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on Sep. 16, 2012 :
I have to admit up front that I'm not a huge fan of angel stories. I find many of them formulaic and although this story does have a bit of a twist on the trope as the story reaches its climax, it didn't strike me as particularly unique. That being said, Setzer is a competent writer and can tell a solid story. If you enjoy speculative cautionary tales with strong moral sensibilities, then this is a good representation of this author's worldview and early writing style.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
R. D. Earle
on July 17, 2012 :
In this "Twilight Zone" type story, we are introduced to Thom Staples, who is driven to cynicism by a family tragedy. Years later, while working as a psychiatrist in a mental hospital, he encounters a man named Gabriel who claims to be an angel. Staples is ready to write it off as a delusion until the patient proves that he is far more than what he appears.
Like the character of Dr. Staples, we all face hardships and tragedies in life that force us to make a choice: Do we have faith, or do we shun God instead? Why would a loving God allow such painful events in the first place. Setzer uses the framework of a fictional story to address these issues and to remind us that there is always more to life than we as human beings can know. Highly recommended.
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