The Demonologist

The Demonologist

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
Winning acclaim for his expertise in demonic literature including Milton's Paradise Lost, Columbia professor David Ullman travels to Italy and witnesses a startling phenomenon that challenges his skepticism before his 12-year-old daughter is targeted by a demonic enemy that would claim him as a messenger. By the award-winning author of Lost Girls.

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Professor David Ullman is an expert in demonic literature who sees his area of study as one of the imagination, until he accepts a mysterious invitation to Venice and sees his daughter threatened by a demonic entity.

Simon and Schuster

Fans of The Historian won’t be able to put down this spellbinding literary horror story in which a Columbia professor must use his knowledge of demonic mythology to rescue his daughter from the Underworld.

Professor David Ullman is among the world’s leading authorities on demonic literature, with special expertise in Milton’s Paradise Lost. Not that David is a believer—he sees what he teaches as a branch of the imagination and nothing more. So when the mysterious Thin Woman arrives at his office and invites him to travel to Venice and witness a “phenomenon,” he turns her down. She leaves plane tickets and an address on his desk, advising David that her employer is not often disappointed.

That evening, David’s wife announces she is leaving him. With his life suddenly in shambles, he impulsively whisks his beloved twelve-year-old daughter, Tess, off to Venice after all. The girl has recently been stricken by the same melancholy moods David knows so well, and he hopes to cheer her up and distract them both from the troubles at home.

But what happens in Venice will change everything.

First, in a tiny attic room at the address provided by the Thin Woman, David sees a man restrained in a chair, muttering, clearly insane… but could he truly be possessed? Then the man speaks clearly, in the voice of David’s dead father, repeating the last words he ever spoke to his son. Words that have left scars—and a mystery—behind.

When David rushes back to the hotel, he discovers Tess perched on the roof’s edge, high above the waters of the Grand Canal. Before she falls, she manages to utter a final plea: Find me.

What follows is an unimaginable journey for David Ullman from skeptic to true believer. In a terrifying quest guided by symbols and riddles from the pages of Paradise Lost, David must track the demon that has captured his daughter and discover its name. If he fails, he will lose Tess forever.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451697414
Characteristics: 285 p. ; 24 cm


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Boring, A Dan Brown wannabe. Many of the connections in the plot are glossed over and the ending just peters out. I can't figure out how he got his daughter back.. and yes, I have read Paradise Lost and the book was till boring

Mar 31, 2014

Some of the comments on here have little to do with the book. You do not have to be a historian. You do not have to be familiar with Paradise Lost. It's a simple, fast read, and it's enjoyable. Definitel worth reading if you're not looking for a book to pour a lot of time into.

KateHillier Nov 27, 2013

Well this fan of the Historian was not overly impressed. it read fast, started out with promise, but overall just failed as a whole. It actually made more sense for David being picked for the real reason instead of the Milton reason. Really, what does Milton have to do with demons?

The whole weird melancholy thing was badly used too. I didn't really care about anyone either.

Sep 08, 2013

The premise of the story was fascinating, and I felt the book started in a terrifying way, but the plot ultimately stalled a bit. That said, I did want to finish the book. I look forward to seeing the movie adaptation.

Aug 29, 2013

This is a book that has clearly been written for a movie script. That doesn't make it a bad book, only somewhat irritating at times. The author relies upon the reader's visualization of the scene - already viewed in countless other movies of the same type - rather than creating the image himself through the power of his writing. All in all, the book doesn't live up to the hype surrounding it.

Jul 15, 2013

I think overall would be a good book. I could not get past the all encompassing depression the main character functions with. Could not finish the story.

Jun 22, 2013

I found the story to be boring! Even though it's fiction, the story is not plausible, has few chills and the ending very disappointing. Can't see this being made into a film I'd want to see.
Can't help comparing it to Dan Brown's books and find it very wanting.

JCLJakeE Jun 05, 2013

An interesting play on Paradise Lost with Stephen King-like overtones. While overall I found the story enjoyable albeit underdeveloped, the writing style is distracting - first person possessive.

Céline_Biblio May 07, 2013

I had heard about this title over the radio. It sounded creepy. There are indeed some pretty terrifying passes.
Language and graphic descriptions may not be for everyone. Some other readers did not like the heavy quoting of John Milton's "Paradise Lost". I did not mind it at all.
I'm not sure this was my favorite read, but I certainly had trouble putting it down. I needed closure.

May 06, 2013

Unless you have read Paradise Lost & understood it, don't bother with this book. He's a demonologist but doesn't believe that there is a heaven or hell? O.k., with that logic I can be a paleontologist & not believe in evolution, makes about as much sense. The dust cover claims this book is frightening or chilling, not even close in my opinion.

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