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An Angel On My Shoulder: one man, one angel, one prophecy, one quest by [Callinan, David]
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David Callinan is the author of sci-fi classic Fortress Manhattan and co-author of bestselling guide to holistic health The 10 Minute Miracle. Born into a family in the west of Ireland he grew up in the UK. After graduating from art school he did a host of jobs from telegraphist to salesman – busked around Europe then rediscovered Irish music and formed The Spalpeens. In his early teens he appeared in films such as The Lion In Winter and Sinful Davey and scores of television advertisements. Later, he formed Urban Clearway, touring and performing with artists such as Elton John, Billy Connolly and Rod Stewart. He co-wrote a Celtic rock opera for the Edinburgh Festival. 'Pucka-Ri' starred Pierce Brosnan and became one of the hits of the Fringe, before transferring to the Arts Theatre in London. Latterly, an earlier spacey, folk-rock album, 'Freedom's Lament', recorded by Callinan-Flynn, has emerged as a highly sought after title on the Internet. He has written screenplays, thrillers, YA fantasy and a children’s chapter book series. He lives in Herefordshire, UK.

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  • Language: English
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I have just read An Angel On My Shoulder by David Callinan and I really do not know how to describe it. It is about a man, Paul, who has been chosen to help to prepare the world for the coming of the new messiah. Without giving too much away, he is contacted by Angels (his Guardian Angel plus others). Now I don't necessarily dis-believe that these actually exist so the story was really quite interesting. There were dark forces at work on him as well, that were trying to prevent him succeeding and his battles with these were very convincing. Was this really happening to him or was he actually going mad? The story was quite well written and, I felt, believable.
However I found that it became very bogged down with scientific facts and a lot of discussion between Paul and some of the people he meets along the way. A lot of this discussion is really very thought provoking and while I didn't understand a lot of it, I did feel it could be worth reading again to try to understand it.
The story moved along quite nicely and as I said, I felt it was well written. Unfortunately though I have to say that, certainly at the beginning of the book, there were occasional words missing that really shouldn't have been missing hence only 4 stars. This didn't affect my enjoyment of the book though as it was obvious what the word or words should be, but I do feel that they should have been there in the first place. Perhaps the book should be read through a couple of times before publishing to try to sort out these problems. But then this is only my opinion as I don't know how this all works. One more thing I must say is that I was disappointed with the ending as it was not how I thought it would end. Who knows though Mr Callinan may have plans for a sequel. Now that would be good.
I do like this author and have read several of his books now. I would certainly read more.
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I loved the mystical ideas in this book. They made me really stop and think. What if the new messiah, not belonging to any religion but sweeping away all outdated ideas and signalling a new epoch for mankind, was actually alive on Earth today? The action is this book is well paced with the hero, Paul, overwhelmed by some very real sounding angels and pursued by dark forces. This puts a whole new spin on angels and demons as if we were glimpsing the truth instead of the conventional portrayal of these beings. Funny how the cover still has the figure with wings. Maybe it's supposed to be ironic.
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This is quite a spiritual book and took some thinking about to get into it, however once I got engrossed in the characters it did actually make you think about everything and I got carried along with the story. I very much like this author and have read a few of his books and this one stands out for me really as one I really enjoyed once I got into it - quite refreshing and a nice change from the usual starts of car chases or murders and so on. Overall it is a very compelling story and does make you think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A chilling, new kind of thriller! 26 April 2012
By Sandy Signing In - Published on Amazon.com
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We're used to our protagonist fighting the bad guys out in the world. But in Callinan's 'An Angel On My Shoulder,' the battle is also waged in the invisible arena of the mind. The main character, Paul, is informed by the inner voice of an angel that he's been chosen for a divine mission. What follows is a series of harrowing encounters with demons and also his own fears and weaknesses. Perhaps one of Paul's greatest fears is that he is losing his mind and his ability to judge what is real and unreal, what is truth or a lie. As his beliefs about reality are thrown into question, as his foundations begin to crumble, we are reminded of how fragile our hold on sanity can be.

This is fitting book for our times. As many of us pull back the veil on what life is really all about, we come face to face with our fears. Hopefully, like Callinan's Paul, we'll persevere and have the courage to face whatever comes out of the inner and outer darkness. I'm looking forward to book two. Will Paul finally be able accomplish his mission? Will he be capable of assuming the role of a divine agent?
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream Or A Vision Of the Future? 15 Jun. 2012
By Glenda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Was it all just a dream? Of the author? Or, of the main character Paul?

The author calls The Angel on my Shoulder a spiritual adventure... I think I would have said, a spiritual nightmare! Although I must admit, that the author seems to be somewhat like myself--always questioning, never accepting anything as the final version, the final fact...

This novel won't be for everybody. It is deep, bordering into the unknown spiritual realm, and includes some parts where readers might get totally lost in the complexity. In my opinion, that is to be expected in a novel that is meant to both entertain and teach. When I found parts that I wasn't sure I understood, I read them but didn't worry about meaning--there is either further explanation included, or I knew there were ample resources available to learn more.

After all, this was Paul's adventure, not mine...

Let me just say that Paul did have an angel with him at all times, but there were many more he met--they were to be his teachers in his development, preparing him to meet the new world savior... His mission was to write this book...

They claimed that Paul was one of them...

Paul thought that he may be slowly going out of his mind...

But he was able to hold it together so that his wife and children did not notice anything major...he had always been introverted and somewhat withdrawn...

And...

All of the communication between those angels took place inside his head telepathically...(or as created by him, if he was indeed crazy) He didn't know which...

Most of us have some type of connection to a formal religious group...many to a church where they go to learn or worship. Some religions use angels with wings to represent the beings called by that name. But none of us could know, be sure, of their true image...Will, indeed, we retain body form in the hereafter? Is this a hereafter?

Many have become disenchanted with the formal structure of the church. There are many reasons for that to have occurred, given the wars, sex scandals and political power issues we see...

There are also many, like the author, who have studied Metaphysics (Metaphysics is a type of philosophy or study that uses broad concepts to help define reality and our understanding of it.) and other forms of religions beyond their own to try to understand...Not only does the author demonstrate great skill, experience, and intelligence in his writing, in this novel, readers will see that he also has done much research and study in these areas beyond what the normal individual has studied... I certainly am one of those who gained knowledge from the novel, although I would question one angel's role in Paul's life--the one who used pain to teach. I cannot accept that premise--but then again, I didn't have to. Interestingly, however, when Paul's adventures begin against the evil of this world...you do somewhat understand...

Most readers have enjoyed thrillers where good fights evil...in humans... Ruby Moon-Houldson is an author I have read extensively that writes thrillers where most of the characters are supernatural. I am sure you could name many others. I had not read anything like Callinan's however, where the mind was used as the location setting for much of the activities. No wonder the main character had such a hard time accepting that all that was occurring was outside his own mind!

Now, I must say that I was totally into Callinan's description of the "new world savior"... One that was not tied to "any" of the known world religions... I think many of us have "been there; done that" and don't accept the separation of people by what some religious book has told them to do... What about you?

Callinan's novel is provocative, discouraging, encouraging--it is complex and sometimes beyond understanding in the metaphysical area. It is scary ridiculous...and inspiring... I think that's why I was impressed that the author created a "doubting" main character, for only as Paul explored his thoughts and actions are we, the readers, able to also explore and watch through his adventures. It doesn't matter if you get interested in the concept--no matter what, An Angel on My Shoulder is a thrilling adventure!

A truly intriguing book. Do you dare to test your own beliefs like Paul? Highly Recommended if you're willing!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Angel On My Shoulder 26 Mar. 2012
By LW - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved the mystical ideas in this book. They made me really stop and think. What if the new messiah, not belonging to any religion but sweeping away all outdated ideas and signalling a new epoch for mankind, was actually alive on Earth today? The action is this book is well paced with the hero, Paul, overwhelmed by some very real sounding angels and pursued by dark forces. This puts a whole new spin on angels and demons as if we were glimpsing the truth instead of the conventional portrayal of these beings. Funny how the cover still has the figure with wings. Maybe it's supposed to be ironic.
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Angels and Demons 24 Feb. 2012
By Mumbles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is quite a spiritual book and took some thinking about to get into it, however once I got engrossed in the characters it did actually make you think about everything and I got carried along with the story. I very much like this author and have read a few of his books and this one stands out for me really as one I really enjoyed once I got into it - quite refreshing and a nice change from the usual starts of car chases or murders and so on. Overall it is a very compelling story and does make you think.
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