Angel 1089

Angel 1089

by CC Bridges

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ISBN-13: 9781640800410
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 11/27/2017
Series: Heaven Corp , #1
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

CC Bridges is a mild-mannered librarian by day, but by night she writes about worlds of adventure and romance. When she's not busy solving puzzles in an escape room, she can be found diving into comics or binge-watching superhero movies. She writes surrounded by books, spare computing equipment, a fluffy dog, and a long-suffering husband in the state of New Jersey. In 2011, she won a Rainbow Award for best gay sci-fi/futuristic novel.

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Angel: 1089 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
In a war between Heaven and Hell, everyone's at risk. Gabriel 1089 is one of many angels protecting midlevel from demons. When he's attacked and ripped from the safety network of angels, Heaven Corp assumes he's dead. Yet Gabe wakes up in a new, unfamiliar place filled with outdated technology and strange people bargaining with demons. Downside is not what Gabe expected and his attraction to the man that saved his life just may be his downfall. Jeff has a secret that threatens not only his relationship with Gabe but the life of Jeff's daughter. As Gabe's memory returns, he faces an uncertain future as a pawn in either the angels or the demons battle. Angel 1089 is a thrilling urban fantasy, science fiction story. The angels vs demons battle is a familiar one but the story remains fresh and interesting. There are enough unique elements that nothing feels clichéd or tired. The plot sometimes takes some leaps in thought and plays loose with some plot details - many questions remain at the end and not all the threads are wrapped up. Yet this is offset by the complex and thorough world building. The setting is so immense and interesting that you're dropped into it immediately and happily stay there for the entire story. The author's voice and writing keep you engaged from beginning to end as the even pace and good mix of action, sex, and character development carry the story. The characters are all interesting on their own, each with back stories and subtle nuances. Jeff and Gabe connect early on but slowly build their relationship. This lets the tension build since there is a question of what will happen when true allegiances are revealed. At the same time their relationship feels almost too easy and while they're a likable enough couple, I never felt any deep passion. Instead, the host of supporting characters held my attention. Angel 1089 is the first in what promises to be a very fascinating new series. The science fiction story offers a complicated and engaging new world filled with innovation and familiar elements. The angels vs. demons mythology is well handled and should appeal to fans of that theme while bringing in urban fantasy readers. The romance is not the best part since Gabe and Jeff never quite have the same drama as the dangerous, high tech world surrounding them but I'm curious to see where the series goes from here. Originally posted at Whipped Cream Reviews
jrbaker149 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I LOVE the premise of this book. Bridges creates a fantastic world and describes it in great detail. The stories of all of the characters are wonderful as well. I just wish there were more. Just as you get caught up on each of the characters stories and how they all end up where they are in the book, it's over. I expected there to be more conflict and struggle toward the end, because I feel the book alludes to that early on. This book is ripe to be the beginning of a series, and I hope there is at least a sequel to finish the story.
jshillingford on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Science Fiction is my favorite genre. But, it's difficult to find M/M science fiction with fully realized world-building, especially when it has a romantic subplot. Often, authors just throw some SciFi "stuff" at a contemporary gay romance. So, I was delighted at how richly developed the setting and characters are in Angel 1089! I was sucked in from the very beginning, and read straight through.The world is slowly and subtly revealed as readers are introduced to and learn about the characters. Natural disasters destroyed the world as we know it, and one powerful corporation became dominant and took control by building a city in the sky - away from the destruction. But not everyone has enough money, or is worthy enough, for Heaven. Gabriel 1089 is a cybernetic angel, Archangel Class, assigned to protect Heaven from demons who try to steal supplies. Jeff is a single father struggling to raise his daughter and survive down below. He has exceptional engineering/IT skills, which make him valuable to the demons who rule Old Trent. Jeff owes the demons, so when they show up with a wounded angel and orders to care for him, Jeff has no choice. He doesn't expect to fall in love...I loved this book. The play on angels and heaven is very creative, as is the cybernetic element. The authors provides lots of twists concerning the characters, in particular Gabe. I also liked how the demons are something akin to the Mafia. Not everything is black and white; there is a lot more to the story than initially meets the eye. Jeff and Gabe make a strong couple whose relationship realistically develops over time, making the sex all the more enjoyable because it evolved naturally. The sex is explicit, but not gratuitous. Secondary characters are developed enough to serve their purpose, especially Jeff's little girl. Overall, this was fantastic story and I really hope the author does a sequel - I want to spend more time in this world.
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Nice, quick read