Where Honesty Never Ends.
Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Paranormal Fiction
Barnabas, a Demon of Pride with the predatory heart of a salesman, defies the will of the Inferno.
Kalyndriel, an Avenging Angel, staggers beneath the weight of her own sin.
Walter, a damned human, witnesses the impossible, both on Earth and below.
Three unlikely allies unite against a terror beyond good and evil. Threads of desperation bind their worlds together: Hell, Heaven, and Earth. The emptiness before time gives birth to an abomination … one who dreams of unraveling the tapestry of the God who abandoned His children.
Angels and Demons, alike, dance in the darkness as the world of man trembles beneath them. A mystery is born of a simple professor’s death: a trail that unveils the depravity in the souls of God’s firstborn.
All reap the wages of sin. All betrayals become inevitable over the course of eternity.
All is ashes.
Hello and welcome to The Review Board. First off, Seasons Greetings. Now, today we will be entertained by Mr. Controvery and his thoughts on “Anges to Ashes” by one, Mr. Drew Foote. Without further ado, Mr. Controversy, please take it away.
“Tell me: have you ever danced with the Devil in the pale moonlight?”
This is a pertinent inquiry which may linger as I give my review on Drew Foote’s book. “Angels to Ashes” is a 354-page read that speaks of dealing with souls is a lucrative business.
We are introduced to George McCoy, a lawyer, and Barnabas, a Demon looking make a deal with Mr. McCoy. George is an atheist, yet, his views about all things religious have been turned on its head.George observes Barnabas in awe as Barnabas explains his reason for being in George’s office that night.
Barnabas offers George quite the package; a partnership at the firm, worldly success, good health, monetary wealth, and wonderful relationships loved ones. Barnabas will even throw in some extra female attention to go with his newly found success.
Of course when dealing with demonic entities there is a price. Mr. McCoy’s eternal soul, payable upon death.
George decides to take the offer, sealing the deal by shaking Barnabas’ hand.
Alongside the above mentioned thread, there are a few more fibers tangled in this story.
Demons cash in and invest in naive souls.
Kalyndriel, an Avenging Angel of the 5th Heavenly Choir descends to earth to do battle with a demonic entity unlike any other she had ever encountered. The entity is an enormous monster of a demon—later described as both feral and tainted—called a Ravager. This Ravager in particular was bigger, faster and stronger than other Ravagers.
After slaying the beast, Kalyndriel is “reacquainted” with Makariel: The Bloody Wind who is a high ranking Demon. Makariel did not engage the Kalyndriel, but rather assured her that a fight would not ensue and that Kalyndriel was safe for the time being. Makariel was more or less informed by Kalyndriel that she had slain the hulking Ravager. After a brief exchange between the two, Makariel and his escorts, consisting of powerful and formidable demons, make their exit.
I assume that these two may very well meet again.
Character and location wise.
These were hatched out very well. The descriptive nature of the narrative had me envisioning myself before them and seeing their mannerisms. The details in Barnabas, Makariel and Kalyndriel will have almost anyone believing that these demons and angels are real. Also, Heaven and Hell. The depiction of Hell is nightmarish. It convinced me enough to have me walking the straight and narrow just to avoid going there.
“Angels to Ashes” is indeed a page turner which had me sucked in. The idea of tipping the scales in regards to the balance of power and the harvesting of souls kept me engulfed. At times, I nearly forgot that I had things to do as I read Mr. Foote’s story. I am very impressed with how well put together this book was in the realm of storytelling.
With that being said, the word “and” had been used in excess. “And” had been used to begin conversational dialogue. It was not, however, used during the narrative. Condensing the use of the word “and” would have given a smoother delivery to the story.
Survey says: 9 out of 10 stars.
“Angels to Ashes” is certainly a book you don’t want to pass up. Even for this cynical reviewer, I am inclined to believe that there is an afterlife. The premise that what dictates which way one goes is dependent on their actions, and deal making with those of supernatural properties is riveting. Give it a read, you won’t regret it.
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