Angels are jealous dicks with daddy issues, at least that’s what I learned from TVs Supernatural series and films like Fallen. But in No Rest for the Wicked, a book by Dane Cobain, angels are something else.
These aren’t biblical cherubs tasked with the protection of the righteous. They’re not even like Castiel’s brothers and sisters in Supernatural – who hate us because god loves us – these are deadly creatures of light that have the power to completely disappear you.
The No Rest for the Wicked Angels are naked, androgynous creatures who have come to earth to pass judgement and just like Star Trek’s Borg, they can’t be reasoned with. Playing judge, jury and executioner they can get into your head, speaking in a dreadful harmony and before you know it you are telling them all your sinful secrets before they pass judgement on you.
When people start disappearing under hinky circumstances, the police are clueless as to how to tackle the problem. Whilst the authorities try to spin the story and calm the public down, an elderly priest called Father Montgomery begins to investigate. With the help of a businessman named Jones, Montgomery who has a secret of his own, tracks down the origin of the Angels.
When the Angels pay Jones a visit, Father Montgomery worrying for Jones’ safety speaks to the Angels and organises a final showdown where he’s asked to make the ultimate sacrifice.
No Rest for the Wicked is a satisfying read, the chapters are short and there are several flashbacks that reveal Father Montgomery’s secret so you need to keep an eye on chapter titles. The discovery of where the Angels came from is an intriguing twist that had me thinking ‘what if?’ I won’t spoil you as to the origins of the Angels but give it a read and I’m sure you’ll be pondering too.
Dane Cobain is a writer, poet and musician. When he’s not writing books, he’s reading and reviewing them on his book blog – SocialBookshelves.com – or working at his day job in social media marketing. Find him at Facebook.com/DaneCobainMusic or follow @DaneCobain on Twitter.
This book was provided to me free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review. However the opinions expressed in this review are independent and my own.