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A Prayer for Deliverance: An Angela Bivens Thriller Hardcover – Feb 25 2003


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (Feb. 25 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609608509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609608500
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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By P. Rhodes on June 30 2004
Format: Hardcover
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. Formulas get tired, and I'm glad Chambers is switching up on us--with the same characters! Great for summer read by the pool.
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By A Customer on May 10 2004
Format: Hardcover
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. Everyone is the best of everything or the worst. The characters are caricatures. This is blaxploitation writing.
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In A Prayer for Deliverance, Christopher Chambers resumes where the debut novel, Sympathy For the Devil, ended. FBI agent, Angela Bivens, is back in action as an inspector called in to investigate the murders of prominent African American leaders. While her superiors think the murders are the work of a well-known hate group, we find Angela dallying in the supernatural to solve the murders and bring the true assassins to justice. Specifically, she is pulled into a dark underworld of Zulu "magick" to substantiate her theories and enlists the help of a rookie sidekick (and Wicca witch) to assist in the investigation. As in the first novel, she is both supported and hindered by the FBI staff and must deal with the political powers of the agency and the bureaucracy of the Washington elite. To complicate things further, she stumbles through a newfound romance while struggling to overcome the emotional scars from her last boyfriend, a psychotic sociopath who was the evil perpetrator of her last case.
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.
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By Kimberley Wilson on April 6 2003
Format: Hardcover
After reading the first Angela Bivens book I had high hopes for this one. For the most part the book works but there is just too much in it. The story goes off in so many directions it's like looking at a pot of spaghetti thrown against the wall. The heroine is essentially Cleopatra Jones with serious emotional issues and some of the stuff she does makes not a lick of sense but if you give this book time you'll find a pretty good read for a rainy afternoon.
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