Surreal Sci-fi. In the far future world of Samaria, the new Archangel Gabriel
seeks to find and keep his angelica, Rachel, so they can lead members all
theplanet's races at the yearly Gloria. If they don't, Jehovah will destroy theworld.
A two sentence description
doesn't do justice to the complex world building in
this story. But there is a secret at the heart of the tale that I'mreally
avoiding giving away. But for those don't mind spoilers, this is ascience
fiction novel, not fantasy.
The world of Samaria is complex
and real. What if Angels were physical beings
that interceded with Jehovah for manna, medicine, and good weatherthat
falls from the sky. What if peace was not enforced by civilization, butby
the sure and certain knowledge that your god not only listens, but willsmite
you if you don't all get along. What if god tended to play geneticmatch
The characters are equally
fascinating. Gabriel is vibrant and alive. A little
arrogant, but entirely driven by love of his fellow living beings. Rachelis
a bit of prickly pear, more useful than a wild rose.
Their romance is believable
and well done. The central adventure of the story
is compelling. There is a central conceit that plays out over thecourse
of the story which makes the villain, well, a perfect Lucifer inevery way.
A truly engrossing book.