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Children's LiteratureBook two of the "The Fallen" series, this novel uses Christian themes of good and evil as the loose basis for a supernatural adventure set in today's world. Eighteen-year-old Aaron Corbet was raised by humans, but has recently discovered that he is a Nephilim, the offspring of a fallen angel and a human. Aaron tries to evade the pursuing heavenly Powers, who have killed his foster parents and stolen his little brother Stevie, and who want to destroy him as well. He is drawn north to a small town in Maine, where his companion, an angel named Camael disappears, and the townspeople begin acting strangely. Ultimately, Aaron learns more about the clash between the powers of Heaven, and must battle the ancient monster Leviathan. Sniegoski's tale is exciting and often entertaining; the comedy stems in large part from Aaron's mental conversations with his dog Gabriel, who is an insatiably hungry golden retriever with the gift of ESP. Although it has Biblical themes as its basis, the novel is not, strictly speaking, Christian (for example, the angels of Heaven are often deeply flawed and power-hungry), and parents who prefer that their children read only Christian books might want to steer clear. 2003, Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, Ages 14 to 18.