The Devil's Game

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Summary

Michael’s curse kills those he loves—and he doesn’t even know he’s cursed. The Vegas trip was supposed to be fun. Quality time with the girlfriend for her birthday, bright lights, drinks, and good times. But a simple game of roulette unleashes a deadly curse with an age-old secret; Michael needs to do what his ancestors never could—destroy the Devil’s chances of ruling the world. With a beautiful demonologist at his side, hunted by a mercenary of The Thirty-Six Legions of Demons Sect named Baal, followed by private eye Joe Harris, Michael’s chances for success, are, well, zero. Following a century-old trail of clues that lead through dangerous catacombs, a mysterious castle, and cryptic texts in ancient books, they trek across Europe searching for a way to stop the Devil from ultimate power. And all of it is somehow intertwined with the history of roulette. Can Michael find the answers and stop the Devil before it’s too late and more get killed? If you like The Da Vinci Code - you'll love this story!

Genre:
Adventure / Action
Author:
Roman Koidl
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
28
Rating:
n/a
Age Rating:
13+

Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

To Mom,

Thank you for encouraging me to follow my dreams.

Also, thank you to my big brother Kevin for giving me many ideas for the story. Without his creativity this story would not have come to life.

A huge huge huge thank you to Ray Ivey for meticulously editing my book and pointing out every single word and sentence that did not serve the story or get the imagination going.

And finally, a big thank you to Evelyn Chea for reading and revising my many different drafts and helping to bring this book to the next level.

Lastly, thank you to Bill Adams for looking one last time over my manuscript and giving it the final polish.

Facts

The game of roulette was invented by French mathematician Blaise Pascal in 1655. It is also called the Devil’s game. The sum of the numbers on a roulette wheel is 666, which is the number of the Beast (the Devil) in the Bible’s Book of Revelation.

OCCULTA is a small shop in Frankfurt, Germany. The building is the only one on Aldalbertstraße that was spared by the Allied bombing raids in World War II.

The Codex Gigas (also known as the Devil’s Bible) is a medieval, handwritten manuscript that is the only book known to dedicate an entire page to the Devil. The Codex Gigas is kept at the National Library in Stockholm.

The Ars Goetia is one of the five books of The Lesser Key of Solomon, also known as the Clavicula Salomonis Regis or Lemegeton. This book is an anonymous spell book on demonology from the mid-17th century, with material that dates back to the 15th century.

Hrad Houska (Houska Castle) is a Gothic castle built in the 13th century, forty-seven kilometers north of Prague, in the Czech Republic.

The Shell Grotto is an underground chamber in Margate, England. It was discovered by accident in 1835 by a local farmer. Its origin and meaning is still a mystery.

All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.

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