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Angel: 1089 (Heaven Corp) Paperback – August 2, 2011
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When Gabriel 1089 wakes up from a demon ambush, he’s missing his network-enabled halo and one of his metal wings.
The down-level junk dealer tending Gabe’s wounds has hands that spark nerve endings he never knew he possessed. But what good is an angel cut off from Heaven?
Demons on his doorstep are nothing new for Jeff Werth. Since they saved his daughter’s legs, they’ve been calling in their marker. In exchange for his services they’ll consider the debt paid. Except having a powerless angel at his mercy feeds a rising desire that has him rethinking the deal.
About the Author
Librarian by day, erotic romance writer by night, CC Bridges would like to say that her writing is influenced by a variety of wild and exotic sexual experiences. It turns out she just has a really good imagination. She writes surrounded by books, spare computing equipment, too many video game systems, a very fluffy dog, plenty of yarn, and a long-suffering husband all in the tiny state of New Jersey. Angel: 1089 is her second title with Samhain Publishing.
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As a sci-if novel it is a clear standout, and Harlan Ellison, eat your heart out, because not only is it incredibly engaging sci-fi but it has the feel of a well-rounded book in and of itself. As a reader I am viciously critical and I am dousing this book with praise because it such a good read. Certainly an author to keep an eye on too.
So, if you like dysfunctional societies, cybernetic enhancements with porn potential, fallen angels, squabbling demons and a journey to discover the nature of humanity amidst some fairly hot m/m action, seriously check this out.
The world is slowly and subtly revealed as readers are introduced to and learn about the characters. Natural disasters destroyed the world as we know it, and one powerful corporation became dominant and took control by building a city in the sky - away from the destruction. But not everyone has enough money, or is worthy enough, for Heaven. Gabriel 1089 is a cybernetic angel, Archangel Class, assigned to protect Heaven from demons who try to steal supplies. Jeff is a single father struggling to raise his daughter and survive down below. He has exceptional engineering/IT skills, which make him valuable to the demons who rule Old Trent. Jeff owes the demons, so when they show up with a wounded angel and orders to care for him, Jeff has no choice. He doesn't expect to fall in love...
I loved this book. The play on angels and heaven is very creative, as is the cybernetic element. The authors provides lots of twists concerning the characters, in particular Gabe. I also liked how the demons are something akin to the Mafia. Not everything is black and white; there is a lot more to the story than initially meets the eye. Jeff and Gabe make a strong couple whose relationship realistically develops over time, making the sex all the more enjoyable because it evolved naturally. The sex is explicit, but not gratuitous. Secondary characters are developed enough to serve their purpose, especially Jeff's little girl. Overall, this was fantastic story and I really hope the author does a sequel - I want to spend more time in this world.
This is a well-written, suspenseful story. C.C. Bridges is excellent at world building, creating a score of believable, interesting characters. For an m/m novel both the romance and the sex is somewhat low-key. They are there, and they are satisfying, but they are part of a pretty robust plot. I've read the book as much for the story, as for the romance. I was glad to learn that there's a sequel in the works, because there's a lot more I'd like to learn about this world.