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A Kiss Before the Apocalypse (Remy Chandler #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  3,615 Ratings  ·  297 Reviews
Boston P.I. Remy Chandler has many talents. He can will himself invisible, he can speak and understand any foreign language (including the language of animals), and if he listens carefully, he can hear thoughts. Unusual, to say the least, for an ordinary man.

But Remy is no ordinary man; he's an angel. Generations ago, he chose to renounce heaven and live on Earth. He's fou
Mass Market Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Roc Trade (first published May 1st 2008)
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Dec 18, 2015 TL rated it it was ok
Recommended to TL by: Kolleen
I have no luck with Angel books it seems...dangit.

This had an idea that had me really excited... an angel as a PI, sign me up! The description plus it being billed as a "noir fantasy"... lots of potential:)

Not the case for me... it did have its interesting points but overall it was just... boring. The scenes with Remy's wife and his dog (he was so adorable!) were the highlights for me. (view spoiler) Remy himself, he was... okay. His in
Feb 10, 2009 Alethea rated it did not like it
I read this book on my husband's enthusiastic recommendation, and in spite of rather than because of the blurb on the cover from Christopher Golden. I find Golden to be like Simon Green only moreso, someone whose imagination I can admire but whose ability to tell a story leaves me absolutely cold--and in Golden's case, his writing style also has nothing to recommend it; Green at least has a marked prose style that renders his books more or less palatable to me.

Sniegoski, unfortunately, falls squ
Apr 10, 2011 Nikki rated it liked it
Eighth book for the readathon? Less sleepy now -- I was having to force myself to read the seventh book, but this was fun and absorbing, so I had no problems with falling asleep.

As might be predicted for me, I loved the references to Raymond Chandler (the detective is called Remy Chandler; his dog is Marlowe). I also loved the fact that in my head, Remy totally looked like Castiel from Supernatural, as portrayed by Misha Collins.

A Kiss Before the Apocalypse is basically the story of a sort-of-fa
Apr 22, 2009 Liriel27 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: completists who like supernatural nior and don't mind boring protagonists
Eh. This book really just didn't do much of anything for me. There were a few plot holes (God apparently doesn't notice or care when an angel goes on walkabout amongst humanity for millenia? Really? This occasions no comment at all?). Having a disillusioned angel as the protagonist was an interesting idea, but the exposition felt long, and it wasn't interesting enough to distract from that. The internal conflicts and Remy's emotional interactions with his loved ones worked, but the battle scenes ...more
Maggie K
Apr 21, 2013 Maggie K rated it did not like it
ok, have you ever been a Paladin on a role playing game?

Bear with me a minute, it is relevant....

If you ever were a Paladin, you probably didn't pay that character very often. Why? They're so BORING! Paladins Have to be good and the HAVE to follow the rules. It just kinda screws up on the fun angle...lolol

Anyway, Angels by their very nature are Paladins. They serve good. They fall in line with religious morality. Ina way, an angel is a very limited character in what you can have them do.

SO the i
Xenophon Hendrix
Sep 28, 2011 Xenophon Hendrix rated it did not like it
For a novel that's given the trappings of a fantasy detective mystery, the main character is strangely ineffectual and passive. The big clue that cracks the case just wanders into his living room. He receives it through no effort of his own.

The action starts when Remy Chandler is alerted that something strange is happening when two people who should be dead don't die. Given that he is a seraph (not a spoiler) one would think such an astonishing event should put him on full alert and fill him wit
Sep 30, 2009 Dorie rated it it was amazing
An excellent book I enjoyed a lot. Remy Chandler may look like an ordinary private detective, but he's actually the angel Remiel disguised and living among humans. After the battle in Heaven that resulted in the fall of Morningstar (Lucifer), Heaven was no longer the paradise it had been for the angel Remiel and he found he couldn't bear staying there. Despite disguising himelf as human, Remy is immortal and still has all his powers. But his wife of 50 years is in a care home dying of cancer. An ...more
Aug 04, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I won this one in a Goodreads Giveaway. Not my usual thing, but I really enjoyed the book. I liked Sniegoski's interpretation of angels and the different strata of the legions of heaven. I'd have liked a bit more back story for Remy, but have a feeling learning it over a series of books rather than in one quick installment will make it more rewarding.

I loved Marlowe and the conversations he and Remy had together. Madeleine and his relationship with her made his sacrifice at the end so much more
May 09, 2009 Vickie rated it it was amazing
An urban fantasy starring an angel who would rather be human averting the apocalypse. How cool was this book to read? I fell for Remy Chandler, former Seraphim, and his dog, Marlowe (I may have fallen harder for Marlowe - look at that face on the cover!) in the novella that Sniegoski wrote for MEAN STREETS that I read in January. I fell hard and had to add Sniegoski's books to my WantonWantin' Book List.
The Angel of Death has gone missing and this sets a whole bunch of incidents off towards the
Jimmyjo Allen
Jan 02, 2011 Jimmyjo Allen rated it did not like it
This book had the dialogue and plot of a bad comic book. I actually feel dumber having read it.
One of the most amazing things about this,the first in a trilogy of books by an apparantly wel known fantasy writer,is how completely it had slipped me by.Five years is a long time for word to get out,and in spite of the bombardment of recommendations we get online, I believe the title of this one alone would have hooked me if I had been exposed to it.

In fact, it was at a library sale that I saw and acquired the 2nd volume,attracted by the title. When I realized it was the 2nd volume,I did not l
Jul 09, 2010 MissM rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2010
The idea was neat but I just didn't like the book. First off, it was very "Christian." Lots of full-on biblical and religious dogma that I just don't need in a fantasy book. Reads like a Christian Fantasy book; everything in it was presenting Christianity's beliefs as facts; as a given. I'm not Christian and I don't need a book with 27 different ways of saying, "god" including "Lord of Lords" and "All-Father" etc. Gag.

Plus the plot just wasn't very good or original. You mean the angels are pisse
J.A. Dalley
Aug 30, 2012 J.A. Dalley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the Dresden Files or Urban Fantasy
Shelves: urban-fantasy, angels
Why did I pick this book? I had just finished all the so far published Dresden books and this book looked very similar ... and I was right. If you like the Dresden Files you're almost guaranteed to like this one.

Overall story ... I'd give it a four. It's a good detective yarn, fun story, good characters. But the reason I gave it a five star review is because of the world that Thomas created. Thomas creates a rich world with wonderful background history, and awesome detail. I would love to just e
Eddie McCreary
May 24, 2009 Eddie McCreary rated it liked it
I picked this up after reading a short story with this character in "Mean Streets". An interesting idea, an angel trying to be human and a PI. I find I like the dog better than the main character. Still, I'll keep reading to see where it goes.
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: An angel that had turned his back on Heaven must now do its dirty work in order to save humanity and all he holds dear.

Opening Sentence: It was an unusually warm mid-September day in Boston.

The Review:

Angels have held our fascination for ages untold. These etheric creatures that seem to encapsulate the beautiful horror nestled within the primitive part of our imaginations. Is it their complete lack of humanity that grabs our attention? Is i
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it
I read a short story with Remy Chandler in it and was intrigued by the character. So, I decided to pick up the first book in this series. It was a good book with an interesting premise.

Remy used to be Remiel part of the Seraphim host. He decided to suppress his angelic nature and live with humans. Now his lives with his dog Marlowe, his wife (who is in a nursing home) and runs his own PI agency . On a investigation that should have been a straight case of infidelity things go awry when the man b
Dec 07, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
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I want to start off by saying, if you are a fan of Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, I think you may really enjoy this book. I didn’t notice it as first, I was about half way through the book, but I started to think, What does this remind me of?
Although there are similarities, this book stands on it’s own feet as a fast-paced Urban Fantasy.

Remy Chandler is an angel who chose to come to Earth after witnessing the horrific battle in Heaven that led to Luci
Mar 31, 2011 Dorothy rated it did not like it
Some other reviewers were kind enough to give a synopsis of the book, so this review is basically for folks with a similar attitude to mine who may benefit by the heads up. I will simply say, that I didn't like *A kiss before Apocalypse*, The first book in the Remy Chandler series and here's why - This is yet another first book in a series, that starts off without a decent character introduction. I rather feel like the reader needs to be part of the character development required for an Angel to ...more
Sep 27, 2010 Vic rated it liked it
I think this is more 2.75 but I rounded up for Marley (the dog)! The premise and world-building seemed interesting in theory and some of it really was in the reading of it. But there were a lot of dry parts that dragged. I was hauled off to church quite a bit in my teens and so I didn't feel that all the religious background was drivel or overkill but I can see folks who don't believe in the premise of God buying into this world (based on other reviews of this book I read).

Also, I hate the use
The end of the world is coming, and only one man/angel can stop it. Remy is an angel who chooses to live on earth as a human private investigator. At the beginning of the story he is investigating an unfaithful spouse and hears gun shots. Quickly, he runs up to see what is happening, not really thinking about the danger. He walks in on a dead body and a crazed husband who shoots himself. But wait, they aren't really dead, and it turns out the husband was seeing visions of the end of the world. A ...more
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
2 1/2 - 3

I give this book a resounding 'meh'. It's basically a Dresden File types knock-off - supernatural PI, friend with a cop, deals with the weird cases, so on and so forth. Except Remy's an angel instead of a wizard. (Yes, I'm sure Dresden is a knock-off of something else, too... )

The plot was also fairly straight-forward and rather predictable, so there wasn't any real tension or suspense, and the final battle was rather belabored and meandering.

The only real saving grace of this book was
Sep 27, 2015 Kelcey rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, angels
Remy Chandler is an angel who has voluntarily abandoned heaven. He lives on Earth, living a simple life with those he loves and the gifts that come from being an angel: understanding and speaking every language, invisibility, hear thoughts, not age, etc. For many years he has lived on Earth and worked as a P.I., but now heaven requires those skills when the Angel of Death goes missing. While mostly about solving the mystery of the missing Israfil, there is lots of plot, setting and character dev ...more
Apr 18, 2009 Vicki rated it really liked it
I did like this book. I am a little shy huge number of paranormal books flooding the market recently. Everyone wants to use the Christian mythos, it seems. Some of them even get it right.

This book combines the PI format with the mythos of the Book of Revelations, aka the Apocalyse. The PI story is pretty straight forward and well told in the spirit of Chandler and Hammett though the characters are, well, although earthbound, they are other worldly.

The basic story is that the angel of death has
Nov 26, 2009 Kati rated it really liked it
First in the Remy Chandler series. For once no vampires or werewolves but angels. And I quite like Sniegoski's version which reminds me very much of how angels are portrayed on Supernatural - they are warriors first and foremost and there are the good angels and then there are the dicks. I freely admit that I would have preferred if the story was more fleshed out, if it went into deeper detail but I really liked the characters: Remy, Francis, Marlowe the Dog etc. Inspired by Raymond Chandler's n ...more
So it looks like I'm going to have to leave this book at home before I can write a proper review. To that end, here are a few notes to myself about things to touch on in said review:
- Madeline's identity
- the repetitive attention paid to Remy's parking skills (wtf?) "with a dazzling display of parallel parking" is not a phrase I ever want to see again.
- why does Remy still have all of his angelic powers, despite abandoning Heaven and disobeying God?
- Info about the actual effect of the impending
Nov 06, 2012 Lorelle rated it really liked it
Well you really need to pick your moment to read this. Its not dark as much as depressing and heartbreaking. Thats not necessarily a bad thing, you just need to be prepared for the tone. It has light moments, with well formed, emotional, 3 dimensional characters to help you work through the storyline. I really enjoyed his writing style and felt like I was living everything along with Remy. I am not overly religious, and I know little about the ins and outs of the Apocalypse, but I sure do enjoy ...more
Apr 03, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It's the story of an angel who didn't fall, but left Heaven of his own will. He now lives among us as a private investigator. He retains some of his angelic skills - invisibility at will, superior senses, able to speak any language - and occasionally busts out with the might of Heaven behind him.

What's the problem? His wife is dying, his last case ended tragically, and the end of the world is about to happen because the Angel of Death is missing. It's up to Remy to pu
Nichole Mohler
I received a copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. Remy Chandler was once the angel Remiel. He chose to shed his wings and live among humans. He hung out his shingle and became a private investigator. Married, with a great dog Marlowe, life is good. Until it isn't. The Angel of Death has disappeared, no one is dying, just suffering. Remy must find him before the Four Horseman unleash the Apocalypse. This book was ok for me, I just didn't feel wowed. It lacked enough excitement for me, but ...more
May 04, 2015 Adam rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Setting building. I don't get the reviewers who complain about the language, or the Christianity, or the basicness. This is quick, with lots of little bits like food and coffee to try to ground it in reality; but not overly so. I would say its main struggle is the constant introduction of characters in a not-very organic way; you don't really get the time to know many of them as anything other than an information source. However; the basic core of main character - wife - dog is very well done an ...more
Really a 3.5 star. I like the main character, Remy, an angel who's chosen to live in Boston as a human. The plot was pretty straightforward, but interesting. And the dog, and Remy's relationship with him, was great. It might be nice someday to read a story where the angels were always all good and the demons all bad, but I guess there wouldn't be much drama in that! Overall a satisfying read and I look forwar to the next in the series.
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THOMAS E. SNIEGOSKI is the author of more than two dozen novels for adults, teens, and children. His teen fantasy YA series Fallen was adapted into a trilogy of monstrously successful TV movies by ABC Family Channel. His other books for teens include Sleeper Code, Sleeper Agenda, and Force Majeure, as well as the upcoming series The Brimstone Network. The author's first adult novel, A Kiss Before ...more
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