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Michael Angel’s worlds of contemporary fantasy range from the unicorn-ruled world of the Morning Land to the gritty underside of Los Angeles. Author of the bestselling Centaur of the Crime – where C.S. Lewis meets CSI – his books populate shelves in languages from Russian to Portuguese.
He currently resides in Southern California. Alas, despite keeping a keen eye out for griffins, centaurs, or pegasi, none have yet put in an appearance on Hollywood Boulevard.
Michael Angel’s welcome mat is out at his website, so feel free to visit: http://www.michaelangelwriter.com.
Twisted Root Publishing
on July 02, 2011 :
As the title implies, this novel is a different kind of urban fantasy, or perhaps just a fantasy, as the ‘urban’ soon disappears, but who cares? The novel is kick ass fun!
In a world where the Morning Land is now a member of the United Nations, Detective Derek Ridder is thrown into an investigation involving a threat not only to the Morning Land, but also to our entire world. His partner in the investigation is none other than the Warder of Cavilad’s daughter – Tavia the unicorn.
Author Michael Angel provides a wonderful, realistic touch to both these complex characters (who knew unicorns were complex). The story combines both the feel of detective stories of old, and the wonder of fantasy in an action-packed fantasy that follows the characters from Derek’s to Tavia’s world and back again. A VERRY fun read, and touching as well. I can hardly wait to read the sequel. Please.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
False Bay Books
on June 29, 2011 :
"THE DETECTIVE & THE UNICORN by Michael Angel will knock your socks off. Not only is the writing masterly but the story is brilliant. This isn't your typical other world fantasy either. No. Mr. Angel has the knack of creating believable characters and situations to the point you find yourself lost in them. I became consumed by THE DETECTIVE & THE UNICORN. An action-packed and suspenseful journey yet one so dear and sensitive that you'll find yourself scrambling for a tissue by the end. Quite a magnificent time I spent reading THE DETECTIVE & THE UNICORN." -Susan Wingate (author of award-winning "Drowning" and the "Bobby's Diner" Series)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Gerald M. Weinberg
on June 24, 2011 :
Three years ago, when Morning Land was discovered, Detective Derek Ridder didn't pay much attention. Wallowing in grief over the death of his wife, this hardnosed detective cared nothing about the colorful creatures of ancient lore—until he discovered his own latent magic. Now confronted with his own latent powers he neither understands nor accepts, he must decide whether to use those powers against creatures of evil who threaten to rob him of the ones he loves—and the world he cares deeply about.
He finally realizes those enemies cannot be defeated in his own world, and plunges reluctantly into the Morning Land to fight the warlock Teach and his pack of fanged yena with their own weapons on their own ground. But Morning Land is filled with unicorns, dryads, and other exotic creatures—who might be friend or foe—depending of Derek's ability to master their exotic cultural rules and rituals.
The battle rages between worlds and among races, making a story that you won't be able to put down until the final clash—and won't be able to forget for many a long night.
(reviewed the day of purchase)