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The Lost Angel: A Novel Hardcover – October 4, 2011

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"A coiling plot, full of insightful characters, with an intriguing mix of hopes and fears. Javier Sierra plays readers like a virtuoso--a stickler for detail-- with imagination galore--but always keeping the story ringing with unadorned reality. Just a solid, drum-tight winner of a book." --Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key

"In The Lost Angel, Javier Sierra takes us on a riveting quest through 5000 years of humanity's rich esoteric history, peeling away those fascinating onionskin layers of our own hidden past. As the intrepid Julia Alvarez hurtles headlong across a continent to save her husband, she discovers the dark forces that imminently will be unleashed -- when the lost wisdom of the ancients smashes, as in a particle accelerator, against those dangerous powers already held in the hands of modern science." --Katherine Neville, New York Times bestselling author of The Eight and The Fire

"With The Lost Angel, Javier Sierra has gifted his readers with a mesmerizing and thrilling journey into one of the greatest historical mysteries--the true nature of angels. A fascinating and gripping tale." --Heather Terrell, author of Fallen Angel

"From its explosive opening to its thrilling conclusion, The Lost Angel by Javier Sierra is a rocket-paced, page turner. Fans of Dan Brown will find everything they're looking for--and so much more--in this intriguing, provocative novel, as rich in historical detail as it is tuned in to our modern day nightmares." --Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Darkness, My Old Friend

“This plot-driven adventure is a definite page-turner.” --Booklist

"Sierra has fashioned a spine-tingling apocalyptic thriller set in real-world locations and based on well-researched mythology and scientific facts, with just the right amount of fiction to make for an excellent read."--Library Journal

“Javier Sierra has taken the typical apocalyptic thriller to another level.” --Charleston Post-Courier

From the Author

Javier Sierra, whose works have been translated into thirty-five languages, is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Secret Supper. A native of Teruel, Spain, he currently lives in Madrid. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; English Language edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451632797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451632798
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The act of writing a novel has been compared at times to climbing a mountain. I cannot think of a more appropriate metaphor when discussing THE LOST ANGEL, Javier Sierra's fascinating new thriller. In his Author's Note, Sierra shares that as part of the process of writing this book, he tried on several occasions to climb Mount Ararat, which is believed to be the final resting place of Noah's Ark. After several attempts, he reached his goal. He embarked on this quest so that he could describe the area accurately in his novel. It is this attention to detail, coupled with his enthralling imagination, that makes THE LOST ANGEL a must-read book for this year.

Sierra begins this complex and intriguing path by shifting points of view and alternating between the past and present. One of these perspectives belongs to Julia Alvarez, a Spanish historian whose specialty is the recovery of the mysteries of religious art otherwise lost to antiquity. Julia is married to Martin Faber, an extremely complicated man who is much more than he appears to be. Martin is a climatologist and former NSA operative; he also is possessed of a pair of powerful and mysterious stones with which his family has been entrusted for centuries. These stones, it is said, have the ability to communicate with God --- and Julia turns out to be one of those very few people who can bring them to life.

The couple lives relatively quietly, engrossed in their respective areas of research, until Martin is kidnapped at Mount Ararat while examining humankind's second fall from grace following what took place in the Garden of Eden: the Great Flood.
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Undercover American climatologist, Martin Faver is kidnapped by a group calling itself Forces of Popular Defense. The price for his release is the immediate withdrawal of all NATO forces within 150 miles of Mount Ararat.

Each character describes the action that pertains to them except for Julia Alvarez who narrates her part of the story. This change in point of view is difficult to accomplish and the author is able to manage it in a professional manner.

As the story unfolds, Julia describes her actions as there is an attempt on her life and she is rescued by Col. Nicholas Allen of the National Security Agency. He informs her of her husband's kidnapping.

Col. Allen believes that Martin left clues about how to save him in the body of the message he delivered.

The group that is holding Faver claims that they are the descendents of angels and are about to be returned to heaven. To accomplish this, they must destroy the world and will be able to do so with something that Martin and Julia possesses.

The item in question is a pair of stones that enable their possessors to see things. In history, it was thought that these stones could be used to communicate with the angels.

The premise of the novel is difficult for this reader to accept. The author, Javier Sierra, goes into great detail and adds an interesting index of churches and places in history to support the idea of talking to angels.

This plot driven story is interesting and the author knows how to weave a clever tale. He attempts to overcome any doubt by having characters discuss the history of events and as they convince themselves, they are adding the reader to their discussion.

The story would be recommended for the reader who wants a trip into fantasy.
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Liberate a handful of pages from the DaVinci Code, and then rip some more from the secret government agency yarn du jour. Bind them together with the pages from Frommer's Guide to Europe and The Idiot's Guide to the Bible and you're well on your way to creating an at-home copy of The Lost Angel.

So, is this a bad thing? Nah. It makes for some interesting and fun reading but ultimately it leaves the reader wondering why so many tools were brought to the job when, clearly, only a hammer was needed. Consequently, The Lost Angel fails to be a great thing.

All while reading The Lost Angel, I wondered, "Is this a kidnapping mystery? A biblical story come to life? A government cover-up story?". And often the answer was yes to all three questions. Too many ingredients in the chili make it taste funny. Couple this with a man, a woman and a relationship that are difficult to warm up to, and a long list of characters that are only minor players in the grand scheme, and you've got a story that underwhelms. And though the climatic end scene had me turning pages with anticipation, ultimately it turned out to be very disappointing and more than a little corny for my taste.

There is value to this story. It is entertaining, competently written (like I can be the judge of that!), and has elements of plot lines that appeal to many. Read it. Lose yourself in the story for a bit. If you're satisfied with moderately entertaining escapism then The Lost Angel won't disappoint. If you're looking for something a little more focused and warm, then keep looking.
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