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But the Angels Never Came (EJO Book 2) by [James-Olson, Eric]
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"An important book" -Guy Steele

About the Author

Eric James-Olson is the author of three novels and several short stories. But the Angels Never Came, Farmers and Cannibals, Just After the Fall, and Short Stories from the Year 2065 and the Decades that Followed are written in the same futuristic, philosophical world. Whom Cain Slew, the final book in the collection, will be released in December 2015. In addition to writing, James-Olson is a high school English teacher and an outdoor enthusiast. He lives with his wife and daughter in the hills of West Virginia.

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  • File Size: 902 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Publication Date: December 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H92JWO2
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But the Angels Never Came opens with the storyteller, young boy and their companions traveling together to an unidentified destination. To pass the time at night, the storyteller begins telling a story about a man named Abraham and his family, who flee their home before the city erupts into chaos. The story is set in a time period "before the world ended." As Abraham and his family travel to their destination of safety in the mountains, they are faced with a series of circumstances, which puts everything they know about each other to the test.

Both the story and the setting of reality are parallel to each other, with more about each situation uncovered as the reader continues through the novel. Hints about reality are uncovered by the storyteller's story as they weave together at different points. As the storyteller gets further into his story, more is revealed about reality and their situation.

Even though story and reality are set in different time periods, the same basic instincts and actions apply to each setting, helping to create these parallels. Basic self-preservation and protection, as well as looking out for the well-being of "family members," are some of the key points recognized in both settings.

The plot moves very fast and almost seemed too fast at points until I continued reading. The quickness with which certain things happen contributes to their significance in the novel. Certain things that I thought might be dwelt upon or explained in further detail were addressed in a cursory mention before the author moved on to the next chapter or subject. At first I was concerned that the plot was moving too fast but this is in no way the case. It puts into perspective what the world has turned into and really makes the reader think.
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The story takes place in the year 2066. The author gives a short description explaining this futuristic world. I liked that the description was brief. I think he spent a page or two and then got right into the present with the character of Abraham.
I thought this was interesting because Abraham was one of the principal characters from Farmers and Cannibals. From here the story describes his exodus from an unnamed city out into the Wilderness. I liked how the city went unnamed. I think at one point it is compared to the biblical tower of Babel, but otherwise it feels as if it could be anywhere.
Parts of the story reminded me of The Road. There are some very big differences. In that story, the characters are living within a world that has already been destroyed. In, But the Angels Never Came, the characters are living in a world during its destruction.
The author builds suspense well. It feels like an escape narrative in the beginning. Ironically, much of the conflict later in the novel stems from the nature of the world into which Abraham and his family have escaped. Even though the book read like a page turner, I think this author did a whole lot more than just write a story. His use of imagery and symbolism, particularly in his description of objects and setting, was seamless and profound.
The characters were very human, and for that reason I liked them. Abraham makes several mistakes throughout the course of the novel, at some points he commits acts that make me cringe, but overall his motivation, saving his life and the lives of his wife and son, helped me overlook the dark side of his nature.
I also liked that it was written as a frame story. The story is told by an old man to a young boy who are also travelers in this apocalyptic world.
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I’m not a huge reader of apocalyptic ci-fi, but every once in a while something comes along that catches my fancy. This was one of those books. For one thing, how the near-future comes about had a scary sense of realism to it, as if it were a straightforward, logical extrapolation from news making the headlines today. That, of course, makes the tale just that much more disturbing, as if this could well be something many of us will be living through down the road. It’s a very dark future that I don’t want any part of, so in that vein, these kinds of books serve as a great wake up call to snap us out of our lethargy and make what small efforts we can today to see that this destiny is not carved in stone.

Despite the clear biblical references, this is in no way requires a fan of Christian-based fiction to enjoy the story; its audience is much broader. There is a Book of Eli feel to the novel, for those of you who saw the film, but this is far deeper, and more profound to my thinking. And you don’t have to wait until the end for the profound and prophetic material to click into place; it’s there from page one. As sci-fi based on religious parables go—not that I read a lot of those either—this has become my new favorite.

The writing style is smooth, polished, and flowing, making this a fairly effortless read at any speed. The pacing with the plotting is quite good, just enough to balance character development with action, and leave the right amount of room for the infusion of the philosophical ideas. While this is arguably thinking man’s sci-fi, it’s not so heady as to be off-putting to folks just looking for a fun story.
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