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The Antithesis (The Antithesis #1)

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Heaven, Hell, genetic engineering, particle physics and bloodshed.

Civil war between demons and angels lies just on the horizon.

Alezair Czynri, member of the Purgatorial Jury, is thrown into a world of murder, exploitation, chemical substances, betrayal and bureaucratic red tape as his court attempts to diffuse escalating conflicts.

Yet things are not as they seem. Ever sin
Mass Market Paperback, 450 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by 1889 Labs Ltd (first published July 1st 2011)
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This is an interesting look at the war that goes on between angels and demons - and the people that keep them in check, making sure that they play by the rules.

"This is a story about God and the devil,
but not how you were taught to believe.
This is also a story bout love and hate,
and the suffering both can bring.
This is about rights and wrongs and all of the spaces in between -
Revenge, courage, death, passion; with no villains, no heroes.
Only those left scorned.
This is the story about Heaven, Hel
SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
Bell, Book & Candle | Antithesis Review

They say anyone who fights with monsters should take care that he does not in the process become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. If only Alezair had received the memo...

"Death is, for many of us, the gates of Hell; but we are inside on the way out, not outside on the way in."

I've always been a fan of supernatural/paranormal stories, but there's something about the angels/demons angle that gives me the ch
Oct 28, 2014 Marisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow, just wow. This book blew my socks off! Whiteman creates a vivid and creative universe with depth and clarity that was fantastic. The closest books I would compare it to are three times at long and part of 8+ book series. Despite being a shorter read, Whiteman is still able to create an intriguing multiverse with quickly and clearly. Those of you concerned about religious overtones can set your worries aside. Other than a brief explanation of angels and demons being races in the story, there ...more
Frida Fantastic (book blogger)
(Cross-posted from Adarna SF)

The Antithesis is impossible to peg to a subgenre. The tropes are a mash between seinen action manga (Japanese comics for a 20+ demographic) and supernatural urban fantasy. I’m a sucker for gorey over-the-top Rule of Cool fight scenes, so when I read the scene where Alezair gets turned into a Judge and can turn his hands into scythes, demolish armies, and regenerate lost limbs by eating dirt and convulsing painfully, I knew I had to read this book.

The original take o
Lizzy Lessard
Sep 19, 2012 Lizzy Lessard rated it really liked it
Overall: It’s funny that I don’t consider this an angel/demon novel when 90% of the characters are either one or the other. To me, it felt like a science fiction novel, only the setting was with Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. There is no religious bashing, outright preaching, or moral values hidden beneath the ink waiting to subconsciously sink their teeth into your brain and suck out your vices (or was there? *cue Twilight Zone music*). Atheists and Christians alike can enjoy this novel from Terr ...more
Sep 06, 2011 Paul rated it really liked it
I’ll be honest and admit that I was unsure about the premise of The Antithesis when I first heard about it. There are an awful lot of books out there that deal with the eternal battle between angels and demons, and I just wasn’t sure if it would appeal to me. It is not the sort of thing that I would actively seek out. The good news is that Terra Whiteman’s vision of heaven and hell is so refreshingly different from anything I have ever come across before, that I was sold. I certainly would never ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Gaele rated it really liked it
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I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

This book is aptly titled, Antithesis, as it deals with concepts that are often polarized at the ends of the spectrum: religion and science all combined in the eternal struggle between a heaven and hell. Combining the best features of action manga and urban paranormal, the integration of the two create an environment that while fictional has a se
Sep 14, 2012 Ana♥ rated it really liked it
This book is definitely different from what I was expecting. First off, I was very hesitant about reading this one, because I'm not a big fan of the cover and then I read the summary and thought "Heaven and Hell?... ahh, I don't know about all that" I'm not big on reading books with religion in it, but this book was a surprise. This book definitely doesn't just involve religion, there is a lot of scientific knowledge thrown in there as well. Hell, your main character is a physicist who lives in ...more
Lauren Smith
Alezair is a super-human soldier from the Nexus, available for hire to powerful beings in the collection of parallel universes known as the Multiverse. While on a mission Alezair is attacked, nearly killed and later recruited by a beautiful girl named Leid (pronounced ‘lied’). She takes him to her home in Purgatory, and makes him a member of the Jury, a tiny governing body that oversees the Eternal War between Heaven and Hell.

Alezair is transformed into an even more powerful, near-immortal being
Nov 06, 2014 Faith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything about this book was vivid. The paranormal world was clear as day and even each character’s voices was vivid and distinct. Aezair is sarcastic and arrogant, Leid is teasing and dominant. Zhevraine is gentler, intelligent and Adrial is wiser and older. This whole world exists within the mortal one and throughout this book, it felt as if heaps of things were happening one after another. It was like a Die Hard film and those are awesome!

In the beginning, everything is very messy and confu
Sep 09, 2011 Ma-juh rated it it was amazing
an·tith·e·sis - opposition; contrast: The antithesis of right and wrong.

"The telling of a man with a former life, unknown even to himself."

The Antithesis is an astounding book that twists the virtues of our mind. The story of Alezair and the Vel'Haru are definitely worth the read. When I read the first few chapters of this book, I was like: What? It was a damned mystery! I couldn't figure out what type of creatures Whiteman was using, or the purposes of their time travel!

This is a completely
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Sep 21, 2012 Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it it was amazing
First I would like to thank FMB Blog Tours for allowing me to read an ARC copy of this book and hosting on my blog Kaidans Seduction. I have to say that I have never read a story where there were so many things going on that had me like lord have mercy why are you doing that, why did he say that???

There is a contest between heaven and hell and our main character Alizair is a judge who presides over hell. The contest is in place to make sure there is no war between heaven and hell. People must f
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An unusual and highly complex novel of metaphysics, philosophy, and quantum physics, “The Antithesis” postulates not just one universe, but thirteen Multiverses-all of which contain hundreds of planets. Only forty of these worlds, though, are controlled by Heaven and Hell, in the form of The Atrium, housed in Purgatory. In The Atrium, a coalition of judges, all Vel’Haru-one noble and her three guardians-rule on soul
Sage Adderley
Nov 05, 2014 Sage Adderley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book took me by surprise. Terra Whiteman won me over with her action-packed introduction of the story, stimulating environment descriptions, and the characters, Alezair Czynri and Leid Koseling. I loved Alezair's humor.

Whiteman’s writing was easily captivating and the dialogue is nothing less than entertaining. The plot contains suspense and wonder. I thought the court system she created that set balance between the angels and demons was a fascinating twist. I eagerly found myself blowing t
William Eagle
Aug 03, 2015 William Eagle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fascinating book

One of the most fascinating books I have read in a long time. Very interesting subject matter and very enjoyable writing. I plan on jumping right in to next book
Jan 04, 2012 Trace rated it liked it
I quite enjoyed this book, something a little different. Here is my full review -
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Terra Whiteman is a clinical scientist who writes dystopian science fiction in her spare time. Her life is a dish of pipettes, refractometers and immunoassays, heavily seasoned with grimdark worlds and their battlegrounds. She's profane, inappropriate, and if you ever meet her you'll think she's really weird.
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“Their wine was probably the best I’d ever had, and I was quickly coming to the conclusion that the creation of alcohol was probably an instinctual trait throughout all intelligent life.

A silly concept, I know, but it had to be more than a coincidence that every world I’d ever been to had some form of alcoholic beverage. It was as if the first thing creatures did when they achieved a level of intelligence that no longer required them spending their entire lives scavenging for food or reproducing, was look for ways to get fucked up.”
“At that particular moment, Leid was the most peculiar and beautiful creature I had ever met. And I would have never thought in the subsequent years that I’d come to hate her so.” 2 likes
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