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An Occupation of Angels

av Lavie Tidhar

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A British secret agent is caught in a plot to assassinate archangels who settled Earth after WWII in this classic thriller from the World Fantasy Award winning author! "Sharp, brutal, cool--yet also stunningly imaginative and perfectly realised." --Michael Marshall, bestselling author of The Straw Men trilogy In 1945, the Archangels materialised over the battlefields of Europe, ushering in a new Cold War. Fifty years later, they are being killed off... one by one. But who - or what - can kill an angel? Killarney is a shadow executive for the Bureau, British Intelligence's most secret organisation. She is the best - and she always works alone. Sent on a desperate mission to locate a missing cryptographer who may prove the key to the murders, Killarney finds herself running for her life, from London to Paris to Moscow, leading to a confrontation with a very human evil in the frozen wastelands of Novosibirsk. Plagued by dreams of a different world, and haunted by a swastika adorned with angel wings, it could take all of Killarney's resources to survive, when Heaven itself may be threatened, and God herself may be walking the earth... "Fast moving, powerfully phantasmagoric fantasy" - Adam Roberts "A novella of blistering, ballistic energy and ferocious cleverness" - James Lovegrove "A breathless adventure story, finely crafted and rammed home with the assured confidence of an author very much in his stride." - SFRevue.com… (mer)
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A bit cheesy at the end however was a nice good spy-like romp of fun.The only problems I had was keeping the characters straight and keeping the settings in mind.I'm also glad this book isn't one I wanted to throw across the room. It doesn't like to use shock language like other books would. Though, the comparing human/thin = good and large/obese = bad did give a good record scratch while I was reading. ( )
  Maverynthia | May 5, 2014 |
A curious mashup of genres that doesn't quite come together. Killarney is a master agent for a British spy service, except their brief is not human enemies, but angels; the angels have come to Earth at the end of WWII and become another element in the global Cold War power game and its associated espionage.

But while Killarney appears be a super-agent à la James Bond, she narrates the book in first person with the blunt, simplistic, repetitive sentences appropriate to the hard-boiled genre. (It doesn't help that the audio narrator has a fairly upper-class English accent, or at least it sounds that way to these American ears.) Sentences are short and often begin with "and"; adjectives are few; the most obvious words are used, even if they've just been used in the previous sentence. There's no trace of the suave Bond kind of agent; Killarney throws punches, breaks bones, wipes away the blood, and moves on.

And beyond the setup and their insertion into some standard (human) goodies vs. baddies conflicts, the whys and wherefores of the angels just aren't clear. Maybe if I'd read Paradise Lost more recently?

In addition, the recording quality of the Iambik audio edition was often thin, tinny nearly to the point of being grating.

All in all, I was kind of relieved when it was over. ( )
  localcharacter | Apr 2, 2013 |
A bit cheesy at the end however was a nice good spy-like romp of fun.

The only problems I had was keeping the characters straight and keeping the settings in mind.

I'm also glad this book isn't one I wanted to throw across the room. It doesn't like to use shock language like other books would. Though, the comparing human/thin = good and large/obese = bad did give a good record scratch while I was reading. ( )
  Maverynthia | Feb 2, 2012 |
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A British secret agent is caught in a plot to assassinate archangels who settled Earth after WWII in this classic thriller from the World Fantasy Award winning author! "Sharp, brutal, cool--yet also stunningly imaginative and perfectly realised." --Michael Marshall, bestselling author of The Straw Men trilogy In 1945, the Archangels materialised over the battlefields of Europe, ushering in a new Cold War. Fifty years later, they are being killed off... one by one. But who - or what - can kill an angel? Killarney is a shadow executive for the Bureau, British Intelligence's most secret organisation. She is the best - and she always works alone. Sent on a desperate mission to locate a missing cryptographer who may prove the key to the murders, Killarney finds herself running for her life, from London to Paris to Moscow, leading to a confrontation with a very human evil in the frozen wastelands of Novosibirsk. Plagued by dreams of a different world, and haunted by a swastika adorned with angel wings, it could take all of Killarney's resources to survive, when Heaven itself may be threatened, and God herself may be walking the earth... "Fast moving, powerfully phantasmagoric fantasy" - Adam Roberts "A novella of blistering, ballistic energy and ferocious cleverness" - James Lovegrove "A breathless adventure story, finely crafted and rammed home with the assured confidence of an author very much in his stride." - SFRevue.com

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