When the Angels attack, there’s NO REST FOR THE WICKED.
Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack, and with the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels.
The Angels are naked and androgynous. They speak in a dreadful harmony with no clear leader. These aren’t biblical cherubs tasked with the protection of the righteous – these are deadly creatures of light that have the power to completely eradicate.
When Jones himself is attacked, Father Montgomery knows he has to act fast. He speaks to the Angels and organises a final showdown where he’s asked to make the ultimate sacrifice.
This is not my usual genre of choice but this quirky novella is worth a read if you are looking for something a bit different and something short.
I liked the concise chapters and some of the sub plots although I did think some threads of the story were unnecessary due to the short length of the novella.
I wasn’t thrilled with the plot of the story but it did get me thinking about what we perceive as good and evil and how things aren’t always so black and white. The juxtaposition of science and religion could have worked well but I just found it a bit unbelievable.
Having read some of Cobain’s poetry I was expecting a commentary on social and political issues and wasn’t disappointed. The novella highlighted many issues such as depression, stress and alcoholism to name but a few. One could look even further into the subtext and relate the Angels to modern day terrorists.
The story raises interesting points about morals and judgements of other people and that none of us are without “sin” and should perhaps look to see things from others’ viewpoints and try putting ourselves in their shoes.
In fact, at the very end the main character, who the Angels consider to have a huge amount of sin, shows that even a person with great sin can make huge sacrifice for the greater good. It also shows that every day people do great deeds and don’t get any recognition for it.
All in all I found the book thought provoking even though I didn’t find the story particularly convincing.
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