can anyone ever fall so far that it’s
too late for them to be caught?
Set in America and written Lex Jones, Nick and Abe tells the story of Abe (God) and his son Nick. (Lucifer) They come to earth together to spend a year as normal people and the one who learns the most wins the bet they made between themselves. Seems like an easy thing to do, but as is the case with most people, their lives quickly become more complicated than they could ever have imagined. They both agree to refrain from using their powers, and they do everything the humans do whilst they're here.
Nick takes a job as an advertising executive, quickly advancing through the ranks, and makes a lot of money in his career. He fancies the finer things in life and will do anything to get ahead. This leads to trouble when he becomes addicted to amphetamines and has to check himself into rehab. Whilst attending group therapy sessions, he discovers what drove him to his addiction and what he must do to find happiness.
Abe works as a janitor in a law office building. He's quite happy doing his job well and takes pleasure in the simple things in life. One day whilst mopping the floor, a lovely young attorney by the name of Emily, a 30-something lawyer who drinks Jack Daniels to escape the stresses of her job, accidentally bumps into him, spilling her coffee on his freshly mopped floor and her jacket. Abe feels responsible so he offers to have her jacket cleaned. The two begin talking and it's not long before they realise they have a connection and eventually, they fall in love.
One night, Abe and Emily are out on a date when a mugger approaches the couple demanding Emily's purse. Abe, in his naivety, sees the good in the man and tries to dissuade him from taking the purse. It doesn't work and Abe gets stabbed in the chest for his efforts. He's rushed to the hospital where he goes into surgery and immediately slips into a coma. You'll have to read the book to find out if he survives, but I will say that this story line led to one of the sweetest scenes in the book. I don't cry easily, but this particular scene almost moved me to tears.
Where Nick is somewhat mean-spirited and sarcastic, Abe is naive in the ways of the humans he created and but also very sweet. Anyone who knows anything about the Bible knows that God and Lucifer have had their problems in the past, and Nick and Abe use their time on Earth to try to come to grips with what's happened in the past and to fix their broken relationship.
As an atheist, I usually steer clear of religious-themed books and I really had no idea what to expect from this novel. Was the author going to try to convert me, or would this book hate on religion? I was pleasantly surprised to find out neither of these applied to Nick and Abe. This book is a well-written, character-driven story that touches on a broken father/son relationship and examines what is wrong with today's world, even going so far as to tell us how to fix it, things we should already know. What was obvious from the start is that the author put a lot of time, research and thought into this novel.
I loved Abe and Emily and thought the way their relationship developed was very cute. Even Nick was likable – as likable as the devil can be, anyway. The end of the book was a little soppy, but all in all, Nick and Abe was a very enjoyable read. The author nailed the dialogue and captured the perfect emotions to make you care about all the characters.
This is a must-read for horror fans who want to take a break from the grisly or scary reads they're used to.