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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  32 reviews
When atheistic death-metal guitarist Alec is shot on stage by a Satanic fan, his miraculous recovery inspires a change in his beliefs about God. But when he returns to his hometown to make amends with his family, he discovers that his strictly religious and abusive father has dark secrets that involve Alec and his role in a local Satanic cult.

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Paperback, 1st, 370 pages
Published September 3rd 2018 by BookBaby
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Rachel Bea
Forgive any typos and rambling... Currently on vacation and on my phone.
2.5 stars.
I liked the cast of characters, particularly the secondary ones. I found the main character, Alec, to be a bit obnoxious and unsympathetic. I liked the themes explored in the story but thought the execution was a bit messy. Meaning, I think the plot could've been trimmed down and less repetitive. Even though the story had a lot of action and movement, with characters constantly in conflict, it wasn't that interesti
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
It's been a long time since I've come across a really satisfying Satanists versus the good guys story and that is just what Perfect Prophet delivers. I'm not going to get into the plot too much except to say I wasn't convinced this death metal band was going to interest me much. I was wrong.
Race With The Devil is mentioned in the book but I was already reminded of it before then. It also has shades of Salem's Lot and Let's Scare Jessica To Death. No there are no vampires but you just never know
Rating: 3.5/5.0

Alec is the lead singer in a satanist band. One day on stage he is shot but he makes it and lives on. However, after the accident and his recovery, Alec changes a lot and tries to discover himself and make some amends regarding his family, his ex-girlfriend, father and sister. Through this rediscovering journey, Alec finds out many shocking things specifically about his father and his dark secrets.

I enjoyed reading this book, it is dark as I expected it to be and entertaining at t
Sarah Stuart
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite

Perfect Prophet by Diane M. Johnson opens with disbelief from Alexander the Great – Alec Lowell, death-metal guitarist. He was playing on stage, so he cannot, simply cannot, be bleeding from a bullet wound in his chest, but he is, and he collapses before anybody can call 911. Far away in Wisconsin, Belinda, emergency room nurse and ex-girlfriend, catches television coverage of the shooting in a Los Angeles nightclub and flies to his side. She brings
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Years ago a famous ad campaign that queried "Is it live or is it Memorex?" (Recorded on tape) That stayed on my mind throughout this novel, which in large part faces the question of "Is it Fake, or is it Real?" and the concomitant question, in essence asked of all its characters: "Do you really believe?" Also there's the Theological Conundrums:
"Does Satan exist?" "Does God exist?" "Do I worship, or trust in secular humanity?" read, you will witness the unraveling of conspiracies and ponde
Rafael Rodriguez
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I got really excited about this book. The title, Perfect Prophet, an illustration of just how deep the story is. Suspenseful, frantic, and fraught with menace, this was an excellent read! A cult are out to fulfill their mad leader's prophecy through the ritualistic killing of his own son. First of all, the premise sounded amazing. Satanism and metal music, made for an 80's style horror tale. I was all in.I liked the cast of characters, particularly the secondary characters. It was a good enough ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Satan against the good people. Very good story, holds your interest. I have to admit I found myself asking if this was a true story. Read this book!!!Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book. Although I received the book in this manner, it did not affect my opinion of this book nor my review.
Diane Johnson
Dec 16, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: horror, favorites
First, I'm not leaving a review of my own book. This is more of a warning. This is a dark tale with elements that some readers may find too disturbing. But if you're a reader who enjoys horror with no boundaries, I hope this story satisfies. I encourage your reviews!

And thanks for checking out my work!
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a creepy and thrilling book. It is well written, sucked me in and kept a grip on me. I really enjoyed reading this book. Recommended.
Rose Auburn
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
After Alec Lowell, guitarist for death-metal band The Great, miraculously survives being shot on stage, he decides to take a hiatus and bond with his young son back in his hometown and to consider his beliefs and future. However, as he tries to make a fresh start, the band members and his past need him to confront some truths; truths and revelations that will question Alec’s very existence…

Perfect Prophet is a thoughtful, complex and engrossing novel by an author who really immerses both themsel
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Lauren Woodward
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am the Resurrection, and I am the Light

So says Jesus. And Ian Brown. But not Alec Lowell, lead guitarist in ‘The Great’ and the antagonistic protagonist of Diane M. Johnson’s second novel, an atheistic anarchist who finds himself thrust into the centre of the ultimate Light vs Dark battle.

This story plays out as a supernatural mystery, fantastical elements of black magic and miracles running alongside the classic ‘Whodunnit’ (or rather, Whoissit) of the true persona of The Man, Ashland’s satan
Alex Ganon
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bear-hill-review
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It took me way too long to understand what was going on. All this time in my head, I’m thinking, “Why does everyone think this man is a devil worshipper?” when he has never said not one word about the devil. He’s a moody, crabby, doubtful atheist at best, a man who needed therapy a long time ago to deal with at least some of his familial issues. Death metal does not a Satanist make, but carry on. By the time the book ended, I was….not shocked. The whole battle between "good" and "evil" is always ...more
Ariel G
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The phrase "death metal" calls up instant associations of the grim, the gothic, even the diabolical: horror stories about music made to tempt souls into damnation. PERFECT PROPHET, however, doesn't paint the scene black - the death metal band at the heart of its story is composed of a ragtag group of misfits, none of them interested in leading the innocent astray. But a sinister cult conspiracy is determined to change that. Their efforts center on guitarist Alec and his potential for darkness. A ...more
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alec Lowell is the guitarist of a heavy metal band that denies God. The other members are Cleo the vocalist, Paddy the drummer and Mark on bass. Mark also is the one who keeps the business aspect for the band. Alec is shot at a concert by a satanist. Alec goes to the hospital for surgery. He heals quickly and the doctors are surprised. Alec decides to go home and sees Lindy, a former lover. She had Alec’s child but doesn’t know about the child, Jake until Lindy tells him. He is surprised to be a ...more
Willow Moon Greymoor
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chilling, horrifying, and morbid!

To be honest, I haven’t read much Satanically based literature in my life; this book will certainly stay in my mind and leave a mark on my literary soul. The abuse Alec (main protagonist) suffered as a child became an unconscious force that piloted his life in many ways for the majority of the book. On some level, he is unaware of this phenomena. His experiences and exposure to Satanic ritual abuse during his developmental years, led him into a life of self-destr
sophie clark
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Perfect Prophet is a horror novel that tells the story of a Satanic rocker named Alec. Alec is haunted by disturbing childhood abuse, which he suffered at the hands of his devout father. After a shocking accident Alec discovers a new sense of purpose in life but also finds himself embroiled in a dark web of religious mystery that threatens his life, and the lives of everyone he cares about. I really enjoyed this book. The author did a good job in providing the characters with psychological depth ...more
Katherine Parsons
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Perfect Prophet by Diane M. Johnson is certainly not what I had expected it to be. At times appearing like a classic thriller novel, and at others as a thoughtfully composed and well-written theological debate, I was happily surprised by how well the book managed to contain all of its contrasting thematic elements without losing its fluency or cohesiveness as a whole.

I can honestly say that this book is nothing like anything I’ve read before. The subject matter of a death-metal guitarist going o
Susan  Alpert
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The horror novel “Perfect Prophet” by Diane M. Johnson is about a death-metal guitarist named Alec who is shot on stage and survives, only to have himself, his band, and his family pursued by a satanic cult. The shooting itself is reminiscent of the true story of the 2004 Columbus, Ohio shooting of heavy metal guitarist Dimebag Darrell. Sadly, in the true story neither Darrell, nor the three brave men who tried to intervene, survived.

The novel does evoke the mystery and suspense of beloved, low
Douglas Castagna
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book for an honest review via Net Galley.

First of all, the premise sounded amazing. Satanism and metal music, made for an 80's style horror tale. I was all in. However, the story never really caught fire for me, and seemed tepid at best. Some choices were great and some missed their mark. I did like Alec and his arc, but some of it seemed misplaced here. There is a great novella buried in here, and while I was frustrated I do believe there is more good than not and it
Viga Boland
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The perfect prophet is an unexpected, contemporary Jesus

Reminiscent of the supernatural elements found in novels by Stephen King, Perfect Prophet will attract fans of the macabre. The author offers a blend of Satanism and saintliness, evil vs good, and it’s not for me to tell you who wins. But those who relish a clash between the two realms of heaven vs hell, taking place in a contemporary setting, with interesting characters finding either God or Satan after the world throws their lives into ch
Nov 29, 2020 rated it liked it
“We Sold Our Souls” wanna-be. I’m actually confused by where this story was trying to take its readers. It seemed scattered and all over the place.

I received this book from Netgalley and give my review voluntarily.
Nena Gluchacki
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, horror-thriller
Any book with the often-overlooked world of metal music is alright in my book.
That is to say this book is just alright. The plot is interesting, but marred by fairly stereotypical characters, clunky writing choices, and unnecessary animal abuse.
I was entertained throughout the story, but was left kind of "meh" when I finished it.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book begins when Alexander the Great, or Alec, gets shot while playing with his satanist band on stage. He is shot through the heart, but makes a miraculous recovery. The ex girlfriend is working far away as a nurse when she sees that Alec has been shot on TV. Belinda has not seen Alec in years but that does not stop her from rushing to see him. Upon arriving at the hospital, Belinda confesses to Alec that she has a child and he is the father. This is where the story really begins.

The read
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I was not a huge fan of the main character. I did love the religious themes. Her prior book was much better overall and while I did enjoy this one, I give it 3/5
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
What do you do when you don't believe in God but you find yourself possessed of an ability that can only be a gift from God? What happens when your father is also a religious zealot who literally wrote prophecies about you - prophecies that have a Satanic cult after you? That's what Alec Lowell is about to find out.This book was very well written. It had a lot of action, a lot of suspense, and included a plot twist that I never saw coming. Diane M. Johnson has crafted a tale of Satanic cult zeal ...more
Jamie Grecco
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
This book is truly a hidden gem! A page-turner that keeps your interest level up throughout. I was fortunate enough to receive this book through a goodreads giveaway that I entered because the story caught my eye. This dark thriller/horror is not a book to take a pass on.

Characters are great and engaging and the themes touched on in this book will stay with you even after you put it down.

Great read that I highly recommend.

I have to thank Diane M. Johnson for this book. She certainly has a new
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, this book is very out of my wheelhouse but I decided to give it a try and I am so glad that I did. The Perfect Prophet, though definitely a dark tale of satanism, got me hooked immediately. The writing was detailed and insightful and I found myself drawn to the characters, although I know nothing about this world. Diane is a very strong writer and I highly recommend giving this book a try,especially if you like the supernatural genre! Really good book!!!
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
I want able to find interest in this book. I enjoy the occult and paranormal but the writing was strange. Maybe it was because it was a screen play turned into a novel. It switch around a lot. I tried .
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