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The Devil Pulls the Strings 

by J.W. Zarek

Where Time Travel, Twisted History and Secret Societies Collide

"J. W. Zarek weaves magic on the page, developing an epic, urban fantasy - first in series - readers will want to stick with for a long time. Highly recommended." 


- Chanticleer Reviews


The Devil Pulls the Strings

Do you like when time travel, twisted history, and secret societies collide?

The Devil Pulls the Strings, described as The Librarians meet The Magicians, is an epic fantasy adventure set in modern-day Wentzville, MO, New York City, and 1813 Genoa, Italy, weaves bromance, Slavic mythology, secret societies, Paganini’s music and time travel.

Boone Daniels (22) has problems, debilitating panic attack, gut-wrenching guilt, an evil spirit wendigo haunting him since age six, and now he almost killed his best friend in a joust. But when he fills in for his injured friend at a New York City gig, he ends up meeting the gig’s contact, Professor Stone, at his NYC brownstone where his body falls from the balcony and the place explodes with gun fire.

Boone barely escapes but uncovers a sinister plot to perform a rare Paganini piece that summons the Devil to trap Baba Yaga and destroy modern-day New York City and finds himself on a race through time to capture the cursed melody. Along the way, a crazed immortal, steampunk vampires and Baba Yaga set the stage for war, and Boone shall have to risk death for redemption. Because all Boone wants is to keep a promise to a friend. The same friend, he almost killed last Sunday during a joust.

Can a small-town Missouri musician outplay the supernatural and save NYC’s soul?

The Devil Pulls the Strings is the pulse-pounding first tale in the Archivist series. If you like when tortured heroes, epic battles, time travel, twisted history and secret societies collide, then you’ll love J. W. Zarek’s spectacular page-turner.

This audiobook is narrated by award-winning, professionally trained multi-media performer & audiobook narrator, Curt Bonnem. And for music lovers, includes music by world-renowned musicians Oleg Bezuglov, Natalia Bezuglova, and Vladimir Gapontsev.


Narrated by Curt Bonnem

Length: 8 hrs 23 min



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"A remarkable paranormal tale that delivers plenty of plot developments, curious characters, and otherworldly things."

Kirkus Reviews

"The world Zarek creates for readers is a wonderful blend of science fiction and present day reality. The contrast between the two is amazing and gives readers the best of both worlds. Readers looking for an exhilarating storyline will become instant fans. The plot is involved but will have readers on the edge of their seats rooting for its main character, Boone."

Literary Titan

"The story is unique, ingenious, thrilling, distinctive, and just plain fun to read, and told at a good pace that kept my interest. I also enjoyed the unexpected and warmly written ending very much."

Brian M., New Zealand 

About the Author

J.W. helps catch naughty folk for the Government. He's successfully run in the Walt Disney World Marathon as a woman, climbed to the top of Mount Fuji and been kicked off Mount Rainier. He taught English Conversation in Japan, sailed through the Suez Canal twice, hunted pirates in the Persian Gulf, and can analyze anyone's handwriting.

When he worked at the FBI, his thesis on Red Flag Behaviors Found in Relationships, earned him an invitation to present a paper at the First Annual Forensics Congress in China, which led him to write his award-winning book Naughty or Nice - Whose List Are You On? available as a handout during lectures. 

He co-authored the bestselling book, The Happiness Code with Ray Brehm, and other authors, who all share their happiness hacks you can use too. 

His third book, The Devil Pulls the Strings, received the Literary Titan Award, and 5-Star book reviews from Book Viral, Chanticleer, Literary Titan, and readers on Good

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