This book is action all the way, and with its avenging angels and street gangs and demon packs and revolutionaries it's full of strongly drawn charactThis book is action all the way, and with its avenging angels and street gangs and demon packs and revolutionaries it's full of strongly drawn characters. Add to this the lunatic mother and crippled sister (the latter of which we only meet at the beginning and the end, but who is integral to the plot), and it's little wonder the heroine (whose name escapes me now I've returned the book to the library) is stroppy enough and prepared enough to 'go into battle'. And to keep the teenage hearts aflutter there's the attraction between the girl and the wounded angel she rescues (so that he'll lead her to where her kidnapped sister has been taken).
Great pace, good storyline - I'll be looking for the 2nd in the series....more
Nuclear war has devastated the country and the people, mutant humans and creatures prey on each other and everybody else, and it could easily seem likNuclear war has devastated the country and the people, mutant humans and creatures prey on each other and everybody else, and it could easily seem like there is no hope for the future of humanity. But Derek had a vision of hope in New York City, and he and his giant-sized-but-feeble-minded brother Teddy need to flee their home, so Derek convinces his religious friend John that his vision was of angels, and the three of them set off to cross the wasteland.
This is a dark novel of journeying. Derek is an angry youth, Teddy is strong beyond his own ability to control, John faces moral dilemmas and doesn't like himself. Then there's the amputee they kidnap and a couple of other characters they pick up along the way. On top of that are the dangers, which are many and varied.
Great sci-fi. I wasn't sure at first because Derek was so unlikeable and the others threatened to become caricatures, but everything melded in nicely and I found it utterly gripping. I hope there's a sequel....more
Well! What a wonderful range of evil in this book - from the mindless minions up to the manipulative all-powerful Satan. Added to that we have the whoWell! What a wonderful range of evil in this book - from the mindless minions up to the manipulative all-powerful Satan. Added to that we have the whole gamut of human nature - yes, there are the selfless and determined to help others, and we range down through the would-be-goods to the pretty useless to the downright willing-to-join-the-forces-of-evil because life was already much like that.
Then there's Sam, a half-caste (as it were), born of a demonic father and a human mother. He has been raised by a swordmaster-extraodinaire, a sensei of the highest order, whose sole mission since Sam was deposited on his doorstep has been to prepare him for the fight against evil. For it's not too long before the Rapture comes, when all the believers will be taken up to heaven and there will ensue a 7-year Tribulation when the anti-Christ will attempt to take over the world and corrupt all the rest of humanity.
The book begins 5 weeks since the Rapture, but the chapters interchange with Sam's life in the past - beginning 12 years ago and stepping forward bit by bit so we understand who Sam is and we know more about his struggles with controlling his demon nature. We, the omniscient readers, figure him out a lot quicker than he does himself, but in the true manner of a teenager (he's 18) it takes him a while to grasp certain things about people, and longer to think his own self through.
The voice of Sam is excellent, and this is an exciting read. I'm really looking forward to reading the next (Tribulation....more