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Halo of the Damned Paperback – February 7, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a simple, yet fun and twisted read. The basic story is about Andel,one of the fallen angels who is in cahoots with Lucifer. Here on Earth, Andel runs an ad agency in Chicago. He's done a fantastic job using advertising as a means to manipulate and deceive people away from salvation.
Although Andel does eat a lot of people, he is the central villain of this story, and not the hero.
The heroine in this story is Joanna, a cocaine addict fresh out of prison. She is just getting out when we meet her and her sister, Kim. Their mother has recently died and the two women are trying to get Mom's estate in order. Things about Mom begin to be uncovered around the same time as Joanna is getting hired by Andel to fill the shoes of someone he ate earlier in the story.
Dina is a very methodical writer. Her research into angelic lore shows itself clearly. Dina wasn't afraid to get her hands bloody with this story, and I got several grim chuckles from the poor sods receiving undeserved horrors. I'm sick that way.
This story made me think about soap operas. Once you think you have a character pinned and you think you know what's coming next, the next thing you know you get the next level of dirt. The dirt just keeps on getting dirtier.
Read with a smile and don't take yourself too seriously and you'll find 'Halo of the Damned' to be a fun read. If your looking for 'high-brow' literature, this might not be your book. Did I remember to warn that people get eaten in this book?
Andel shows up in Wheaton, Illinois to do Satan's bidding, or at least that's the plan. Andel head up an advertising firm named Evil Empire. He's so successful because he really knows how to use subliminal advertising to feed into people's fear and inherent greed. Think Mad Men only more modern. The story opens with a recent murder, and not much rationale behind it. Perhaps, murder is what dark angels do. Like all advertising executives, Andel becomes full of himself and does not feel the need to follow his original orders.
Enter our female characters, who more than what they seem, and more than what they know. Joanna Easterhouse, talk about a telling name, her sister Kim, and her daughter Maria are a bit different. Unaware that they aren't fully human, their psychic gifts come as a surprise, not necessarily a pleasant one either.
As you would expect Joanna takes a job at the Evil Empire and becomes involved in Andel's machinations. A battle for domination ensues. It takes place on the world stage and culminates in Wheaton. This fast paced, and sometimes gory, story takes advantage of the Yezidism, angel-worshipping religion to support its premise.
Halo of the Damned does have dark romantic elements rather like Wuthering Heights. Horror, paranormal, dark romance fans should all enjoy this book. From his creative cover by Dawne Dominique to its unusual storyline and stunning ending, it is a tale that is sure to stay with you.
Andel is one of the fallen. He was sent to Hell along with one-third of the rest of the angels, those who stood alongside Satan in a war to defy God. Which they lost.
Now he's got this huge advertising company, The Evil Empire, which he uses to trick and steal the souls of thousands. He sends these souls to his master, who adds them to his army of evil warriors.
Andel is despicable and so horrendous. He doesn't have to eat his victims to obtain their souls. He does it because he enjoys it, revels in it.
This scene from the beginning shows his real colors behind the suave business man facade he presents to others.
You'll find him sitting in his office, calmly gazing at the young woman lying dead on the floor in a growing pool of blood.
After he licks his knife clean, he slithers over, slurps up all of her blood and consumes most of her remains. He'd had high hopes for his daughter, but, she didn't work out.
Then he calls in his trusted assistant, Marcus, to clean up after him.
Marcus is the worst of humanity, if you could call him human. He's been killing since he was 10 years old. And now he'll do whatever Andel asks of him, with pleasure, because of the promise to be made like him.
Next, you'll meet Joanna, fresh out of a two and a half-year prison term for intent to distribute cocaine. At least one good thing came of her incarceration. She's clean for once.
Her sister, Kim, picks her up outside the prison and takes her to their mother's house.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You can tell Dina Rae put a lot of research and effort into the writing of Halo of the Damned! You've always been a great friend and colleague, keep up the awesome work!Published 21 months ago by Nancy Blackaller
This book had a very real feel to it. The character building was great and tied in multiple main characters well. Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by larry rowe
Dina Rae takes the reader into a dark corner of the supernatural world-- the world of demons and nephilim. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by It's Raining Books
This book is not for the faint-hearted. Just want to say that up front. It reminds me of some of the horror movies out--in fact, it reads very much like a movie. Ms. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Judith McCall
Joanna has spent a few years in jail for her drug habit. She had the habit do to hearing voices all her life. The drugs kept the voices away. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by PamM
This book is not for the faint of heart or those sensitive to blood, gore, and general not-nice-activities-but, if you are you probably wouldn't pick up a book about demons anyway,... Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by LAS Reviewer
I totally became obsessed with this book. It was very well written and based in the town I grew up in for a good chunk of my life, plus my family still lives there, Wheaton, IL. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by cm3
This dark occult horror novel doesn't pull a punch. Rae demonstrates her research skill and imagination in this take on fallen angels gone awry. Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by Author Elizabeth Alsobrooks, Book Bling blog reviews
The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Nancy Allen (The Avid Reader)