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.
"Fans of urban fantasy and classic detective stories will enjoy this smart and playful story." (Publishers Weekly)
My wife and I have listened to many audiobooks of the same/similar genre and we've loved this one the most.
The plot kept us listening til the end just to see if Remy was successful in his quest.
Our favorite character/s had to be Remy and of course Marlow.
We laughed at some of the witty remarks the characters made. The epilogue actually moved my wife to tears.
This is one of the best audiobooks we've listened to in quite a while.
Saving the world, one person at a time, starting with me.
Three words: Angels, Demons and Men
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.
Luke Daniels never lets me down, even if the story does.
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...
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.
This was a different paranormal twist novel and I enjoyed that it was different.
Remy Chandler and his reluctant side kicks.
The touching scenes with his wife.
the touching scenes with his wife.
Luke Daniels did a great job with Remy's voice.
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.
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.
Though not the main character, I think that I like Francis. Seems to play a pivotal role
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.
In vino veritas
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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