Michelangelo's Last Painting: Its Chilling Revelation

Andrew A. Boemi. Dodd Merrill, $16.95 paper (425p) ISBN 978-0-9883229-1-2
In Boemi's first novel, art scholars and lovers Richard Arenell and Sao Damrey rely on clues passed down from Italian Renaissance artist, poet, and engineer Michelangelo to combat the genocidal demon Samael, a sinister worldwide financier, a charismatic false messiah, and a scheming United Nations. Richard and Sao disagree on art and religion, but join forces to track down a mysterious Renaissance painting. Boemi mixes scriptural adjurations with history. As the quest for the missing masterpiece heats up, growing fears that "something ominous" looms seem justified. While the action is fast and furious—complete with enraged demons and a glaring Adolf Hitler—Boemi fails to fully develop Richard and Sao, falling back instead on a litany of name-brand goods they flaunt while spouting stilted dialogue. The conclusion suggests that demonic defeat is never final; surrender might be preferable to a sequel.
Reviewed on: 02/18/2013
Release date: 11/01/2012
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