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Archangel Protocol (LINK Angel #1)

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  363 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
First the LINK--an interactive, implanted computer--transformed society. Then came the angels--cybernetic manifestations that claimed to be working God's will. But former cop Deidre McMannus has had her LINK implant removed--for a crime she didn't commit. And she's never believed in the angels. But all that will change when a man named Michael appears at her door.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Roc
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Mar 11, 2008 Wealhtheow rated it did not like it
Recommended to Wealhtheow by: Think_galactic
Trite pseudo-religion in a fairly well-thought-out (albeit cartoonish) cyberpunk future. Deirdre McMannus was kicked out of the force, excommunicated from Catholicism, and outcast from the LINK (an uber version of the internet) for her role in a Pope's assassination. Since then, she's been barely squeaking by as a freelance detective while trying to come to terms with her partner's betrayal and the loss of her normal life. Then in walks Michael Angelucci, a preternaturally handsome detective who ...more
Jun 25, 2010 Meridel rated it it was ok
Though it has an interesting premise, this book would have been better handled by a more experienced author. The main character (described as "inoffensive" by the person who gave me a copy) is often downright stupid, and so mired in angst that one quickly loses sympathy for her predicament. Her thoughts and feelings veer wildly from one end of the spectrum to the other with no logic connecting them, even though the story is entirely told from her POV.

Worse is that too often, we learn things abo
Chris Perrin
Jun 14, 2011 Chris Perrin rated it did not like it
I should be nicer about this book because it was a first novel, but this book has some serious failings.

I never felt like I was reading a cohesive story. I'm sure the author had a clear idea of what was going on in her world, but I don't feel like it was adequately communicated. Despite the fact one of the characters is an Archangel, she seems to shy away from committing to a definitely cosmology. I understand wanting to keep the human character from understanding how her world works, but as a r
Aug 24, 2008 Jennn rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who like silly/bad books
Recommended to Jennn by: Stacey
Okay, this book is cheesy. Very cheesy. After a while, it's kind of fun in a MST3K kind of way and I found myself laughing and rolling my eyes in amusement.

The main character (Deidre) is told-not-shown (you know in creative writing class when the teacher screams at you, "SHOW, DON'T TELL"?) that she's tough. She's an ex-cop that was excommunicated due to her...being a partner to a guy that assassinated the Pope...and was sexually harassed by him...Okay, let's not focus on that now. The story is
S.N. Arly
Jan 12, 2013 S.N. Arly rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced, science fiction fantasy hybrid with a noir cyberpunk flavor. Because it touches on so many genres and sub genres, as well as the subject of the fate of humanity, there really is something for everyone in this book.

Lyda Morehouse has developed a cast of wonderfully believable and fascinating characters, complete with goals, dreams, and, most importantly, flaws. Unlike some books with many key characters, the protagonist is well developed and likable, rather than simply relying on thos
Joanne Hall
Jan 09, 2013 Joanne Hall rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
“Archangel Protocol”, the first volume of the ANGEL-LINK series, was originally published by Penguin USA way back at the turn of the millennium, which feels like a different world looking back on it. The book has been revived by Wizards Tower and is published here from the first time in all its anachronistic glory, an e-book dealing with future tech written before e-books were available.

Morehouse has resisted the temptation to fiddle with it in the light of what we know now, and it’s a stronger
Althea Ann
Sep 25, 2013 Althea Ann rated it it was ok
This book made me feel like I was watching a grade-B sci-fi cop thriller filmed in the 80's.
In a post-war New York, theocracy has been imposed.
Everyone except the down-and-out have been hooked in to the LINK - a cybernetic brain implant that gives one access to the Internet (basically).
Lately, everyone's been buzzing about the appearance of 'angels' on the LINK. But are these angels a miracle or a hoax? Things get more complicated when our protagonist, a private investigator who's been kicked ou
Mar 15, 2008 Julian rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
i'm only about 50 pages in and not really sure i want to bother to finish this, even though it's this week's think galactic book.

seriously, people: if you're writing a story that takes in 2075, it should be 2075 ALL THE TIME. the main character should NOT be allowed to conveniently forget that and start thinking about their technology from what is clearly a current-day perspective, just for the purpose of whamming the reader in the head with another cyberpunk plot point.

i'm gonna give it anothe
May 03, 2015 Flavia rated it liked it
Ever since I found the wonder that was mallworld, I've been really riding on that fantastical hope that mysterious second hand book stores are going to lead me to obscure and lovable stories. I don't really think that ideal is true or false right now- it's just my way of saying I picked this book off the shelf for two bucks and with zero expectations.

It didn't disappoint, only because there was nothing to be disappointed with.

The book is set in a super religious future where every most countries
Jun 03, 2014 Charles rated it liked it
The remainder of the book was a weird amalgamation of religion and tech. In all honestly, that is right in my wheelhouse. I really enjoy the fictionalization of religion. Michael Carpenter, Knight of the Cross, is my favorite character in my favorite fiction book series: The Dresden Files. The idea of an unholy weapon of mass destruction being so devastating that it turns the entire world away from science towards religion, and the political implications of that were fascinating to me. It sort o ...more
Apr 03, 2012 Kingpin543 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is a Science Fiction novel set in a near future, after an undefined war, in a United States that is now ruled by the religious right. It is a first-person narrative in the private-eye genre, except that this PI is a woman.

Although technology/science is generally distrusted in this era, everyone (except the very poor and a few non-conformists) is directly wired (literally) into the LINK, which something like the internet on steroids. The heroine is an ex-cop who has been excommunicated and l
Robert Strupp
Nov 05, 2012 Robert Strupp rated it liked it
Recommends it for: SyFy fans
Shelves: science-fiction
'Archangel Protocol' is Lyda Morehouse's first novel and it is a commendable effort that few wanna-be-writers accomplish. I won't mention any names.

The story centers around a never seen in the flesh U.S. presidential candidate in a post war America where all parties must have a religious affiliation, where all citizens are connected to cyberspace by an implanted link and where recently, 'angels' have begun making appearances.

The author's metaphors always were just a smidgen off the mark. Her d
Imagine cyberpunk meets “A Handmaid’s Tale”. Fundamentalism juxtaposed with virtual reality. That gives you an idea of the world depicted in Archangel Protocol. Deidre McMannus ex-cop, has been excommunicated from the Catholic Church for her association with her partner who has been found guilty of murdering the Pope. This leaves her on the fringes of a society in which membership in an organized religion is a requirement for the full benefits of citizenship, including being connected to the LIN ...more
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it liked it
This is the first book in a series that currently contains 4 books. The books are set in a sort of post apocalyptic United States of America, where everyone has the LINK and America is now a theocracy.

In this book Deidre is an ex-cop who has been excommunicated from her religion because of a crime her cop partner committed. Since government and religion go hand in hand, when she is excommunicated from her religion she has her LINK deactivated and is thrust out of standard human society. The LINK
Sean the Bookonaut
Feb 25, 2013 Sean the Bookonaut rated it liked it

First published in 2001, Archangel Protocol has been brought back to life through the existence of a pirated electronic text. It’s now legally available through outlets such as Wizards Tower Books.

That techno wizardry of some description was involved in the salvage of Morehouse’s text is somewhat ironic given the post-apocalyptic tale that she gives us with the Archangel Protocol. Morehouse delivers a solid tale that has aged remarkably well.

It’s largely detective fiction set in a hyper connec

Lit Bug
Jul 31, 2013 Lit Bug rated it liked it
The year is 2076. A quarter century before, the dropping of Medusa bombs in a global world caused havoc - followed by a resurgence in religious beliefs and aversion to secular science. A new world where most people in the world are linked by the LINK systems embedded in their skulls, but which resents a government favoring science over religion, and thus, in their eyes, war over peace.

Deidrei, an ex-cop suspended from her job and excommunicated by the Catholics for her possible involvement in th
Mar 06, 2012 heidi rated it did not like it
Shelves: paper, reviewed
Well.... the cyberpunk isn't bad. She's no Melissa Scott (Trouble and Her Friends (although I wondered if the woman wearing matched mauve scarf and shoes was a nod in Cerise's direction). But the cyberpunk parts were not bad.

The religion caused me to grind my teeth. SEXY BLUE JEAN-WEARING ANGELS. And now they want to have sex with me and suck my blood. Oh, wait, my bad, that was Laurel K. Hamilton. I guess we'll just stick with sex. It's a near-future theocratic dystopia. Which, you know, has be
Jun 19, 2011 Logan rated it did not like it
Cyberpunk is a dated genre, this is: a challenge for a good writer, a millstone for a mediocre writer, a tombstone for a bad writer. A cyberpunk world divided along religious lines *could* be an interesting concept. Lyda Morehouse asks too much of her readers upfront: I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief in mythical, religious beings. She introduces "Michael" early in the book, a lasciviously described, combat armor wearing, gun toting archangel... seriously? I was unimpressed with the w ...more
Jay Johnson
Jan 11, 2015 Jay Johnson rated it really liked it
Angels, detective noir and cyberpunk don't typically jump out at you as a natural fit, much less a good idea, but Lyda Morehouse somehow made it work, amazingly so!
Jun 23, 2015 Christyn rated it it was amazing
A really interesting futuristic story, with some interesting religious concepts and ideas tied into future technology. An excellent read!
Mar 13, 2008 Joanna rated it it was amazing
There is so much to love about this book. It's the most approachable and emotionally resonant tech-future-sci-fi novel I have read in a long time. I almost didn't want to slap my "scifi-fantasy bookshelf" label on it because for me, that was the setting but not the pigeonhole for this work. Our protaganist was completely believable. I felt none of the distance that I often feel when reading other works in this subgenre. It is difficult to express without examples from the plot, but the most sati ...more
Nov 18, 2007 LaDonna rated it did not like it
Shelves: religion, scifi
If this book were a movie, I would have walked out of it shortly after the opening credits.

But an acquaintance went to the trouble of mailing me a copy of this book, with high praise, so I felt obligated to force myself through to the last page. It took me forever, and it was not worth the trouble.

None of the characters are interesting. I couldn't muster up anything other than indifference for any one of them, even after the main character has sex with an archangel. Whatever. The writing is inc
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I saw book 3 of this series, was interested, then realized it was book 3, and snagged book 1 from the library. And I started to read, and I kept thinking ... haven't I read this before. I was thinking of Sharon Shinn's Samaria novels, but it's not really exactly like those, and I sort of felt compelled against my will. And then I realized it was like Samaria meets Shadowrun, with disturbing sprinklings of the Left Behind Books and The Handmaid's Tale. I guess the bottom line is that this is inte ...more
I started reading Archangel Protocol but found it poorly written. The reviews weren't compelling enough to finish it.
Fascinating concept of a world where religion and technology mesh. I loved all the cyberpunk references and the function of the LINK.

I was initially drawn to this story for the promise of angels, but funny enough, it's those parts of the story that I found most annoying. I would have preferred a technological explanation of 'angels' rather than a religious one...if only because this story does such a poor job of convincing me of the latter.
Feb 08, 2013 Adrianne rated it it was amazing
This is an older novel that's been recently digitally published. The world building is fascinating. Morehouse got so much right with the way the web has taken over our whole electronic world. And her insights into the rise of the ultra-religious are also fascinating. Beyond that, this book includes an intriguing mystery and a breakneck pacing that keeps you hooked until the very last page.
Dec 04, 2008 Thomas rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
It was ambitious, alright. But to have the stones to use the archangels in your book and have no real payoff, well that's too much.

One of those books that posits a wired future as a background for a fantasy story. I'm not certain which was more confusing, the theology or the plot.

But whatever the problems with the story, it was well-written, readable and pretty speedy.
Jun 26, 2012 Epeeblade rated it it was ok
This was such a frustrating read. While there were good concepts, I could not stand the heroine, and since the novel is in her first person POV it's really hard to deal with. Plus, she does something so stupid in the middle of the book that I could not suspend my disbelief at all.
Aug 12, 2013 Elena rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, cyberpunk
This was a solid book, but the plot was kind of predictable and the tech already seems a bit dated. I like Diedre and was very disappointed that the second book totally veered off from the plot set up in this book. Also, I'm not terribly into the main romance.
Melissa Batchelder
Jul 18, 2015 Melissa Batchelder rated it really liked it
Shelves: misc
I am not one to read a lot of pure dystopian sci-fi, but this series is great. The premise, the characters and even the overt religious tones - enthralled me. It's fun, makes you think and overall a great and highly under-rated book/series.
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Lyda Morehouse writes about what gets most people in trouble: religion and politics. Her first novel Archangel Protocol, a cyberpunk hard-boiled detective novel with a romantic twist, won the 2001 Shamus for best paperback original. Apocalypse Array was awarded the Special Citation of Excellence (aka 2nd place) for the Philip K. Dick award.

This author also writes paranormal under the name Tate Hal
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