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Zakk reviews An Angel Fallen by Andy Graham, 79 pages published June 13, 2017.
You’re eighteen. Bored. Dad’s away a lot. Says it’s business, but you’ve seen the lipstick stains. Mum’s home. Too much. Keeping the world gin market afloat on her own. There’s Ariel, the family maid. She’s cool. The one piece of this messed up world that makes sense. And then there’s Raph.
Raph’s the leader of your gang of two. He gets off on doing those things to the animals you both catch: the slicing, crushing, and maiming. Buried a few alive, too. His relationship with that hammer of his is sick.
You run with Raph because, well, nothing else to do out here, right? Except if your folks found out what you’ve been up to, there’d be hell.
Then you find it. Whatever it is.
It can’t be what you think it is. Those things don’t exist. But it’s staring at you. Asking for help. Is it dying? Can these things die? You need to do something for it. Raph wants to do something to it.
Time to choose. Do you run with the human devil you know, or take a chance on this thing that fell from the heavens?
An Angel Fallen is a tale of divine retribution from British author Andy Graham. On a day when the world is struggling to stay sane, and is being ravaged by biblical plagues, what price will two teenagers pay for their past?
I initially had a difficult time getting on board with the main character, Mike, a well off kid (teenager really, but I’m old so he’s a kid) dealing with the hand of intoxicated mother and disconnected, cheating father. Feeling as though he’s presented as the yen to Raph’s yang, Mike first comes off as a snooty, entitled rich kid and comes off as the yang-beta to Raph’s yang-alpha. Not quite two peas in a pod but definitely two pea pods from the same stem.
Once I got past trying to connect with Mike I found a great deal of enjoyment in An Angel Fallen, a one sitting read (whether you plan for it or not.) You know what these boys have planned from the get-go, there are zero qualms about the darkness in their hearts. A blanket of unease shrouds this novella as you wonder just how far they will are willing to go. Unsettling imagery, anxiety, everything you may expect from a “boys tormenting a…..” type of story (the title is a clue but just in case, no spoilers.)
Mr. Graham provides decent character depth in the time allotted and some solid dialogue with the events taking place in interesting, pretty locales. Three things that are important to me. All-in-all a fun bad-time is to be had with An Angel Falling.
If you like dark, biblical related fiction, I think you’ll dig this read a bunch. It’ll feel like a dollar well spent.
Entertainment Value (Because the kids like numbers)
I’ll stamp this read as a solid 4/5
Zakk is a big dumb animal!
**Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and/ or publisher and I am reviewing it voluntarily. These are my honest, unbiased feelings. I did not receive any sort of compensation.
About Andy Graham
Andy Graham is a British author currently living in the Czech Republic who will now stop talking about himself in the third person because it’s odd. I have two main collections of books: The Lords of Misrule is a series of dystopian political thrillers set in an alternate world based on life in 21st century EU/ US. I also have an expanding collection of creepy reads that explore the darker side of life, death, and the undead. There are a few unfinished stories rattling around in my hard-drive and some unstarted ones knocking around in my head. They range from disposable airport fiction and YA sci fi to grimdark epics, but they will have to wait their turn. (Unfortunately for my wife, who is waiting for me to write something ‘nice’, preferably with sparkly vampires.) Outside of reading and writing, I’m a musician, qualified osteopath, seasoned insomniac, and father to two young kids who have too much energy to let me grow old gracefully.
You can find me online at www.andygrahamauthor.com (where you can claim a free book), twitter – @andygraham2001 and FB – andy graham author.
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