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    El Evangelio del mal is a thriller-horror novel written by Patrick Graham, a scholar of religious themes, and published in 2007. It is set mainly in some regions of Italy and also in the Vatican.
    The amazing coincidences between the murder of some nuns in the XIX century who were studying and keeping some books banned by the Vatican, and the killing of four waitresses seven centuries later in New York, is the reason why the FBI agent, Marie Parks, travels to Italy. There, with aid of an exorcist called Alfonso Carro, she tries to find the gospel, one of the banned books. They do not realize they are likely to face the Devil (Caleb).
    The first part of the book is a perfect introduction to the story, describing the time of the Black Death and the dark side of Catholicism. The horror scenes are. descriptive enough for you to feel the fear, which is necessary for a book of this genre to hook you. My only criticism of the novel would be that the author focuses more on violence than on characters.
    A readable book that I recommend to people who like strong emotions. One of those books that hook you and don’t let go until the end. Rarely have I read a more gripping story and not only is it one of my favourite books, but it is also the only one I have read twice.

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      “Dead Souls” is a novel written by Nikolai Gogol in the 19th century.

      The plot is set in Russia in the first half of that century, and it is about a man named Chichikov who goes through all the region buying what are called “dead souls”, which are the names of the “mujiks” who had already died but whose names are still on the list of serfs of landlords because those lists had not been updated.

      Chichikov visited landlords, high-rank public servants and aristocrats in order to buy the names of those “mujiks”with the aim of using them before the government to justify the claim of land to be ploughed in order to give a job to all of those people.

      The author used Chichikov’s meetings, encounters and discussions with all kinds of people to depict the main characters of the Russian society of that time. Not only were the descriptions very detailed, but they were also very entertaining and they had plenty of humour. Gogol shows us an inward sight of the social relations in the very unfair society of that time. Therefore, this book is food for thought about social injustice and inequality.

      Perhaps it is not a book for first readers mainly because of its style, with quite long descriptions and very short dialogues, which is the opposite to the style generally used nowadays.

      I strongly recommend this book because it is absolutely gripping after the first ten pages, even if the reader is going to feel some sadness, as it is one of the characteristics of the Russian writers.

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    The Hobbit was written by J.R.R. Tolkien and it was first published in 1937. Nowadays, recognized as a classic, this amazing book introduces us into the life of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, with characters such as the wizard Gandalf, the weird creature Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth, with many adventures, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.
    The hero’s quest begins with Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who absolutely dislikes adventures, but secretly loves fantastic things such as maps and stories of princesses and dragons. Somehow, Bilbo is driven by thirteen Dwarves from his home in The Shire, through Rivendell, across the Misty Mountains, and through Mirkwood to the Lonely Mountain to get back a precious treasure for the Dwarves. Not until the middle of his adventures did he realize that he was made for them.
    The Hobbit is a classic hero quest story. It has become the inspiration for the modern fantasy genre and it is an adventure full of magic, action and memorable characters. Despite the fact that The Hobbit was originally intended to be a simple children’s tale, the success of the book is all the more pronounced. If we read that Tolkien had written this story for his children, it seems that this book is only for children but, in fact, it is for all ages.
    Finally, it is a gripping story, with a really intriguing plot which will make you read it from the beginning to the end. And maybe then, you will feel the necessity of reading it again!

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