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Book Title: The Devil's Laughter|
The author of the book: William W. Johnstone
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 810 KB
Date of issue: January 1st 1992
ISBN 13: 9780821736302
Read full description of the books The Devil's Laughter:If you've read the previous entries in the "Devil" series, then you will likely find this one to be disappointing. Just like the previous books, you have a small town that is at the center of a battle between Good and Evil. You have a town full of devil worshipers and you have a small, select group of good guys that are to be the foils to the Devil's plans(whatever they may be). In the previous books, you got to know certain characters, Sam Balon Sr., his wife, and their son Sam Balon Jr and his wife the half human, half Devil Nydia(who happens to be a good guy regardless). You also got to know the devil's vile, yet beautiful daughter who's mission in life was to end the Balons.
In "The Devil's Laughter" you don't have any of these characters; there is a passing comment about Sam and Nydia and that's about it. In this story, you have a new character, the gun-totin' no-nonsense, cold-as-ice, Lincoln Donovan(known as "Link.") Link is the central protagonist in this book.
Link is someone who's done a little of everything and he is greatly disliked by many people for whatever reason Oh, and he loves guns; seems like every other page, the author is describing the model and caliber of whatever weapon he happens to be carrying at the time.
The setup was the same as all the others, the town is under the thrall of Satan and the town is blocked off from the outside world , so no help is coming, so all the good guys have to posse up and take on the forces of Satan and defeat him.
See, what the previous books had going for them is that they were vile, trashy, campy, and fun. That's not on display here, it seems like the writer wanted to take a more serious tone. You also get a lopsided view of the bad guys; the writer focuses a lot on Link and Link unfortunately is a dull loner of a character; you didn't get that good of a picture on the bad guys as you did in the previous entries. Johnstone used Link as a mouth piece for the Ultra-Right Winger and it got old.
I could have done without this entry because it added nothing; at least with the previous ones, I was wanting to read the next book. I have no interest in the further adventures of Mr. Link Donovan.
Read information about the authorWilliam Wallace Johnstone was a prolific American author, mostly of western, horror and survivalist novels.
Born and raised in southern Missouri, Johnstone was the youngest of four children. His father was a minister and his mother a school teacher. He quit school when he was fifteen and worked in a carnival and as a deputy sheriff. He later served in the Army and, upon returning to civilian life, worked in radio broadcasting for 16 years.
Johnstone started his writing career in 1970, but did not have any works published until 1979 (The Devil's Kiss) and became a full-time writer in 1980. He wrote close to two hundred books in numerous genres, including suspense and horror. His main publication series were Mountain Man, The First Mountain Man, Ashes and Eagles and his own personal favorite novel was The Last of the Dog Team (1980). He also authored two novels under the pseudonym William Mason.
Johnstone had lived for many years in Shreveport, Louisiana, yet died in Knoxville, TN, at the age of 65. J. A. Johnstone is continuing William W. Johnstone's series.
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