Deus-X, one of the most inventive novels of spiritual terror, is the fifth occult thriller by Vermont native Joseph A. Citro, who has achieved even greater recognition as a bestselling nonfiction chronicler of the occult and paranormal. What he has done so effectively with Deus-X can perhaps be best compared to deciphering the ultimate X-Files case. But instead of two FBI agents, there are three amateur investigators--a psychologist, a priest, and a physicist--who band together to try to save the world from total subjugation to a secret supernatural, or possibly extraterrestrial, force. Citro seamlessly couples his insight into the unknown with his considerable skills as a horror novelist to explain the seemingly inexplicable. Meanwhile, it's exciting and frightening to learn that the truth is... in here.|
Source: Stanley Wiater, Amazon.com.
Available for the first time in paperback, Citro’s most ambitious novel is "a supercharged cross between The X-Files and The Exorcist"
Named one of the "113 Best Books of Modern Horror" by critic Stanley Wiater, Deus-X offers a potent combination of mystery, psychological horror, and spiritual terror. Two seemingly unrelated events set in motion a complex plot: in a secret government installation in California, a political prisoner is grotesquely executed; while on the East Coast, an elderly Vermont farmer vanishes, the victim of an otherwordly abduction.
Three amateur investigators with divergent world views -- a psychologist, a physicist, and a priest -- join forces to discover the relationship between these two events. Stalked by a murderous psychopath intent on stopping them, they encounter UFOs, inexplicable religious phenomena, multiple personalities, and overwhelming psychic violence. They are drawn inexorably forward through the gothic halls of a Canadian hospital for elderly and demented priests to the locked chambers of a covert American repository for space-age weaponry, where they uncover a sinister application of computer technology.