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ARCHANGEL [Kindle Edition]

Michael Vorhis

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The shame of terrible deeds past can drive a man to self contempt. So it is with Mick Calahan, anonymous, disconsolate, shielding the world from himself in priest's robes. But a disturbing assignment and the desperate trust of a young woman threaten to make him choose between staying buried and unleashing the phantoms that haunt his past.

Drawn into Gabriella's taut, troubled paradise, Mick harbors a dark secret--that his signature quality is not virtue. And the woman knows, and the town will come to see, that their deliverance could compel this mysterious man to oppose evil by becoming it.

About the Author

Michael Vorhis was born to a large farm family in Midwestern USA. He has resided in or extensively traveled Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Germany and other parts of Europe, the New England states, and Colorado, Wyoming, and other stretches of the Great American West. Most recently he makes his home in Northern California with his wife and daughter. His passions include high alpine mountaineering, the paddling of free-flowing rivers, soaring flight, fly fishing, string instruments, cartooning, baseball, volleyball, the martial arts, photography, the open road...and writing. He has developed and published fiction and nonfiction, including novels, short stories and screenplays, for more than three decades.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983898502
  • Publisher: FreeFlight Publishing (Jan. 20 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LGTP8C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,269 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the Tradition of the Great American Novel Aug. 28 2011
By Robert DeCoteau - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I was unsure if I would enjoy this book for the first few chapters. The characters are crisp and original, but I couldn't figure out where exactly the story was heading and it seemed to meander along for a bit. It turns out that was just the calm before the storm, a storm that I would rate a class five hurricane. There was a point when I realized that the tension of the book had been building all along; it builds and builds until finally you get the gratifying eruption of sheer storytelling genius. I realized that the few placid chapters near the beginning are crucial and most likely intentionally orchestrated by the author to increase the intensity of the dramatic outcome of the story.
My advice, no matter how the first hundred pages rubs you, press on it is well worth in the end.

I am a big fan of scifi/fantasy and the horror genres and this book in no way fits into any of those categories. The title Archangel had me expecting some form of supernatural event, whether it be divine intervention, demon possession,or what have you. That was not the case; this book is firmly rooted in reality and Mr. Vorhis writes it in the style of the great American classic novel.

CHARACTERS- Mr. Vorhis takes the time to develop original unique characters. Each is deep and well thought out. The protagonists are suitably flawed, not being the flat but shining heroes of some fairy tale as many writers have a tendency to create. The antagonists are a perfect counterpart. Each villain, from the boss to the lowest henchman, is appropriately evil, intelligent, and self serving. As the reader, it is easy to identify and accept each of their motivations and their actions are consistent with natural (if a bit cruel) human responses. Too often, I find bad guys are just bad guys because an author need a bad guy. Too often, I find myself wondering what would motivate the antagonist to act or react in such ways. The believability of the character motivation is what pushed this novel from good to great.
PLOT- The plot of Archangel is well developed and realistic. Michael Vorhis creates an amazing piece of fiction that is well rooted in this world. The details of physics, geology, geography, and history are not paramount to this story, but the author's mastery of each accentuates the plot and forces the reader to suspend disbelief. Whether it's describing how to control of a gliding aircraft, the finer points of American mining, or the civil unrest between aboriginal peoples and the new Americans, Michael Vorhis writes about each with authority and knowledge.
SIDE NOTE- On a more personal level, as a Native American who was raised on a reservation, I have to commend the author for his very accurate portrayal of the overall state of mind of the natives in general during the late sixties and early seventies. The inclusion of the natives in this novel was well done. Recently, in literature or cinema, natives are portrayed as all knowing, deeply spiritual near mythical beings. This I believe, is an over compensation for the unfavorable light in which they were portrayed for generations or maybe because of the collective guilt of the American populace for the wrong doings of their fore fathers. Mr. Vorhis is able to capture the truth about the Indians. They are all just individual people. Some of the elders are show wisdom, but that's true of every race. Some of the youth are reckless, again true of all human beings, and all are capable of being cruel, greedy, angry, scared, vindictive, and even wise.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story Will Haunt You for a Long Time Sept. 11 2014
By Caleb Pirtle - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The concept of Archangel grabbed me early. I was intrigued when I read how author Michael Vorhis came up with his idea for one of the most original novels I have read in a long time. He said: “I realized the tale I was writing paralleled an ancient biblical fable, told for centuries, about a Captain of Heaven's army who had been shouldered with the task of casting Evil out of Paradise. Such a plot is timeless, and of compelling universal appeal. I saw it could be grounded in contemporary mortal struggles; it needn't be precisely about angels, per se. And such a plot can fall out in many different ways, and I saw that a hero could potentially play a triumphant, or ineffective, or even sacrificial role, on many levels.”

For Michael Vorhis, writing such novel must have been a formidable task. But his story is told with grace and power and stunning literary prose. This is the way novels are meant to be written.

His protagonist, Mick Calahan, is a man tormented by his own past, his own demons, his own fears. He is simply a clergyman. He never envisioned himself as a hero. Such a role is far beyond his imagination. He has simply tried to serve. Now he must stand and defend a world slowly being destroyed by darkness and evil.

His faith has deserted him. But fate intervenes. Destiny awaits him as he struggles on, fearful of his own decisions, afraid that his choices may destroy as many as he saves. And he wonders if he is he capable of saving anyone at all?

Michael Vorhis has crafted a mystery, a thriller, a fantasy, a fable that rivals all of the Biblical epics known to mankind. His is a story that will haunt you long after it ends. It’s far outside the realm of possibility. Then again, it may be happening all around you as you read. There is a world within our world that none of us understand.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this and can't wait to read his next one. April 9 2014
By Kris Schlenker - Published on
I seldom recommend books I read even when I like them, but this one is different. To me the author took some risks by not sticking to the formulaic good guy/bad guy and they paid off. It kept me reading without rolling my eyes. While rough at times, even brutal, I don't believe it's farfetched, quite the contrary. Archangel has good plot and character development. It was very easy to connect with the protagonist and his pain.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read March 11 2014
By PennyWise - Published on
I was given a copy of this book to read by a friend. I'm not a major book reader, nor a expert on writing style. But, I found it interesting and hard to put down. For me, I could identify with some of the life issues that the major character was dealing with. I'm now going to purchase his next book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! March 11 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is short but does not disappoint. I forgot I had this and will go back and read it again, now.

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