A Kiss Before The Apocalypse by Thomas E. Sniegoski
My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Well, what to say about this little book? On the one hand, I liked that the hero of the book, Remy Chandler, was an angel on earth by choice, and not just one more Urban Fantasy staple, an irresistible Fallen Angel. And I liked the descriptions of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. But really, the only thing I truly enjoyed through and through was Remy’s black lab, Marlowe. Remy can communicate with any living creature that has enough of a brain to be even remotely sentient, and his dialogs with Marlowe were the best part of the book for me. The dog sounded exactly like I would imagine a lab that knew how to speak rudimentary sentences would sound. To be clear, he doesn’t actually speak. It’s just that Remy hears his thoughts and sort of transposes them into the equivalent of speech.
Another nice touch was that Remy’s wife of many years has aged and is dying in a nursing home, while he is to all appearances, the same man he was when they married. It was nice that he is depicted as loving her just as much as he did when she was young, and still being able to see her as she was then. It was a refreshing take on the old “But I’m Going To Get Old And Die And You Won’t” routine.
As much as I enjoyed Marlowe’s character, it wasn’t enough to carry an entire book. The overall writing style seemed a bit rough around the edges, and I didn’t fall in love with any of the two-legged (or two-winged) characters. For me, it all worked better in the short story I had read previously. However, I have been in a mood to give writers the benefit of the doubt, lately, having seen first hand just how hard it is to create a book out of thin air, so my current rule of thumb is to read at least as far as the second book in any series. Unless of course, the first book is just so blinkin’ awful I’d rather have a lit cigar stuck up my nose than try another by the same author. This one wasn’t that bad. In fact, it wasn’t even bad, exactly. It’s just not something I fell in love with.
However, as always, I suggest you make up your own mind. If the thought of angels of all sorts fighting to save the world from total destruction appeals to you, and you like the idea of a canine voice added to the mix, give the book a try. It’s a quick, easy read, and might be just your cup of tea. For me, it was a bit more like a “Meh.”
A Kiss Before the Apocalypse: A Remy Chandler Novel
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