Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Where Angels Fear to Tread

Where Angels Fear to Tread is an urban fantasy by Thomas E. Sniegoski. It is the third book featuring Remy Chandler a private investigator working in modern day Boston. He also happens to be a Seraphim in human form. It's an interesting trick of fantasy that it's easier to accept Remy being a Seraphim than it is to accept that he has a talking dog named Marlowe. I mean, really, why would a soldier of God need a talking dog? In this book he has little to do other than promote the stereotype that retrievers are not too bright, easily distracted and far to food oriented for their own good.

The story starts, like all good noir stories, when a woman walks into Chandler's office. Her ex-husband has taken their autistic daughter and disappeared. The little girl has a special talent, she can draw the future. She not only drew the abduction weeks before but she also drew a picture of Remy and Marlowe complete with his address and phone number.

It's a fairly simple story of good versus evil and eviler. Not having read the first two books in the series I don't know why Remy fights against his Seraphim nature. I got kind of tired of Remy not letting him out to play. Then again, the book might have ended sooner if he had. There are interesting characters in this book. I might go read the other books just to see how they all came together. There is humor in the book but some Christians will find some of it irreverent if not downright blasphemous.

A couple of things bugged me. The first one is because I'm a dog lover. Remy feeds Marlowe apples. Apples seeds are toxic to dogs. I would be happier if Remy had cored the apple and given it to Marlowe in pieces. No one should just give their dog an apple.

The other thing that bugged me is this sentence:
The man in the sweat suit shifted suddenly in his chair, bending forward to bury his head in his hands, softly screaming.
How the hell does someone softly scream? I can't imagine. It bugged me enough that I remembered what page it was on (152) after I finished the book.

The last thing I'll say is that I never trust a book that has a positive quote on the cover from someone who is listed in the acknowledgments/dedication of said book.
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