to take a look at this novel because from the description, it sounded like something a little different from what I've been reading lately and it definitely caught my interest. I honestly didn't care much for the book cover, however, the book within was definitely worth reading. Logic of Demons is a dark, twisty novel that introduces us to Devin Schwartz, a man who recently suffered the loss of hi I received a hardback copy of Logic of Demons from H.A. Goodman, the author, for review. I was happy to take a look at this novel because from the description, it sounded like something a little different from what I've been reading lately and it definitely caught my interest. I honestly didn't care much for the book cover, however, the book within was definitely worth reading. Logic of Demons is a dark, twisty novel that introduces us to Devin Schwartz, a man who recently suffered the loss of his pregnant wife to an unspeakable act of violence. When Devin decides to take matters into his own hands and seek revenge on the murderer, it sets into place a series of events that change his life and very soon after, his afterlife as well. Devin finds himself transported to hell where he is offered a "too good to be true" deal with the devil. Satan was a lively and entertaining part of the story. She is the boss of "The Company", and the company's product? The Formula for revenge. I found Devin to be such an interesting character, not really one I can relate to, but interesting all the same. His actions and decisions seemed to be very immature, making impulsive decisions without considering any consequences to himself or anyone else. He also seemed a bit obtuse at times, missing things that should have been fairly obvious. Even though he claimed to have the single-minded purpose to be with his wife and child, he didn't seem to actively ensure that he was on the right path to succeed in that. Although, I guess that's a fairly common human trait, inadvertently putting obstacles in your own path. Nadine also plays a major part in all of these goings-on. She is the teenage target that Devin must foist the Company's "Formula" off on. Nadine is an easy character to sympathize with, with her tragic past and so many things against her, I couldn't help rooting for her throughout the twist and turns. Some of the plot was a bit hard to follow at the beginning, but was cleared up with the twists at the end, which I felt was cleverly done. This book takes a hard look at right verses wrong and some of the gray areas, as well as causing me as a reader to think about where I stand as far as my beliefs, and how I would react to certain situations and what the consequences would be. Although Logic of Demons explores heaven, hell, angels, and demons, I don't feel that it had an overbearingly religious message and is a novel that can be thoroughly enjoyed regardless of your own personal beliefs. This novel can be pretty graphic at times and does explore some touchy subjects. However, I don't believe it was overdone in anyway and was relevant to the story. As a reviewer though, I feel as though I should mention this to anyone thinking of reading Logic of Demons. Overall, I think H.A. Goodman has penned a novel that is incredibly unique and thought provoking. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of darkness in their fantasy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)

    January 11 2011Logic of Demons – H.A. Goodman 3 comments Reviews■Paperback: 272 pages■H.A. Goodman’s Website ■List Price: $15.49 US ■Publisher:AuthorHouse (July 14, 2010) ■Language: English ■ISBN-10: 1452018170 ■ISBN-13: 978-1452018171 Buy Logic of Demons at: ■Amazon What would you do if the love of your life was murdered by a deranged killer? Would you become a vigilante and seek retribution? And would this revenge affect those you care for in the afterlife? LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine’s Soul January 11 2011Logic of Demons – H.A. Goodman 3 comments Reviews■Paperback: 272 pages■H.A. Goodman’s Website ■List Price: $15.49 US ■Publisher:AuthorHouse (July 14, 2010) ■Language: English ■ISBN-10: 1452018170 ■ISBN-13: 978-1452018171 Buy Logic of Demons at: ■Amazon What would you do if the love of your life was murdered by a deranged killer? Would you become a vigilante and seek retribution? And would this revenge affect those you care for in the afterlife? LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine’s Soul takes you on a journey inside the psyches of men and women forced to deal with the spiritual consequences of their decisions. Through the lives of a demon, two Angels, and a mysterious teenage girl, a plethora of politically and socially relevant issues ranging from the roots of genocide and sex trafficking to child conscription and religious fundamentalism are addressed in this fantasy thriller. Life as well as the afterlife converge in this novel to explain certain peculiarities of the human condition. Whether you are God fearing individual or an atheist, LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine’s Soul addresses moral and theological issues of interest for people of all backgrounds. Logic of Demons follows Devin, who instead of going shopping with his pregnant wife chooses to finish up watching a football game. Little does he know his wife ends up being murdered by a man who has been killing pregnant woman. Instead of listening to his father in-laws advice & allowing the police to deal with the murderer, Devin takes the law into his own hands. After killing his wife’s murderer, Devin ends up working for The Company which leads him to Nadine. The Company wants Devin to give Nadine a sales pitch, but through a series of events that include Demons, Angels & Nadine herself, Devin realizes life or afterlife isn’t as simple as it seems. Logic of Demons was something I normally wouldn’t read. At first I thought it was a straight up paranormal, by mid-book I realized I couldn’t class Logic of Demons. I had a whoa moment at the end of the book, when all the pieces just neatly fall into place. It was an amazing ending & something that I totally wouldn’t have contemplated being possible. This is not a Paranormal Romance or an Urban Fantasy, but more so a fiction with touches of the paranormal, religion & moral values. At times the book is a little heavy, but the flow of the writing is paced perfectly so you can sit & think everything over without becoming overwhelmed. Logic of Demons show that there are consequences to every single action we make in our lives & that we do matter to at least one person. If you are looking for something a bit different, with a big change on our normal views of the afterlife check out Logic of Demons. 3.5

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mina Burrows

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Overall, I liked H.A. Goodman’s novel, Logic of Demons:The Quest for Nadine’s Soul. To be honest, the last 50 pages did it for me. During Devin's quest, I found there was too much back and forth between afterlife characters/scenes that I didn’t appreciate. But the ending….ah, the ending…redeemed the book for me. On my KilloMeter, I give H.A. Goodman’s novel, Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine’s Soul a 3.5. The Review in detail: H.A. Goodman’s debut novel, Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine’s Overall, I liked H.A. Goodman’s novel, Logic of Demons:The Quest for Nadine’s Soul. To be honest, the last 50 pages did it for me. During Devin's quest, I found there was too much back and forth between afterlife characters/scenes that I didn’t appreciate. But the ending….ah, the ending…redeemed the book for me. On my KilloMeter, I give H.A. Goodman’s novel, Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine’s Soul a 3.5. The Review in detail: H.A. Goodman’s debut novel, Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine’s Soul, is a fictional tale about the pivotal decisions you make in your life that may effect your afterlife. What would happen if your pregnant wife was raped and murdered and you knew who the killer was? Would you seek justice and kill the culprit? It’s a logic “what if” question; one that we all ponder from time to time. If that scenario happened to you…what would you do? The book opens with our hero faced with that conflict. Devin Schwartz's wife is brutally murdered and he’s knows the killer. With little hesitation, Devin slaughters the man responsible for his wife & unborn child’s death and winds up dead himself, suspending in a bizarre afterlife. Since his vengeance, he’s now deemed a “demon” and is recruited to work for The Company, selling something called “The Formula” to unsuspecting living humans. With all the conviction that Devin started out with in this book, he certainly lost his bravado when it came to the afterlife. The bulk of this book was about Devin fumbling through afterlife, attempting to reunite with his wife and child. There were many times were I wanted to smack Devin. Between The Company, the Angels, the Paladins and Satan herself, there was a point in the book where I didn’t know who was telling the truth. Devin acted – often to his detriment – too impulsively, causing more problems for our demonic hero. The Company (aka Hell), ultimately tasks Devin with selling The Formula to a troubled teenage girl, Nadine. Using The Formula, Devin must convince Nadine to do something heinous. And who is Nadine anyway? In the story, Nadine is this talented anime artist whose parents are dead and she lives with her holy-rolling Uncle. But why her? There’s a billion depressed, self-loathing teenagers out there so what makes her so special? With all the tragedy bestowed on this chick, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. While reading this, I often thought that personal tragedy was the common thread between Devin and Nadine. Could it be that Devin is the key to save or condemn Nadine’s soul? I won’t tell you…you’ll have to find out. Posted also on my blog, http://minaburrows.blogspot.com.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    This book was amazingly, surprisingly, and shockingly awesome! I've got to be honest - I wasn't excepting to like it. I find that lately, every time I receive a book for review from an author that's been published by an unknown publishing company, I'm disappointed. It had almost gotten to the point in which I felt like it must be an editor that makes a book good and not an author. Alas, not the case with Logic of Demons. I was immediately gripped, pulled into the world of Devin Schwartz, horrifie This book was amazingly, surprisingly, and shockingly awesome! I've got to be honest - I wasn't excepting to like it. I find that lately, every time I receive a book for review from an author that's been published by an unknown publishing company, I'm disappointed. It had almost gotten to the point in which I felt like it must be an editor that makes a book good and not an author. Alas, not the case with Logic of Demons. I was immediately gripped, pulled into the world of Devin Schwartz, horrified that I was unable to do anything to help him as I helplessly watched him make one horrible decision that would change his life forever. He buys the Forumla and finds he can't stop himself from killing the man that raped and murdered his pregnant wife. And then he finds himself working for the Company, assured that he is 100% NOT in Hell (I have to say, I wasn't so sure). Logic of Demons takes a look at how thinly drawn the lines are between good and evil. As Devin makes his way through the afterlife, trying to understand the world of demons and angels and paladins and salesmen, he continues to make some pretty bad choices, a lot of them based on sheer naivety. It's hard to sit back and watch him when, as a reader, you pick up on things so much more quickly than he does. But, through his fumbling, the reader comes to understand what Goodman is trying to accomplish. In evil, there is always a little good to be found, and in good, there is always evil to be found - it just depends on how you look at things. Overall, this book is utterly readable and enjoyable, and it's got a message worth reading. I don't really like how Goodman seems to overlook completely the whole idea that things that may seem bad on the surface aren't necessarily so because of intentions, but I didn't really feel the book lacking for not approaching it. I suppose it delves enough into the moral to not need it. There were a couple other parts of the book that also frustrated me (since when does a person not have the opportunity to be defended at his trial, for example?), but seriously, with a good editor, this book could have easily made it's way up to 5 stars on my book list. If you've ever questioned heaven or hell or good or evil, or really even if you're just looking for a fast-paced, exciting read with some unique twists, this book is for you! I loved it! You'll find yourself hooked and wondering just how Nadine and her soul play into this whole thing right up until the very last chapter. Definitely worth checking out! :-)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Book Info: Genre: Dark Fantasy Reading Level: Adult Recommended for: Anyone Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author; he did not request it, but I am happy to provide an honest review. Synopsis: What would you do if the love of your life was murdered by a deranged killer? Would you become a vigilante and seek retribution? And would this revenge affect those you care for in the afterlife? LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul takes you on a journey inside the psyches of men an Book Info: Genre: Dark Fantasy Reading Level: Adult Recommended for: Anyone Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author; he did not request it, but I am happy to provide an honest review. Synopsis: What would you do if the love of your life was murdered by a deranged killer? Would you become a vigilante and seek retribution? And would this revenge affect those you care for in the afterlife? LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul takes you on a journey inside the psyches of men and women forced to deal with the spiritual consequences of their decisions. Through the lives of a demon, two Angels, and a mysterious teenage girl, a plethora of politically and socially relevant issues ranging from the roots of genocide and sex trafficking to child conscription and religious fundamentalism are addressed in this fantasy thriller. Life as well as the afterlife converge in this novel to explain certain peculiarities of the human condition. Whether you are God fearing individual or an atheist, LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul addresses moral and theological issues of interest for people of all backgrounds. My Thoughts: I really enjoyed the second book in this series, Breaking the Devil’s Heart, which the author recommends reading first. To say that my reading this weekend has been a little... eclectic is rather understating the matter. I have gone from a YA PNR to a darkly humorous thriller to... this. This is a disturbing book, and definitely a mind-twister. The first almost-half of the book is from the demons’ point-of-view and shows the insidious nature of the logic trail they encourage, the way that humans are encouraged to listen to their base natures and ignore their more merciful tendencies. I enjoyed the way that Goodman showed that each side in this conflict – demons, Paladins, Angels – were absolutely convinced that they were the ones doing things right, the ones who truly had the best interests of all people on their minds, and truly believed in what they were doing. It couldn’t have been easy to twist one’s mind to all those different points of view, but I think he did it admirably. And God remains silent – completely silent, leaving even those in the afterlife looking for direction, and having to find their own. I think this speaks directly to a part of all humanity: we need to find our own way. But we need to remember to be merciful and listen to our conscience, not our human nature. Highly recommended.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Moonlight Gleam

    Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine’s Soul is written from Devin’s point of view. Devin is the protagonist of the novel, and the story begins with his pregnant wife having just been raped and murdered. Holding on to the memories he shared and the thoughts of what his wife had to endure the last few moments of her life, Devin is faced with a dilemma. He can choose to let it go, or get revenge. His concerned father-in-law begs Devin not to do anything irrational, but having his thoughts filled w Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine’s Soul is written from Devin’s point of view. Devin is the protagonist of the novel, and the story begins with his pregnant wife having just been raped and murdered. Holding on to the memories he shared and the thoughts of what his wife had to endure the last few moments of her life, Devin is faced with a dilemma. He can choose to let it go, or get revenge. His concerned father-in-law begs Devin not to do anything irrational, but having his thoughts filled with the need for revenge, he does not listen. Devin finally gives in to his violent thoughts and brutally beats his wife’s murderer to death. Police soon enter the room and open fire at Devin, killing him instantly. Although Devin’s life on earth is over, his journey in the afterlife has only begun. Devin is now working for “The Company”, in the offices under the earth’s surface. He is given a choice to sell their “formula” or resign from his position. He is promised by “The Boss” and a man named Mr. Templeton that by working for them he will be once again be reunited with his wife, but only after completing one special project. He must find a girl named Nadine, and sell her “The Formula”. Devin soon finds out the importance of Nadine and the consequences of his decision. Logic of Demons is a very easy and enjoyable read. Despite being an easy read, Logic of Demons is a much deeper novel than one may think at first glance. You will definitely need to keep an open mind when reading Logic of Demons as the novel addresses strong subject matter such as rape, murder, depression, alcoholism, values, genocide, afterlife, and religion (Heaven and Hell). It is evident that H. A. Goodman has definitely invested a lot of time into researching these subjects. Moreover, while reading the novel, you may find yourself going back and forth between the history books and the novel. H. A. Goodman’s self-published novel Logic of Demons will keep you guessing as to what lies ahead. Through the subjects presented, readers will be able to connect with the characters portrayed in the novel. H. A. Goodman has created a wonderful novel, with an original plot and an unforeseen ending. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy science-fiction, thrillers and contemporary fantasy. 4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written, Recommended **Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.**

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (i swim for oceans)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Logic of Demons is an insane thrill ride of an adventure following Devin the aftermath of his wife's rape and murder by a homeless man. Devin makes a decision that ultimately catapults him on a path to atonement, forgiveness, and ultimately redemption. While trying to redeem himself and find his way to a life where he continue out all time with his wife, Devin learns the depth of the human condition and how far people will go to control situations. I was contacted by Hal Goodman to read his novel Logic of Demons is an insane thrill ride of an adventure following Devin the aftermath of his wife's rape and murder by a homeless man. Devin makes a decision that ultimately catapults him on a path to atonement, forgiveness, and ultimately redemption. While trying to redeem himself and find his way to a life where he continue out all time with his wife, Devin learns the depth of the human condition and how far people will go to control situations. I was contacted by Hal Goodman to read his novel, Logic of Demons, and I heartily accepted because I love books with religious undertones that address some of the more vivid aspects of life that we might otherwise overlook. He's created a masterpiece of a novel that combines a great writing voice, characters that make you feel for them, and a story about redemption that anyone can appreciate. I did have a few qualms with Logic of Demons though, and I feel it's only right as a reviewer to address them. Devin, our hero had a clear goal to reunite with his wife throughout the story, yet when he was presented with cataclysmic circumstances, he always seemed to leap before looking. Now, lots of us are like this, but it really had me wanting to punch the MC for his stupidity. Then, when he is given the task by The Company to sell the Formula to Nadine, all I wanted to was save her because of her background of tragedy. Basically, I had conflicting emotions tackling one another through the story. Logic of Demons is a very well-written novel. Clearly the author put both time and effort into the story, as well as heart. I will, however, say that I think Logic of Demons would be suited for more of an adult crowd that a YA audience. The graphic nature of parts of the story, as well as the content might offend those otherwise. I give it a 4 out 5, and I'd highly recommend this book to more of an adult audience that enjoys Christian fiction, as well as contemporary and fantasy. I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Looksie (At Looksie Lovitz: Books and Wits Blog)

    After the tragic rape and murder of his pregnant wife, Devon seeks revenge. Well, this lands him in a hellish purgatory which seems to run more like an office than an afterlife. His new job? To sell The Formula. If he can sell the Formula to Nadine, he will get to see his wife. This is his motivator. But what is so special about this girl? According to his boss, The Formula saves lives but Devon sees flaws. The further along Devon progresses in his journey, the more he seems to doubt his new aft After the tragic rape and murder of his pregnant wife, Devon seeks revenge. Well, this lands him in a hellish purgatory which seems to run more like an office than an afterlife. His new job? To sell The Formula. If he can sell the Formula to Nadine, he will get to see his wife. This is his motivator. But what is so special about this girl? According to his boss, The Formula saves lives but Devon sees flaws. The further along Devon progresses in his journey, the more he seems to doubt his new afterlife employers intentions. Especially when he meets an angel who shows him things that are too horrible to witness in the human world. Is she right or is she just trying to get Devon not to sell the Formula to Nadine. Angels are the competition after all. The story was a bit slow for me. It switched from reading about Nadine to reading about Devon but I didn't really feel a connection with either character. I also had a hard time sympathizing with Devon's motivations for his actions throughout the book. I get that he misses his wife but when the book starts she is already dead so I guess I didn't feel the loss with him because I don't know enough about her and their relationship together. The world building was pretty cool though. The whole office setting thing reminded me of Beetlejuice. The Formula concept I thought was interesting too. What it could potentially do. I don't want to spoil it's actual purpose but I will say that it tended to make things happen for better or worse. And the ending! Woah. The ending had a twist that would do M. Night Shyamalan proud because I wasn't expecting it at all and it left me a bit flabbergasted. Overall, the story wasn't bad but I just couldn't really get into it. It just wasn't for me. But it might be for you and it is available online if this seems like something that would interest you. For this review and more visit me on my blog at http://looksielovitz.blogspot.com

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Logic of Demons tells the tale of Devin Schwartz, a man who just lost his wife and unborn child to a horrible death. Taking things into his own hands, Devin takes revenge by killing the murderer. Unknowing to Devin, this act of violence sends him into an adventure of a lifetime. Logic of Demons is a very deep book. It takes religion and morals into great consideration. A reoccurring question that came up was if Devin was correct in avenging his wife's death. Is "an eye for an eye" the right way t Logic of Demons tells the tale of Devin Schwartz, a man who just lost his wife and unborn child to a horrible death. Taking things into his own hands, Devin takes revenge by killing the murderer. Unknowing to Devin, this act of violence sends him into an adventure of a lifetime. Logic of Demons is a very deep book. It takes religion and morals into great consideration. A reoccurring question that came up was if Devin was correct in avenging his wife's death. Is "an eye for an eye" the right way to deal with murder? Throughout the book, I found myself questioning Devin's choices. Whenever one of the characters made Devin a deal to do something he would regret, he would willingly do it to be reunited with his wife and child. Sooner rather than later, he would have to pay for the consequences. The three main types of people in this book are: the Paladins, who felt almighty and above everyone else. They believed that humans needed a fresh start, or a Judgement Day. Then there was the Angels, who convince you to do good deeds. And finally, Satan and his demons, who convince you to murder and end lives. Devin gets mixed up with all three of these people. And they all have one common goal: to get to Nadine first. At first, when Goodman is explaining about Nadine, she just seems like a regular teenager, who enjoys drawing and lives with her annoying Uncle Gustav. But there are a lot of demons hidden below the surface, and she is dealing with a battle between life and death. Her very existence means a lot to this ethereal beings. Overall, Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine's Soul is an endless battle between right and wrong, and coming to terms with has happened. Also, how you can't change time, no matter how many times you wish to go back in time and erase the bad memories.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Murphy's Library

    from Murphy's Library — http://www.murphyslibrary.com/ — rated 2 and a half there Devin saw his life turning upside down when his pregnant wife was raped and murdered. He wanted revenge and in a desperate act, he did it by himself: he killed the man who ruined his life. If you think this is tough, just wait until the end of Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine’s Soul. Now Devin is dead and forced to work for The Office, selling The Formula—at first, he had no idea what it was, but soon he realize from Murphy's Library — http://www.murphyslibrary.com/ — rated 2 and a half there Devin saw his life turning upside down when his pregnant wife was raped and murdered. He wanted revenge and in a desperate act, he did it by himself: he killed the man who ruined his life. If you think this is tough, just wait until the end of Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine’s Soul. Now Devin is dead and forced to work for The Office, selling The Formula—at first, he had no idea what it was, but soon he realized he should compel people to make terrible things—to help people, according to his new boss. But all he wanted was to be with his wife again, so he got a propose: he must sell The Formula to a girl, Nadine, and after that he’ll be able to see her. It sounds easy, doesn’t it? But, well, when Devin said yes, he had no idea what The Formula or Nadine were. He’s so, so naive, that most part of the time I wanted to shake him and say “are you seriously believing in everything you’ve been told?” And then we see her, the girl. Nadine was just this sad teenage girl facing issues that, at first, we believed were common, she lived with an awful uncle who tried to bring her to his church and kept saying her cartoons wouldn’t pay the bills. She loved to draw them—and it seemed she was pretty good at it. But later we found out what were her really issues—which made the story even sadder. This book talks about a lot of polemic issues. It brings to the light religious fundamentalism, genocide, depression, rape, murder, sex trafficking… It’s an emotional roller coaster and after I finished reading it, I saw a lot of reviews saying they didn’t see the ending coming, a lot of people were surprised by it. I was… disappointed. I did see that coming, so when I finished reading I wished it was different—it could be more creative and not so cliché.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    Well, I definitely enjoyed this book thoroughly! Logic of Demons is just the right book for me when I was looking for something new and gripping. It takes you on a crazy, fantasy ride with interesting twists along the way. Devin has just lost his wife and is dealing with emotions that threaten to overwhelm him. After making one major decision, he has no choice but to face the consequences that wait for him in the afterlife. But he wants one thing and one thing only: to see his wife, Bridget, aga Well, I definitely enjoyed this book thoroughly! Logic of Demons is just the right book for me when I was looking for something new and gripping. It takes you on a crazy, fantasy ride with interesting twists along the way. Devin has just lost his wife and is dealing with emotions that threaten to overwhelm him. After making one major decision, he has no choice but to face the consequences that wait for him in the afterlife. But he wants one thing and one thing only: to see his wife, Bridget, again. And he will do anything for that to happen even if it means going through Heaven and Hell. Logic of Demons is a book that would make you think. About the choices you make daily, about its causes and its effects. It makes you wonder about the afterlife, about Heaven and Hell. Goodman involves the events in history and muses over them, viewing it in black and white or both. What I liked most is the battle in the afterlife between three forces: the Angels, the Paladin, and the Demons. It’s interesting how there are not only two but three, and they all work to influence the minds of the humans to make the choices that define who they are. It is so original and fascinating that I was engrossed. Although I found it a little slow in the beginning, it eventually drew me in especially when it would switch narration to focus on Nadine’s life. Some twists were predictable but some were surprising. It creates a nice balance that makes this novel grand. Overall, Logic of Demons is adventurous and aims to address the aspects that no one else would dare touch. Goodman successfully tells the story with perfect pacing and a thrilling sense of style, causing one to feel emotionally moved in the very end.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Orchid

    When I was first approached by the author to do a review for Logic of Demons, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to read it. It sounded good, but the back synopsis almost made it sound like there was entirely too much going on for such a short book, but I’m really glad that I did get the chance to read/review Logic of Demons and surpassed my expectation by a lot. One of the things I really enjoyed about Logic of Demons was how the Devin, who was the narrator for the majority of the book, had to come When I was first approached by the author to do a review for Logic of Demons, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to read it. It sounded good, but the back synopsis almost made it sound like there was entirely too much going on for such a short book, but I’m really glad that I did get the chance to read/review Logic of Demons and surpassed my expectation by a lot. One of the things I really enjoyed about Logic of Demons was how the Devin, who was the narrator for the majority of the book, had to come to face up to all the crimes he had committed after the death of his wife. I also loved the moral aspect of Logic of Demons and how in the end one cannot blame ones misdeeds by saying you where led astray. Because we are all given the choice to decide whether or not to do what deep down we now is wrong. Another fascinating thing I found while I was reading this book was the authors take the company and the formula, I thought it was one of the more interesting ways to depict how shrewd the devil can be. While the end of the book was kind of out of left field, it also made a weird kind of sense after thinking back on the book. My favorite thing about Logic of Demons seems to be more about how the choices we make affect not only our life, but also the lives of everyone around us. While I enjoyed reading Logic of Demons I did have a couple of things that I didn’t like about it. There was just a bit too much foul language for my taste; my other problem was that some scenes were over explained a bit, while others were left a little too vague. Final Verdict: An interesting thought provoking read. Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine’s Soul earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Missy (Missy's Reads & Reviews)

    Although this book is about a lot of heavier topics, I found it to be an easy and enjoyable read. The story revolves a lot around choices and consequences, which not only gives us more insight into the book but also into our own characters as well. While we're on the subject of characters, there is an entire cast of them that make up Logic of Demons - everyone of them important to the story. I liked Devin as a character. Though I became a little annoyed with his actions and choices at times becau Although this book is about a lot of heavier topics, I found it to be an easy and enjoyable read. The story revolves a lot around choices and consequences, which not only gives us more insight into the book but also into our own characters as well. While we're on the subject of characters, there is an entire cast of them that make up Logic of Demons - everyone of them important to the story. I liked Devin as a character. Though I became a little annoyed with his actions and choices at times because he seemed to leap into things without thinking about the consequences. Considering his ultimate goal, you'd think he would put a little more thought into this. However... even though it wasn't necessarily always the right choices, I could understand his reasoning behind his actions somewhat, which made it a little easier to relate. Nadine is a creative and amazing soul. I wish that we could have seen more of her besides just little snippets through other peoples' minds. Along with these and the other characters, the way the story was told gave it more dimension than a good many of books that I have read. The amount of description and detail in this book offers that the author put a lot of research and thought into his writing... and it shows. Logic of Demons is a thrill ride full of twists and turns that will have you holding your breath from the exhilaration of the experience until the end. With some of the graphic nature and heavier content in this book, I'd recommend it for a more adult crowd - we'll say mature YA and up. - Originally Posted @ Missy's Reads & Reviews

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lynossa

    There are several things I would like to criticize about this book. The first one of course the main character, Devin was too naive and never uses his brain; perhaps it was because he lost Bridget but it makes me wondering how dependent he was to her when she still alive. I think Bridget did all the thinking for him *wink*. The second is there were too many dialogs and too many explanation; for example when Nadine’s friends appreciated her works, everyone had their share of dialogs which basicall There are several things I would like to criticize about this book. The first one of course the main character, Devin was too naive and never uses his brain; perhaps it was because he lost Bridget but it makes me wondering how dependent he was to her when she still alive. I think Bridget did all the thinking for him *wink*. The second is there were too many dialogs and too many explanation; for example when Nadine’s friends appreciated her works, everyone had their share of dialogs which basically the same thing in a different words. I think instead of that, the author could use a paragraph to describe the situation. Perhaps he was afraid that the readers don’t get the message but for me sometimes inferring message is better than explicit description. Regardless those things I’ve listed above, Logic of Demons is a very interesting novels that embrace various aspects; religion, race, and what’s right and wrong. The author had managed to deliver all the aspects smoothly. In some scenes the right and wrong presented as clear as black and white but then in other scene it all mixed up in a gray zone and before I knew it, I start evaluating my life and my value on what I consider as right and wrong. Unfortunately the issues such as genocide weren't explored deeply, only touched in several situation. It would be much more interesting if we get more detailed insight about them. Nevertheless this is a worth reading book. It will open your mind about what you consider right and wrong, and to view religion from different point.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yin Chien 인첸

    I think I should describe Logic of Demons as 'unexpected'. It started off with Devin mourning his wife, Bridget's terrible death. She was raped and killed by a serial killer caller Earl Gray. He wanted to seek revenge, and for a moment he considered calling off his idea, but finally decided to preserve justice in his own way - by killing the murderer with his own hands. Little did he know that his actions will lead to some unimaginable consequences in the afterworld - with him at the very center I think I should describe Logic of Demons as 'unexpected'. It started off with Devin mourning his wife, Bridget's terrible death. She was raped and killed by a serial killer caller Earl Gray. He wanted to seek revenge, and for a moment he considered calling off his idea, but finally decided to preserve justice in his own way - by killing the murderer with his own hands. Little did he know that his actions will lead to some unimaginable consequences in the afterworld - with him at the very center of it all. In a way, this book presents readers with a debate between good and evil, and the twisted logic of those who think they are doing the right thing when actually they are committing a heinous act. I found this book to be interesting, and I was expecting some really exciting events to take place. And the author did managed to surprise me with his creativity, as well as his bizarre, one-of-a-kind storyline. I really enjoyed Goodman's writing style. While descriptive, it is also straightforward and honest. He lets loose a piece of information in each chapter, clearing a path for the other events to take place smoothly as he continues to surprise readers with each page. However, the second half part of the story made me left me in bewilderment. I couldn't grasp the author's message somehow. The ending left me a little disappointed, because I was expecting something more intense or action-packed. Nonetheless, H. A. Goodman did a good job with his debut novel. He has successfully created a story that will make you hold your breath in anticipation for the next page.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    If you read my blog frequently you can tell that I adore paranormal books. I cannot get enough of them. So when the writer asked me if I wanted to read and review Logic of Demons I immediately said ‘Yes, I accept’. And I am glad I did, because it delivered! Devin is the main character of this story. He has to deal with a terrible loss and he’s feeling guilty. He’s also very naïve and doesn’t think things trough. His mind is fixated on locating his wife and can’t see the trouble he’s getting himse If you read my blog frequently you can tell that I adore paranormal books. I cannot get enough of them. So when the writer asked me if I wanted to read and review Logic of Demons I immediately said ‘Yes, I accept’. And I am glad I did, because it delivered! Devin is the main character of this story. He has to deal with a terrible loss and he’s feeling guilty. He’s also very naïve and doesn’t think things trough. His mind is fixated on locating his wife and can’t see the trouble he’s getting himself into. At times very selfish and annoying. There where a lot of characters in this story and each one of them had a major part in it. I felt that Nadine’s story wasn’t fully described. I would have loved to learn more about this character, as she plays a big role in the story. The plot is amazing. There are a lot of twist and turns and even a surprise at the end which I didn’t see coming. Even though the book is described as young adult, I think adults are a better audience for this story. Devin and all the other characters, except Nadine are older then 19. Logic of Demons got you thinking about what’s right and what’s wrong. Is it wrong to take justice in your own hands or take revenge on someone who has done you harm? And even if you do take justice in your own hands there are always consequences that you don’t see coming. All in all, I really enjoyed Logic of Demons.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tami

    What would you do if someone raped and murdered your pregnant wife? Could you forgive and go on with your life? What if this person was a serial killer who had already killed several pregnant women and was probably going to do it again? Would your very being seethe with anger and scream for justice? Devin Schwartz was faced with such a quandary. His childhood sweetheart and the couple’s unborn child were savagely murdered. Unable to face the pain, Devin hunted down the killer and cold bloodedly What would you do if someone raped and murdered your pregnant wife? Could you forgive and go on with your life? What if this person was a serial killer who had already killed several pregnant women and was probably going to do it again? Would your very being seethe with anger and scream for justice? Devin Schwartz was faced with such a quandary. His childhood sweetheart and the couple’s unborn child were savagely murdered. Unable to face the pain, Devin hunted down the killer and cold bloodedly took justice in his own hands. Thus begins Logic of Demons for most of the story happens after Devin kills his wife’s murder and is himself killed by the police. Devin awakes to find himself in an office, a new recruit for The Company. His new job, to sell The Formula to Nadine Marin- a teenage girl with a secret. Assured that he’s not in hell, that no one will be harmed, that The Formula is simply empowerment for those in difficult circumstances, and that if he succeeds he will see his wife and child again, Devin begins his training. Focused on seeing his wife again, Devin refuses to see reality even when it smacks him in the face. Devin is the everyday man put in the worst possible situation. It’s far too easy to see how such a situation could make a normal person snap. After that, nothing is black and white, just different shades of grey. Logic of Demons is thought provoking. I absolutely love the ending, though I have to admit that I didn’t see it coming.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Savannah (Books With Bite)

    Choices, choices. Life is full of choices.What can I say other than this book was great! I love how well everything was describe in detail. The feelings, the raw emotions that Devin went through, only seemed to break my heart. Devin has been through hell. He's done everything right in his life, yet nothing went well with his. After his wife is brutally murdered, Devin is faced with the voice of the accuser. You know, the one that tells you its all your fault. The one that says what you shouldn't Choices, choices. Life is full of choices.What can I say other than this book was great! I love how well everything was describe in detail. The feelings, the raw emotions that Devin went through, only seemed to break my heart. Devin has been through hell. He's done everything right in his life, yet nothing went well with his. After his wife is brutally murdered, Devin is faced with the voice of the accuser. You know, the one that tells you its all your fault. The one that says what you shouldn't or should of done. Devin filled with grief listens to the voice, making the biggest mistake of his life. What I loved most about this book was the way it was told. I loved reading it from every side. You saw the demons side, whispering in your ear to do every revengeful thing. Then you saw the angel, whispering you to think about what you are doing. I was nothing but filled with emotions while reading this. I rooted for Devin, hoping he would have retribution for the mistakes that he made. Mr. Goodman wrote such a good book, and I ranted on about it for days. Everything that happen in the book was played in my mind over and over again. I loved the ending,. Although it did make me think if the characters were real or of just Nadine's imagination? Whatever the case, this book totally rocked my world and you should definitely read it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Logic of Demons is definitely one of the most interesting and to put it mildy: weird books that I've read in a while. It deals with the idea of what's right and wrong and whether an eye for an eye is seen as okay in "God's" eyes. It's the idea of who gets to play God. Is it alright for me to be a murderer if I'm only killing other murderers? In this novel, there are arguments for both sides, and they're all actually quite convincing. You know that image that everyone has when deciding to do some Logic of Demons is definitely one of the most interesting and to put it mildy: weird books that I've read in a while. It deals with the idea of what's right and wrong and whether an eye for an eye is seen as okay in "God's" eyes. It's the idea of who gets to play God. Is it alright for me to be a murderer if I'm only killing other murderers? In this novel, there are arguments for both sides, and they're all actually quite convincing. You know that image that everyone has when deciding to do something - the one where there's an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other? Well, this novel takes that image so much further than you could even imagine. And the best part is that it does so without being too righteous, too preachy or too religious. Goodman's writing style is very relaxed and it feels like you're listening to someone tell a story rather than just reading it. You root for the good guys and hate the bad ones - all the good workings of a great novel. The one qualm I did have with this novel, however, was the ending. I can't say too much without giving it away, but needless to say, I found it disappointing and almost like everything was cleaned up too neatly. If and when any one of our followers read this book, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. I would recommend this book because of its interesting and unique concept. Maria @GoodChoiceReading.com

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brandi Kosiner

    This is such an emotional beginning, and it sets up the story well. I feel for the characters almost right away. I am able to relate with Devin because I understand his motivations. He has good intentions even though they aren't carried out correctly. Nadine, a central character to the book, is introduced in a unique way. Her artwork helps her to express emotions, and I can relate with her sense of longing for more, and her discontent with status quo. Later characters introduces, Natalia and Jam This is such an emotional beginning, and it sets up the story well. I feel for the characters almost right away. I am able to relate with Devin because I understand his motivations. He has good intentions even though they aren't carried out correctly. Nadine, a central character to the book, is introduced in a unique way. Her artwork helps her to express emotions, and I can relate with her sense of longing for more, and her discontent with status quo. Later characters introduces, Natalia and Jamshidt play a central role in challenging belief systems and making sure that you are really seeing what is in front of you. There are a lot of plot twists I never saw coming, and I was constantly engaged. This is a very unique storyline and Goodman has a story to tell. Logic of Demons explores the blurry lines between right and wrong, just and unjust. It also shows what great lengths people go to for the people they love. It also explores how words can be twisted, dressed up to make them look like something else. LoD addresses eating disorders, self esteem, revenge, "frenemies", motivations and manipulations. My favorite quote: "...A stunning knight on horseback, whose bow and arrows served to save young souls from the danger of peer pressure..."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Logic of Demons is quite good as a philosophical novel. Being very interested in philosophy I really enjoyed that aspect of Logic of Demons. I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as story line went and as I was reading through Logic of Demons I thought I knew what was going to happen but every couple of chapters things would take an unexpected turn so the surprise element was definitely there. I felt bad for Devin almost the whole way through because things just kept going badly for him. Logic of Dem Logic of Demons is quite good as a philosophical novel. Being very interested in philosophy I really enjoyed that aspect of Logic of Demons. I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as story line went and as I was reading through Logic of Demons I thought I knew what was going to happen but every couple of chapters things would take an unexpected turn so the surprise element was definitely there. I felt bad for Devin almost the whole way through because things just kept going badly for him. Logic of Demons is a really good book when it comes to showing that not everything is black and white and everyone’s opinion has it’s validities even if others don’t agree with it. In Logic of Demons there were a few different viewpoints about what to do with people and each one was justified but at the end of the day it’s up to ourselves to make a good decision about what is the best idea. I quite liked Logic of Demons, I think that the ending was a bit of a letdown but other than that it wasn’t too bad. If you like books about what happens when we die or looking at consequences for our actions then Logic of Demons would be good for you.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lu (Sugar & Snark)

    Rating: 8/10 Logic of Demons is refreshing in the fact that this novel is new and different. It has such a unique storyline and such a great message, that is should not be missed. This novel takes you on a profound journey, with surprising twists. Some I saw coming, but wow the ones I did not made this a even better story. I enjoy books that take me by surprise and I appreciate it when I can pick up a book that exposes me to a entirely new and riveting tale. So many issues are addressed, good vs ev Rating: 8/10 Logic of Demons is refreshing in the fact that this novel is new and different. It has such a unique storyline and such a great message, that is should not be missed. This novel takes you on a profound journey, with surprising twists. Some I saw coming, but wow the ones I did not made this a even better story. I enjoy books that take me by surprise and I appreciate it when I can pick up a book that exposes me to a entirely new and riveting tale. So many issues are addressed, good vs evil, right vs wrong, Satan, fundamentalists and choices. It delves into human emotions and a question I'm sure most of us have... What would you do if someone took everything away from you and you had a chance to face them? ******Spoilers***** I knew Natalia might be Bridget but did not expect Jamshidt to be the son. Also the fact that it was characters she created, was a wow. You see throughout the book how she makes up stories and characters, and its just amazing how she created them to help herself.

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