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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A spell binding read

Broken Angel is a painful step into the hell of New York¿s illegal fight world, but good does have some triumph over evil. S.W. Vaughn¿s character development of Gabriel as he is transformed from a gentle brother to Angel, a tough fighter, is superb. His protective feel...
Broken Angel is a painful step into the hell of New York¿s illegal fight world, but good does have some triumph over evil. S.W. Vaughn¿s character development of Gabriel as he is transformed from a gentle brother to Angel, a tough fighter, is superb. His protective feelings for his lost sister, Lillith, propel him forward into a bitter life he could not have imagined. Determination to save her places him into the torturous situations he stoically endures. He is moved like a chess board pawn from one horrendous experience to another in the heartless underground of underworld fights. Vaughn¿s skillful maneuvering of scenes and sub-plots holds the reader in the grip of menacing reality. To Marcus Slade, the cruel fight master who owns Gabriel¿s soul, the fighter becomes a broken angel. Only the subversive support of Doc helps sustain him in his darkest moments. The writer¿s description of the prostitute, Heather, and Angel¿s attraction to her add a note of romance to this hard hitting story. His efforts to rescue Lillith lead to his ultimate heartbreak, and give evidence that there is still a spot of tenderness in his hardened heart. Angel displays a staunch loyalty to friends he makes in the midst of the deadly competitions. The reader becomes enmeshed in a dark world of cruelty and avarice and almost subscribes to a feeling of total helplessness. As the plot draws to a close, an unexpected loyalty is returned to Angel by the heretofore evil Jenner. And although Angel ultimately joins in the underworld activities, there is still a thread of honor that spins from his life as Gabriel. Vaughn captures her readers with the first page of Broken Angel and holds us helplessly in a state of wonderment until the last sentence. Although this book could not be said to be enjoyable, it is of a certainty spell binding and will be thought of repeatedly after its conclusion.

posted by Anonymous on May 2, 2005

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

330 pages

This 330 page, well edited book was very violent and bloody. It is not a book for women. It is about a youngman trying to savehis sister's life and he is captured and forced into cage fighting. He must earn ten million dollars to free her and another ten million to free...
This 330 page, well edited book was very violent and bloody. It is not a book for women. It is about a youngman trying to savehis sister's life and he is captured and forced into cage fighting. He must earn ten million dollars to free her and another ten million to free himself. Unfortuately, things are not what they seem to be and he faces pain and betrayal from all sides. There was very little I enjoyed about this book. From tattoo mutulation, and fighring to the death, this book made me sick to my stomach. I was shocked at the high ratings by other reviewers. My father was a golden gloves boxer and even some of his stories made me ill, I watched some of his bouts and usually ended up puking out my guts. That was my father, getting hurt, he was a real live human being, able to experience pain and humilation. Fighting, like in this book is even worse. I can not recommend this book, nor can I ever read this author again. Humans should never do this to one another. It goes against every thing I hold dear. Lilith, should not even be considered human, let alone of the female sex. Just reading about a make believe character, such as she, made me ashamed to be female. I am sorry, but this book disgusted, shamed and sickened me. No redeeming qualiies. Adult themes, cursing, death, extreme violence, sex, gore, betrayal and drugs. Corrupt everyone. I can not recommend. For adults. Not chick lit in any form. No romance, friendship or tenderness in any form.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2005

    A spell binding read

    Broken Angel is a painful step into the hell of New York¿s illegal fight world, but good does have some triumph over evil. S.W. Vaughn¿s character development of Gabriel as he is transformed from a gentle brother to Angel, a tough fighter, is superb. His protective feelings for his lost sister, Lillith, propel him forward into a bitter life he could not have imagined. Determination to save her places him into the torturous situations he stoically endures. He is moved like a chess board pawn from one horrendous experience to another in the heartless underground of underworld fights. Vaughn¿s skillful maneuvering of scenes and sub-plots holds the reader in the grip of menacing reality. To Marcus Slade, the cruel fight master who owns Gabriel¿s soul, the fighter becomes a broken angel. Only the subversive support of Doc helps sustain him in his darkest moments. The writer¿s description of the prostitute, Heather, and Angel¿s attraction to her add a note of romance to this hard hitting story. His efforts to rescue Lillith lead to his ultimate heartbreak, and give evidence that there is still a spot of tenderness in his hardened heart. Angel displays a staunch loyalty to friends he makes in the midst of the deadly competitions. The reader becomes enmeshed in a dark world of cruelty and avarice and almost subscribes to a feeling of total helplessness. As the plot draws to a close, an unexpected loyalty is returned to Angel by the heretofore evil Jenner. And although Angel ultimately joins in the underworld activities, there is still a thread of honor that spins from his life as Gabriel. Vaughn captures her readers with the first page of Broken Angel and holds us helplessly in a state of wonderment until the last sentence. Although this book could not be said to be enjoyable, it is of a certainty spell binding and will be thought of repeatedly after its conclusion.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    4 stars

    This book was really good nd definately should be a movie..so much action it was incredible how the writer thought of it nd put it on paper. I will be looking for more books by this author. My only complaint nd it could just be me but at times i had to reread a paragraph or sentence bc i wasnt sure who the author was writing about. Instead of naming the person it was just explained as he this nd he that nd there was alot of hes that the writer could of been referring to. But still it was a great book im glad i read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    Very good

    Was a little boring at first but, once it picked up, it turned out to be so good I could not put it down.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

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    Bro­ken Angel by S.W. Vaughn is a fic­tional book tak­ing place

    Bro­ken Angel by S.W. Vaughn is a fic­tional book tak­ing place in NYC’s under­ground street fight­ing scenes. This is the first book in a the House Phoenix series but can be read as a standalone.

    Gabriel Morgan’s sis­ter dis­ap­peared and he’ll do any­thing to save her. Finally Gabriel found her work­ing as a high class pros­ti­tute in New York City’s under­ground society.

    Mar­cus Slade, the head of an orga­ni­za­tion run­ning street fight­ers and hook­ers, will let her go for ten mil­lion dol­lars which Gabriel has to earn through fight­ing. Forced into a bru­tal train­ing pro­gram Gabriel is given an new per­sona, Angel, and becomes a fighter for Slade’s orga­ni­za­tion until his sister’s ran­som is paid off.

    Bro­ken Angel by S.W. Vaughn was an unex­pected sur­prise. I started to read it and found myself being engrossed in the story and char­ac­ters. The book explodes with vio­lence which works great with the theme of pro­fes­sional street fight­ing tournaments.

    Despite the gra­tu­itous vio­lence and tor­ture scenes, I found the novel com­pelling. The plot is well drawn, the char­ac­ters are inter­est­ing and engag­ing and the nar­ra­tive full with enough detail to draw the reader into its world.

    The book has sev­eral twists which the astute reader prob­a­bly guessed ahead of time. The descrip­tive fights with all the smells, blood and sweat are excel­lent, while the pro­tag­o­nist if cer­tainly not the under­dog type we all enjoy root­ing for, he does rise from the bot­tom to the top in a fast and furi­ous way plant­ing destruc­tion and may­hem along the way.

    Bro­ken Angel is an unapolo­getic book that moves at a furi­ous pace with intrigu­ing char­ac­ters liv­ing on the fringes of soci­ety. One of the strengths of the book is the sup­port­ing char­ac­ters, most of them intrigu­ing, strong and with enough mys­tery to sup­port the rest of the series.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Different, but in a good way.

    It draws you in, even as you are disturbed by it. VIVID! Never dull.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2011

    Would Recommend

    Great book.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    Pretty+good+for+free

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