My review is based on a reviewer copy received from the author. However, the views expressed here are soley my own.
I was intrigued by this tale right from the start. The author gives us a little tidbit as a man escapes from an underground place and is almost run over by a trucker. The man is delirious talking about angels and singing Swing Low Sweet Chariot. The trucker obviously thinks the man is some kind of nut.
The story jumps ahead to a military assault on a tower that has been discovered sticking out of the ground by leading underground to a catacombs of tunnels. The assault is led by Special Agent Dane Coles who is attempting to rescue a team of scientists that had gone in earlier.Dane's team find most of the scientists dead and they then encounter some female creatures that seem to have superhuman abilities. The creatures can easily deflect bullets and move at superhuman speed.
Dane's team is easily beaten and they retreat while Dane follows one of the creatures, away from his men. Rather than kill Dane, the creature (named Asia) does something to him so when Dane gets later rescued, he seems to have some kind of connection to Asia.
Dane is an intriguing character and I wish the author had given us more about his life, growing up and such. Later Dane will find out that he is not the only one with a connection to the creatures as his friend Ivan Steel had an encounter five years prior and has a connection to Mariah (another of the female creatures. Dane will also learn that the agency that hired him is maybe corrupt (Think Treadstone in The Bourne Identity) and is run by a very evil man who also does not like Steel.
Asia will later visit Dane and literally drink blood from him making the reader not exactly sure of what she is and maybe she could be a type of vampire. All will become clear and it will be up to Dane and Steel to go up against the agency and to protect Asia and Mariah. The author gives us some clues as to how the world was created and may change the reader's view on what we think of Angels.
The book is a fairly quick read and the author keeps the reader engaged throughout. The copy I got was obviously not a final product as there were many typos, sometimes bad types (ex. words like "pitcher" were presented as "picture") and there were some places where there should have been chapter ends as the story shifted from one sentence to another. I was easily able to get around these annoyances. I give this book a solid four stars.
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