by Thomas E Sniegoski
Dusty gem from my bookshelf
This is the beginning of a series about Remy Chandler, a private investigator who also happens to be an angel. He lives on earth like a human because he wants to, which is a big deal. Remy normally hunts down cheating spouses and during a routine case finds the husband of the woman who recently hired him, but the case takes a dramatic turn when the man recognizes his angelic nature, then kills himself. But he can’t die regardless of the trauma. The Angel of Death is missing and neglecting his duties. Seraphim visit Remy and ask him to find the Angel of Death, the missing scrolls and to stop the Apocalypse. The Four Horsemen are on their way, heaven wants to stop it and a host of others want to see it happen.
Quick side note: There are a whole bunch of fallen, exiled and hiding angels living in Boston – is that why it is a fun city, or are they there because it is? Something to ponder…
This was a gritty adventure and the apocalypse is just around the corner. Remy has a dog, who he can converse with (angelic superpowers and all), which is a very sweet relationship. The conversations were well done. Also, as an angel Remy is immortal but his human wife is nearing the end of her life. It is interesting that this first book in the series is about both the end of the world and the end of his married life. But I think it opens the field to Remy taking on dangerous jobs in future novels. Most of the other characters Remy deals with are immortals of some type, usually angelic or fallen.
The story is full of action, but it really made me think about love. If you lose someone you love, how do you cope? What would it be like to be immortal and how they may eventually desire for life to end. What are angels really like? Are they emotionless? Do they need to be to live as long as they do? What would happen if they felt emotion? Sniegoski plays with the concept of angels, their motivations and their desires. What event may have turned an angel to live amongst the humans instead of the heavenly host? The book is bittersweet…there is another book in the series, so I am sure you can guess whether the apocalypse happens, but his wife is dying and there is no stopping death once he is doing his job.
I cried a couple of tears at the end and look forward to picking up the next in the series. I give it 3.5 stars.
“His eyes burned like pieces of the sun, jammed into the fleshy sockets, but he did not cry. He never could cry.”