The Angel Hunterby J A Leary
The story of Victoria Hunter may challenge some of your most deeply held beliefs. Get ready for an epic journey through worlds of both good and evil as she fights to bring her twin sons back from the unexplainable.
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THE ANGEL HUNTER
By J A LEARY
Reviewed by Michaela Sefler
The Angel Hunter had me mesmerized, as I was glued to my chair reading this novel.
It is filled with the suspense of a cleverly written tale that interplays between the life of a beautiful woman that is intelligent and wealthy, a Nazi plot and a heavenly realm of angels and daemons. This book is woven with supernatural suspense relating all the while to ancient concepts of spirituality.
From a metaphysical perspective I enjoyed the references to a more perfect state that is beyond human grasp, and felt Victoria¿s agony for losing her sons, a heartfelt account of motherhood and loss, her hope and despair alluding to redemption.
I was enthralled by the suspense filled plot and was touched by the references to an angelic reality.
As a poet I was intrigued by Victoria¿ s struggle and triumph, and identified with the dark night of the soul believing that redemption
J A Leary did a great job combining such elements.
The strongest element of this story is J.A. Leary's ability to transport the reader to time and place. I've visited the Notre Dame campus for a brief tour when I attended a christening many years ago, but it was nothing compared to the exquisite details portrayed in this mysterious tale. 'I confess what made the strongest impression on me was 'touchdown Jesus!'' But now I want to go back and see the grotto--the setting at the center of The Angel Hunter. Short chapters weave together the characters--Victoria and her babies, as well as her mother, the FBI agent investigating the disappearance of her twins, the priests embroiled with the history and goings on of the grotto, the doctor looking into the presumed case of postpartum depression to name a few. Leary's disciplined writing is rich in detail and feeling. The story moves forward quickly, laying out the details in a way that makes what is actually a bizarre tale highly believable. Reading this novel was an interesting departure from a summer filled with memoirs and women's fiction. It was both creative and intelligent and J.A. Leary is clearly a talented novelist. I'm really looking forward to next book.
I am an avid reader and typically finish a book in a few days but this was exceptional and I could NOT put this down. Victoria's epic journey will take you through a world of good and evil as this mother struggles to bring her twins back from the unexplainable. I also love the challenging views Leary presents into religious dogma without debunking a creator. Ingenious! I cant wait for the next story in this epic battle of good and evil.
We¿ve all heard amazing tales of people performing incredible feats of courage, survival, or superhuman strength in life-threatening situations¿a swimmer who wrestles a shark and wins, a frail, elderly woman who batters a would-be attacker, or a mother who carries her injured child for miles to seek help. While some of these jaw-dropping tales turn out to be urban legends, when you hear these fantastic accounts of bravery, you can¿t help but wonder; how far would you go to rescue or save a loved one?
That¿s one of the primary questions author J.A. Leary raises in his new book, The Angel Hunter. Most medical experts chalk up those bursts of extraordinary strength to a momentary rush of adrenalin. However, the effects of the so-called `fight or flight instinct¿ are short-lived, lasting long enough to remove you from the dangerous situation. But Leary explores what happens when people need more than that one-time surge of super hero strength to save those they love the most.
A nail-biting saga of a mother¿s unwavering devotion for her twin infants, The Angel Hunter probes the depths of love, bravery, and family bonds. The novel¿s heroine, Victoria Hunter, is a recently widowed young mother mourning her husband¿s death. Then her world is shattered yet again when someone, or something, kidnaps her twin sons. The mysterious kidnapping catapults Victoria into a frightening and dangerous new reality. Her agony is magnified when everyone around her fears that she may have harmed or murdered her baby boys.
¿We¿ve all experienced rough times in our lives,¿ says Leary. ¿Some of us have triumphed over enormous loss or heart-breaking tragedy, and it¿s truly a testament to the resiliency of the human soul. So for this story, I was interested in exploring what happens when you¿re shaken to the core of your very being. And that¿s what happens to Victoria.¿
While Victoria struggles to prove she¿s not to blame for her boys¿ bizarre disappearance, she begins unraveling a dark family secret. As she ruthlessly forges ahead in her quest to bring her boys home, Victoria must confront the painful and sinister truth about herself and her sons¿ destiny.
¿To me, one of the most fascinating, universal questions we ask is whether a person can be inherently good or inherently evil,¿ says Leary. ¿And that¿s a question that we¿ve debated for centuries. Was Hitler born evil? What about Stalin¿was he capable of goodness? And on the flip side, did Gandhi or Mother Teresa possess an innate goodness? Then if you want to take that another step, you have to wonder how goodness or evil might affect our ability to cope with a crisis, or face dangerous situations.¿
Although most us will hopefully never find ourselves running into a burning building to save our child, or trying to carry an injured spouse down a treacherous mountainside, we¿d all like to believe that we could harness that super-human strength to save our loved ones.
I consider myself an avid reader and have a personal library in my house. A frend tipped me off to this new author and I'm on the edge of my chair waiting for his next book. It is packed with gripping suspense. It's a fast-paced thrill ride.
OK !!!!!!!! It's been along time since I have hated to put a book down, but this book is such a PAGE TURNER !!! What a story !!!! I wanted to keep reading, yet, I also didn't want to get to the end of the book, because I would have finished it. This is THAT GREAT of a READ !!! The reader gets very involved in the storyline because the author doesn't miss anything in his descriptions of the characters, settings or thoughts...he covers it all so beautifully. I must have said at least 10 times to my husband, 'OH, my gosh...!' and 'You have to read this !' If you enjoy the super-natural, you believe another 'force' is a posibility, you have loved someone so much you would do anything for them, this book is for you. Since the sequal is not out yet, I am going to re-read this one again. With pleasure.
This novel is the best I have read in years! I couldn¿t put it down. It captures your attention from the first page and takes you on a journey you can¿t turn back from! I am now reading it for a second time as the depth of this book just continues to draw me in. I cannot wait for the sequel
this book is absolutely incredible and, i recently learned that the authors child goes to the same school as me and they live not far from me at all in orlando florida :D its very cool but besides that this book is a great read and quite exciting!
I just finished your book. It took me a while to read it, as I had to stop and think about some of it quite a bit. My comment is WOW! I have done a lot of reading and am familiar with some of the books you had mentioned. I also believe the premise that we only 'reap what we sow' in this world of ours. But now I have to go out and get hold of a couple more so that I can answer some of the questions your book has raised. My hope for your book is three-fold. One, I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as both my husband and I did, two, that it makes people stop and think about their beliefs, and their lives and the world we live in, and three - that it's a fantastic seller! Anyway, we both really enjoyed it, and have had a few conversations about it. I really can't wait for The Tantalus Key.
Victoria Hunter has not had a good year. First, her beloved husband dies in a tragic skydiving accident. Shortly afterwards, miraculously, she finds out that she is pregnant with twins. When they are three-months old, she discovers that she has intruders in her home. They are there to kidnap her babies. She fights for them, but there is a strong evil presence involved and she loses them. The evil makes her forget them. When Victoria's mother discovers they are gone, she calls the police. Victoria realizes that there is something wrong, and she struggles to remember. She gets placed in a mental institution. At first they think she has post-partum psychosis, but when chilling events occur, her psychiatrist knows there is something happening on a deeper level. Victoria is desperate to find her babies. She feels called to Notre Dame in Indiana. There is a grotto there on the campus that is supposed to contain the souls of the damned. The grotto has been breached a priest there heard their cries and knows that Victoria's babies have passed through. Victoria's creation, and those of her twins, was not the typical one. She has to enter into the grotto to find her children. Entering into this hell-like place, she discovers her inner strength and has to fight the evil trying to suck her in and destroy her. 'The Angel Hunter' is an incredible story. On a scale of 1 to 5, it is a ten. J. A. Leary has done a remarkable job with writing this supernatural thriller. He uses science, psychology, history and a touch of the divine to pull the reader into his world. Many times I found myself with chills and goose bumps as I read. As a supernatural thriller, this is a phenomenal book, yet underneath it all is an even greater message to be conveyed to the reader. The message teaches us about the divine that is in us all, and the pain that comes when we distance ourselves from it. I absolutely loved this aspect of 'Angel Hunter,' because it made me reach beyond the story to look within myself and where I am at. In the appendix of 'The Angel Hunter,' Leary lists books that the reader can use as resources to help with their own awakening. He states that Victoria's story is a journey, 'of enlightenment coming through extreme suffering...her pain is something that we can all identify with on some level.' I cannot wait to read further books by this author.