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by: Dennis Danvers
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Aren't ALL angels good?! Apparently not. This author treats us to a look into the operations of the Angel Department of the "after" life and how it interacts with our human existence. There are "guardian" angels, Special Investigative Angels, "fallen" angels and apparently "brown nosing" angels. Sounds a lot like our everyday life here on earth...OH, and don't forget the "ghosts" some people talk to! They all receive their assignments (except for the fallen angels) from someone called the Archangel.
Shannon is one of the "fallen" angels. She didn't particularly care for her assignment in the Angel department so she decided to pick a time and place on earth to escape. She has been trying to elude the band of retrieving angels sent to bring her back to the fold and put her in heaven's equivalent of jail.
She bumps into George outside of a bar where he had recently been "dumped" by his girlfriend and had been drowning his sorrow in a little alcohol. Shannon took advantage of his state of mind and convinced him to take her home with him. There discovering that this man had a passion, more to say obsession, with angel's wings. Only planning to stay until a good time to escape without the band of angels noticing her, Shannon reveals to George that she is really an angel and ultimately shows him her wings. From there the connection is sealed between the two and now they are both fleeing from this gestapo band of angels.
Many characters enter into their escapades as they try to keep Shannon on earth. There is a compassionate "Special Investigator" angel that has been tracking (although halfheartedly) Shannon for many years, a widower who still speaks with his wife"s ghost, a female that has spent years redefining herself by taking on bogus names and backgrounds, a gay couple and a guy who is a seemingly unsuccessful hard luck person looking for his life's purpose. Their lives intersect leading to an interesting series of events.
This author has quite the writing style! A rather long story that at times had me shaking my head saying "what did that just say?". But I quickly realized I had to just read on and see the whole thought process and it all made more sense. Kinda quirky, kinda funny, kinda thought provoking and kinda heartwarming, this book is a detour from the norm and a little lengthy but well worth the time! You can tell this author's mind has a million thoughts being processed at one time and he wants to get all of them down before new ones pop up. Kudos for the entertaining prose!
I give this book 4 "angelic" sheep.
I think his interpretation of angels and heaven, as bazaar as it is, is just as valid as the equally bazaar interpretation we have today (my own opinion of course). Who knows? I suggest the deeply religious reader treat this as a (gasp!) novel and not another interpretation of the Bible. I only mention this because I know how zealous religious people can be. The humor, sometimes subtle humor, is worth reading it alone! The novel gives new meaning to the term “Fallen Angels” (which I think might have been a better title).
The characters are all very well developed and you feel you know each of them, with all their faults and attributes. I won’t go into any further detail as I don’t want to spoil the reader’s enjoyment.
I almost gave it four stars due to the many typos, but after consideration decided that this was a simple fix and should not diminish the rating.
While Shannon was being chased by a band of angels, she came across a drunk, brokenhearted man. She needed a place to hide out, and he needed some clarity in his life. They couldn't have been more perfect for each other. He's an artist, who loves to paint and sculpt angels...their wings especially.
I like how all of the characters are entwined with each other in some way or another. I especially liked Mia/Bethany's character. That girl had some serious spunk.
This book was enjoyable, and it read at a nice pace. Anyone that enjoys reading books that have an “Angel” theme, would like it quite a bit!