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A Kiss Before the Apocalypse: A Remy Chandler Novel, Book 1 | [Thomas E. Sniegoski]

A Kiss Before the Apocalypse: A Remy Chandler Novel, Book 1

Boston P.I. Remy Chandler has many talents. He can will himself invisible; he can speak and understand any foreign language (including the language of animals); and if he listens carefully, he can hear thoughts. Unusual, to say the least—for an ordinary man. But Remy is no ordinary man—he’s an angel. Generations ago, when he was known as the angel Remiel, he chose to renounce heaven and live on Earth.
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Publisher's Summary

Boston P.I. Remy Chandler has many talents. He can will himself invisible; he can speak and understand any foreign language (including the language of animals); and if he listens carefully, he can hear thoughts.

Unusual, to say the least—for an ordinary man. But Remy is no ordinary man—he’s an angel. Generations ago, when he was known as the angel Remiel, he chose to renounce heaven and live on Earth. He’s found a place among us ordinary humans, with friendship, a job he’s good at—and love.

Now he is being drawn into a case with strong ties to his angelic past. The Angel of Death has gone missing, and Remy’s former colleagues have come to him for help. But what at first seems to be about tracing a missing person turns out to involve much more—a conspiracy that has as its goal the destruction of the human race. An only Remy Chandler can stop it.

©2009 Thomas E. Sniegoski (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Fans of urban fantasy and classic detective stories will enjoy this smart and playful story." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Christopher Wilmerding, PA, United States 02-06-12
    Christopher Wilmerding, PA, United States 02-06-12
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    "Great story worth the listen!"
    Where does A Kiss Before the Apocalypse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My wife and I have listened to many audiobooks of the same/similar genre and we've loved this one the most.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept us listening til the end just to see if Remy was successful in his quest.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Our favorite character/s had to be Remy and of course Marlow.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    We laughed at some of the witty remarks the characters made. The epilogue actually moved my wife to tears.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best audiobooks we've listened to in quite a while.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Noelle Campbell Houston, TX USA 06-08-13
    Noelle Campbell Houston, TX USA 06-08-13 Member Since 2006

    Saving the world, one person at a time, starting with me.

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    "Engrossing"
    If you could sum up A Kiss Before the Apocalypse in three words, what would they be?

    Three words: Angels, Demons and Men


    What other book might you compare A Kiss Before the Apocalypse to and why?

    I would compare this book to the series Supernatural, though a little more gritty and in depth with more of a love of angels and dogs.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Luke Daniels never lets me down, even if the story does.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Every interaction with Remmy and his wife gets to me. I can't think of a person, male or female, who wouldn't think: I hope it's like that for me...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Audiobook Addict Plano, TX 08-31-12
    Audiobook Addict Plano, TX 08-31-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Angelic Urban Fantasy"

    Why did I pick this book? I had just finished all the so far published Dresden books and this book looked very similar ... and I was right. If you like the Dresden Files you're almost guaranteed to like this one.

    Overall story ... I'd give it a four. It's a good detective yarn, fun story, good characters. But the reason I gave it a five star review is because of the world that Thomas created. Thomas creates a rich world with wonderful background history, and awesome detail. I would love to just explore the world that Remy Chandler lives in. Thomas has created his own world where Remy left the army of God as an angel to try to become a human, however, the change isn't easy and Remy must fight his Sephardim self constantly to remain human.

    My only complaint is the all to often use of the f word, but I guess if you hang out with fallen angels you can't expect them to have clean language.

    My favorite part of the whole book though is any conversation that Remy has with this dog Marlowe. Marlowe is an awesome character that really adds an upbeat, innocent voice to an end of the world scenario.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. Edwards St Paul, MN 01-02-12
    T. Edwards St Paul, MN 01-02-12 Member Since 2010

    Theri

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    "A race to save the world."
    What made the experience of listening to A Kiss Before the Apocalypse the most enjoyable?

    This was a different paranormal twist novel and I enjoyed that it was different.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Kiss Before the Apocalypse?

    Remy Chandler and his reluctant side kicks.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The touching scenes with his wife.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the touching scenes with his wife.


    Any additional comments?

    Luke Daniels did a great job with Remy's voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Monson, MA, United States 02-23-11
    Richard Monson, MA, United States 02-23-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting Concept"

    It is an interesting concept. I do not understand why the author has to portrait everyone in the book to use so much profanity. I can see trying to make certain characters seem like they are tough guys, but even the good guys have foul mouths. Didn't quite get that.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lloyd Hauppauge, NY, United States 12-17-13
    Lloyd Hauppauge, NY, United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Very good listen"
    What made the experience of listening to A Kiss Before the Apocalypse the most enjoyable?

    I like the whole concept of the book(s) but the only thing I find hard is that all of heaven and hell seem to have their portals to earth through Boston. In Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles you at least travel around the country and the world. Also Marlo the dog is no Oberon.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Though not the main character, I think that I like Francis. Seems to play a pivotal role


    Any additional comments?

    Some reviewers questioned about Luke Daniels use of a Bostonian accent, but I think it is right for the story. We have not heard him do this before, but I know in the other books I have listened to from him there have been more international characters than from parts of the US with distinctive accents like New England.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Oenophile 09-14-13
    Oenophile 09-14-13

    In vino veritas

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    "All kinds of angels"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a pleasant way to pass some time, while not requiring a lot of concentration or deep thought. Nice to listen to while cleaning or cutting the grass.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the "talking" dog and the way Remy cared for his wife, even though she had grown old while he had not. Remy seems to be unique among the angels. He has chosen to be as human as possible.


    What aspect of Luke Daniels’s performance would you have changed?

    I love Luke Daniels. But for some reason, he has interpreted the main character, Remy, as having a Boston-overlaid-with-Jersey accent. I had not heard this accent from him before and it was a bit difficult to get used to. I would not let that deter me from listening, though. It was just not what I had expected an angel to sound like.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, not really. I found I could stop and start without reluctance. I did want to finish it, but felt no urgency to do so ASAP.


    Any additional comments?

    I will probably get more books from the series if nothing else seems more compelling. I would buy a Dresden, Reacher, Bosch, or Davenport book before this series, but after those, this would be good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Marshfield, MO, USA 05-20-10
    Terri Marshfield, MO, USA 05-20-10
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    "Not Excited"

    I was not excited by this book. I felt that the reader could have put more inflection into it, and that the book itself was very dry.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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