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The Wrath of Angels: A Charlie Parker Thriller Hardcover – January 1, 2013
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A small plane crashes virtually unnoticed in the vast woods of northern Maine. In the wreckage is a list of names that could tilt the balance in a secret war between two shadowy armies. One army is searching for the fallen angels banished from heaven for rebelling against the Divine. Charlie Parker, Connolly’s decent, resolute, deadly Portland PI, is a soldier in the opposing army, and it falls to him to find the wreckage and the list, but the mysterious Maine woods hold a threat to anyone who enters. So, it’s Evil versus Good versus an entity indifferent to both. Connolly often stretches the boundaries of the crime novel, but he also tells a ripping-good yarn and creates vividly drawn characters: e.g., a rabbi who battles Evil by acting like a cross between a CIA spymaster and a Mafia don; a child who remembers his own death; and a right-wing radio hatemonger who discovers he’s wholly owned by Evil Inc. The plot is almost shambolic, but anyone willing to suspend disbelief is in for a great read. --Thomas Gaughan
“Strongly recommended for plot, characterization, authenticity . . . horror . . . and humanity.” (Library Journal (starred review))
“A great read.” (Booklist)
“Memorable . . . it takes readers on a path they truly won’t believe, offering diehard evil from the first to the last page . . . Connolly has once again delivered an all-out thrill ride!” (Suspense Magazine)
“Connolly leaves us wanting more.” (Florida Times-Union)
“I believe that I have already read what is sure to be one of the best books to be published this year: THE WRATH OF ANGELS . . . Read this with the lights on and the doors locked.” (Bookreporter.com)
“A great, epic time spent with friends and enemies.” (Mystery People)
“Connolly’s superb fusion of noir and the supernatural is to be savored, and not to be missed.” (My Bookish Ways)
“It kept me captivated throughout and wowed me with all its revelations . . . The Wrath of Angels marks itself as a high point of the Charlie Parker series.” (Fantasy Book Critic)
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Even though John Connolly lives in Ireland, he also has a home in Portland, ME, and he is quite the character himself.
Both of these notable authors spin tales that require the reader to lightly step into an alternate universe and suspend disbelief until the plot lines draw you firmly into the story. Like tackling any series of books, it makes sense to begin at the beginning so that you watch the characters develop with each story. Angel, Louis, and the Fulcis didn't get much play in this book so new readers don't know what they bring to the table. Trust me, from reading past novels in this series, what they bring is considerable and powerful. Start at the beginning and enjoy the ride.
There is something about the dialectic of "good" characters versus "evil" ones that draws me in and keeps me invested in the outcome of the novel - even when I know the hero does not die.
This novel has an especially large degree of implicit and - to a certain extent - explicit violence that is almost nightmarish. It pervades my dreams for days afterwards, which is not necessarily a good thing, but it does inform me as to my concern for all things metaphysical, as manifested in this physical reality. No solid questions are answered; only alluded to.