A thrilling epic about an ancient clash reignited in our time - between a hidden society and heaven's darkest creatures.
"There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them." - Genesis 6:5
Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in upstate New York. Now, at 23, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.
For the secrets these letters guard are desperately coveted by the once-powerful Nephilim, who aim to perpetuate war, subvert the good in humanity, and dominate mankind. Generations of angelologists have devoted their lives to stopping them, and their shared mission, which Evangeline has long been destined to join, reaches from her bucolic abbey on the Hudson to the apex of insular wealth in New York, to the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris and the mountains of Bulgaria.
Rich in history, full of mesmerizing characters, and wondrously conceived, Angelology blends biblical lore, the myth of Orpheus, and the Miltonic visions of Paradise Lost into a riveting tale of ordinary people engaged in a battle that will determine the fate of the world.
©2010 Danielle Trussoni (P)2010 Penguin
Science writer in America's heartland
Other stories have constructed fictions around the notion that fallen angels walk among us today, but this book is a little different in that it creates a science of angelology through which modern detectives work to discover the fallen angels plans for mankind. My only real criticism is that sometimes it seems a little overly detailed in its descriptions of this science. But I was hooked early on, and am looking forward to the next installment. I also think it would make a good movie.
Angelology is fascinating and captures my attention from the very first sentence. The book is well written and well read. It moves along to a really imagination stimulating conclusion. I hope Danielle writes a sequel to this most artistic and interesting novel. I will be the first in line to buy it. I am nearly seventy Y/O (eye sight)so I am so greatful that this book is in Audibles library.
I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to others. It starts off very well - love that there is a perspective from a nun! That's something fresh and new. However, as the story goes on it begins to unravel a bit and becomes a little anti-climatic by the end. It loses a bit of steam. However, Susan Denaker does a great job bringing all the characters to life with her voice. I wonder if there will be a sequel.
I struggled through all three parts of this book hoping it would get better, but in the end it was just not the kind of book I enjoy listening to. I thought it was boring and the fantasy of someone sprouting wings and flying was just too too much. I would never recommend it.
This is a good book. The narrator does an excellent job in defining her characters. The only critique would be the author's choice of name of Evangeline. I thought the narrator was saying "If Angeline" and couldn't make sense of the sentence . Silly, but true. As for the critique on Renault, dictionary.com has both pronunciations. (See http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/renault)
If you're a Dan Brown fan, you'll probably like this book. If you're not, you probably won't.
I found the narrator distracting and a bit precious. Her repeated mispronunciation of "Renault" is like fingernails on a chalkboard - especially since one of the characters is a nun who speaks French and the narrator manages to read her French dialogue with a passable accent.
Speaking of dialogue -- the author gets a bit carried away with exposition. When she has a very old nun describe Mrs. Rockefeller's pearls "nestled in her grizzled neck, buttery orbs glinting in the dim light" My first thought was "Huh? Grizzled? Gristled?" Did the woman have a gray streaked beard or did the author mean "gristly" like a piece of tough meat? My second was, "Buttery orbs? Who talks like that?"
This isn't literature, but it would probably be a good beach read - buy the book and supply your own narration. And please, it's "Reh-no", pas "Ruh-nalt".
How does a weak human escape from a super strong immortal who can easily break said human into half?
Why, just grab the angel's wings and give 'em a gentle tug.
Immortal, super powerful ANGELIC beings that are actually weak with their tissue-paper thin "achilles' heels" that easily cut them down.
I listened to the preachy lecturing for two solid days because the author had hooked me with her tantalizingly fresh idea of angels and nephelim. Great story idea, but it was way too much story for this author's ability.
Oy, the lecturing went on and on until I was ready to scream. And in the end, when the heroine was caught in a swarm of enemy angels, she walked away from danger while her enemies did nothing to stop her. They ignored her. No fight, no nothing... she just walked away as if hundreds of enemy angels couldn't see her.
Cheap and disgusting.
I listened to the rest of the book because I had stuck with it to that point but I will not buy her next installment. Like I said before, it was too much story for this author.
The reader kills this book. The first hour was so painfully slow, I fell asleep twice. I finally had to set my iPod to faster.
I'm new to the audible book universe. I recently purchased an MP3 player for the first time and someone suggested I LISTEN to books instead of reading them. I have to admit, I was initially put off, but no more.
I find the reviews on Audible.com comprised of equal parts people complaining about the narration and people complaining about the complainers. I guess that's to be expected.
The only gripe I have with the novel is the character of Verlain. He was supposed to be a young man, but the way he spoke and acted reminded me of a middle-aged dandy. This made the inevitable attraction between Verlain and Evangelne seem somewhat perverse, like I was bearing witness to a reverse Demi Moore/Ashton Kutcher situation. Nothing wrong with that mind you, just an impression I had.
The novel ended with "dangled threads" as another reviewer mentioned. The author, no doubt, depending upon the success of this venture, will be writing a follow up--and I hope she does. I will gladly shell out some greenbacks or utilize my credit for the privilege of listening to it.
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