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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't like this as much as the first book: Farmers and Cannibals. But it's still a good read with a unique story line.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Abram or Abraham and his family escaped from their city before it was bombed. They walked for many nights and days. Read morePublished 17 months ago by mkittysamom
What an intriguing book this author has written! It's a survivalist tale written during two periods of time. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Marjorie Cunningham
My reviews: But the Angels Never Came by Eric James-Olson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars (More like 4.79 - but I REALLY did like it. Read more
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.I have read other works by this author and was excited to read this one. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Karen Reese
This is my third book from Eric James-Olson and I get sucked into his books every time! This is a story about a man and boy in the future traveling together and with others. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Cyndi
I was given a free ebook copy of this book by the author. The opinions are mine.
I really liked the book. Read more
About half way through I about decided to not finish ( a little slwo), but so glad I went ahead and finished it. Good book.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
I could not get into this story no matter how far I read. Obviously written for a more current generation of readers. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kathy Jordan
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