THE UNHOLY...Softcover and Kindle Edition "...is a riveting presentation by debut novelist, Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D. Let’s hope it’s not his last.
Dr. DeBlassie captures the essence of evil and weaves a provocative tale around its horrific intentions. This is a dark book. Some of the images so eloquently described will make you shudder. It is also a soulful story, at times warming your heart like a baby’s breath, but often ripping through the delicate flesh with sharp talons.
Claire Sanchez hails from a long line of medicine women. After witnessing the brutal murder of her mother by a cloaked man, she turns her back on her heritage – yet finds it impossible to escape the natural talent inside her. When people around Claire start dying, she’s forced into a battle between good and evil. The malevolent archbishop exercising power to extort pain and suffering reminded me of the Inquisition.
The story takes place in Aztlan, a land clearly influenced by Dr. DeBlassie’s New Mexico surroundings. I enjoyed the Native American/Mayan flavor, in part due to the author’s exceptional ability to transport the reader into this mythical world. While I’m not one to savor graphic violence, I understand the scenes where this occurred served a purpose and successfully added darkness to the story, as well as deepening the psychological impact . . . at least for me.
THE UNHOLY is a novel that will haunt you for days after turning the last page. It’s not an easy read but it is memorable. Evocative. And at times, uncomfortable. Any book with the power to affect me so thoroughly, receives five stars." ---Deb Sanders Reviewer