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In the House of the Wicked : A Remy Chandler Novel (Remy Chandler Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Thomas E. Sniegoski
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3 Oct 2013 Remy Chandler Novels (Book 5)
Once he was known as the angel Remiel, but generations ago Boston PI Remy Chandler chose to renounce Heaven and live on Earth. Though he may appear human, Remy has always been able to rely on Remiel, the embodiment of his angelic nature, whenever the situation calls for it. Then Ashley Berg, a young woman who is like a daughter to him, vanishes without a trace. A once-formidable sorcerer has taken her. The man wants vengeance against those he believes have wronged him, and Remy must face the consequences of his anger in order to save Ashley's life.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: ROC; Reprint edition (3 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451415442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451415448
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Scott
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Remy, PI. Life just keeps getting complicated for him and he knows that the future is looking even worse not just for him but a judgement day for all of mankind. His human side now in harmony with the angelic half, is pitted against horrendous odds and barely comes out on top. A great book and very difficult to put down. I went though it far too fast.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars powerful urban fantasy 7 Aug 2012
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Remiel the seraphim archangel fought on the Creator's side in the civil war against Lucifer's rebel army. Although his side won, he no longer could abide living in heaven after the atrocities that followed after brother fought brother to the death on the battlefield. Thus Remiel becomes Remy Chandler, Boston PI, and in love with a mortal woman who died leaving him a grieving widow who understands Lord Alfred Tennyson's immortal words: "'Tis better to have loved and lost; Than never to have loved at all."

Remy is also very fond of Ashley Berg who he treats like a beloved daughter. When she disappears, Remy vows to find her to bring her home. He learns a sorcerer kidnapped Ashley as an expendable pawn to bring the seraphim to him; he schemes to steal Remy's power and life force in order to become an immortal. Remy is uninterested in the games of Algernon Stearns and Konrad Deacon who drained life forces immediately after Hiroshima; instead he would go to hell to rescue his Ashley, but at what cost as the ensuing battles could leave humanity extinct.

This is a powerful Remy Chandler urban fantasy (see A Hundred Words For Hate) as someone he trusts with his life is loyal to Lucifer; thus the Prince of Deceivers uses his mole to trick Remy into going down wrong paths (leading to twisting subplots). The exciting storyline effortlessly switches back to Deacon's past in WWII and afterward enabling the readers to observe the odious antics of an evil individual planning his coup. House of the Wicked is a terrific fantasy that will thrill readers.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remy Rocks 11 Sep 2012
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Thomas Sniegoski has created a world that challenges many common concepts about angels and demons. His other series, Fallen, and the Remy Chandler series explore different views of this world. All of his books have been exciting and the next ones are eagerly awaited.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great continuation of this series; again has many POVs 20 Oct 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
This is the fifth book in the Remy Chandler series. Like the last book, this story is told from many different POVs. However for this book it works much better than it did for the previous one.

A woman who is like a daughter to Remy, Ashley, is kidnapped and it is up to Remy to find her. Remy finds that she has been taken by a once-formidable sorcerer who wants vengeance against all who have hurt him. The sorcerer wants to use Remy as a weapon and Remy wants to rescue Ashley..but can he stop the sorcerer without getting Ashley killed?

If you have enjoyed the previous book in this series I think you will enjoy this one as well. This book was similar to the previous book in style; the story is told from a million different points of view. I didn't really like that in the last book, but in this book it works well.

We hear from characters both in the past and the present. Events is the past are told about a group of formidable sorcerers that ended up creating great evil to extend their lives. These events end up tying in with current events that are happening. The time and POV changes do an excellent job of slowly unraveling and revealing the story.

Remy is struggling a lot in this book. His angelic nature has been pushing more and more to the surface and he struggles over and over to keep it in check. This book looks like it will just be the beginning of his struggles to hold on to some of his humanity.

I really wished that Marlowe and Remy's girlfriend, Linda, were in the story a bit barely spend any time with either of them. Not having Marlowe there as much sucked a bit of the fun out of the story. This book didn't have as much humor as previous ones and had a pretty dark and serious storyline.

There are some very interesting new characters introduced though. Ashley is one tough cookie and I hope we get to read more about her in future installments. Detective Steven Mulvehill also plays a part in the story and I am to curious to see what becomes of him in future stories as well. A brand new character named Squire, who is a hobgoblin that resides in the Shadow Realms, added a lot to the story as well.

I loved that we spent some time in the mysterious Shadow realm. There are things revealed about this realm that reflect things that could happen to our Earth. All of this ties into the over-arcing story regarding the Grigori and their quest to end the world.

The book was easy to read and very well written. It was an engaging read and all in all a great urban fantasy story.

Overall an excellent continuation of this series. The story is told from a lot of different POVs, but for this book it worked. Remy struggles against his angelic nature and also uncovers some interesting information about the shadow realm. We meet some excellent new characters as well. This whole series is highly recommended to fans of urban fantasy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing tale from Sniegoski! 1 Oct 2012
By Kathy Davie - Published on
Fifth in the Remy Chandler urban fantasy series about a man, er, an angel and his dog in Boston.

My Take
Whoa, this was a bit of a departure! Admittedly it's still the supernatural, but it goes way beyond merely supernatural! The story swings between 1945 and today as Sniegoski fills us in on the back history of today's events, pulling in the trauma of World War II and staking a claim on the fear people have for the Apocalypse. This is one of the well-done ones that don't leave you wondering through part of each chapter change just where you are in the history.

The prologue certainly sets up events for later in the main part of the story and it sets me against Konrad Deacon very quickly. What a scumbag!

The action just doesn't stop. Nor does the emotional heart wringing. It's a nasty series of cruelties and betrayals that just keep coming from all directions. Sniegoski has quite the imagination in the monsters he's created and his take on human psychology--the good and the evil--is well portrayed.

Okay, I'm totally confused as to how Armaros thinks God is going to let them return to Heaven if they plan to kill all these people.

Remy has certainly been overly cocky in this story. Thinking he's invincible. That boy is gonna need to hit the gym! Or accept more of his Seraphim controlling him. Eeek!

Oh, yeah, Weaponsmart, LOL! Shopping cart and all. Dang good thing that Francis has this passion for weapons...they're gonna need `em. They'll fight for each other. And they'll fight their own particular battles. I certainly felt sorry for Scrimshaw at the end. His obsession with those little bits of paper and how important they were to him.

Oh, wow! God comes to Remy.

The Story
The selfishness of man is at the root of so many ills and it holds true with this story, for a small group of magic users desire immortality. Enough that they are willing to kill children, take their life's blood. Then there's Deacon's experiments. The ones that lead to a different path, one that is even more destructive. One that is currently failing those same monsters.

Meanwhile, Remy's seraphim side is pulling at him. Causing him to hear the prayers of people hoping God will help. One such call comes in person when Carol shows up at his office with the news that Ashley is missing. It's the call that tips him over the edge. It's knowing him that has put Ashley in
such danger.

Betrayal is all that these monsters know.

The Characters
Remy Chandler has been living on earth for centuries, struggling to be human, and working as a private detective in Boston. With Madeline's death, his will to remain human is weakening with his angel-half becoming stronger. Marlowe is his Labrador. One of a Seraphim's gifts is the ability to talk to any animal on earth...and I certainly enjoy hearing Marlowe's outlook on things!

Linda is the woman he is currently seeing, a waitress at Piazza. The woman with whom Francis fell in love before he disappeared into Tarturus. Steven Mulvehill is a homicide cop with the Boston PD and has been Remy's friend for some years. But that last case they worked was too much for Steven. To see the world from which Remy comes. Francis is a former Guardian angel (Fraciel), sometime assassin and gate keeper, spared from God's wrath only because he repented and was willing to do penance. Now he's Remy's friend on earth.

Ashley Berg is Remy's young neighbor. He's known her since she and her family moved into their house years ago. She's a good friend and has babysat Marlowe from the start. Heck, he just helped her move into her college apartment a few weeks ago. Carol and Karl are her parents and Carol is begging for Remy's help. Melissa is her new roommate.

Squire is a hobgoblin trapped in the Shadow Lands. He's been there longer than Deacon's house which suddenly appeared in 1945. This is a major tease from Sniegoski! He drops all these hints and clues and teases, making me wonder just where Squire came from and it's driving me mad! Squire simply wants to be left alone, to be nothing, to exist. But Remy's "visit" stirs things up and sets Squire on a new path.

Konrad Deacon is a selfish schmuck with delusions of grandeur. With all the conscious protests of a father and husband that he's only doing it to protect his family while the truth stays buried within his sick mind. A man who seriously believes that the evil men he seeks to impress could truly fall in line with his dreams. Admittedly, the original dream is...reasonably good, but an intelligent man would be more honest with himself. Nor would he take the steps he has to acquire this knowledge. Veronica is his doubting, angry wife who sees them for what they are, her husband for what he is. She and their son, Teddy, will pay the price.

Scrimshaw is one of them, one of Deacon's servants acquiring the life energy that Deacon needs to stay alive.

Angelina Hayward is a little girl who has awoken from a coma with a message from Heaven. Only, there's a story behind this. And Uncle Algernon is a big part of it.

Algernon Stearns is one of those magic users, one of the monsters, whom Deacon wants to impress. What an idiot Deacon is... Their leader. The rest of the cabal consists of Daphene Molaar, Robert Desplat, Eugene Montecello, and Angus Heath. All wealthy and powerful magick users. Talk about paranoid monsters!

The Watchers. The Grigori. Sent to earth to watch over mankind, but not to teach them. Not to show some humans magic. Not to learn of desire and pleasure from the humans. Armaros was Sariel`s lover, their now-dead leader. Dead at the hands of Seraphim Remiel. And Armaros wants vengeance even as he seeks death. He believes that humanity needs to be reminded of God. Garfial is another Grigori, but he's against Armaros' plans. He likes it here on earth.

Robert Denning is a murderer. He wanted to know how it felt and so he acted on that whim. Remy simply hopes there's a reason: possession, a spell, a manifestation of evil. I do love the decision Remy's so fitting.

Methuselah's is a bar and a Methuselah runs it. He's "one of the oldest original beings on the planet", but he's transferred his life force into a golem when the "wear and tear caused his body to break down". Phil is a minotaur bouncer there. Angus Heath is the cook there.

Leona is a 1960 Lincoln Continental. Sentient. With powers. Don't piss her off.

The Cover
The cover is an odd mix of browns and oranges with an angel with brown wings and street clothes carrying a flaming sword with Deacon's house rearing up in the background.

The title is the whole point of this story, for it is In the House of the Wicked that Remy and Ashley do battle.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book in the house of the wicked 18 Sep 2012
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This is a great read.
Amazon downloaded it to my Streak 7 tablet.
I am very pleased with Amazon and the book.
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