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Broken Angels Paperback – June 14, 2012
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In a near future when drug addiction and gangs push society closer to anarchy, the White-Fire Virus afflicts a small but important percentage. The STD shortens lifespans, distorts the mind and floods the body with bizarre, possibly sentient, photosensitive parasites. Those able to control the microbes via meds, their own will and light-tight full-body suits can develop amazing abilities, including shape-shifting and light bending (i.e. invisibility, heat rays and such). Other victims literally melt, and some go mad and turn into psychotic criminals. Robert and Darryl are two young virus-carriers who have joined an elite covert-ops squad, ostensibly searching for missing kids but more often hunting viral villains. But who are the do-gooders and who are the insane terrorists or pawns? Despite oft-referenced sexual elements, erotic content is hardly present; it’s the metaphysics—poetic, somewhat punny wordplay about the nature of God, art and Creation—that get full-frontal exposure. This title may even find a readership in religious fantasy literature, albeit of a pretty far-out variety. Avoiding the comic-book trap, this cross-dimensional thriller should give broad-minded readers a heady brew of thought and superpowered action.
As some wait for death, they make their attempt to save the world in their own ways. "Broken Angels" follows dying young man Robert, who awaits his death and affliction with the White Fire virus, which allows them to manipulate photons of light. Working as a Watcher, those with the disease begin to call themselves Angels, a claim that Robert finds dubious as he works with his close friend Darryl to do what he can...and finds that the apocalypse may be in the distance. "Broken Angels" is an intriguing twist of fantasy and modern issues, highly recommended. (Midwest Book Review)
Top customer reviews
One other thing: the books that come up as similar or that other kindle users have purchased is very misleading. This book is sci-fi, and appears to be thought provoking sci-fi as well.
A dystopian future where a virus called White Fire has broken out. Those infected either die or are given limited powers based on it. Robert Goldner is partnered with Darryl Ridley and they look for the missing. In this case, a young girl. They use their strange powers to infiltrate a house and make a rescue, but it has it's own twists. Robert seems to be stand up guy, but Darryl is a womanizer who likes to "rescue" the women he comes across.
And then it gets weird (or weirder depending on what you thought of the previous paragraph). Darryl goes missing. Robert's new partner is a strange woman who speaks of visiting another dimension called XynKroma filled with strangeness and alien beings. At this point, I felt like the book went a bit off the rails. Darryl is captured and tortured by a group of women who have names that all begin with V. They refer to a book he knows and quotes from, but they have a missing chapter he's never seen.
A few weird elements I can handle, but this was just a few too many. And the XynKroma stuff felt weirdly preachy and a bit too earnest. I might have gone along with it as an alternate dimension, but it was just too over the top. I finished it, but I almost didn't.
I received a review copy of this ebook from HyperVerse Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
As the novel begins, the reader becomes aware of how the world of BROKEN ANGELS is quite a bit different then the real world. Our protagonist Robert Goldner bends light around his body, making him invisible. Shortly after this magic trick, he makes note of how teenagers were rather large threats and the younger they were, the more dangerous they were. Shortly after, he meets with his partner Darryl Ridely to investigate a suspicious house. Darryl appears to believe he is an angel of sorts and gets women to fall in love with them before manipulating light to change his appearance and warning his victims to stay away from love and sex. The two raid the house, get in a fight with some teenagers who have been infected with the White Fire parasite, and discover a missing girl who is in bad shape. This sets the basis for the rest of the story as the two men who work for an institute dedicated to finding missing children set off on trying to find the girl's close friend who is also missing. This quest to find her ends with Darryl being abducted, the missing girl being an incredibly religious figure amongst a terrorist cell made of people with the White Fire virus, and a journey through the very unusual world of XynKroma that only infected people can see.
A very interesting and original storyline helps to make BROKEN ANGELS into a wonderful read. Full of action, mystery, and various sorts of conflict, this is a book you won't want to put down. Harambee K. Grey-Sun makes use of a broad vocabulary to weave an enchanting tale that will have your attention from start to finish. The only area of concern is how the other world of XynKroma is rather confusing and quite hard to understand. However the imagery the author uses in describing the world makes up for any confusion.
BROKEN ANGELS is a wonderful novel driven by a unique storyline, fleshed out with wonderful imagery and use of words.
Reviewed by Robert Bennett for IndieReader
What to say? I tried, several times, to read this book but I couldn't finish it. It was too convoluted and mixed up. I kept losing track of which characters were doing what and where they were. I kept having to back-track over and over again trying to understand what was going on.
I eventually gave up reading it as it kept giving me a headache. I will not be on the lookout for the next book.