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on May 08, 2013 :
From the very first page of this novella, I was drawn into the dark, gritty feel of the story, and the first thing that came to mind was Jonah Hex. That combination of horror, western, fantasy and a bit of a 'noir' feel. "Flesh of Fallen Angels" certainly leans a lot more toward the fantasy side of things, but it still has a lot of that dark, edgy feel that you would find if you read a Jonah Hex story. The description talks about a detective fighting demons, but Gibson Blount is no detective. He is a man, elevated to an almost superhuman level, with a strong drive for vengeance. Not to give away any of the story, but Blount's past has given him cause to want to hunt fallen angels/demons, and as the novella progresses, so does the depth of his character development. Some reviewers felt the story was a bit superficial, and I understand what they're saying, but my feeling is, this is a novella, so there isn't as much time spent on the details of the story that you might see in a full length novel. but the pace is very fast moving, and you spend far more time wondering what's going to be happening next, than you do thinking about how some idea's could have been fleshed out. I do have to agree, that the ending seemed a bit abrupt, but the cover calls this a "Gibson Blount Novella", so I have the hope this is the first of many, and I'm sure if that's the case, things will only get better. This story is a lot of fun, not only as a horror story, western, but also for the original ideas that the authors bring up regarding Heaven, Hell and what else might be out there waiting for us. You should do yourself a favor and buy a copy of this while it's still on the ground floor.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 23, 2013 :
OK, so every once in a while you just need to read a book about demons and angels warring and tearing people apart in the old west, similar to how you might crave a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup. And this book hits the spot.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 22, 2013 :
Rating - 3.5 Stars
I received this book in a free offering to a book group I belong to.
At first I was put off by the western bent to it. I really, really do NOT like westerns...
Then I was confused by the flow of it, and began thinking maybe it just wasn't for me.
I'm not a quitter, though, and I knew the story wasn't of epic length, so I hung in. In the end I was pleased that I did, it was a nice read.
I enjoyed the way the story came together in the end.
There was a wide variety of characters, which is always nice, and the author gave a little information on virtually every one.
I especially liked the fact that the protagonist was willing to follow Azazel to the end of time and earth to take him down. We all need a hero, after all.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 08, 2013 :
*free ebook version received from Grand Mal publishers through the Horror Aficionados Group*
I give Flesh of Fallen Angels 3 1/2 stars.
I found the novella The Flesh of Fallen Angels to be a quick, intriguing read. The story was well written in terms of no glaring grammatical or spelling errors. The dialogue certainly felt genuine to me. The authors certainly did a nice job in dragging the reader along through the story.
The biggest problem I had with the story was the modern style weapons that were used by the fallen angels and the main protagonist. They did not feel right in a story set in 1860. The other problem I had with the story was the inexplicable betrayals of several of the characters.
The ending also seemed a bit abrupt. No real explanation was given for how the protagonist came to certain conclusions. It felt a bit rushed to me. Of course, in a novella it is difficult to develop the level of detail I might be expecting.
Overall I would say the story was interesting enough to warrant reading. I look forward to reading more by these authors.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)