24 May, 2016

#BookReview :: No Rest for the Wicked by Dane Cobain

When the Angels attack, there’s NO REST FOR THE WICKED.
Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack, and with the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels.
The Angels are naked and androgynous. They speak in a dreadful harmony with no clear leader. These aren’t biblical cherubs tasked with the protection of the righteous – these are deadly creatures of light that have the power to completely eradicate.
When Jones himself is attacked, Father Montgomery knows he has to act fast. He speaks to the Angels and organises a final showdown where he’s asked to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Angels. They are not what comes to your mind the very second you hear the Angels. The guardian angel with a serene look or the cherubs with a halo – that is what you think, right? But Dane Cobain, the author, has other ideas.

In ‘No Rest for the Wicked’ Angels are not the patient and forgiving creatures we imagine. Instead they are hell bent on punishing every single sinner – no matter how big or small their sins are. The story is told through the two protagonists Father Montgomery and Robert Jones. These two men couldn’t be more different. The elderly Father is experienced in life and has secrets of his own. Jones is a young businessman and experienced in the ways of life too. The wide arc that their personalities create makes for interesting and contrasting voices. When Father Montgomery’s parishioners are attacked he decides to take matters into his own hands. He starts looking in Angels and their origins and finds a helping hand in Jones.

The plot was really different from what I was expecting. Dane Cobain has a very imaginative mind and that is clear from the setting of this world. Things are so different in this fictional world, yet at certain points they feel eerily familiar. There is a saying that the best lies are based on truth and I find that the best works of fictions have pieces of reality in them. And Dane Cobain’s take on Angels is really interesting – that is all I will say here so as to avoid any spoilers. And talking of spoilers, there is a terrific twist in the tale that is disclosed right towards the end of the story. The author has a very descriptive narrative style that is quite engaging. That along with the quick pace makes this book a quick and entertaining read.

My only qualm with the book is that it turned out to be very one dimensional. I love it when as a reader I can discover the many facets of a plot… this one didn’t have much. What you see is what you pretty much get. Also, the book has some explicit and frightening descriptions and as such this book may not be for everyone. 

I found this book to be largely different from whatever I have read so far and as such it was a good reading experience.

Review Copy received from the Author

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your review! Is there any chance if you could post this on Amazon as well if it's not too much trouble :) Thanks again and happy reading! - Dane (can't seem to sign in)