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Angelology Hardcover – 9 Mar 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 451 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books; First Printing edition (9 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670021474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670021475
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,469,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What do you get whan an Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate and critically acclaimed memoirist trolls for the same readers who loved Dan Brown's search for the grail of best-sellerdom in the "The Da Vinci Code"? In the case of Danielle Trussoni's "Angelology," a spellbinding quest novel. Move over, vampires. Dark angels are on the horizon in Trussoni's hefty fiction debut...She offers up intriguing characters, lyrical nature descriptions, hidden clues, secret codes, hidden manuscripts and treasure hunts, creating a sumptuous and surprising novel."
-Jane Ciabattari for National Public Radio
""Angeology" finds an almost hallucinatory power....fusing the debased, the psychological, and the theological, into a single rich, strange tableau that transmits a shock of truth."
-"Time" Magazine
"Breathtakingly imaginative.... Once you've entered "Angelology"'s enthralling world...you'll be thinking, 'Vampires? Who cares about vampires?'"
-"People" Magazine
"An elegantly ambitious archival thriller in which knowledge dwells in the secret underground places, labyrinthine libraries and overlooked artifacts that have been hallmarks of the genre from "The Name of Rose" and "Possession" to "Angels and Demons" and "The Historian." "Angelology" is richly allusive and vividly staged with widescreen-ready visuals, a dewy but adaptable heroine and a dashingly cruel villain.... Sensual and intelligent, "Angelology" is a terrifically clever thriller-more Eco than Brown, without the cloudy sentimentalism of New Age encomiums or Catholic treatises. It makes no apologies for its devices, and none are necessary. How else would it be possible to bring together the angels of the Bible and Apocrypha, the myth of Orpheus, Bulgarian geography, medieval monastics, the Rockefellers, Nazis, nuns and musicology? And how splendid that it has happened."
-"New York Times Book Review"
"Beautiful, powerful, cruel, and avaricious, the half-human, half-angel Nephilim have thrived for centuries by instilling fear among humans, instigating war, and infiltrating the most powerful and influential families of history. Only a secret group of scholars, the Society of Angelologists, has endeavored to combat the spread of evil generated by Nephilim. Now, a strange affliction is destroying the Nephilim, and the cure is rumored to be an ancient artifact of great power. Sister Evangeline of the St. Rose Convent discovers an archived letter regarding the artifact's location and is thrust into the race to locate the artifact before the Nephilim do. She uncovers her family's past as high- ranking angelologists, and their secrets assist in her dangerous hunt. Trussoni, author of the acclaimed memoir "Falling Through the Earth," makes an impressive fiction debut with this engrossing and fascinating tale. With captivating characters and the scholarly blending of biblical and mythical lore, this will be popular for fans of such historical thrillers as Kate Mosse's "Labyrinth" or Katherine Neville's "The Eight." Sony Pictures Entertainment has purchased the film rights."
--STARRED "Library Journal"
"Critically acclaimed memoirist Trussoni ("Falling Through The Earth," 2006) breaks into the fiction market in a big way with an epic fantasy that combines a rich mythology with some Da Vinci Code-style treasure-hunting.
The contest between good and evil is waged not in the heavens but here on Earth, between warring factions of biblical scholars and heavenly hosts. The unusual central character is Sister Evangeline, a 23-year-old nun at St. Rose Convent outside New York City. In the course of her work, she stumbles across a mislaid correspondence between philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller and the convent's founding abbess concerning an astonishing 1943 discovery in the mountains of Greece. Simultaneously, the book introduces Percival Grigori, a critically ill, once-winged member of one of the most powerful families in an ancient race of beings born of a union between fallen angels and human beings: the Nephilim. These parasitic creatures, the "giants" referred to in the sixth chapter of Genesis, have engaged in spiritual warfare for generations with the Society of Angelologists, a group that included Evangeline's parents. "It has been one continuous struggle from the very beginning," says one of Evangeline's comrades- in-arms. "St. Thomas Aquinas believed that the dark angels fell within twenty seconds of creation-their evil nature cracked the perfection of the universe almost instantly, leaving a terrible fissure between good and evil." As Evangeline and Grigori are drawn into conflict over control of a powerful artifact, the lyre of the mythical Orpheus, Trussoni constructs a marathon narrative arc, ending the volume with a satisfying, if startling, transformation. A film adaptation and a sequel are already waiting in the wings.
An ambitious adventure story with enough literary heft and religious fervor to satisfy anyone able to embrace its imaginative conceits and Byzantine plot.
--"Kirkus Reviews"
"A richly detailed, brilliantly conceived work that opens a golden door into another world-or, even more alluringly, another sphere."
--Lincoln Child
"Danielle Trussoni has written a great, cracking thunderbolt of a story. "Angelology" is an exquisitely crafted adventure into untold realms of imagination, religion, and history. Meticulous in its research and delicious in its execution, the novel weaves Western theology together with ancient myth in a way that will make readers question what they think they know about angels. A triumph."
--Katherine Howe, author of "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane"
""Angelology" is everything a reader wants . . . a clever, fast-paced thriller with a strong sense of place and beguiling, emotionally engaging characters [and] a skillful, satisfying history. . . . A pleasure from start to finish . . . A wonderful achievement."
--Kate Mosse, author of "Labyrinth"
""Angelology" by Danielle Trussoni is a thrilling, gorgeous read. Atmospheric, beguiling, and-if you'll pardon the pun-diabolically good." --Raymond Khoury, author of "The Last Templar" and "Sanctuary"
""Angelology" lets loose the ancient fallen angels to the modern world with devastating results. Trussoni has written a holy thriller that will arrest your attention from the opening pages and not let go till its mysteries take wing."
--Keith Donohue, author of "The Stolen Child" and "Angels of Destruction"
"Danielle Trussoni creates a gorgeous gothic world for the reader, where the people who surround us are not what they seem, and stories are unveiled as more truth than fable. This is a book that resonates as both haunting and holy. A must read."
--Brunonia Barry, author of "The Lace Reader" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

About the Author

Danielle Trussoni is the author of the memoir Falling Through the Earth. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.


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By Dot on 22 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
The plot grabs you on the very first page and twists and turns to the very end. 2010 is the year of the Angels apparently as 2009 was the year of the Vampires with Twilight leading the way. I found the mythology of Angels that Danielle Trussoni weaves throughout the story completely fascinating and entirely believable. The author's theological research carries the book and I found myself wanting to know more and more.
The characters in the book are quite complex as they each have many secrets to hide. I loved the descriptions of the Nephilim who are both beautiful and utterly terrifying at the same time.
Angelology is a fast paced thriller that keeps you guessing to the very last page. Foreign rights have already been bought in 31 major territories and Sony are already in discussion about a feature film. I think that Angelology will be the book that many people are talking about in 2010 and I think that it more than deserves it.
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Angelology takes place in a world where angels walk among us. Their wings are tied flat beneath their clothing so you have no way of knowing who they are, but these angels have been breeding with humans to create dangerous hybrids called Nephilims. Unlike the immortal angels these nephilims are dying and so are trying to do everything within their power to get hold of the angelogogist's research in the hope it will reveal a cure for their disease.

Angelology is a fast paced thriller, which I'd describe as a well written hybrid of The Da Vinci Code, The Historianand Twilight (Twilight Saga) - so if you enjoyed these three books then you are bound to love this one.

I loved the atmospheric descriptions:

"The angelologists examined the body. It was intact, without decay, the skin as smooth and as white as parchment. The lifeless aquamarine eyes gazed heavenward. Pale curls fell against a high forehead and sculptural shoulders, forming a halo of golden hair. Even the robes-the cloth woven of a white shimmering metallic material that none of them could identify exactly-remained pristine, as if the creature had died in a hospital room in Paris and not a cavern deep below the earth."

This initial scene setting was quite slow, but the pace soon sped up. I enjoyed the beginning, but about 100 pages in I began to lose interest. The plot was convoluted, meandering and never reached any real conclusion.
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This was a title that I was sent due to reading a number of titles with similar themes previously. Yet unlike a lot of the current Urban Fantasy titles out there this one is more Dan Brown than any other UF author.

It follows certain conventions popular within the genre with an underlying love story but with numerous fresh innovative touches that keep this title not only novel but fresh. Its cracking, its new but above all it's a title that will more than likely win Danielle a large number of fans as this mysterious offering seeks to make its mark.
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I had no idea what to expect when I began this. I'd never heard of Angelology and worried it was going to be another urban fantasy filled with clichéd handsome heroic angels, or worse, like the numerous teen novels out right now about angels. Thankfully it was like neither. Yes it's paranormal, but it's more... contemporary para. Felt a little like Dan Brown, someone else said The Historian (but I've not read that yet so don't know). It has a historical feel to it while being mainly set in the present. It felt like a realistic telling of angels, one that had me hooked.

The story begins in the present (give or take a few years) with our main female lead, Evangeline. I have to confess, the beginning did not grab me. I worried it would continue in this dull manner but thankfully soon picked up when we are introduced to the human researcher Verlaine, and then the ancient nephilim Percival Grigori. As the story starts to unfold it gets more and more exciting. As Evangeline gets sucked further and further into the mystery she learns that there is more to her life - and the people around her - than she ever knew. She learns of the secret study of Angelology.
We then get taken back to WW2 and follow another character as we see how the events of her lifetime lead to the present day happenings. By the time we return to the present the adventure is heating up and becoming more thrilling by the page. I could not put it down near the end.

If angels are the new vampires, this novel is a strong leader. It is clear Trussoni did her research as it is such an involved and complex story, thoroughly worth the read. I would definitely recommend it. I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it as it might not have been one I chose for myself. I learned a lot reading this and enjoyed myself immensely.
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On the front cover of this book Kate Mosse describes it as being a fast paced thriller, well if this is what ms Mosse considers fast paced then she must find watching paint dry absolutely riveting I kept reading thinking that it would get better, I was mistaken, the end (if you can call it that) obviously leaves it open for a sequel (god help us). The idea was wonderful but the author to my mind got so bogged down on the academic that she seemed to loose the plot.I read fiction because I want a bit of escapism, I want to get transported to other times and places, I want to feel invested in the characters and believe in whatever their cause is. If I had wanted to learn about the history and mythology of angels in such detail I would have hunted down an academic book I felt no connection to the characters as they were totally one dimensional and the locations had no atmosphere, the climax that the whole book had been leading up to was over before you realised it had started. I think Ms Trussoni is trying to tap into the Dan Brown mix of historical fact, mythology,fiction and code breaking, ending in a rush to put all the pieces together and triumph over evil, sorry love it just doesn't cut it, better luck next time.
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