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Archangel: A Novel of Alternate, Recent History [Kindle Edition]

Aaron Worthing
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On September 11, 2001, a businessman faced a grim choice. Perched on the ninety-third floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, he had to choose between dying in the fire rising around him, or jumping. He chose to jump.

In our world he died, one of around three thousand to die that day.

In the alternate world where Archangel takes place, someone was there to catch him. A fireman, wearing a mask, leapt out of a window in the tower and with no visible means of propulsion, the fireman flew after him. The fireman caught the man and brought him down to a soft, controlled landing, live on national television. A real-life superhero had made his national debut.

This is that superhero's story.

But this isn't a fairy tale. Around a thousand people still died in the vicious attack. However, this fireman was able rescue many people from the top of the burning towers. And when he saw the South Tower begin to fall, he caught it using only his mind and set it down safely in Central Park. Finally, he tried to stop Flight 93 from crashing, but in his effort to save the plane it ripped apart, and only a handful were saved.

So in that day of mourning, there was joy and also a question: who was this fireman?

Archangel follows the story of this fireman, from his childhood in the Philippines to his debut as a superhero on September 11. Filled with action and suspense, laughter and tears, international intrigue and romance, this novel provides an unflinchingly realistic portrayal of a what a superhero would really look like in our modern world and how that world would respond.


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  • File Size: 838 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WSFCPM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,929 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one of the best new action novels out there January 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a longtime fan of superhero stories, and also a longtime fan of alternate history. Alternate history gives an author the freedom to explore major figures in fictional situations, which is great for news buffs looking for some entertainment.

When I learned about this book, with its story about a superhero stepping forward on September 11 and then fighting terrorism while the press fights his anonymity, my expectations shot through the roof. As far as a story building itself on action sequences and interesting looks at major figures, this book didn't let me down at all.

A word of caution: this book has a no-holds-barred attitude about the situations our hero stands against. There's a witty segment where they discuss how our world already has plenty of supervillians. Monstrous men who lack superpowers but are capable of evil I would ordinarily call 'unspeakable'... except this book speaks unflinchingly about it. Thankfully, these awful situations build up to satisfying resolutions. And there's humor too, such as the surprising situation blogger Michelle Malkin, author of Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies finds herself in.

The discussion of the military takes a few creative liberties but manages to stay believable. The story of life in Iraq, and the pressures journalists face, is similarly convincing and actually expands the reader's worldly perspective.

My favorite parts of this book deal with the reality of Muslim and Arab heroics. The bravest character in the book isn't the superhero, but rather is a Muslim woman evolving from respect to fear of Saddam Hussein.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining January 26, 2012
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Archangel is a very entertaining book, though not for half the country. It's an extended piece of conservative, 9/11 fan fiction... part Predator, part Odd Thomas, part Superman. It takes it's Catholic Faith seriously and portrays President Bush and the New York Times and Terrorists precisely how they behaved at the time...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done! June 4, 2012
By Clyde
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A thoughtful "what-if" exploration of the debut of the world's first superhero. A great read, even if you don't agree with the politics.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Paranoid delusions January 13, 2013
By watari
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If you like conservative paranoia literature, and copious comma splices, this is the book for you. Read this drivel at your own peril, it won't blow your mind but it will rot it.
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