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“The world Zarek creates for readers is a wonderful blend of science fiction and present day reality. The contrast between the two is amazing and gives readers the best of both worlds. Readers looking for an exhilarating storyline will become instant fans. The plot is involved but will have readers on the edge of their seats rooting for its main character, Boone.” -Literary Titan
THE DEVIL PULLS THE STRINGS, described as The Librarians meet The Magicians is a 76,000-word epic fantasy adventure with series potential, set in modern-day Wentzville, MO, New York City, and 1813 Genoa, Italy, weaves bromance, Slavic mythology, secret societies, Paganini’s music and time travel. Boone Daniels (22) has problems, debilitating panic attack, gut-wrenching guilt, a wendigo haunting him since age six, and now he almost killed his best friend in a joust.
But when he fills in for his injured friend at a New York gig, he goes to meet the gig’s contact at his NYC brownstone and a body falls from the brownstone balcony and the place explodes with gun fire. Boone barely escapes but uncovers a sinister plot to perform a rare Paganini piece that summons the Devil to trap Baba Yaga and destroy modern-day New York City. Then finds himself on a race through time to capture the cursed melody.
Along the way, a Romani immortal, steampunk vampires and Baba Yaga set the stage for war, and Boone shall have to risk death for redemption. Because all Boone wants is to keep a promise to a friend. The same friend, he almost killed last Sunday during a joust. Can a small-town Missouri musician outplay the supernatural and save NYC’s soul?
The Devil Pulls the Strings is the pulse-pounding first tale in the Archivist series. If you like when tortured heroes, epic battles, time travel, twisted history and secret societies collide, then you’ll love J. W. Zarek’s spectacular page-turner.
About the Author
J.W. helps catch naughty folks for the Government. He’s successfully run in the Walt Disney World Marathon as a woman. He’s climbed to the top of Mount Fuji and been kicked off Mount Rainier. He’s sailed through the Suez Canal and taught English Conversation in Japan, and can analyze anyone’s handwriting. He’s also on a mission to save the world through cheesecake, one-slice-at-a-time.
When he worked at the FBI, his thesis Red Flag Behaviors Found in Relationships, earned him an invitation to present a paper at the First Annual Forensics Congress in China. Which led him to write his award-winning book Naughty or Nice – Whose List Are You On? Available as a handout during lectures. His other bestselling book, The Happiness Code, he co-authored with Ray Brehm and other authors who share and show you their own happiness hacks they use, you can use too.