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.
Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in upstate New York. Now, at twenty-three, 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.
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1 . Great Idea, lost focus
Posted June 10, 2011 by RDC , TennesseeThe story line is a great idea - the plot could go several different ways. The beginning and ending were good. However, personnel preference - the author took paragraphs to set each scene. I got so I just started scheming the pages until I saw someone in the book talking.
2 . I liked this book
Posted August 28, 2010 by Bob , GrahamI can usually guess the outcome of a plot but this one was not the case except for one or two sentences that let me partially guess the outcome. I think had some good plot twists and the switch to the past was a help not a hindrance. I look forward to the next book.
3 . Dan Brown but cornier and more dogmatic
Posted August 10, 2010 by Lani , DCThis book was just weird. I finished it because I thought it would get better with time, but it just got worse. It makes Darwinism, the search for truth, and the pursuit of knowledge/advancement out to be corrupting influences. There's a sudden and strange pseudo-romance between a rakish historian-ish guy and a nun that comes out of nowhere. The ending makes an attempt at being a cliff-hanger, but it's just lame. The biblical lore is all twisted out of shape to fit the author's literary purposes and just comes off as wishy-washy and stilted. You never sympathise with anyone in the book. Because of that, when individuals "unpredictably" die off in what I'm sure the author meant to be heroic circumstances, you just didn't care. I do not recommend this book for anyone who is well-versed in their Christian/Catholic lore, is atheist, and/or appreciates modernity, technology, and science. I think this book was an overall miss.
4 . meh...
Posted June 27, 2010 by Paul , BuffaloThink Dan Brown with out the mystery. The concept is very good, but the suspense wasn't there. I usually can't put a book down, but this one was a grind to get through.
5 . Great
Posted April 26, 2010 by LH , Kingmanloved it, looked forward to reading every minute
March 08, 2010
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