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A Kiss Before the Apocalypse by Thomas E.…

A Kiss Before the Apocalypse (2008)

by Thomas E. Sniegoski

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An excellent book I enjoyed a lot. Remy Chandler may look like an ordinary private detective, but he's actually the angel Remiel disguised and living among humans. After the battle in Heaven that resulted in the fall of Morningstar (Lucifer), Heaven was no longer the paradise it had been for the angel Remiel and he found he couldn't bear staying there. Despite disguising himelf as human, Remy is immortal and still has all his powers. But his wife of 50 years is in a care home dying of cancer. And now his former angelic brothers approach Remy and inform him that the Angel of Death has abandoned his duties and disappeared. It's up to Remy to find the Angel of Death and prevent the apocalypse.

Despite the fairly serious subject matter, this story was simply fun to read. I especially enjoyed Remy's conversations with Marlowe, his loyal Labrador Retriever. Very well written and nice characterizations. Anyone who enjoys Jim Butcher's novels should check this one out.

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  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
A clever but respectful blending of Christian theology and classic paranormal fantasy. Sniegoski's theology is interesting but palatable, but then again I'm no theology major. God is often mysterious and difficult to understand, and the author walks the line between faith and denial well. My favorite bit of theology, if you can call it that, is that the primary difference between angels and humanity is that humanity alone can defy God without penalty in this life. If angels defy God, there is only punishment and exile. An interesting viewpoint on the 'divine spark' in human beings. ( )
  RecklessReader | Jan 24, 2016 |
Really enjoyed this; think Supernatural (TV Show) with a mix of Diablo III in it, but still very original in its own right. ( )
  jadedlioness | Dec 29, 2015 |
This book by Sniegoski is a very creative one. The main character is an angel who has taken human form and has made friends, even a wife, of humans. He has lived for a long time and that has created a problem in the sense that his wife is dying--however she can't die because the angel Death has left heaven for earth to live as a human also. Various angels and mean entities vie for the coming apocalypse or return of the angel Death to his work. Creative, interesting, compelling. Received through Goodreads Giveaway and thankful.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" "To Whom It May Concern" and "Tell Me About the United Methodist Church" ( )
  whoizme8 | Dec 13, 2015 |
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Tightly focused and deftly handled, this adult debut from YA and comic book author Sniegoski (The Fallen) covers familiar ground in entertaining new ways. The angel Remiel wanders the Earth in human form as private investigator Remy Chandler, experiencing the mortal life while indulging his fondness for the trappings of noir. When the Angel of Death vanishes, Heaven hires Chandler to find him as well as a missing set of scrolls that could bring about the apocalypse. Sniegoski's choice to frame this high concept with a straight noir detective tale grounds the world for the reader and highlights the mystical elements. Chandler's dog, Marlowe, written with a humorous but heartfelt voice, shows off Chandler's ability to talk to animals and provides some charming comic relief. Fans of urban fantasy and classic detective stories will enjoy this smart and playful story.
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Boston PI Remy Chandler is no ordinary man. He’s an angel who chose to renounce heaven and live on earth. So he’s perfect for the job of finding the Angel of Death, who has gone missing. 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. And only Remy Chandler can stop it...

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Generations ago, angel Remiel chose to renounce heaven and live on Earth. He found a place among ordinary humans by converting himself into Boston P.I. Remy Chandler, but he can never tell anyone who he was or that he still has angelic powers. Remy can will himself invisible, speak and understand any foreign language (including any animal language), and hear the thoughts of others. All these secret powers come in handy for a private investigator, especially when the Angel of Death goes missing and he?s assigned to find him. As he gets deeper into the investigation, he realizes this is not a missing persons case but a conspiracy to destroy the human race and only Remy has the powers to stop the forces of evil.… (more)

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