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The Wrath of the Angels Review

The Battle Between Good and Evil

by James Chantrill

From international best-selling author John Connolly comes another entry into the saga of detective Charlie Parker.  While this typically is not my foray into literature, there was something alluring about this book that made me want to make the purchase.  I found myself being drawn back to this book time after time while standing in front of the new releases at the book store.  Could I have made the grave mistake of “judging a book by its cover” or did I stumble across an author I was unfamiliar with that could write a compelling story? After reading The Wrath of Angels, I believe the latter to be true.

John Connolly gives us not necessarily literary gold with this work of fiction, but rather a thriller that we can lose ourselves in for a time.  The story centers on a plane crash in northern Maine and the mystery behind what was being transported.  The “cargo” that was being transported makes both the forces of good and evil eager to retrieve the contents, causing an allegorical whirlwind of thrills and suspense for the reader to get swept up in.

As mentioned earlier, this is another entry into the Charlie Parker saga and also marks the ninth entry into John Connolly’s saga of the character.  While this was my first experience with the character of Charlie Parker as well as my first experience reading author John Connolly, I couldn’t help but think of the film, Constantine.  If you are familiar with Constantine, then you would be familiar with the type of detective work that Charlie Parker occupies his time with. He is out there trying to protect others from the clutches of evil with the help of a loose association of like-minded people. 

Charlie Parker is brought in to consult on a story that involves the downed plane, and to assure his clients of any possible crimes committed by their deceased family members.  Though this is the first time Charlie Parker is told of a list of names, it most likely won’t be the last.  This list has the names of those that have made deals with the “devil,” but for the entire story, you never get the mention of the devil in general.  Instead, you hear and read about the actions of some of the “Fallen.”  “The Fallen” would be referring to the angels that were cast out of heaven and they represent the evil that is trying to locate this list.

What I found really appealing about The Wrath of Angels is John Connolly’s writing ability.  The talent of this author was immediately apparent to me as I started to read the first few chapters.  John Connolly writes as though he is writing a movie. I could clearly picture every scene perfectly in my mind’s eye as if I was sitting in front of the silver screen.  This was a great read, and I would recommend this author to anyone that has read a Stephen King or a Dean Koontz novel.  For myself, I may step more out of my classics that I tend to read and keep an eye out for the next John Connolly novel. 

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