Review: Stan Lee’s The Devil’s Quintet by Jay Bonansinga and Stan Lee

Stan Lee’s The Devil’s Quintet: The Armageddon Code: A Thriller
Authors: Jay Bonansinga and Stan Lee
Publisher: Tor Books
Released: February 8, 2022
Received: NetGalley

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Oh, my heart. In case you hadn’t heard, before his passing, Stan Lee teamed up with Jay Bonansinga to create Stan Lee’s The Devil’s Quintet: The Armageddon Code. As the title states, it’s a thriller, but it’s also more than that. Don’t worry – there are superheroes in the mix, I promise!

What would you do if you were in a horrid position and the devil arrived and offered to make a deal with you? Would you take the deal, or would you let your life slip out of your hands? For these former Navy SEALS, the concept of their life slipping away is more literal, as they face torture and death.

So they took the deal. In exchange, they earned inhuman powers – dare I say, superhero powers. But as we all know, even the best bargains come at a price. Especially when those deals are made, quite literally, with the devil.

This might sound odd, but I sincerely wasn’t sure what I was in for with Stan Lee’s The Devil’s Quintet. I knew that it would have superheroes, lots of action, and presumably that vibe that always comes with Stan Lee’s works. But beyond that? No idea.

I ended up having a lot of fun reading Stan Lee’s The Devil’s Quintet. It’s not the most profound superhero story I’ve read – and that’s okay. However, I would have been curious to see how it’d look in a more visual storytelling format.

The title probably gives this fact away, but this is not a book for everyone. It has some heavier tones, such as torture and the prominent battles that come with making a deal with, well…the devil. It’s a brilliant read, and I think many other readers will enjoy it. But I can also see it being a bit much for some people.

Thanks to Tor Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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