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Angelology [Paperback]

Danielle Trussoni
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Book Description

March 1 2011
Set in the secluded world of cloistered abbeys, long-lost secrets and angelic humans, Angelology has all the makings of a blockbuster hit, combining elements of The Da Vinci Code and Kate Mosse's Labyrinth

Sister Evangeline was just a young girl when her father left her at St. Rose Convent under the care of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Now a young woman, she has unexpectedly discovered a collection of letters dating back sixty years - letters that bring her deep into a closely guarded secret, to an ancient conflict between the millennium-old Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful Nephilim, the descendants of angels and humans. Rich and mesmerizing, Angelology blends biblical lore, mythology and the fall of the Rebel Angels, creating a luminous, riveting tale of one young woman caught in a battle that will determine the fate of the world.

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"Angeology finds an almost hallucinatory power....fusing the debased, the psychological, and the theological, into a single rich, strange tableau that transmits a shock of truth."
— Time Magazine

"Breathtakingly imaginative.... Once you've entered Angelology's enthralling'll be thinking, 'Vampires? Who cares about vampires?'"
— People Magazine

"Angelology is everything a reader wants . . . a clever, fast-paced thriller with a strong sense of place and beguiling, emotionally engaging characters [and] a skillful, satisfying history. . . . A pleasure from start to finish . . . A wonderful achievement."
Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth

"Angelology by Danielle Trussoni is a thrilling, gorgeous read. Atmospheric, beguiling, and  if you'll pardon the pun-diabolically good."
Raymond Khoury, author of The Last Templar and Sanctuary

"Angelology lets loose the ancient fallen angels to the modern world with devastating results. Trussoni has written a holy thriller that will arrest your attention from the opening pages and not let go till its mysteries take wing."
Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child and Angels of Destruction

"Danielle Trussoni creates a gorgeous gothic world for the reader, where the people who surround us are not what they seem, and stories are unveiled as more truth than fable. This is a book that resonates as both haunting and holy. A must read."
Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader

"An elegantly ambitious archival thriller . . . richly allusive and vividly staged, with widescreen-ready visuals, a dewy but adaptable heroine and a dashingly cruel villain. . . . Sensual and intellectual, Angelology is a terrifically clever thriller."
The New York Times Book Review

"A thrill ride best described as The Da Vinci Code meets Raiders of the Lost Ark. . . . Readers will feel the irresistible pull of Angelology. As thrillers go, it's heavenly."
USA Today

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About the Author

DANIELLE TRUSSONI divides her time between the United States and Bulgaria. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Telegraph Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. Her first book, Falling Through the Earth: A Memoir, was chosen by The New York Times as one of the top ten books of 2006.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Good thing I got this at the library April 13 2010
By Shawnyj
I'm glad I got this through my local library and didn't pay a cent for it. This is quite possibly one of the worst-written novels I've read this year. Far too many digressions and plot gaps. The author has obviously done some research into angelology, but didn't bother creating sympathetic or life-like characters. The only character you got a feel for was Sister Celestine, and she was really only a secondary character to the main modern day plot. The publishing company has obviously spent a lot of money in marketing this book, hoping to catch the popularity of supernatural and pseduo-religious novels like Dan Brown's books, but this one could have spent a lot more time in editing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars simply awful! July 18 2013
By B. Kent
What a total waste of paper and time! I am so glad I got this book as an e-pub as I would have burnt it otherwise. The author should be ashamed for writing such drivel. I would actually have given it no stars if that was an option.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad ending, good book April 24 2010
This was an ok read with a very poor ending. The Celestine part during 1943 where they go to the caves is extremely good.

Female lead was poor, male lead was decent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Snooze-fest Jan. 5 2011
By KareenD
I had seen advertisements for this book in all the newspapers and bus shelter billboards around town, so I bought into the media hype and purchased the book. The initial two chapters were interesting but then I felt the plot was lacking in substance. The characters were extremely boring and had no depth to them. I took me over a week to finish the book and even then I was pushing myself to finish in hopes that the finale of the book would bring some sort of combination for climax and resolution. Unfortunately, the ending was not that great, but it was better than the entire middle section of the book. The build up was horribly stretched and sort of like a run on sentence. As if the first two chapters and the last two chapters were the only decent parts of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Started strong, ended with a whimper June 23 2010
The author sets up an interesting world where human and angel are at odds, fighting for control of the world. The school of angelology was fascinating to read about. I enjoyed hearing about the Academy in Paris and the character's studies on angels. The section of the novel that flashes back to pre- and post- WWII was the best part of the novel by far.

However, this book suffered from an extreme lack of editing. This reads more like a first draft than a finished novel. The two main leads are flat, though Celestine and Gabrielle were compelling. Any romance seemed forced and unbelievable. The length of the novel could have been reduced as I found many parts redundant. The ending is quite a twist but without sufficient buildup.

Overall, this is a book that could have been great but wasn't. It feels like an attempt to copy The Da Vinci Code and Twilight at the same time. I'm not sure if the parts I enjoyed outweigh the flaws that ruin the story.
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