The Nephilim were on the earth in those days Genesis 6:4. When Sister Evangeline finds mysterious correspondence between Mother Innocenta of the Saint Rose Convent and legendary philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller, it confirms Angels walked among us - and their descendants, the cruel Nephilim, still do. Indeed, the Nephilim are hunting for ...
The Nephilim were on the earth in those days Genesis 6:4. When Sister Evangeline finds mysterious correspondence between Mother Innocenta of the Saint Rose Convent and legendary philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller, it confirms Angels walked among us - and their descendants, the cruel Nephilim, still do. Indeed, the Nephilim are hunting for artefacts concealed by Abigail Rockefeller during the Second World War - objects that will ultimately allow them to enslave mankind - and have so far been prevented from reaching their apocalyptic goal by one, clandestine organisation: The Angelology Society. And if the Angelologists are to stand any chance of winning this new battle in the ages-old war, they must find the artefacts first. But their fate rests in the hands of innocent Sister Evangeline, who holds the key to unlocking Abigail Rockefeller's hiding places ...and whose own destiny may yet find her prey to the terrifying Nephilim army, with horrifying consequences for humanity.
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Going back to Genesis for some decent villains.
'Angelology' is essentially what apocryphal/religious pulp fiction looks like when it is decently written, so I certainly hope that the masses who clamor after Dan Brown's latest will give this a try.
Danielle Trussoni is wonderfully inventive here, imagining an entire race of nephilim, those giants who walked the earth in the book of Genesis. The issue at stake is a celestial lyre which could reverse an illness which has struck down many of the nephilim, if they can get their hands on it.
While the action and the thrills of the novel are pretty well blocked out and executed, what is unfortunately lacking is a real connection to the two main characters. Some level of characterization seemed to be missing, and I think that whatever it is would have made the entire story more captivating for me. These people are our 'in' to the fascinating world of the angelologists, and I felt slightly left on the outside.
Be that as it may, I will definitely read the sequel (which I assume is in the works) to see how Trussoni grows as an author, and to follow the epic struggle between humanity and the nephilim, and hopefully I will be rewarded with a deeper connection to the protagonists. All in all, I wish I could give this 3 and a half stars, because it IS better than average.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-01-25 A covert age-old war between angels and humans serves as the backdrop for Trussoni's gripping tale of supernatural thrills and divine destinies. Sister Evangeline, the secretary who handles all inquiries concerning the archives of angel arcana at an upstate New York convent, receives a letter from researcher V.A. Verlaine inquiring about an unknown link between the convent and philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller dating to 1943. It turns out that the Rockefellers were interested in a legendary artifact associated with an order of fallen angels. That priceless artifact is coveted by Verlaine's employer, Percival Grigori, a Nephilim-offspring of the union between mortal and angel parents-who will stop at nothing to retrieve it for the awesome power it will give his race over humanity. Trussoni (Falling Through the Earth) anchors this fanciful dark fantasy to a solid foundation built from Catholic church history, biblical exegesis, and apocryphal texts. Suspenseful intrigues and apocalyptic battle scenes give this complexly plotted tale a vigor and vitality all the more exciting for its intelligence. 9-city author tour. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2010-05-31 Trussoni's complex and intricately plotted novel about an epic war between mortals and angels is, despite the heroic efforts of Susan Denaker, an unholy mess in the audio version. What readers relished-the labyrinthine plot, the accretion of suspense-becomes a morass of agonizingly slow description, invented mythologies, and a needlessly protracted setup. Sister Evangeline, a secretary at an upstate New York convent, receives a mysterious letter directing her to an artifact that is sought by a Nephilim-the offspring of a mortal and an angel-who is desperate to possess its power. Denaker proves her versatility in creating the diverse cast, but her melodic singsong cannot salvage the audiobook from tedium. Fans of The Da Vinci Code eager to give this one a listen should be directed to the hardcover. A Viking hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 25). (Mar.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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