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About the Author

Michael Angel's worlds of fiction range from the unicorn-ruled realm of the Morning Land to the gritty 'Fringe Space' of the western Galactic Frontier. Author of the bestselling Centaur of the Crime - where C.S. Lewis meets CSI - his books populate shelves in languages from Russian to Portuguese. 

He currently resides in Southern California. Alas, despite keeping a keen eye out for griffins, centaurs, or pegasi, none have yet put in an appearance on Hollywood Boulevard. 

Michael Angel's welcome mat is out at his website, so feel free to visit: michaelangelwriter.com.

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  • File Size: 720 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Banty Hen Publishing (May 20, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055IIBWQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael Angel's fictional worlds range from the unicorn-ruled realm of the Morning Land to the gritty Fringe Space of the western Galactic Frontier.

Here on Earth his ebooks, audio books, and paperbacks populate shelves in 12 different languages. However, despite keeping a keen eye out for griffins, centaurs, or galactic marshals, none have yet put in an appearance on Hollywood Boulevard.

To learn more about him and his writing, please visit michaelangelwriter.com.

Series Order:

FANTASY & FORENSICS ~
Centaur of the Crime
The Deer Prince's Murder
Grand Theft Griffin (Late Summer 2015)

APOCALYPSE WITH A SIDE OF GRILLED SPAM ~
Episode One
Episode Two
Episode Three
Episode Four
Season One Compilation

THE AMANDA LOVE UNIVERSE ~
A Shovelful of Stars
Pay To Pray
Dogfight
A Planet Torn
Fringe Space Tales (Amanda Love Compilation)

Standalone Novels:
The Detective & The Unicorn
I Married the Third Horseman
The Wizard, The Warlord, and The Hidden Woman
Treasure of the Silver Star

Collections and Novellas
So a Dragon, a Muse, and an Alien Walk Into a Bar...
Gatekeeper and Goddess
Predators and Prey
Deepest Fears
Three Acts of Courage
Strange Powers, Stranger Places
Crisis Points
Love's Origins
Sylph
Blood, Sweat, and Fears (an 18-story compendium)

Short Stories
23 and counting! Check them out in Amazon's listings below...

Michael Angel's welcome mat is out at michaelangelwriter.com. Or, feel free to stop by and say 'hello' to the kind folks who publish his material at bantyhenpublishing.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Michael Schwarz on September 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Michael Angel is an author who knows exactly what he is doing when he takes you down the path that leads out of this world.

Detective and The Unicorn is part detective story, part fantasy, but at its heart it's a love story about kindred spirits. It balances a fine line between fantasy and reality without throwing out the doctrine of Suspension of Disbelief. You've just got to love explosive-rune throwing unicorns and previously stationary tree elementals who've figured out that a Diesel engine truck can move their trees and potted soil.

The magic system is slight and could have used more explanation, but stands on its own.

The blending of worlds makes for interesting cross overs between technology and magic.

But its the love story on this one, its the idea that through great loss can come great strength. The author touches on something here, something universal to beings everywhere because spirits can fall in love too.

I found myself looking forward to the next reading period. And the next book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter on July 9, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I love detective novels, and fantasy novels, and urban fantasy as well. This book dishes up a great genre-busting combo of the three. Imagine a mash-up of Jim Butcher and Anne McCaffrey, with a light dusting of S.J. Rozan for seasoning. You get the protagonist with a past, the unexpected appearance of the supernatural, and a satisfying villain, all tucked into the structure of a procedural.

The novel is a quick and entertaining read, with believable and heartening character development. The plot moves the story along at a steady clip (well really, a steady clip-clop).

This is not a book for those who love gritty and realistic hyperbolic violence. But for those of us who like to sleep at night without horrible pictures in our heads, the novel provides enough tension and conflict to satisfy. And if you happen to enjoy a dusting of romance, all the better.

It's a great beach read -- just remember the sunscreen, because you will be on the towel, turning pages, for the whole afternoon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leiah on October 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
“To die, to sleep –
To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come…”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. – Maya Angelou
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unicornThe photo of a snow-white Pegasus in the company of the President of the United States had made the front page of the Los Angeles Times twice now. Both times this happened, someone close to me has been killed.

Derek Ridder knows about death. About loss, and pain, true. But most of all, he knows about Death. A Los Angeles cop, he sees humanity at it’s very worst; it’s darkest, cruelest moments. Three years ago, he saw that front page photo only moments before his beloved wife, Beth, died – the victim of a suicide who decided to take many with him when he parked in the path of an oncoming train. And the second time.

The second time nearly drove him mad.

Now, Derek Ridder’s life has been turned upside down, his niece and sister-in-law threatened, and the very fate of our world, The Other World as it is called by those who populate the dimension which has paralleled and overlapped our own, may come down to whether or not Derek, and those who help him, can find the key to destroying a man – a man who is also a Monster.

It is called The Morning Land. A land of pegasi and unicorn, of dryads and wizards and all manner of things that go bump in the night. And in this land, a wizard has gone mad, threatening our world, and his, with total annihilation at the teeth and claws of a demon horde.

He had dead, doll’s eyes, like a sharks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Medinnus on December 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Detective & The Unicorn by Michael Angel

Trade Paperback http://www.amazon.com/The-Detective-Unicorn-Michael-Angel/dp/1466369329/ref=tmm_pap_title_0
(Kindle version also available)

I confess to beginning this novel with a small, prejudicial disappointment. Having read another of the author's books (also a cross-realm book that moved between Los Angeles and a fantasy realm) and thoroughly enjoyed it, I had hoped that this was a sequel, or at least set in the same continuity, as the other. However, it swiftly became apparent that there was no relation between the two books, and hence my disappointment.

It didn't last long. One of the strengths of a Michael Angel story seems to be a depth of his characters and dialogue, which tie the reader into the storyline with bindings of silken steel. His stories are not something you want to start half an hour before bedtime; in both cases I was unable (or perhaps merely unwilling) to put the books down. Start just before bedtime, and you will have a sleepless night.

If anything, I enjoyed this story more than the previous, to which I gave high marks. There is less overt humor in this story, although there still is some malingering in the background (and perhaps more effective for it), but the story rockets along at a nice pace. The characters do not develop slowly, as there is no time for it, but they are well-rounded people. I envy the author's ability juggle a diverse cast effectively and sympathetically, even the antagonists.

Elements of both worlds leak through, in reasonably clever ways, and the explanations of the (forgive the word) algorithms of the schools of magic is well-thought out and explained without reaching Tolkien-esque levels of tedious exposition.
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