- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: America Star Books (February 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1462662889
- ISBN-13: 978-1462662883
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,742,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Operation Dark Angel: The Four Horsemen Series Hardcover – February 6, 2012
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As with most portentous events it begins with something small. This story begins with a girl who hears a voice. Although Mariel comes from a good family and has a strong Catholic education, she listens to what the voice tells her, that she is going to have a baby that was fathered by no man. At this point, and indeed at many points in this novel, the reader should snort in derision, for it's easy to say she should have known better, that she should have recognized the falsehoods, should have known just who was speaking. We could say the same thing about other characters in the book. The reader can sit safe in s smug world, knowing the framework behind the scenery, and archly claim "I would never be so gullible. I would never fall for such obvious whoppers. I would know immediately what is going on and turn my back on the evil." Really? Just as characters in a book never know the story of which they are a part, so we will not know when we find ourselves enmeshed in an end-time pyschodrama. Besides, it's not for nothing that the Devil is called the Father of Lies, and since we have enough trouble coping with evil on a daily basis, how can we truly think we would respond any more wisely than the characters in Funke's novel?
The characters in "Operation Dark Angel" are portrayed with a deft knowledge of both the human condition and spiritual dilemmas. Funke has taken the elements of Revelation and interpreted them in such a way as to make them seem both plausible and immediate. The realism of the events unfolding on a worldwide basis is quite chilling. The plot is well thought out; despite the numerous plot-threads that involve dozens of characters, the author handles them all well, visiting one after another to advance the overall plot in an engaging and thrilling way. The scope of the story (and this is just the first book of a series) is in the tradition of the grand epic. If director Cecil B. DeMille were alive today and still in the business of bringing the Bible to the silver screen (Why let 5,000 years of publicity go to waste?), this is the sort of book he would choose -- epic story, villains and heroes bigger than life, and an eternal message.
Christians might want to read this book because of its attempt to clothe Revelation in garments that are more familiar to us (and in our imaginations we might even see some familiar faces), but one need not be a Christian to read and enjoy the book. It can also be read as a paranormal adventure, or even as a rousing yarn in the pulp-fiction traditions of Robert Ludlum or Clive Cussler, but with a strong moral or spiritual component. No matter how you approach this book, however, you will likely get more from it than you expected.
Funke has an amazing grasp of the English language. She uses this to craft amazing descriptions and locales. Funke manages to jump from character to character and locale to locale without the story ever becoming confusing or difficult to follow. Based on the facts given, I found myself making assumptions only to realise that they did not mesh with the action of the story. This novel definitely kept me on my toes throughout. Everything seems so real that you feel like you are living an absolute nightmare. Ironically, this book also brought out a very selfish thought - I love being Canadian. Even the Devil won't bother to blow us up.
I love the fact that the historical and geographical facts contained in this novel are correct. The author bases this work of fiction in reality, and ensures that she does it correctly. Her grasp of bio-weaponry is also on par with reality. Funke does not just make up facts to fill her pages. That said, she also works some very unique concepts into this novel, such as the notion of a unified religion to end war.
In this story large scale warfare becomes personal. Because Funke's characters are so well developed you know all of those involved. It is no longer just a news broadcast that you can turn off and this tears your heart to pieces. Not only are the characters well developed and memorable, each in his or her own way, but they also have names that you can remember so that you are not constantly wondering who did what and where. My only issue with any of the characters is that at times the speech of some of the characters becomes slightly forced, but it still flows well.
Miracles and catastrophes are at the forefront of this novel to an extent rarely seen. However, it is not a "fluffy" read that you just breeze through without thinking. This novel makes you think a lot and pulls you deep into the action. At the end, I was left wondering what symbol everyone kept seeing and when I could read the next installment to find out.
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