Archangel Protocol (LINK Angel #1)
In Archangel Protocol, Lyda Morehouse creates a not-too-distant future Earth where the lines between technology, politics, and religion are blurring at the edges. Deidre McMannus is an ex-cop who was recently involved in a heinous crime -- the assassination of the Pope! Her partner, Daniel Fitzpatrick, pulled the trigger; but as the novel begin...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Worse is that too often, we learn things abo...more
Morehouse has resisted the temptation to fiddle with it in the light of what we know now, and it’s a stronger...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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...more
This author also writes paranormal under the name Tate Hal...more