Publication Date: 13th June 2017
REVIEWED BY NEV
A copy of An Angel Fallen was sent to Confessions of a Reviewer by the author, Andy Graham in exchange for an honest review. This is said review. This book is self-published.
I also need to add another disclaimer. I have been representing Andy, in some form or other, with an ongoing publicity tour for the release of this novella. This, in no way shape or form, influences my review in either how I write it, or in any rating that I may give it.
So, with that out of the way I will tell you this. I am being open and honest as usual. Before being contacted by Andy Graham to do some publicity work for him, I had only known him briefly because he was taking part in another tour I was organising. When he then contacted me about his novella, I was a bit doubtful. I’d never heard of him, I had known him as a reviewer and nothing else. Was I taking on more than I could chew? Would I even like his book? Well let’s see.
This is what I thought.
Mike and Raph have been friends for a long time. Mike would rather they weren’t to be honest. Raph is fixated with hurting things and bringing Mike along for the ride. This fixation is getting more brutal by the day.
When they see something literally fall from the sky, Mike thinks it may be something wondrous. Raph just wants to hurt it.
Battling with his feelings, his permanently drunk mother and a sometimes over familiar maid, Mike must decide whether he helps this thing, or just watches Raph again.
You have probably guessed that our main characters in this one are Raph and Mike. Raph is just vile. You can’t understand why he would be so horrible to every single living thing he comes in contact with. He is just made that way. I hated him from the outset. Mike is more compassionate. Or is he? Surely if he was, he would put a stop to what Raph does? He is a definite sheep following the other sheep but he really needs to stand up for himself.
Mikes mum is a drunk of the highest order. He can normally tell just how far gone she is by which hand she holds the gin in. Ariel, the maid, has a keen interest in Mike and would literally do anything for him. Mike could never understand why.
The plot? One vile teenager and his lap dog and sort of compassionate friend, see something fall from the sky. It’s no secret that it is an angel (the title sort of gives it away). They need to figure out what to do with it.
And that, my friends, is where I leave it for you to learn the rest when you read it.
So, what was it like? Superb. The end. No, seriously. It was superb. Now go buy it. Nothing I write on this page will do this book justice. I could waffle on and on about how the characters were superbly rounded to the point where you know them. I actually knew the people in this story. They were real people. At least they felt real.
I could waffle about how, in terms of a story, you would think one about an angel falling from heaven could be religiously themed, and quoting you bible verses and telling you how you should repent. Nope. None of that. This story is about retribution of a divine kind but it is certainly not going to be delivered in a manner you would expect it to be.
That is the twist in the tale that totally blew me off my feet with this one.
This is like nothing I have read that had a remotely similar story. The theory about angels, that you will have heard over and over, will be completely turned on its head. You will never see what is coming. You will never in a million years figure out where this story is going to go. When it gets there, you will read on with your mouth wide open and your eyes popping out of your head. You know the way you believe things are, and behave, in a certain way? After reading this you may well doubt everything.
When I finished this book, the first thought I had was, why the hell have I not read this man before? It’s a bit like you would feel after watching VHS for years and then discovering there was this thing called DVD that had been out for ten years and you never knew about it. Until now. Imagine the possibilities you now have.
Andy Graham can write. I always have a shred of doubt in me when I pick someone new up. You never know what to expect. With Mr Graham, you can expect wonderful characters that are human and feel real. You can expect a story that grabs you by the danglies and won’t let them go till it wants you to be done, not when you think you are done. You can expect a story that will challenge things that you believe to be black, and make you agree they are white.
Above all, when you sit back and think about what you have just read, you can expect to be scared out of your pants. The reason for that? If Andy Graham is the slightest bit right in what he has written in this story, we are all doomed no matter what.
To summarise: if you don’t buy it, move directly to the stupid corner.
☆☆☆☆☆ did the business on me!
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You’re eighteen. Bored. Dad’s away a lot. Says its business, but you’ve seen the lipstick stains. Mum’s home. Too much. Keeping the world gin market afloat on her own. There’s Ariel, the family maid. She’s cool. The one piece of this messed up world that makes sense. And then there’s Raph.
Raph’s the leader of your gang of two. He gets off on doing those things to the animals you both catch: the slicing, crushing, and maiming. Buried a few alive, too. His relationship with that hammer of his is sick.
You run with Raph because, well, nothing else to do out here, right? Except if your folks found out what you’ve been up to, there’d be hell.
Then you find it. Whatever it is.
It can’t be what you think it is. Those things don’t exist. But it’s staring at you. Asking for help. Is it dying? Can these things die? You need to do something for it. Raph wants to do something to it.
Time to choose. Do you run with the human devil you know, or take a chance on this thing that fell from the heavens?
An Angel Fallen is a tale of divine retribution from British author Andy Graham. On a day when the world is struggling to stay sane, and is being ravaged by biblical plagues, what price will two teenagers pay for their past?
Andy Graham is a British author currently living in the Czech Republic who will now stop talking about himself in the third person because it’s odd. I have two main collections of books: The Lords of Misrule is a series of dystopian political thrillers set in an alternate world based on life in 21st century EU/ US. I also have an expanding collection of creepy reads that explore the darker side of life, death, and the undead. There are a few unfinished stories rattling around in my hard-drive and some unstarted ones knocking around in my head. They range from disposable airport fiction and YA sci fi to grimdark epics, but they will have to wait their turn. (Unfortunately for my wife, who is waiting for me to write something ‘nice’, preferably with sparkly vampires.) Outside of reading and writing, I’m a musician, qualified osteopath, seasoned insomniac, and father to two young kids who have too much energy to let me grow old gracefully.
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