Originally read january 7, 2012 4 Stars
For some reason, I was prepared to not like this book, which was strange, because I really like and admire Jeremy Wagner as a person. Having met him at Horrorfind Weekend 2011, I found him to be genuine, confident and really hard not to like. I guess my problem going into "The Armageddon Chord" was that I'm not into Metal, and was not at all familiar with Jeremy from his work in the music industry. I figured since I don't listen to Metal, I'm not going to like the book. Let me admit, I was just plain wrong.
Although, It did take me a while to get hooked, once I was into the story I started to really look forward to what was going to happen next. The lead character, Kirk Vaisto, "The God of Guitar" is very believable and finds himself in a position he wants no part of, but can't get out of without jeopardizing the life of the woman he's fallen in love with as well as his own. The characters I found myself loving to hate were his manager, a "Nazi" loving German Egyptologist and one of the richest men in the world.
After unearthing the tomb of an ancient Pharaoh who worshiped Sethis or Satan, the evil Egyptologist gets Kirk to transcribe the ancient music, into a guitar piece, to be performed at the unveiling of the tomb's riches. The performance will be broadcast to the World and is believed by the evil doers to bring on the Apocalypse and grant them power and immortality.
Kirk is given one shot at redemption which leads to one of the most amazing conflicts of good versus evil ever put to paper. This is not a book for the faint of heart. If it were a movie, it would at least be rated PG-13, if not R. If you think you've heard all this before and believe this may turn out to be predictable, read it and find out. I think you might be surprised.