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review 2017-07-26 00:47
The Fallen Angel
The Fallen Angel - Daniel Silva

The Fallen Angel is a mid-series entry (#12) in Daniel Silva’s long-running series about Israeli spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon. At the beginning of The Fallen Angel, Gabriel is retired from the intrigue business and at the Vatican to restore a painting by Caravaggio. He is drawn into an investigation of the death of a female curator who was investigating malfeasance in the Vatican collection by his friend and occasional ally, private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII, Monsignor Luigi Donati. Of course, Donati knows more than he initially reveals and soon Gabriel is off to the Italian countryside followed by St. Moritz to investigate. It being a Gabriel Allon story, there can’t be just one villain, just one plot, and soon enough the story circles back to events in Israel and the clock is ticking as Gabriel races to save the world in the nick of time.


Read by iconic narrator George Guidall, The Fallen Angel, like many thrillers made an excellent audiobook. While The Fallen Angel can stand alone, I would have benefitted from a more recent memory of the previous volume in the series (which I somehow appear to have missed). Gabriel has been aging in real time and would be in his late 50s at the time of The Fallen Angel. He is still, barely, young enough for the high jinx to be plausible. While Daniel Silva continues to turn out one well researched Gabriel story a year (#17 was published earlier in July 2017), the stories since The Fallen Angel just haven’t been quite as compelling.


Read for  Fantasyland 6: Read a book set in a Western European Country or with a wintry scene on the cover




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review 2017-04-09 00:08
ARC Review: Fallen Angel by Eden Winters
Fallen Angel (The Angel of 13th Street Book 2) - Eden Winters

In this sequel to The Angel Of 13th Street, we catch up with Noah and Jeremy shortly after the ending of the first book.

Jeremy is trying to help a meth addict off the streets, Noah is struggling with memories and haunted still by whom he couldn't save while he's trying to save another teenager, and Doc is making plans to turn the mission over to Noah, formalize it more, and get more volunteers.

And Jeremy is about to graduate from high school with plans to attend college on a scholarship, which will likely take him away from Noah.

In this book, Noah stumbles hard and nearly falls, and it's the Angel himself who needs saving this time around. Stuck in the memories from his former life on the streets, Noah lets his anger and his grief nearly consume him, full of doubt that he's doing any good at all, because he couldn't save Billy, not realizing that he's approaching an emotional meltdown.

This book is primarily Noah's story, whereas the first one was primarily about Jeremy finding his feet. We see flashback after flashback to Noah's life with Billy, his time as a rentboy, a drug addict, and the fall that nearly killed him but ended up saving him. We watch Noah fight his demons, and struggle with depression and hopelessness when he can't save Chip from the clutches of his pimp.

Eden Winters doesn't mince words here, and there's no fluff inside either. This is raw and gritty, showing the seedy underbelly of society that most of us don't want to see.

But there's love and hope too, and there are successes, such as Lark, who finds the strength to leave Tina behind and pull himself out of the mess his life has become.

We also get a full glimpse into Noah's and Jeremy's domesticity, and it was lovely to see Jeremy maturity level increase even more. I really enjoyed seeing him be so patient with Noah, not pushing, but also not allowing Noah to completely self-destruct either. I think that Noah's burned out emotionally, and he's not yet fully realized that Jeremy is an equal partner in the relationship, and not just the kid he saved and who's now running the Tub Of Suds next to the bar. The fact that Noah keeps things to himself and, even worse, keeps things from Jeremy is super not cool, but also understandable within Noah's frame of mind.

There are some intimate scenes, and these further the plot, showcasing how Jeremy catches Noah when he stumbles, which really drives home the point how much Jeremy has grown into himself.

Again, this is not a fluffy book, but it feels real, it's superbly crafted, it has fully fleshed out, three-dimensional characters, and the author is never afraid to call a spade a spade. I, for one, appreciate that.

I look forward to Lark's story.

** I received a free copy of this book via Indigo Marketing and Design. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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review 2016-10-15 00:00
The Descent (Fallen Angel #2)
The Descent (Fallen Angel #2) - Amelita Rae Holy shit! This is dark. Good lord.
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review 2016-07-21 19:02
Fallen Angel
Fallen Angel - David Lamour

Don’t you just love the cover of this novel? It is totally amazing. Angels and demon, what’s not to like about this combination. I really enjoyed the character of Helel and I loved his whistling. I kept looking for it to pop up as I knew that he would be making his appearance soon and that excited me. He was a calm and fierce character. He was calm in his actions and he was confident as he went after the things that he wanted. He was fierce; his actions were intense and deliberate. Evelynn, I liked that she was your everyday teen. Her voice rang true, nothing complicated or fake about her, she was real. I really enjoyed this novel, I felt connected to the characters and I had a hard time putting this novel down once I got started. I highly recommend this novel if you enjoy this genre.   I am looking forward to book #2 and hopefully that will be soon.


Evelynn now lives in a small poke town, where traveling a few blocks in either direction would you have embracing the whole town. She misses NYC. Her aunt and uncle have now become her guardians as her parents have passed away, leaving her a senior in the “backwoods of Montana,”not exactly what Evelynn had planned. Swimming was her sport of choice but now that’s not an option as football takes center stage. Brooke, her new closest friend secretly sets up a blind date with the quarterback from the football team. Cynthia has warned Evelynn that she and the quarterback have something going on and she should back off but Brooke thinks otherwise.   Evelynn doesn’t want to start anything as she plans on not sticking around. The blind date was a success and the friction begins as the girls fight amongst themselves for power. In the library, Evelynn hears whistling. Annoyed but intrigued, she investigates and finds the most gorgeous blue eyes over the top of the library’s bookshelf.  Not quick enough, she can’t find whose eyes they belong to before the library clears out but the image of those eyes stay with her. Falling behind in class, she needs a tutor.   Hands are raised and the teacher chooses Helel.   He is the boy with the gorgeous blue eyes.   Evelynn is now torn between these two gorgeous men in her life. Oh, she is such a flirt! She is having more fun than she imaged with her new girlfriends and hanging out with these two guys. The story gets a dramatic push as she attends a party hoping to run into one of the boys.   Its events that occur after this party, that she begins to realize that, perhaps life in a small town in Montana is more adventurous than she thought.


I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-01-25 01:44
Not really a good book for scientific minded persons
Confessions of a Fallen Angel - Ronan O'Brien

I want so much to like this book. I bought it because I heard someone else like it a lot.


I should have trusted my own judgement.


In the first 10 pages of the book, got a near death experience crap. The feeling of "all knowing" for a brief moment.


That's a delusion. I dislike making the delusion as a plot device for story. 


So this is probably not a book for me.




A bit more proper review


The story is about a guy who died and believed that he could see the future death in his dreams.


The premise is crap. And this guy is not even likable. 


The story go on and on about how his life has been affected by these dreams, and the actions he has taken to prevent death actually make things worst.


Oh crap.


So, instead of seeking professional help, he drinks. 


Why would someone  believe that he could see the future instead of knowing he has been losing his mind slowly?


The first death, he childhood best friend.


In his dream, this boy drown. But instead of learning how save someone from drowning so that he could be there to save him, he did something stupid.


Lesson learned? No. 


Stupidity continue when he finally fall in love.


And instead of being careful driving to save his love, he drive too fast and couldn't brake in time.


Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.


At least at this point, the writer should make the character realized that he might be at least tricked and stop believing in his bad dreams.


No. The stupidity continued.


He tried to save another life by sacrificing his own. 


He could have prevented it all by moving away from his apartment, get another job in another town.


But no. He has to be there, trying to be the hero.


Stupid. He is no hero. He sacrifice himself based on the premise that his dream is a gateway to the future. It is not. He could have lived and everything is okay. He was just too chickenshit to face the possible that things didn't turn out okay.


I have no sympathy for this character. And the story relied too heavily on that one.


Another point that make me dislike this book is the premise of afterlife. No, there is no afterlife. Even as a story plot device, I dislike using this afterlife things unless the writer makes it interesting. 


This one doesn't. 


The book sucks. Don't waste your time on this one. 





Reading progress. 


Start with 2 stars and see if it would fall even lower, or if it would manage to redeem itself. 


50 pages in.


No. No. No. No. No. Precognition? Are you freaking kidding me? Using dream precognition as a plot device is cliche, corny and stupid. Especially when the story has not built a likable strong character. 


Subtract half a star. 


Only have a few pages to go.


This book sucks. 


Really. Another prediction, and yet another internal debate if it is god's will. This plot device is so bad that I would really like to stop right there.


But then, the story take a turn from bad to worst. So instead of feeling bad for the main character who is now being beaten up and very likely to be killed, I thought of how Hannibal with deal with the wimpy asshole and done with this already.


Yes. I wouldn't mind the main character get killed in the story. An sure indicator that I dislike all of the characters in the book and think it is all rubbish.


Minus half a star, and safe this for the ending for further deduction. 


Oh crap. The ending is crap too.


Lowest star possible. 





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