Shaytan has been on a killing spree, plaguing villages and dragging his victims into the jungle - but survivors don't know if Shaytan is a man-eating leopard or a supernatural being that wears the trappings of a man until his cannibal appetite kicks in.
Historian Richard and his wife Emily are on the hunt for this creature, and are guests of marksman Victor, who is determined to capture it and put an end to the bloodshed. Everyone is expecting an animal: what they get is so much more, documented in a powerful thriller that takes a supernatural being and places it at the forefront of a gripping adventure story.
In some ways, Shaytan: A Journey Into Evil is about a hunt gone awry and a quest that leads into realms no hunter is prepared for. In another way, Shaytan is a new age story about evil come to life. Either way, Shaytan is made especially gripping by its first-person narration, by its spiritual and supernatural influences, and by its light, chatty first person narrative style that successfully involves readers in events from a protagonist's point of view.
Interjections of historical fact and the journals of Victor Bloodworth and Richard and Emily Quizzenbury offer very different perspectives of the same event: this attention to perspective and tone, introduced in the form of journal entries, offers a deeply satisfying, rich approach that a linear approach couldn't achieve, capturing different 'voices' and ideas.
Complex, rich in detail, and clearly presented, Shaytan: A Journey Into Evil is a novel that won't quickly be forgotten, and challenges its readers to think about the nature of the unknown in the world, and its ultimate purpose....Continua