A Prayer for Deliverance: An Angela Bivens Thriller Hardcover – Feb 25 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Angela Bivens, the young African-American FBI agent who debuted in Chambers's Sympathy for the Devil (2001), plunges into a messy melange of terrorism, ritual murder, political intrigue, sex and revenge. Unfortunately, the recipe makes less for a savory dish than for an unappetizing alphabet stew of agencies, departments, titles and fiefdoms on the one hand, and a hodgepodge of South African and Zulu history, folklore, "magick" and witchcraft on the other. The supporting cast is pure soap opera, while even our heroine seems a disturbingly unstable blend of personality traits. In sum, this is a book that might easily be made into a modern blaxploitation flick, but is also one unlikely to attract a wide readership.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Back Cover
“Welcome back, Angela! A Prayer for Deliverance is a compelling, sweaty-palm read that’ll keep readers up until the wee hours. A great thriller…compelling entertainment.”
—Jeffery Deaver, author of The Bone Collector, The Stone Monkey, and The Vanished Man
Top Customer Reviews
As one can imagine, this book is multi-dimensional and filled with numerous plot twists and turns. There are so many characters with ulterior motives that this reviewer literally had to keep notes on who was who, their relationships to one another, and their relationships within the FBI hierarchy.
This novel is extremely well written and very well researched as evidenced in the passages about South African culture and politics. However, this reviewer felt that at times the plot tangents obscured the essence of the mystery. In an attempt to make this a well-rounded novel, the author repeatedly lost this reviewer in the minutia and the surreal, dreamlike episodes that were scattered throughout the book.Read more ›
We meet Angela in APFD relaxing and still recovering from injuries gained in Sympathy for Devil. Angela is summoned from her vacation to help with the investigation of a prominent Washington D.C doctor's murder. This murder is followed by more murders and the investigation takes the reader into the worlds of the supernatural, spells and African mysticism. We are reintroduced to some characters from Chambers' first novel, which adds to the continuity of the series. Additionally, Angela gets a new rogue partner, Nadia, who reminds Angela of herself as a rookie FBI agent. The reader is held captive by the book until the conclusion of this thriller.
Chambers does an excellent job weaving his research into his novels. Readers who reside in the Baltimore-Washington corridor will be very familiar with the scenery in the novel. Angela Bivens is a remarkable heroine and I am looking forward to additional books from Chambers in this series.
Reviewed by Robilyn Heath
The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
If the third one is about 9-11, keep this guy from revealing any of the plot to bin laden. JBS
Most recent customer reviews
I loved this novel. I liked the way the author went 180 degrees from the crime-suspense-sleuthing theme in Sympathy for the Devil, to this thriller. Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by P. Rhodes
I got about two chapters into this book before quitting in disgust. The writing is obvious and is a mix of cliches and 'product placements.' Too much detail for no purpose. Read morePublished on May 10 2004