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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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3.0 out of 5 stars What, Angels are bad? May 31 2010
By Heather Pearson TOP 500 REVIEWER
This book opened a door to a whole new world, a world where angels and their ill-begotten offspring have infiltrated the human population of earth. It seems that the only good angels are those still resident in heaven and that those on earth are tarnished since they betrayed God's trust and cavorted and bred with earthly women. Their hybrid children, know as nephilim, are not good. They seek the downfall of humanity and to set themselves above consideration of all others. There are other non-human beings that inhabit the earth, who at times will co-operate with the nephilim.

Sister Evangeline, of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, has been drawn into this centuries old mischief. Unknown to her, she holds the key to either healing or destroying the angels and their spawn. She was born into a family of angelologists who are seeking to elminate the danger of the angels from the earth.

Author Danielle Trussoni has reached back into history to set up the structure and existance of the angelologists. She cites a number of historical figures and events and attributes them as member or as pivitol points in the angel/earth battle. A very believable approach. The hardest part of this story for me was to understand that the angels aren't good. In my mind, angels represent good.

While I did side with Evangeline throughout the story, I also found that I wanted Percival (a bad nephilim) to be healed (you'll have to read the book to find out what he needs to be healed from), to see if it could really be done. Ms. Trussoni was able to paint a word portrait of Percival that made me want to like him. I came to feel that his extremely good looks must somehow compensate for any foul deeds attributed to him.
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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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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
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 15 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was highly touted in newspaper reviews. It was a very interesting hypothesis for the story, and it started out well. However, in many parts it is just plain amateurish. Although it seemed very predictable, the final chapter was quite a surprise. The characters were pretty weak. All in all it was disappointing.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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