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A Terrible Fall of Angels (A Zaniel Havelock Novel Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Zaniel Havelock is a great character, part tough guy detective, part speaker to angels, in a setting where the powerful beings from every religion aren't just real, but actively messing with people's lives. It's a great ride. In a world where angels and demons walk openly among mankind, it takes a special kind of cop to solve paranormal crimes. Havoc is the man."—Larry Correia, New York Times bestselling author of Destroyer of Worlds
“A Terrible Fall of Angels will intrigue new fans, long term fans, and returning fans of Laurell K. Hamilton.”—Under the Covers Book Blog
"[Laurell K. Hamilton] continues to bring great characters, entertaining and unique story lines, action, and suspense together in her novels."—Mystery and Suspense
"Nice-paced read with interesting characters and events."—I Smell Sheep
About the Author
With more than forty novels published, Laurell continues to create groundbreaking fiction inspired by her lifelong love of monster movies, ghost stories, mythology, folklore, and things that go bump in the night. Her love of the macabre, books in general, animals and nature led her to degrees in English and Biology. She is a non-practicing biologist, but uses her science background to add an extra level realism to her fiction.
She currently lives in St. Louis with her family, two spoiled Japanese chins, a house panther, and a house lion. In her free time, Laurell trains in Filipino martial arts with a specialization in blade work, and travels to scuba dive and bird watch as often as she can. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B091DNXTMM
- Publisher : Berkley (August 17, 2021)
- Publication date : August 17, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1787 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 400 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1984804464
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,960 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I sort of think LKH readers come in a couple of different types. There are those of us who love the butt-kicking women and the enthralling supernaturals, but are a little tired of the insert this body part into this one and this one and this one squicky orgies. And then there those of us who also love the butt-kicking women and the enthralling supernaturals but also love all the squicky orgies.
I’m the please-not-another-squicky-orgy type. This book was for me!
So I’ll warn you from the start that if you’re after nothing but supernatural sexcapades, this one isn’t for you. We still have butt kicking characters, though our main character is a man. We have angels and demons and, yes, some people with various powers, LGBTQ characters, etc. And we have a gruesome mystery that needs to be solved, asap! I loved our mystery – it was creepy, edgy, and I was all in for it.
With the angels and demons, there’s a really heavy religious theme here (not necessarily Christian, just religion). At times it gets a little heavy-handed, but I think a lot of that is world building which should be a little lighter in the next books.
Do I believe that eventually we might go back to threesomes, foursomes and moresomes? I mean…this is LKH, so yeah. But with this start to a new series, I’m (so far) on board.
*ARC Provided via Net Galley
Let me back up and say I was a huge Anita Blake fan until it became more orgy than story, so I wanted to give this one a shot.
The beginning seemed promising. Raped and murdered chick found in a bed with angel feathers. Mystery crime... cool. At 70% there has been zero sex, (I don't mind sex in books as long as it accompanies an actual plot) but I'm not really sure what the plot is?
So again, at the beginning, there was a murder that Zaniel/Havoc/detective Havelock was investigating that had to do with a weird demon. Ok cool. They had a fight in the hospital... I'm pretty sure he killed the human that was working with the demon... no clue what happened to the demon itself.... fast forward like 45% of the book because I really don't remember what happened.... Surriel is helping Havoc with something with some other chick... and there's a lot of talk about the College of Angels and his history with them and then it's almost like they're foreshadowing some nefarious tidbits about the college??
I dont know.... there are SO MANY characters to keep up with and SO much filler... like... Connery his 3 year old son... should be a close secondary character, because he's talked about a lot, but he hasn't been in the first scene yet. Reggie, his always angry wife who he isn't sure he loves... has been in 1 scene... I can't even name all the characters.
Surriel, Jamie, Havoc, Charleston, MacGregor, the other MacGregor, the one guy he may or may not be friends with that he punched in the kidneys at one point in the book? The other dude that was with them, the medical examiners assistant that had a LONG scene about getting Havocs shirt as evidence... he was literally fighting with him over whether he should take his shirt off in front of his colleagues or wait for him to go into the locker room... and then there was a scene with the medical examiners assistant maybe getting a date with one of the other chick characters?? Not sure if that ever happened or not....
I'm just not even really sure what this book is even about and I'm 3/4 through it already.
*Edited to add the last 30% I struggled through was no better*
Definitely disappointed in this book
I was only able to get through 60% of the book before I gave up and giving up is a rarity for me. I also almost never leave a bad review but I felt totally let down with this book.
I couldnt make it through the book. I think I made it to Chapter 5?
This book is advertised as an "angel speaker" turned detective, no....its about an angel speaker whose marriage is falling apart and the therapy and conversations he and his wife are having. Alot of allusions to the angel speakers and what they do but she never really got into it, the plot about a demon possession felt weak to me too. This really read like a book she had pitched and agreed to write....I dont know if she didnt really have a firm idea or if she lost her enthusiasm and wrote it because she had agreed to. Either way, it seemed very amateurish or rushed.
I get that writing can be therapeutic and I KNOW that I cant create worlds like LKH and these are her books but I MISS the early Anita Blake novels, I INHALED these books, re-read them, and I loved the early Meredith Gentry books but then the angst comes in and the last few lost me.
I dont know what has happened and, apparently, I still have hope that one day we will get the level of writing that pulled me in and made me a fan of LKH and not continue to get the writing that lost me.
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just let me say that I have all of LKH books and read them time and time again and order year before due
out. nice for a different story line but PLEASE PLEASE get back to Anita and jean claude. i realize that to write 25 books with Anita is a lot of work but they are your best and you should do what you do best. following you for the next anita. make my day.
What drew me to the novel was the Angels etc and Hamilton has her own great take on the world that exists with them in it. So I brought the book. Now I'm annoyed. Everything is just conversation and banter between badges that mean nothing to "us" the reader.
This may have worked with the Anita Blake series, but she was a complex and developed character. Here we have an unknown an we couldn't care less for banter for so many chapters, 25% of the book so far.