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Review: A Kiss Before the Apocalypse by Thomas E. Sniegoski

A Kiss Before the Apocalypse (#1) by Thomas E. SniegoskiTitle: A Kiss Before the Apocalypse

Author: Thomas E. Sniegoski

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Remy Chandler Series (Book 1)

Publication Date: May 6, 2008

Format: Paperback, 290 Pages

ISBN-10: 045146205X (Penguin/ROC)

ISBN-13: 978-0451462053 (Penguin/ROC)

Reviewed by: Sheila

Synopsis:

Boston P.I. Remy Chandler has many talents. He can will himself invisible, he can speak and understand any foreign language (including the language of animals), and if he listens carefully, he can hear thoughts. Unusual, to say the least, for an ordinary man.

But Remy is no ordinary man; he’s an angel. Generations ago, he chose to renounce heaven and live on Earth. He’s found a place among us ordinary humans; friendship, a job he’s good at, and love.

Now he is being drawn into a case with strong ties to his angelic past. The Angel of Death has gone missing, and Remy’s former colleagues have come to him for help. 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.

Only Remy Chandler, formerly known as the angel Remiel, can stop it.

Quick & Dirty: An angel that had turned his back on Heaven must now do its dirty work in order to save humanity and all he holds dear.

Opening Sentence: It was an unusually warm mid-September day in Boston.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Angels have held our fascination for ages untold.  These etheric creatures that seem to encapsulate the beautiful horror nestled within the primitive part of our imaginations.  Is it their complete lack of humanity that grabs our attention?  Is it our need to touch and personify that which we will never be?  Angels, Demons, and an adorable Labrador Retriever all make an appearance in this exciting new series from Thomas Sniegoski, A Kiss Before the Apocalypse.   

Remy Chandler is a simple private investigator working an open-and-shut infidelity job.  What was once easy, if boring, money gig turns into trouble on a Heavenly scale.  So why should Remy care about the troubles of Heaven and its Host? It may have a little something to do with him once being one of them.  After the war with Lucifer, Remiel lost the drive to fight anymore and walked away from his brothers and Maker to live among the humans on Earth.  Now it seems that “Remy” is going to get involved with the politics of Heaven whether he wants to or not.

Remy is an amazing character.  His angelic nature is still there, just suppressed by the sheer force of his will.  His love and understanding of humanity make him a unique link between Angels and humans.  His past allegiances come into constant opposition to his current life.  He must find and restore the Angel of Death but by doing that, he loses the woman he loves.  The conflicting emotions make Remy’s journey much more relatable than most other angel stories I have read.  It is his ultimate compassion for life on Earth that marks him the perfect champion for Heaven’s Designs.

The supporting characters are just as complex, and that’s including Remy’s dog.  Each person, both human and non-human, allows Remy to explore each aspect of the story with a new perspective.  The dog, Marlowe, expresses each issue in its most simplistic fashion.  Things like death and time mean little to a dog.  For the record, I love Marlowe just for this reason.  Sometimes people make things far more complicated than it needs to be.

With the occasional sad and tension filled pages that were hard for me to personally read, Kiss Before the Apocalypse provides fans a new and interesting twist to the usual angel tale.  Sniegoski gives us a hero of biblical proportions with a fondness of coffee and the simple things in life.

Notable Scene:

Remy darted out into the downpour.

“Hey, Chandler,” Francis called to him.

Remy stopped at the car, opening the door as he waited to hear what Francis had to say.

“I know it’s tough, but don’t do anything stupid.”

He wished he could’ve made that kind of promise, but those times had long passed.

Stupid may have been all that he had left.

Remy Chandler Series:

1. A Kiss Before the Apocalypse

2. Dancing on the Head of a Pin

3. Where Angels Fear to Tread

4. A Hundred Words for Hate

5. In the House of the Wicked

6. Walking In the Midst of Fire (August 6, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Penguin/ROC Trade provided me with a copy of A Kiss Before the Apocalypse. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  The only payments I receive are hugs and kisses from my little boys.

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