Marvin's Reviews > Probability Angels
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 "almost" because Devon still appears to be tuning his craft. The first half of this novel is a marvelous set-up concerning "angels" who push humans to their best potential. It is a task that is more harrowing for the spirit than the human. The second half attempts to become epic with a battle of good and evil involving something like zombies which I felt took away from the more personal struggles of our protagonists. Nonetheless, the author does pull it off and it had an immensely satisfying ending. (Note to author: No sequel please. It's great as it is.) I felt the author could use a good editor to tighten up the loose spots. But still, easily four and a half stars teetering into five star territory.
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