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In the past, the children of angels and humans, the Nephilim, were allowed to lead their lives as they willed. But they proved too strong, too ambitious, and too cunning for their own good. They became warlords, conquerors and emperors. They caused war and strife until the Throne stepped in and forced them to submit to Its will, or die. Unlike most of her fellows, Del, one ...more
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Published December 5th 2013 by Wild Child Publishing (first published December 1st 2013)
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Carmen
Dec 23, 2013 Carmen rated it it was amazing
I can honestly say that Tears of Heaven is one of the most original and affecting stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
Like any urban fantasy novel it is set in the real world involving the coexistence between humans and paranormal creatures.
As the author, McCandless, states in the story, meeting an angel is the scariest,
most life-altering moment of any mortal’s short existence. Del is a perfect example.
The plot unfolds on two planes - past and present. I confess I enjoyed the pa
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Luca Rossi
Jan 28, 2014 Luca Rossi rated it it was amazing
Tears of Heaven by RA McCandless is brilliant.
The main character is the amazing Del. We read about her in the past and in the present.
In today’s world she’s angry and sad. She works for the Throne and she has to eliminate bad angels. But she hates it.
Then there is ancient Del, a very particular slave who works for Del on a ship. We follow Del’s surprising evolution.
I loved this book’s plot. I could feel Del’s emotions deep in myself. I never expected what was going to happen and everything was
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Travis Ludvigson
Jun 22, 2014 Travis Ludvigson rated it it was amazing
An ancient Nephilim, SIG .45s and a whole lot of attitude!

This is an entertaining book filled with intense action, interesting historical flashbacks, great use of witticism and a supernatural protagonist who struggles with all too human problems and emotions.

Tears of Heaven is the story of Omedelia-bar-Azazel or “Del” and her fellow Nephilim who serve as agents of the Throne of Heaven, tasked with destroying fallen angels or “rouges” who have taken up residence upon the earth. While this mission
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David Andrews
Oct 02, 2014 David Andrews rated it really liked it
Tears of Heaven is an urban fantasy novel, set in the real world that involves the coexistence between humans and paranormal creatures.
The author, McCandless, states in the story that meeting an angel is the scariest, most life-altering moment of any mortal’s short existence. The story unfolds on two planes - past and present. For me, the past story was the most compelling part of the book. In past times, the main character Del, is a slave. The tall, proud, strong, beautiful Del is traded to Da
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Kyra Dune
Oct 25, 2015 Kyra Dune rated it it was amazing
This book is really awesome. I love all of the characters, especially Del. This may be in part because she reminds me of one of my own characters, but mostly it's because I enjoy snark. And she's fierce to boot.

One thing that bothered me is the use of 'burn' and 'burning' as curse words. I'm not a big fan of the F-Bomb, but I feel like you either use it or you don't. It's like in those movies where they dub over the bad words with other words that are just ridiculous. I find it jarring. Also, th
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R.A. McCandless
May 07, 2015 R.A. McCandless rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
WINNER of the 2014 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Preditors & Editors Reader’s Poll and a 2015 EPIC eBook finalist. Del, one of the last Nephilim, unwillingly works for the Throne, obeying the commands of the angel Ahadiel. With her partner, Marrin, she helps to keep the world safe from the horrors of escaped demons. At the same time, she keeps herself in the Throne’s good graces. Whenever a rogue demon breaks free from Hell, Del and Marrin work together to banish it.
Richard Jones
Nov 30, 2014 Richard Jones rated it really liked it
Knowing Heaven is real, but being denied entrance would make for a difficult path. For a “woman” named Del in Tears of Heaven by RA McCandless, it’s even worse as she is denied eternal reward not for something she’s done, but for what she is.

Over thousands of years, Del has fought to maintain her own path and chart her own course. She wants to be free from the machinations of both Heaven and Hell, but that is no easy task.

Del is one of the first Nephilim, a child of an angel and a human. Unlike
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Robert Clark
Feb 24, 2014 Robert Clark rated it really liked it
Tears of Heaven, by RA McCandless, is a fantasy novel with a different and interesting approach. While fantasy novels are common, most are based on Greco-Roman, Nordic, Asian, or Western European mythology. True, you can find them based on almost any mythic system, but the others are rare.

McCandless’ Tears of Heaven is one of the rare ones, based on Judeo-Christian mythology. No, not the over-used end-of-days nonsense. He takes specific passages from the Old Testament, targeting sections people
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Susan Day
Dec 26, 2013 Susan Day rated it really liked it
This book will intrigue and beguile you. It tells the tale of Del, a half god, who is in the employment of The Throne and is required to fight the Rogues that are trying to destroying our world. The story straddles two eras in history; one a few hundred years B.C. and the other, today.

Our hero is a strong and powerful woman who battles with a life she is forced to live and seems to have little choice over. We find her being sold as a slave, Del is strong and stalwart. She doesn't bend to the sl
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Cassandra Ulrich
Oct 04, 2014 Cassandra Ulrich rated it really liked it
"Tears of Heaven" by RA McCandless is an intriguing flight with the angels, not the cuddly kind, but the ones who fight to the death defending The Throne. The story begins in 223 BCE when Del - also called Omedelia bar-Azazel ,but only if you are an angel of the first three tiers and value your life- was being sold as a slave to the highest bidder. However, beneath a very feminine exterior was a fierce fighting machine and traits linking her to the Nephilim. If only these mortals hadn't shackled ...more
Amanda Masters
This was an amazing book! I don't think I have ever read a more compelling take on the Nephilim before. There was lots of action in this book as well which I really like when it comes to these type of books and I really enjoyed the main character, her snarky and rebelling attitude kept me quite entertained throughout.

The book jumps from the past to the present which can be a little off setting at first but you quickly get the gist what all the jumping around is all about. R.A. McCandless is a st
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S.R. Howen
Apr 07, 2014 S.R. Howen rated it it was amazing
RA McCandless’s Tears of Heaven is an urban fantasy tale, that’s also an action adventure story. I never really gave this genre much thought. I had read it before, but put the books into other categories. This one is a can’t put down story that keeps you turning pages to find out what happens next.

We meet Del in the far past and know something is special about her from the start. She stands out from those around her, and we know that she isn’t what she appears to be. Bought in a slave auction by
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The Hive
Dec 24, 2013 The Hive rated it it was amazing
Heathers Review

First off, I want to say that I’m ashamed at myself for putting this book off for so long. Not sure why I couldn’t make myself actually start it, supernatural is right up my alley, for whatever unknown reason I procrastinated but once I started it, I truly could not put it down.

Tears is an amazing blend of character development and storytelling, using many elements to create an intriguing tale that I think will easily appeal to both male and female readers, especially those who l
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Rosa Arcade
Mar 07, 2016 Rosa Arcade rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I have to admit that it took me a while to warm up to Del, the main character (about half the book, actually). I'm not a big fan of angry female leads that just want to smash and snark. But, I'd really enjoyed the excerpt I'd read before accepting and the story was so well written - in both timelines. I suspected there was a good reason for her personality and that those reasons would be revealed. They were. They made sense. It ...more
L.J. Scar
Mar 10, 2014 L.J. Scar rated it really liked it
Like other reviewers I wasn’t sure what to expect from the cover – my first thought was an androgynous Xena princess warrior. Then I began to read and was instantly drawn into the Nephilim (half angel/half human) character Del, a female warrior indeed whose weaponry and fighting skills carry out the orders of the Throne, as well as, her need to defend herself and those she loves. The Throne are angels of the Third Order/Choir who give the orders to the Nephilim to extinguish rogues - evil ...more
Christopher Taylor
Nov 09, 2015 Christopher Taylor rated it really liked it
This is R.A McCandless' debut novel, an urban fantasy with flashbacks to ancient times tying the story together through history.

The world he has created is a fascinating, unique one taking aspects of Biblical narrative and turning them into a fantasy setting in which the Nephilim (half-angels) still walk the earth, immortal and incredibly powerful. They serve The Throne, the creator, working to fight and destroy either "rogues" (essentially demons, fallen angels) or fellow Nephilim who have brok
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Dorothy Ann Bell
Oct 17, 2014 Dorothy Ann Bell rated it really liked it
Review of Tears of Heaven by author R A McCandless by Dorothy A. Bell

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

Tears of Heaven is a masterfully woven novel, blending the world of the Gods and the small band of combat angels they marshal, into the present day. I’m not a theologian, so the references from the bible, and biblical times were lost on me, although they added antiquity and color to the tale. As I read, I asked myself what would it be like to live through millenni
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Ien Nivens
Apr 28, 2014 Ien Nivens rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
R. A. McCandless's badass demi-angel bears a grudge nearly two dozen centuries old. She makes effective use of her displaced aggression by dispatching rogue divinities, presumably making the world safer for the rest of us, albeit in ways we oblivious mortals will never fully comprehend or appreciate.

Omedelia-bar-Azazel, Del for short, is impressively sexy as a 21st-Century death dealer and as slave-wife to a swash-buckling, happy-go-lucky, Roman-era sea captain. Her roles confine her not at all,
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Zrinka Jelic
Feb 24, 2014 Zrinka Jelic rated it really liked it
Tears of Heaven R A McCandless two stories with two different time periods, one in the third century BC and the other in a contemporary world. We follow the path of the heroine, Del, in both stories. We meet her being sold at slave market to Dami, the ship captain. What he doesn't know is that he just purchased a demi-goddess, literally. Not just for her looks. Then the story jumps to present day and we learn that Del works for this "The Throne", some kind of regulatory body for demi-gods, to ...more
John A
Apr 22, 2016 John A rated it really liked it
I was hesitant to pick up a book about Angels, but in “Tears of Heaven”, the piety is reserved for the meek and the action doesn’t stop! It didn’t take long for me to remember that as per their mythos, Angels and their assorted hosts and hierarchies are more often than not, the messengers of divine judgment brought down, and terrible to behold. Guns, blades, and the steely strength of these divine messengers that know no quarter, flash!

Unfolding in timelines split between the ancient past and th
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Maria Kay
May 11, 2015 Maria Kay rated it it was amazing
"All potholes lead to Rome!"

This fantasy adventure is filled with colorful characters, comedy, and it references all my favorite movies and television shows. Ok, most of them. This author has a brilliant sense of humor and a talented grasp of dialogue.

“By Hera’s toenails…”

This novel chronicles a long lifetime, switching from the past, circa 221 BC to modern day. The story follows the life of Water Lily AKA Del, a seven-foot woman sold as a slave. Our unlikey heroine is not helpless. Her pirate s
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Jody Kershaw
Dec 09, 2013 Jody Kershaw rated it it was amazing
Tears of Heaven kept me wanting more! It's been a long time since I have been caught up in a world where I was picking a side and sharing the emotions of the characters along the way! The author's writing is engaging and the characters quiet moments of thought are relateable. McCandless does a seamless job of gauging reader interest and immersing any bookworm into a world you're sad to see end at the last page. His reverse historic interpretation of angels is thrilling! He takes something ...more
Linda
Jan 30, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing
Tears of Heaven is a delightful page-turner that presents the reader with two different time periods, one in the third century BC and the other in a contemporary dystopic world. In both periods the Throne is the divine power that rules the world, and our heroine, Del, is a hunter of rogue demons. Del's adventurous life in the past involves, among other things, a love story. As her tale gradually unfolds, we begin to see why Del's life in the modern world is not everything that she would like it ...more
Samantha
Mar 16, 2014 Samantha rated it it was amazing
OK, I’ll be honest and admit that I have never read any type of urban fantasy novel but this book came highly recommended by a friend so I gave a shot and I am glad that I did. The book is set in both the past (3rd century BC) and present; the contrast is appealing to a keen historian like me. The main character, Del, a half human/half angel is everything I hoped for and more. She has a kick-ass quality about her and some envious ‘gifts’ but you still wouldn’t want to swap places – not even with ...more
Izzibella Beau
Jan 28, 2014 Izzibella Beau rated it it was amazing
What wasn’t there not to like in this book. It was a page turner from the moment I began to read. Tears of Heaven is a read that all ages can truly appreciate the creative talent of RA McCandless. The character of Del is portrayed in history and modern times, each setting with its own amount of turmoil. After what seemed to be a complex beginning, the author made everything seamlessly come together. The story ends, well let’s just say you won’t see it coming; totally went past and beyond of what ...more
B.R. Nicholson
Dec 25, 2013 B.R. Nicholson rated it it was amazing
Tears of Heaven blends together two stories, one from the past and the other in present day. One follows the journeys and adventures of Damascus and Del in 223 BCE. The other follows a future Del, now an assassin for the Throne.
In the present, Del lives in a twisted secret world, where angels are terrible (yet beautiful) beings.
McCandless creates a world of urban fantasy with intriguing characters that draw you deeper into the story with each turn of the page. His characters live and breathe wi
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Ruby Binns-Cagney
Aug 03, 2016 Ruby Binns-Cagney rated it liked it

Tears of Heaven R A McCandless

Del, a half god, fight the Rogues trying to destroying our world. The fights and battle scenes are engaging for those of you who are action junkies. The story weaves between the present and one hundred years B.C.

The hero of the piece is a woman who is strong and powerful, and moves between resisting slavery and forced breeding to be rescued by a sea captain who instead capitalises on her skills and abilities in battle to save the ship from pirates. The switch of th
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Kathleen Wade
Dec 19, 2013 Kathleen Wade rated it it was amazing
As I finished this book I was so sad. Because there was not another page to turn. There must be a sequel! Very likeable characters. Well explored plot, deep enough that you have quotes from the book to use in life and light enough that you enjoyed the read as fiction.
A pleasant romp through the past and the present through the eyes of the characters - I look forward to many more both from this author and in this series.
The quotes at the beginning of each chapter will surprise most readers. Very
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Eric Lahti
Dec 22, 2013 Eric Lahti rated it it was amazing
GOD'S HITMEN!

This is an epic tale, spanning millenia, of Nephilim working at the behest of The Throne to take out the enemies of all that is kind and good in the world. The characters are well rounded and there's a perfect balance of action and philosophy. The dialogue is snappy and the world feels real, probably because most of it is.

All in all, an amazing start to what I hope will become an exciting new series. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what happens to Del now that her role is c
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Jeneece Western
Dec 03, 2013 Jeneece Western rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved
I LOVE the characters in this book. You are automatically drawn into their story. The plot is well thought out and the dialog is witty and engaging. I enjoyed the nod to my good ol' SLC, UT for much of this book to play out in. The concepts that involve the theology or ideology of the characters is enough to make you wonder but nothing that makes you think that author is trying to convince you one way or another. I promise, if you pick this book up you won't put it down until you done.
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R.A. McCandless has been a writer both professionally and creatively for nearly two decades. He was born under a wandering star that led him to a degree in Communication and English with a focus on creative writing. He’s the author of the urban fantasy "Tears of Heaven", short stories "Through the Sting of Fairy Smoke" and "He Who Tells the Tale", and the historic fantasy novel “The Second Cut” ...more
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