Rating 3 out of 5
Miami police detectives Lane Madigan and Ian Jelani are investigating another horrific crime scene which seems to have no signs of the killer. They are not alone as police around the country are investigating similar crimes. The victims of the crimes aren't your normal victim... they are the worst of the worst. Neither Madigan or Jelani are prepared for what awaits them as they try to solve these crimes. They are about to become embroiled in a series of cosmic events they could never have dreamed of. In a world where the angels of heaven and the angels of hell bring their ageless battle to Earth, how can these men overcome insurmountable challenges? God and his angels are facing off with Satan and his hellish host. Caught in the middle is Thumos, a warrior angel; and possibly the most powerful ever created. Thumos has become disgruntled and after standing by for long enough, he can take it no more. The earthly world of the detectives will collide with the heavenly world of Thumos. None of them knows what is coming and none of them will be the same ever again.
As you can tell this book has a lot going on. I mean a lot. The author states that it is part of a planned trilogy, which explains some of the excess. We get a lot of story and world building in this book to prepare for these future stories. Honestly, I would have preferred that the detective story line didn't exist at all. It was really minor compared to the angels and demons story and I didn't feel like it got as much attention. I think it had some potential but was used so sparingly that it seemed to take away from the story. A lot of the earth stuff with crime elements seemed forced into the story.
I enjoyed the angel/demon story up to a point, but this also shifted and became very strange at times. It went from being about this battle Thumos was having to being about free will and the lack of it that people actually have, because everything is predestined. The book wraps up nicely so that you could stop here and feel complete in the story but it does leave an open ended question to set up for future novels. Overall, it was a good story.