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Breaking the Devil’s Heart: A Logic of Demon Series Novel
Author: H.A. Goodman
Synopsis: When Stewart and Layla recruit a demon to spy on the Devil, their decision takes them on whirlwind ride through the afterlife. Journey alongside this young couple in H. A. Goodman’s new novel, Breaking the Devil’s Heart, and join forces with a teenage Angel outcast to bankrupt Satan’s underground Company and save Heaven from civil war. H. A. Goodman’s Breaking the Devil’s Heart is a rollercoaster afterlife experience that tests a young couple’s love, their grasp on reality, and the essence of human nature. What happens when Stewart and Layla tour Hell’s Marketing Department and Stock Exchange? What happens when their relationship is tested by Satan? This book is unlike anything you’ve ever read, or ever thought the afterlife might be like. Breaking the Devil’s Heart is an enlightening look into an alternate world, a new afterlife, and a profound journey inside the human conscience.
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Franklin, I’m an Observer. Essentially, I’m a naughty Angel—a naughty angel with ties to Heaven. I managed to convince some of my contacts upstairs to allow a demon entry, with the condition that the knowledge he provides ends up saving human lives.”
He stared at me with those bloodshot eyes for several seconds without blinking. “Very well, let’s talk. I have information on the next major war on Earth. I can give you the details as soon as I get some type of assurance that you’re serious about getting me into Heaven.”
“Don’t insult me, Franklin.”
“You think that a demon like you, a being who has tormented humanity for centuries, would be given access to Heaven with information on a war? I can tell you about four or five possible future conflicts just with the knowledge I gained from working at the CIA. And let’s not get into the countless number of people I’m sure you killed when you were alive. No, I need more from you.”
“How much more?”
“I’m sure you’ve had enough of this miserable existence, forever locked inside a dreadful office?” He’d contacted us because he wanted a way out of the never-ending torture and now was my time to milk him for as much information as possible. “I want to know more about what’s in that Formula you sell. I want to witness your sales trips firsthand.”
He let out a bellow of laughter. “You’re out of your mind, Observer. You’ve gone completely bonkers. Never.”
I got up from my chair and prepared to teleport out of his office. “Your loss. Thank you for your time, Franklin.”
The frustrated demon took in a long, deep breath, almost popping the bright red buttons of his dress shirt. “How many sales trips would you like to observe?”
My plan was working. Being stuck in an office until the end of time is enough to turn anyone into a traitor. I couldn’t envision an afterlife wasting away in stuffy rooms full of backstabbing coworkers, breathing the stale air of copy machines, and watching other people get the promotions I deserved. And if that wasn’t enough, Franklin also faced the monotonous work, soulless bureaucratic protocols, unrealistic sales goals, egotistical superiors, tasteless coffee, deadlines, stress, aniexty and everything else associated with gloomy office life.
“As many as it takes me to find out what’s in The Formula. You have nothing to lose Franklin, and everything to gain. You contacted us, so I know you want out of your current existence. I’m offering you unimaginable happiness: freedom from your miserable corporate job. Or, you can just keep meeting deadline after deadline, watching other people take credit for your work, and suffering through pointless small talk with coworkers, always and forever.” I smiled, enjoying my little diatribe and how each word made the demon wince.
“I’m sending a salesman to an Arab village called Shafa’Amr. A father and son are in need of my services. You may observe the interaction.”
Bingo. I had him.
“Great. I’m glad we could make a deal,” I said.
“Before you leave, remember one thing, Stewart. If you don’t hold up your end of the bargain, I’ll ensure that you’re trapped in this office with me—always and forever.” He emphasized the last portion of his sentence with a maniacal grin.
I did my best to pretend his words hadn’t affected me. “Don’t worry about that. Like I said, I wouldn’t risk being here and working with you if I wasn’t serious about making a deal. I’ll get you into Heaven. You just provide me with the information I want.”
About the Author: H.A.Goodman is a former financial advisor for Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab as well as a former LAUSD history teacher. He has a degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California and has also worked at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute. His debut novel, Logic of Demons: Search for Nadine’s Soul, has received rave reviewers from over 35 books blogs and review sites. In 2012, H.A. Goodman combined his love for fantasy and philosophy to create a whirlwind ride through the afterlife in Breaking the Devil’s Heart, the second installment (which is a stand-alone novel) to his Logic of Demons Series. H.A. Goodman lives in L.A. with his lovely wife, Linda.
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