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Xing votes THUMBS UP on the cover of “Angel 1089”. Let’s see how the book itself fared…
Catching two demon burglars is routine for Gabriel 1089, who’s one cog in an army of cybernetically modified humans protecting the sky city of Heaven. Until two turns into a twenty-demon ambush. When he wakes up, he’s missing his network-enabled halo-and one of his metal wings. The down-level junk dealer tending Gabe’s wounds has hands that spark nerve endings he never knew he possessed.
But for an angel cut off from Heaven, an attic in Old Trent feels more like a trap than a sanctuary. Demons on his doorstep are nothing new for Jeff Werth. Ever since they saved his daughter’s legs, they’ve been calling in their marker. In exchange for his services-nursing Gabe back to health so they can use him as a pawn in their war with Heaven-they’ll consider the debt paid in full. Except having a powerless angel at his mercy feeds a rising desire that has him rethinking the deal.
Then the de-haloed Gabe begins having dreams that become visions…then memories. Until he’s not sure whose side he’s on. Heaven, or the simple family man who healed his broken wings…and made his heart whole. Warning: The sexual awakening of an angel, some wing porn, abuse of heavenly cliches and a dog who steals the show.
I think the premise behind Angel 1089 makes for an interesting story. However, the story was plagued with sparse writing, very shaky world building, and not-so-very-good characterization. That’s not to say that this was a bad book. It just wasn’t very good one either.
So my biggest issues was indeed the world building. To be honest, I’m not even too sure if I’m remembering the one sentence that was mentioned in the middle of the book about this futuristic world. I think the United States is ruled by three different corporations/government bodies, and Heaven is one of them? Don’t quote me on that. Since it seemed like the author didn’t feel the need to emphasize more on this information, I didn’t either. Anyways, Heaven is some kind of place that floats and eclipses the sparse Earth where demons and humans reside. Both demons and angels are cybernetically enhanced beings that can fly with wings. Which brought another issue with me.
How do angels and demons fly with these huge, gigantic and metallic extensions? There’s no mention of how these equipment, that is certain to weigh a ton, allows beings to pull aerial stunts. I think there was mention of Gabriel “flapping” the wings, and voila! He’s airborne. Which is quite telling, since the whole world is pretty much constructed with that same shoulder shrugging attention to detail.
And then there was the fact that I couldn’t get into either Gabriel, or Jeff. They were both dull characters, and my only pleasure was reading from Jeff’s daughter’s POV. And Trixie, the dog, was sort of entertaining too. I just felt like Gabriel had the potential to be a very interesting character to know, being a zombie-Angel for about 200 years and all-of-a-sudden discovering his humanity. But nope. He pretty much felt like a naïve teenager. Jeff was slightly more interesting than Gabriel (emphasis on “slightly”) with his whole tragic past.
So the story started off kind of “okay.” But then it got a bit better towards the middle when I pretty much stopped expecting great characterization and world building. But then the ending was kind of lame with the resolution. It wrapped up a bit too neatly for my taste, but to each his or her own.
In terms of the book cover, I thought it was pretty spot on with a couple of exceptions. Gabriel’s wing is gold in color, and is actually pretty big according to the book. While the cover is mostly in black and white, I won’t be able to say if it’s accurate or not. However, there is no way in hell that Tinker Bell size wing can carry anything more than a poodle. But since I don’t expect much from M/M covers, I’ll still give it a thumbs up.
Anyways, I know I probably make this book seem like the most horrible piece of M/M science fiction I have ever read. I think I could have enjoyed this book more if I didn’t have the expectations I had. If you’re looking for a sci-fi angel/demon read that is light on the detail, then perhaps Angel 1089 won’t disappoint.
Title: Angel 1089 (Heaven Corp #1)
Author: CC Bridges
Release Date: September 21, 2010
Purchase Links: Samhain