Saturday, May 25, 2013

Magnificent Malevolence by Derek Wilson - A Kregel Book Tour Reveiw

Magnificent Malevolence: Memoirs of a Career in Hell

Derek Wilson, 2013

paperback, 242 pages
ISBN 978-1-78264-018-9

Kregel Publications
PO Box 2607
Grand Rapids, MI

Lion Fiction - Lion Hudson plc
Wilkinson House, Jordan Hill Road
Oxford OX2 8DR, England

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In 1942 C.S. Lewis introduced a character named Screwtape, 
a senior devil.  In 2013 Derek Wilson now introduces a new 
character, "Crumblewit, SOD (Order of the Sons of Darkness, 
1st Class)".  This book is about the career of that prominent 
devil, "the manuscript having been rescued from the archives 
of the Low Commands Ministry of Misinformation".  The 
story tells of the activities of a next generation, 1950 to 2000, 
of devils.

As the story began Crumblewit told of the beginning of his 
career and how he was "a junior tempter with phenomenal 
promise".  He speaks of his deviousness, guile and 
magnificent malevolence.

You might be wondering what "malevolence" means.  Think 
ill will and wishing evil on others, and you'll have a pretty good 
idea of Crumlewit's intentions.

I honestly had to chuckle at the names of some of the characters
mentioned such as Prince Lobzubble, Principal  Slubgob (head 
of the Training College for Young Devils), and Drigwizzle (head 
of the Demonic Strategy Department), and Fist Minister Blubwarp.  
I also laughed at references to the Ministry of Misinformation, 
studies in Masters of Infernal Warfare, Distortion Tactics for 
Beginners and the Satanic Secret Service (SSS 666).

I quickly found out that Crumblewit had an undercover operation,
his "master plan", which he thought would "contribute to the 
war effort" between  the devils and the most high.  I won't go into 
details and ruin the story for you, but the story is interesting
to follow.  There are twists, turns, and relationships that
will keep you reading.  It's definitely a fiction book, but it 
makes you think about real spiritual battle.  I found myself 
thinking about the the corruption we see everyday, whether it 
be politicians, leaders in churches and ministries, or other places.  
Mr. Wilson tells a good story and will definitely make you think 
about what you believe about good, evil, heaven, and hell.  This 
book was entertaining to read.

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