Angelology is a multi-character narrative about an academic society that has studied angels throughout history. Their main goal isn’t academia, however, but to protect humans from the ruthless Nephilim, a class of angels that are responsible for pretty much every bad thing that has ever happened on Earth.
We meet Evangeline, a young and pretty nun, living in secluded convent in upstate New York. She leads a quiet life surrounded by her sisters until one day a man happens into their library asking about some letters she had just unearthed. Unknowingly Evangeline and the man, Verlaine, have become pawns in an ancient treasure hunt to find a heaven-made lyre, reputed to be able to heal the ailing Nephilim population.
My only quibble is with the most generic of thriller plot devices, the chase. I found those 20 or so pages the least interesting in a novel that is atmospheric and clever.
Overall, this is a wonderful and suspenseful novel. It’s everything Dan Brown wishes he was, but isn’t: erudite, fast-paced with a strong grasp of language and plot. Even though the plot devices certainly aren’t original–mysterious numeric sequences, an old librarian with a monocle, nuns, Nazis, etc.—the book never feels contrived. It’s a fresh take on old tropes and a pleasure to read.
Price: $9.79 at Costco, paperback
Read with: A nice whisky. Mmm.