Rock Fiction Coveting: Damned if You Do by Marie Sexton

Posted: August 30, 2016 in Rock Fiction Coveting
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This one’s a bit different, and it’s really hot right now. I’m seeing it talked about pretty much everywhere, so I guess I gotta get on the bandwagon. This does, after all, have serious Rock Fiction potential. Take a look:

Soul acquisition is a drag, but if Abaddon doesn’t catch up on his quota, he could be demoted to scooping poop for the Hounds of Hell. With a deadline hanging over him, he heads for the Bible Belt, looking for the perfect combination of sweetness and challenge.

Seth is a blind musician, part of a traveling tent revival. He’s cute, mystically talented, and quotes the Bible at every turn. His soul is pure enough to fill Abaddon’s quota for months to come, and Abaddon is determined to claim it.

The problem? There’s the revival foreman who watches Abaddon’s every move. Then there’s the mystery of Seth’s many unusual talents. Lastly, there’s Abaddon himself. He’s beginning to like Seth a bit too much. Maybe Seth deserves something better than damnation.

But Hell’s agenda isn’t negotiable, and time is running out. If Abaddon doesn’t play his cards right, he could condemn both of them to the worst fate of all—an eternity apart.

So Seth’s a blind musician. Kind of a cliche when you add in the traveling tent revival, but not so much of a cliche when you look at the body of Rock Fiction we talk about here.

The question, really, is how much music is in this story. Does it cross into Rock Fiction, or it just another near miss?

Okay, the other question is maybe a bigger one: can Jett stand an entire male-male story, or will I have to pass this off to Susan?

Only one way to find out. Even more than the male-male, which just isn’t my thing, I’m just not sure I can spend an entire book with a version of a devil named for a font. And not just any font, but the font Godsmack is currently using for their logo. And if it’s not Abbadon they’re using, it’s something close. Close enough that the idea of Abbadon the devil and a band named Godsmack… well, it kinda makes me giggle.

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