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The Devil Pulls the Strings

The Devil Pulls the Strings


J. W. Zarek


Fiction, Action and Adventure, Paranormal and Supernatural, Urban

Publish Date

September 15, 2021

Short Description

Niccolò Paganini born in 1782, was the world's first rockstar of his day, known as the world's greatest violinist who revolutionized violin technique.


Rumor has it, his mother gave Paganini's soul to the Devil so Paganini could be the world's greatest violinist. Imagine a world where that's true. Then you'd be immersed in the wild ride of world The Devil Pulls the Strings, where time travel, twisted history, secret societies, Paganini's music and one hanted hero colloide.


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THE DEVIL PULLS THE STRINGS, described as The Librarians meet The Magicians is a 76,000-word epic fantasy adventure is 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, a 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 gig, he goes to meet the gig’s contact at his NYC brownstone and a body falls from the brownstone 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.

Then finds himself on a race through time to capture the cursed melody. Along the way, a Romani 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 Archivists 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.

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