A. Argus Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Lucifer’s Son: Part 2, the highly anticipated second novel by Sergey Mavrodi, one of the most controversial figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. Mavrodi’s second novel builds upon the first book, with a series of mini-novellas that delve even deeper into human nature and reveal an evil that is not brought on by Satan, but rather through man’s own intentions. Lucifer’s son, who has once again taken on the form of a human, visits ordinary people and makes offers to give them something- whether that be love, money, fame, youth, or power. In every case, the person takes the offer- and the consequences are devastating. However, the twist is that neither the devil himself nor his son causes the consequences of the person’s decision. Rather, it is their flawed nature that is ultimately their downfall.
In addition to stories that will leave the reader questioning his or her own hopes, fears, and morality long after they have put down the book, Lucifer’s Son gets more political and personal in nature.
Mavrodi blends together a work that combines elements of psychology as well as libertarian political ideology, touching on ideas of political corruption, intrusive government surveillance, and a society with questionable morals, themes that heavily resonate with today’s readers. The result is a brilliant and timely read that holds up a mirror, revealing the darkest parts of our inner souls and society’s collective fears.
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With the 2016 political election coming to an exciting climax, both sides of the aisle are accusing the other of basically being Satan himself. While many chalk it up to an especially harsh election, the truth is that the idea of the devil in politics is not new.
In 1776, author William Dafoe wrote The Political History of the Devil, a book in which he asserted that the Devil has been a participant throughout world history.
Dr. Susan Brook Thisthethwaith, a professor of theology at Chicago Theological Seminary chalks the idea of the devil in politics not up to a Satanic entity, but to fear. She says, "Fear works because it leads us into temptation, the temptation to hate and despise the religious other, the immigrant other, the racial other, the sexual other. Fear is very tempting to politicians who want to acquire power because it makes people irrational, hateful, and easy to manipulate."
Charles Chaput of the Witherspoon Institute suggests that our moral convictions and belief in God is what possibly drives people to believe that a candidate they don't believe in is the devil: "We also need to remember that most people—not everyone, of course, but most of us—root our moral convictions in our religious beliefs. What we believe about God shapes what we think about the nature of men and women, the structure of good human relationships, and our idea of a just society."
Either way, there is little doubt that the political election cycle has brought out the worst in not just candidates, but human beings on all ends of the political spectrum.
1. Lucifer’s Son, (The Temptation Chronicles, Book 1) was conceived when I was incarcerated in a Russian prison. Having seen firsthand the depths to which people would go to achieve instant gratification led me to the concept of how we are tempted to do bad things to achieve what we want. My approach is quite different in that I don’t pull punches nor omit evil deeds to be politically correct.
2. Avid reader of Steven King, Dean Koontz and Bram Stoker, I had long wanted to try my hand at writing, and while a prisoner of the Russian government, I had the time.
3. Much of my adult life was spent studying other people, including the authorities who wrongfully destroyed my multi-level marketing company because they were afraid of what I was accompishing.
4. My resources are the people themselves. In fact, much of my writing could be non-fiction except the truth is stranger. I didn’t spice it up, in fact I toned it down.
5. I guess you could say that the authorities were helpful in as much as they demonstrated the worst in humans, yet they did give me time to develop my writing skills while in captivity.
6. I was rejected more than one hundred times before I reached W & B Publishers, who decided to take a chance. I had written the book in Russian and it was quite popular in my country, but a little strong for other publishers.
7. In Russia, I paid the publisher to issue the book. I did an eBook self-publish on a different work before Lucifer’s Son was accepted by an American publisher.
8. With so many self-publishing books on the market place, it is virtually impossible to be a successful author unless you have a publisher. And a publicist. Getting a book published is one thing. Making a success is something quite different. A final thought. Most publishers do not accept self-publishing authors, so it is best to work through an agent.
9. Book sales could provide sufficient income, however, I am fortunate in that I don’t need to depend on that source of income.
10. As a resident and citizen of Russia, I don’t do book tours in the American manner. Rather, I send copies out to various bookstores along with marketing materials through my Publisher, William Connor, who also serves as my agent. And I do autographed copies in mail order. About the funniest thing that occurred was the first result of the translation from Russian into English. It was a blast.