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The Trial of Fallen Angels
     

The Trial of Fallen Angels

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by James P. Kimmel Jr.
 

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When young attorney and mother Brek Cuttler finds herself covered in blood and standing on a deserted train platform, she has no memory of how she got there. For one very good reason.

She’s dead.

But she doesn’t believe it at first. Trapped between worlds, Brek struggles to get back to her husband and daughter until she receives a shocking

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When young attorney and mother Brek Cuttler finds herself covered in blood and standing on a deserted train platform, she has no memory of how she got there. For one very good reason.

She’s dead.

But she doesn’t believe it at first. Trapped between worlds, Brek struggles to get back to her husband and daughter until she receives a shocking revelation that makes her death no longer deniable: She’s been chosen to join the elite group of lawyers who prosecute and defend souls at the Final Judgment.

With each dramatic trial conducted in a harrowing courtroom of eternity, Brek discovers how the choices that she and others made during their lives have led her to this place. She realizes that if she’s to break the chain, she must first face the terrible truth about her death. But before Brek can do that, she suddenly finds that she herself has been called to stand trial…and that her first client in the afterlife holds the secret to her fate.

Editorial Reviews

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“Kimmel has created a thrilling and fantastic world, a heady combination of the movie What Dreams May Come, John Grisham’s best work, and Dante’s Divine Comedy. Sometimes dreamily lyrical and sometimes harshly realistic, Kimmel’s authorial voice is undeniably compelling.”—Booklist (starred review)

“In a world seething with anger in search of so-called justice, James Kimmel, Jr., spins a heartbreaking story that delivers a rebuke with courage, intelligence, and elegant prose.”—Bryan Gruley, author of The Skeleton Box

“Kimmel pays readers a supreme compliment here by inviting them to take seriously the theological question of the Last Judgment.... An intriguing, intricate, and metaphysical novel—not your typical fare.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This powerful debut from lawyer Kimmel…explores a myriad of spiritual concepts expressed in various religions. He deftly unveils each new character and cleverly balances the positive and negative aspects of their lives. Building upon the memories of multiple generations, Kimmel has written a stirring spiritual thriller.”—Library Journal

Library Journal
Brek Cuttler walks into a store with her daughter—and suddenly finds herself on a deserted train platform, with only arrivals indicated on the timetable board. She has died and, as a crack lawyer, has been assigned to the special team that prosecutes and defends the souls of the dead on Judgment Day. Word has it that this debut is unlike anything you have ever read. With foreign rights sold to eight countries and a reading group guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425261675
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
880,202
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Stephanie Turza
As a successful lawyer with a loving husband and a beautiful baby girl, Brek Cuttler believes she’s made the best possible decisions in life. After finding herself on a train platform in her favorite suit, with fresh bullet wounds and only the vaguest understanding of how she arrived, she starts talking to an elderly gentleman who manages to look like all of the trusted male figures she’s ever known. She learns that the train station is Shemaya Station, a Purgatory-like space where souls await their final judgment. Upon being chosen to join the elite team of lawyers tasked with prosecuting and defending these lost souls, Brek learns that some long-forgotten pieces of her past, combined with the technicalities she prided herself on uncovering for her clients, hold the clue to her own salvation. In his first novel, Kimmel has created a thrilling and fantastic world, a heady combination of the movie What Dreams May Come, John Grisham’s best work, and Dante’s Divine Comedy. Sometimes dreamily lyrical and sometimes harshly realistic, Kimmel’s authorial voice is undeniably compelling. Raw, tender, and intelligent, The Trial of Fallen Angels is a fascinating glimpse into the judgment of lost souls and recovered memories. — Stephanie Turza
From the Publisher
“Kimmel has created a thrilling and fantastic world, a heady combination of the movie What Dreams May Come, John Grisham’s best work, and Dante’s Divine Comedy. Sometimes dreamily lyrical and sometimes harshly realistic, Kimmel’s authorial voice is undeniably compelling.”—Booklist (starred review)

“In a world seething with anger in search of so-called justice, James Kimmel, Jr., spins a heartbreaking story that delivers a rebuke with courage, intelligence, and elegant prose.”—Bryan Gruley, author of The Skeleton Box

“Kimmel pays readers a supreme compliment here by inviting them to take seriously the theological question of the Last Judgment.... An intriguing, intricate, and metaphysical novel—not your typical fare.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This powerful debut from lawyer Kimmel…explores a myriad of spiritual concepts expressed in various religions. He deftly unveils each new character and cleverly balances the positive and negative aspects of their lives. Building upon the memories of multiple generations, Kimmel has written a stirring spiritual thriller.”—Library Journal

Meet the Author

James Kimmel, Jr., received a doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Pennsylvania and is a lawyer who focuses on the intersection of law and spirituality. This is his first novel.

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The Trial of Fallen Angels 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written. I look at my life differently after reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book incredibly interesting, very unique. I can understand how someone might have a difficult time following this story. I had a difficult time explaining it to a friend. Ultimately, the overall "moral" to the story is unmistakeable and it will have you thinking for days. I enjoyed the story telling, like nothing I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked this book. It made me think about how you really don't know about people's lives before judging them. I see a comment about violence. I don't think the author went out of his way to be violent. It surely was not graphic, and just went along with telling the story. Which was important.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was very good. I couldn't wait to read the next chapter, though at times it was just to figure out what the previous chapter had to do with anything. It was put together well in the end and it certainly gives one a new perspective on the way we interact with those around us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable and thought provoking. I did not have a problem following story like others reported. And yes you will think about this book long after you read it. A wonderful lesson in forgiveness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I also look at life differently after reading this book. Very thought provoking, as  I have continued to think about this book long after reading.  I would have given 5 stars, but I was a little confused about the end.  
HuntersMom More than 1 year ago
Publishers weekly review is correct - cluttered plot, overblown..... I found this  difficult to wade through.  Could not wait to finish reading this, and not in a good way!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The subject and plot for this story was extremely unique. I'd like to give it 3-1/2 stars. With so many characters and their interwoven lives, it could be difficult to follow at times, but the over-arching message was thought-provoking. This was some heady material, but worth the read if you are willing to invest the time.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel was previously published as "Forgiving Ararat" by Gita Nazareth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very violent and graphic and in my opinion unnecessary. Not worth reading and not sure why it was written.