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August 26, 2013 / minusbar

Book Review: On Unfaithful Wings, by Bruce Blake

Book Review: “On Unfaithful Wings” by Bruce Blake

To some, death is the end; to others, a beginning. To Icarus Fell, it should have been a relief from a life gone seriously awry.

But death had other plans.

Icarus doesn’t believe that the man awaiting him when he wakes up in a cheap motel room is really the archangel Michael, or that God’s right hand wants him to help souls on their way to Heaven. Icarus doesn’t believe there’s a Heaven, so why should they want his help?

But the man claiming to be the archangel tempts him with an offer he can’t ignore–harvest enough souls and get back the life he wished he’d had.

It seems Icarus has nothing to lose, until he botches a harvest and the soul that went to Hell instead of Heaven comes back to make him pay by threatening to take away the life he hoped to win back.

To save the wife and son he already lost once, Icarus will have to become the man he never was. Somehow, he will have to learn to believe.

From the very beginning I was impressed with On Unfaithful Wings by Bruce Blake. He has a certain way of writing that is humorous and yet still touches on serious topics that I thought was very appropriate for the supernatural/fantasy genre. I enjoyed his characters and the plotline, and in my personal opinion, this was a wonderful book!

Icarus Fell is the protagonist and narrator of the novel. He is also an alcoholic and a reformed drug addict who is separated from his wife and is habitually late for his son’s birthday. He is, however, a character that will grab your attention and win you over to his side with his determination and spunk. It doesn’t hurt that he is dryly sarcastic and just a smidge paranoid (but of course, with good cause).

I have read other plots that involve a human reaping souls after their own death, but Blake makes it seem original and fresh. I didn’t stop reading it once I picked it up. The fight scenes were tasteful and exciting, the storyline was easy to follow without being boring and predictable, and I really wouldn’t have changed a thing.

I think the most notable part of the book to me was the range of senses that Blake uses to portray things to the reader. Whereas many writers only utilize sight and one or two others to describe things, all five were present in this novel! It was an impressive feat.

I would gladly recommend On Unfaithful Wings to anyone who will listen. I was fascinated by the characters and plotline, and I enjoyed the writing style the author uses to tell his tale.

You can find it here and see for yourself!


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