Book Reviews

Angel 1089 (Heaven Corp 1) by CC Bridges at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Post-Apocalyptic / Cyborgs / Future Earth / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 27-November-2017

Book Blurb

A deal with the devil….

 

Gabriel 1089 is an angel—an enhanced and cybernetically modified human designed to protect the city in the sky called Heaven. He follows Heaven’s orders and fights its enemies. But when an attack by demons leaves him trapped on the earth below, missing both a metal wing and his network-enabled halo, he’s cut off from his home for good and at the mercy of one man.

 

Jeff Werth is used to demons in need of his mechanical expertise showing up on the doorstep of the junkyard he runs in Old Trent. However, he doesn’t expect to be stuck with an injured angel. Jeff owes the demons for saving his daughter’s life, so he does what they demand—he nurses the angel back to health and keeps close track of him as a possible pawn in the high-stakes war between Heaven above and the demons below. But he doesn’t expect the effect Gabe has on his heart, or having to choose between his daughter and the man he’s come to love.

 

 

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, 2010.


Book Review

The combination of angels and demons with cybernetics in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic setting intrigued me right off the bat. It’s not one I have seen before, and the idea of a “fallen angel” due to mechanical and network-based issues is definitely unique. Building on this basic concept, the author has developed an intricate world where much of what religion has us believe about angels, like them being connected to each other, their superior medical abilities, and their location in Heaven, is explained by technology – something the demons of this world do not have. It was fascinating to realize that much of the angels’ superiority over humans (or downsiders as they are referred to) can actually be explained by today’s technology, give or take another twenty or thirty years of development.

The contrast between good and evil, as well as the position humans take in this battle, are about as traditional as they come. But that is about the only similarity to angel/demon conflicts I have read about before. The mystery around what exactly the demons are, what they want, and what is at stake is revealed slowly (but some questions remain) and held me in delightful suspense. Equally, there is a lot of detail to discover about the angels, their role, and the seemingly all-powerful Heaven Corp they work for. But what really brought this story to life for me were the characters and their various issues. Both main and secondary players are well developed, each have their own agendas, and the internal and external battles they fight are worthy of this epic tale.

Gabriel is an angel who gets into major trouble – thanks to a demon ambush – within the first few pages of the book. His network connection is broken, one of his wings damaged, and he finds himself thrown into the world of humans without any of the tools he’s become accustomed to thanks to his cybernetic enhancements. He may not remember how he got them so he takes them for granted, but I couldn’t wait to find out how he became an angel – and why. Gabriel doesn’t expect to like Jeff, doesn’t even trust him much at first, but as they spend time together, that changes and Gabriel begins to give in to the attraction he feels.

Jeff is a mechanical expert in debt to the demons - they saved his daughter’s life - so even though he hates having to help them, he has no choice. The demons act much like the mob or a gang or organized gangsters would, calling in their favor with Jeff, but their power is much bigger. One evening they come by with the wounded Gabriel and demand Jeff help heal Gabriel and report the results to them. As if that weren’t bad enough, in the end they make Jeff choose between standing by Gabriel and saving his daughter from the evil demons’ plot. What a mess!

If you enjoy stories with tons of mystery that is only lifted slowly (and never completely), if characters battling their own nature, their pasts, and “the bad guys” are your thing, and if you’re looking for a story that will sweep you into a world very different from ours, yet with recognizable issues, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. I can’t wait for the second volume to be published, and hope that it will answer some (or all) of my remaining questions.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/63557 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-November-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/angel-1089-by-cc-bridges-9072-b