"The Book of Joby" is an epic fantasy complete in one large volume. Lucifer and God have entered, yet again, into a wager they've made before, but this time, the existence of creation itself is balanced on the outcome. Born in California during the twilight years of a weary millennium, nine-year-old Joby Peterson dreams of blazing like a bonfire against the gathering darkness of his time. Instead, he is subjected to a life of crippling self-doubt and relentless mediocrity inflicted by an enemy he did nothing to earn and cannot begin to comprehend. The angels watch Lucifer work virtually unhindered to turn Joby's heart of gold into ash and stone. And so when he is grown to manhood, Joby's once luminous love of life seems altogether lost, and Lucifer's victory assured. What hope remains lies hidden in the beauty, warmth, and innocence of a forgotten seaside village whose odd inhabitants seem to defy the modern world's most inflexible assumptions, and in the hearts of Joby's lost youthful love and her emotionally wounded son. As the final struggle unfolds, one question occupies every mind in heaven and in hell. Which will prove stronger, love or rage?
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(235mm x 156mm x 43mm)
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Ferrari's allegorical fantasy debut updates the Book of Job, setting it in contemporary California.Once again, God and Lucifer wager all of Creation itself on the strength of one human soul. This time, they've chosen nine-year-old Joby Peterson, who's obsessed with King Arthur and notions of chivalry - which isn't too surprising, because he's Arthur reincarnated. As Joby grows up, Lucifer (who's so petulant and tantrum-prone it's difficult to take him seriously) and his minions harass the mortal with petty annoyances; failure in his studies, work and love; and an escalating series of tragedies designed to convince him that his best efforts to help others will only cause them pain. Joby's sole weapons against Lucifer's campaign are his indomitable stubbornness and the mysterious inhabitants of an oddly idyllic coastal town called Taubolt. Will Joby succumb to despair and renounce the folksy, annoyingly cryptic and apparently indifferent Creator? Is the answer ever really in doubt?Just quirky, clever, sincere and sporadically uplifting enough to balance the depressing nature of Joby's many trials. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Mark J. Ferrari
For seventeen years, Mark Ferrari has made his living doing freelance illustration for such clients as Lucasfilm and Lucas Arts Games, Industrial Light and Magic, Electronic Arts, Chaosium Games, Amaze Entertainment, Tor, Ace, New American Library, The Science Fiction Book Club, and many others. The Book of Joby is his first novel.