Thursday, March 06, 2008

Alton Gansky's Angel ~ Reviewed

Alton Gansky
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Realms (October 2, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599791803

Cover Copy:

A wise stranger has come to save our world, but is he too good to be true?

An earthquake shakes Southern California, setting the stage for the appearance of Aster, a stranger from a world far from our own. Miracles happen around him, spectacular promises are made, and wisdom flows from his lips.

He says he has come to complete our knowledge, to explain our beginnings, and to correct our spiritual errors. And the world is ready to receive him: politicians seek his advice, religious leaders wish to call him friend, scientists want to study him, and philosophers wish to debate him.

But everything is not what it seems. This messenger seems too good to be believed. Priscilla Simms, an investigatory journalist, is the only one close enough to the stranger to get at the truth. But unraveling the truth may cost her reputation, and maybe even her life.

My Review:

I've always wondered what the world will believe when the rapture of the church takes place. I think our worldly fascination with alien life will likely be a very logical solution to that question when a heartbeat of time causes the disappearance of millions. Whether you are interested in the end of the world, the Second Coming of Jesus, or the possibility of life on other planets, Angel is a novel that dives into some hefty what-ifs.

I'm not a big Sci-Fi fan and was pleased that Gansky doesn't overdo the lingo. Instead he uses the POV of a woman reporter who receives a special nod from an otherworldly creature and explores the concept of alien life. Though I didn't connect with his characters as much as I like to, the plot kept my attention and kept the pages turning. Secondary characters added some drama and detail that enriched the story. Though not gory, Big Honken Chicken Club members who don't like the idea of aliens might want to either read it during full sun hours or not at all.

The spiritual themes are well handled and a great reminder to focus on the truth so we don't get swept up in what's happening right in front of our eyes.

Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer

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