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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

With nods to Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, and to the Walken Prophecy movies

At Trinity Baptist College in Harrison, Louisiana, Professor Sebastian "Batty" LaLaurie teaches Religious Studies and Rhetoric, but is on administrative leave due to a lecture that condemns God. A widower, he suffers from nightmares and has turned to alcohol to abate t...
At Trinity Baptist College in Harrison, Louisiana, Professor Sebastian "Batty" LaLaurie teaches Religious Studies and Rhetoric, but is on administrative leave due to a lecture that condemns God. A widower, he suffers from nightmares and has turned to alcohol to abate the pain of his wife Rebecca's death while acknowledging his beliefs were shattered when she died.

The State Department Section unit sends agent Bernadette Callahan to Sao Paulo, Brazil to investigate the burning death of Christian singer Gabriela Zuada. The locals swear the devil murdered Gabriela, but the American thinks a serial killer added her to the list of the dead. Needing expertise into the occult and Milton, Bernadette contacts Batty whose nightmares come from surviving a trek beyond. She shows him Gabriela's picture and he reacts stunned as she stars in his dark dreams with her death mirroring that of his late wife. The professor and the agent follow the homicides to Istanbul, but the potential Armageddon is in Los Angeles where Michael the Archangel walks the earth hunting down rogue angels harming the offspring of Adam and Eve, and Beliel and her three Fallen teammates meet.

With nods to Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, and to the Walken Prophecy movies, The Paradise Prophecy is a superb rendition of good and evil as the agents of God and Satan battle for the souls of mankind. Action-packed from the onset, Batty the "fallen" Milton scholar and Bernadette the pragmatic doubter make a delightful pairing as they argue over the clues starting with the toasted corpses that he insists come from agents of Hell and she insists the one doing the killing is a psychopath. Fans will appreciate Robert Browne's excellent thriller.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on May 31, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Great for Fans of Thrillers w/ Secret Societies

If you are a fan of thrillers that involve secret societies, the bible and Milton's Paradise Lost, then this novel is perfect for you. While I have enjoyed similar fiction by Dan Brown, The Paradise Prophecy takes it one step beyond planting the question for the reader ...
If you are a fan of thrillers that involve secret societies, the bible and Milton's Paradise Lost, then this novel is perfect for you. While I have enjoyed similar fiction by Dan Brown, The Paradise Prophecy takes it one step beyond planting the question for the reader to ponder and crosses into a more sci-fi or religious fantasy realm. I wasn't familiar with the fallen Angels that this story centers around, but the two main characters were entertaining enough to keep me reading until the end. I wasn't a fan of the "Section" element, a secret black ops government unit, and thought that it didn't do anything for the book as Callahan could have come from any intelligence agency and her character wouldn't have changed much. The professor character is one you relate to, and his added visions help move the story along. Overall it was a good mix of fantasy and action, and the references to Paradise Lost brought the whole plot together nicely.

Reviewed by Gabi for Book Sake.

posted by BookSakeBlogspot on November 1, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Not sure about this one

    Haven't finished - found it hard to follow and with so many good books available to read, don't want to "waste" time on something confusing.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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