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A Kiss Before the Apocalypse: A Remy Chandler Novel Mass Market Paperback – April 7, 2009


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  • Series: REMY CHANDLER NOVEL (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Reprint edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451462599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451462596
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Tightly focused and deftly handled, this adult debut from YA and comic book author Sniegoski (The Fallen) covers familiar ground in entertaining new ways. The angel Remiel wanders the Earth in human form as private investigator Remy Chandler, experiencing the mortal life while indulging his fondness for the trappings of noir. When the Angel of Death vanishes, Heaven hires Chandler to find him as well as a missing set of scrolls that could bring about the apocalypse. Sniegoski's choice to frame this high concept with a straight noir detective tale grounds the world for the reader and highlights the mystical elements. Chandler's dog, Marlowe, written with a humorous but heartfelt voice, shows off Chandler's ability to talk to animals and provides some charming comic relief. Fans of urban fantasy and classic detective stories will enjoy this smart and playful story. (May)
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“The most inventive novel you’ll buy this year.”
—Bestselling author Christopher Golden

“A hard-boiled noir fantasy by turns funny, unsettling, and heartbreaking. This is the story Sniegoski was born to write, and a character I can’t wait to see again.”
—Christopher Golden, bestselling author of The Boys Are Back in Town

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Story was a bit slow, the main character was likeable enough.
BW
As with any good story, it's the telling that counts, and the characters and action here are involving and interesting enough to keep interest.
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This is a throughly enjoyable read and I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By T. McAuley on June 4, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Remy Chandler is a Boston-dwelling private eye, with a black labrador named Marlowe, and a current case tailing an unfaithful husband - all in all fairly typical fare. Everything changes, however, when the man shoots his lover, and then himself, but fails to die, catapaulting Remy into a far more important case, and one which reunites him with kindred he thought he had left behind long ago, for Remy Chandler is really Remiel, one of the seraphim, the greatest of God's angels, who abandoned Heaven in guilt and disgust after fighting, and killing, his brethren in the war against Lucifer, and has been wandering the Earth in human form ever since. Soon, Remy is on the hunt for the missing Angel of Death, and the five scrolls in his possession that will permit the unleashing of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and bring about the end of the world.

Having an angel - not one who has Fallen, but who has voluntarily left Heaven - as a protagonist is the twist in Sniegoski's new series, which he populates with other beings from Biblical tales and Angelography. This is an interesting new theme in urban fantasy, if not an entirely original one (one only has to think of the 1995 movie 'The Prophecy', for example, which has many of the same ideas about angelic conflict and jealousy of humanity). Remy/Remiel makes an appealingly conflicted hero, struggling to be true to his humanity, to be part of the mortal world, while in reality being nothing of the kind, and his relationship with his failing human wife, and pet dog, to whom he can speak, that being one of his angelic powers, lends him a touching air of vulnerabilty.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 19, 2008
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Are there ever enough novels in the urban fantasy field? Novelist Thomas E. Sniegoski would like to think: no. In other books and by other writers, we've already been treated to witches, wizards, vampires, werewolves, and elves making a living in these contemporary times, rubbing elbows with us just plain folks. So I think it's kinda neat that we hear from the heavenly hosts.

Sniegoski introduces Remiel, a mighty warrior angel of the Seraphim, who long ago participated in the bloody celestial war waged between the armies of God and of Lucifer Morningstar. Sickened by the resulting carnage and destruction, Remiel turned his back on Heaven. Cut to unmentionable years later, to the present, where Remiel now walks around in human guise as Remy Chandler, a Boston private eye. He's been content the past few decades, having met and married the wonderful Madeline, who is privy to all his secrets. But Madeline is only human, and, as such, only has a finite span on earth. Madeline today is old and wasting away from cancer in her nursing home. Remy sorrowly counts down the days. Meanwhile, the shamus business keeps him occupied.

Some possible plot SPOILERS now.

His latest gig is mundane enough, spying on a hubbie suspected of that old thing. Until the case abruptly escalates into a murder-suicide. But when the two corpses keep on breathing, Remy begins to get that uneasy feeling. Soon, word spreads of people around the globe who should now be dead but who refuse to give up the ghost. Shortly after, Remy is visited by his old brethren, the Seraphim, who task him with tracking down Israfil, the Angel of Death. Israfil, it seems, had gone missing and, worse, had shed his responsibilites. Souls are not being taken.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eric on August 6, 2010
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The premise is fun. I will give it that. And I don't expect amazing writing from this sort of quick one-night read, so I wasn't disappointed by the extremely on-the-nose dialog, lack of scene-settings details, or lack of crucial backstory details. Those things would have been important in convincing me to read the SECOND book, but they wouldn't have stopped me from reading the first book halfway through.

But stop I did... I just went to sleep early, because that was less annoying than reading. You see, at about a quarter of the way through the book, we learn that he can turn invisible and plant hypnotic suggestions into people. And a bit later it turns out he can create holy swords out of any metal blade, which he uses to kill a horrific demonic creature. And then at about 65% in, at the pivoting scene of the story, he is attacked by ANGRY RHESUS MONKEYS (I kid you not) and these defeat him where demons couldn't. He is so overwhelmed that the only way he can survive is to tap into his primal angelic essence, which makes him cry. Well, if this moron had just remembered his ability to create energy blades, turn invisible, or plant hypnotic suggestions, he wouldn't have been IN this mess in the first place!

In the above example, I tried to use something that is not a big spoiler. But rest assured that this basic problem of "I am a god-like being, and the problems of this book would be trivial for me to solve, but for reasons that the reader doesn't really understand, I am fighting with one hand behind my back, even though the whole WORLD is on the line" runs through it.

I'll see if I pick it up to finish it tonight, but I doubt it.
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