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Probability Angels

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  210 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Matthew knows that he died twenty years ago. He has, after all, been bouncing around New York city ever since, causing mischief and having fun as a supernatural being. But recently some problems have been cropping up: not only is he hallucinating things in garbage cans, but his mentor doesn’t think he’s working up to his full potential, his best friend can’t offer any sola ...more
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Published (first published September 23rd 2008)
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This was a delightful surprise. One of the things I credit to Goodreads is the discovery that many of the most interesting writings can be found in independent press or self-published books. Of course, you have to dig through the haystack to find the diamond but it can be worth it. Probability Angels is one of those diamonds. How the larger publishing companies have missed Joseph Devon, I have no idea. The novel is as original a work as you will find and the prose is almost brilliant. I say "alm ...more
flared 0ne
This book startled and surprised me. It will evade most attempts at sound-byte descriptions -- but if you throw Showtime's "Dead Like Me" into the blender with "Jonathon Livingston Seagull" and add hints of zombies and vampires, Jedi and "Jumper", quantum technology and probability theories, magic and mental powers, maybe even a dash of "Spiderman" and "Monsters Inc" and "Kungfu Panda" -- you will only BEGIN to get a feel for what to expect. I received this book (for free through Goodreads First ...more
Bob Milne
I'll be completely honest - I've become rather jaded with the whole angels-among-us theme, and have generally lost patience with the concept of dead loved ones watching over us. It's a story that's been done to death, and usually with such heavy-handedness, and such intimate ties to matters of faith, that I lose interest long before the end.

Imagine my surprise, when Probability Angels turned out to be, quite possibly, one of the most original additions to the theme that I've read it many years.
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
Probability angels are humans who died after making an important choice, who now work as testers - those who “push" human beings towards different paths, whether the results will be positive or negative is always questionable. The novel focuses primarily on Epp and his trainee, Matthew. Matthew is in training to be a tester. His “pushes” will help present people with the crossroads they need to traverse in life. However, every choice has its consequences (which you will see) – even those made by ...more
Diane Tweed
First, I need to mention that I received this through a Goodreads giveaway.
This is not a book I would normally read, but it did sound interesting. And it was interesting, even more so than I thought. The idea of probability angels is quite unique. I enjoyed the twists of the story, the explanation of the characters and where they came from and even how the ending panned out. I have a two year old daughter, so my reading time is very limited. However, every spare moment I had, I was reading this
The premise of Probability Angels sort of reminded me of City of Angels where there are angels walking around everywhere. You know, the scene where all the angels are in black trench coats at the beach at sunrise? That’s how I imagine these characters, except more mischievous and not in a good way really. I can’t say I warmed up to them immediately because they were tough to like. They definitely didn’t become probability angels because of their sainthood. However they did make an important self ...more
I won this book from a goodreads giveaway... I was so excited! Such a cool concept to be able to read books from new authors. This was an extremely interesting book. It took a bit to get interested in it, but when I got to the end, I wished it was longer.
Jessica Bronder
Matthew is a spirit that tries to negatively influence people. The bigger the negative influence, the more money he gets. But his current existence is going to change. Matthew gave his life so his wife could live. Now she is going to die so he has to make a decision about if he wants to become a probability angel or just keep going at his current job.

Epp is going to train Matthew to be a probability angel. The idea is that at a given time, a person is presented with several different options and
Matthew Huntington can not seem to catch a break. His mentor, Epp is displeased with Matthew. Epp thinks Matthew has been slacking off too long now and wants him to really get into the game. As if that was not bad enough, Matthew’s wife is lying in a pool of blood, dying in a park. Matthew can’t do anything as it just so happens that Matthew is an angel.

Probability Angels is one of those books that you are glad you picked it up and gave it a chance. I thought this book was unique and a nice cha
This is an incredibly complex novel which is made all the more compelling by the way the robust and endearing main characters fit together in a most satisfying fashion.

The Probability Angels are responsible for pushing their living charges into making life changing decisions. I think this concept is one which would be readily familiar and acceptable within many cultures and faiths and for this reason I am confident that this book will eventually be translated into many languages.

The vivid imager
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Have you ever read one of those books that you wanted to like so much, that starts out great, but then becomes a major disappointment later on, and leaves you feeling hollow and unsatisfied, worse than it had started out bad?

I'm really sorry to say that Probability Angels by Joseph Devon was one of those books for me.

The first half of the book is really quite interesting. In Probability Angels people are sometimes given a choice when they die, a choice that will change destiny (or probability).
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Probability Angels is a heavy, somewhat complicated read with an interesting storyline. I had a hard time getting into this book, I mostly felt lost and confused. The constantly shifting POVs and flashbacks of past events made this novel very difficult to follow. The lack of any introduction to the concept and terminology also left me struggling to fit the pieces together. I tried to read this book with an open mind but never managed to really get into the story nor develop any sort of understan ...more
Jaidis Shaw
Probability Angels by Joseph Devon brings to light the probability of certain situations like life and death. The reader is introduced to interesting 'angels' who are responsible for inspiring and choosing the fate of their charges. What gives us inspiration when we question ourselves? Who determines the outcome of a struggle in the park? The answer of course are people like Matthew Huntington, who has been dead for over two decades.

Mr. Devon has created a complex world that consists mainly of
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First, I just want to say thank you to Good Reads for giving me this book to review. I am not sure it would have been a book I would have picked out on my own, and yet, I really enjoyed it! It is always wonderful to read something unique and that leaves you with telling your friends to read it...just so you have someone to talk about it with.

I found this to be an intriguing book that takes place in the afterlife, and enjoyed the unraveling of each of the characters lives to see how it all came t
It was refreshing to read a book with such an original idea. Originality is definitely difficult to come by these days. Looking back on the book, I realize there was very little character development but it doesn't really seem like it was necessary. The book seems to be more about a critical moment in time and less about the cast of characters.

I will have to agree with those that have said this book's conclusion is somewhat weak but I'm not entirely sure how I would have attempted to improve it.
Russell Moore
Works like "Probability Angels" are the reason we shouldn't turn up our noses at self-published books. An original story-line, with interesting characters throughout, "Angels" takes us to a world where the ultimate sacrifice to save a loved one can lead to an eternity of service to mankind, albeit not the saccharine assistance you expect from an angel. This novel should appeal to fans of scifi, fantasy, suspence, and adventure genres. A good read.
I really enjoyed this. It's fun, clever and not at all what I was expecting. Hints of absurdist comedy blend with a fast story and memorable characters who are nicely differentiated. Devon manages to educate you about the rules of this world almost by osmosis so you never get a sense of back story or 'As you know Jim..." conversations for the reader's benefit. It's fun, unusual and exciting ... and frankly at 77p on Kindle a real bargain.
Got this for free from and was pleasantly surprised. I had to backtrack a few times to re-read pages to make sure I got it, but I really liked it.

The dialog needs some polish and punctuation and there are a few typos, but the concept of the book interested me.
Liz L
I loved this book. Urban fantasy is not a genre I typically seek out, but the idea behind this book (I won't ruin it) is just so original, I couldn't resist. It was a delightful read by a fairly new author, Joseph Devon. The author writes beautifully, but it's truly the intricacies of the plot and the unbridled creativity that got me tearing through this book and eagerly anticipating the sequel. Highly recommend. For those doing the 2015 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge - great for either Indie P ...more
Karen Mccraw
Won this - thanks! To be read soon.
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I am sorry....I was looking forward to reading this book, but it really is not a well-written or interesting book. It's so boring and trite. I cannot even start to say what makes it so unreadable.
Well, how about there is no plot and the characteres in the book are very unlikable and predictable. The characters are "angels" who are more like wall-street juppies that smoke cigars, drink whiskey and like to mess up with peoples lives by making them sin. By the way they refer to people as Meat Bags!
Probability Angels by Joseph Devon - a Goodreads First Read free giveaway book won on February 28nd, received on March 16th.

Probability Angels is about Matthew, a non-lowlife, come what may, Alfie type who is an interdimensional afterlife Adjustment Bureau-like worker for profit. Any contact he has with anyone has the ability to shift a moment of someone's life or their entire life and then, ta-da, money appears for him to collect. The dialogue, characters, and description are simple enough to g
I won this book in a first reads giveaway and I'm very glad I did! Not what I would call in my typical wheelhouse, I completely enjoyed it anyway. At first I was intrigued by the idea of the "probability angels" who push us humans to reach our greatest potential--I like that idea. When the zombie, bad guy angels showed up, I became a bit skeptical. But this is where the book really became compelling to me, and I couldn't put it down. True, it is the age-old struggle of good vs. evil, but with a ...more
Autumn Blues Reviews
Enter a plane between heaven and earth with Devon's non-angelic beings in this unique tale.

Probability of Angels is not what I expected however I did enjoy the book. Although at times I found it somewhat confusing, it was mostly due to not knowing where Matthew really was or what was going on. I did find the characters interesting and they all have a little gift like the Fantastic 4 comic series. Epp reminds me of Samuel L. Jackson he is calm and cool even while things are crazy around him. Dev
I was intrigued by the premise of this book. The idea that there are angels all around us is perhaps not that original but the twist: that they are there to push us into making life altering choices and by doing so, they get their energy to continue on, was unique. These angels are no saints and I liked that very much. Especially considering they used to be humans themselves. I was really impressed with the writing and the story and then all of a sudden, zombies appeared in the mix! What?! I gue ...more
Honestly, I had zero expectations when I started reading "Probability Angels" but found myself intrigued by Devon's creativity. After reading countless many vampire novels it was quite refreshing to read about angels. Devon's angels aren't all halos and white wings; they're the force responsible for pushing us to our potential.

Devon started off strong, holding my attention as Matthew finds out that his first choice has been killed and he was being given a a second choice. The emotion that Matthe
Albert Berg
I consider myself to be something of an explorer in the ebook world. Ever since I got my eReader I've been scouring the internet for out of the way oddities and unsung gems, and every once in a while I'll stumble across a fantastic book it seems like no one else has ever heard of. Whenever this happens I just want to shout the news from the housetops, but the last time I stood on my neighbor's roof and started screaming about how great Joseph Devon's Probability Angels was I almost got arrested, ...more
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