Angelopolis: A Novel

Angelopolis: A Novel

by Danielle Trussoni
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Angelopolis: A Novel by Danielle Trussoni

"A stunning follow-up to the best-seller Angelology. . . Part historical novel, fantasy, love story, thriller, and mystery. . . It's a must-read."
Booklist (starred review)
A New York Times bestseller and global sensation, Angelology unfurled a brilliant tapestry of myth and biblical lore on our present-day world and plunged two star-crossed heroes into an ancient battle against mankind’s greatest enemy: the fatally attractive angel-human hybrids known as the Nephilim. With Angelopolis, the conflict deepens into an inferno of danger and passion unbound.

A decade has passed since Verlaine saw Evangeline alight from the Brooklyn Bridge, the sight of her new wings a betrayal that haunts him still. Now an elite angel hunter for the Society of Angelology, he pursues his mission with single-minded devotion: to capture, imprison, and eliminate her kind.

But when Evangeline suddenly appears on a twilit Paris street, Verlaine finds her nature to be unlike any of the other creatures he so mercilessly pursues, casting him into a spiral of doubt and confusion that only grows when she is abducted before his eyes by a creature who has topped the society’s most-wanted list for more than a century. The ensuing chase drives Verlaine and his fellow angelologists from the shadows of the Eiffel Tower to the palaces of St. Petersburg and deep into the provinces of Siberia and the Black Sea coast, where the truth of Evangeline’s origins—as well as forces that could restore or annihilate them all—lie in wait.

Conceived against an astonishing fresh tableau of history and science, Angelopolis plumbs Russia’s imperial past, modern genetics, and ancient depictions of that most potent angelic appearance—the Annunciation of Gabriel—in a high-octane tale of abduction, treasure seeking, and divine warfare as the fate of humanity once again hangs in the balance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143124863
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Series: Angelology Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 224,673
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Danielle Trussoni’s novel Angelology was a New York Times bestseller and was reviewed on the front page of The New York Times Book Review. Her memoir debut, Falling Through the Earth, was selected as one of the Ten Best Books of 2006 by The New York Times. She currently splits her time between the United States and France.

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Angelopolis 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
lizziewriter More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed. This book needs a couple more rounds of proofreading and revisions. From stupid typos (like spelling a main character's name wrong) to physical impossibilities (how can someone pick an item up off the table if someone else just put it back in their pocket?) to just rough writing in need of fleshing out, the book was aggravating to read. I really enjoyed Angelology, and I pre-ordered Angelopolis, and I feel like I was completely ripped off by a publisher/PR machine more interested in getting the sequel to a best-seller to print so they could take my money rather than take the time to produce a well written book as could certainly have been possible! Also I hated the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book left me disappointed after having enjoyed the first book Angelology so much.. I felt that this book was like reading a short prequel that  sets the stage for the next book which makes me wonder why did it take so long for this to be published. I think this is becoming a common practice amongst writers with a popular book. they milk all they can out of the first book after getting a movie deal and all the books that follow just leave the reader disappointed. Oh well...
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Danielle Trussoni in the second book of this series that began with Angelology focuses on interweaving discoveries of research on the physical composition of angel’s DNA, etc. and the imminent major battle between humans and angels.  Verlaine, an “angel hunter,” finds the angel Evangeline dead, lying in a pool of blood.  He is totally smitten by her and yet knows his secret love is an obstacle to his mission of killing all angels and their angel-human peers.  Evangeline is a Nephilim angel, a pure angel of Grigori descent.  It turns out she is not dead but has been captured and taken away to a secret, deadly “angel prison” by those who want to discover how she evolved from a total human to an angel.  For the goal of all angels is to annihilate humans and create another civilization; and the goal of these researchers/scientists is the same on another level.  The angel researchers who combine their forces to find Evangeline are Verlaine, another angel hunter Bruno, and other researchers Vera and Nadia.  All have been part of the project to understand the angelic phenomena for years; all know the history that involved many dying in the attempt to find the key to angelic identity. It turns out the history tracks back to the days of Noah, who not only brought animals onto the Ark but also seeds of every living plant that he could find existing at that time. One was a metal no long existing, one that could actually be the final element needed to create an angel “egg” with secret properties for a “higher” or “lower” purpose depending on one’s point of view.  The mystery also involves the famous Faberge eggs created during the infamous reign of the Russian Tsar Alexander Romanov and his family.  The tale becomes rather enigmatic here, involving the madman Rasputin’s scientific theories and attempt to find a cure for the Tsar’s hemophiliac son that also involves “flower seed” experiments which also pertain to angels.  Some so-called “facts” are offered that imply that several world leaders of that historical time period were actually angels in human disguise. The story at times seems meandering to no purpose and the reader wonders where all this talk of biology, chemistry and secretive plots is going to land.  The answer  is only partially supplied in this second of three books in the series.  What we wind up with is plenty of battles, a tough journey through Greece and Siberia, a putting aside of differences and forming a new union of hearts and minds to destroy one man who is perverting the previously benign research to create a master race of deadly angels.  The final confrontation is fierce, brutal and only partially concluded, obviously to reach a final solution in the next and final book of this series. Angelopolis is adventurous and fascinating reading, a page turning whirl of incredible conflicts between an all-powerful angelic team of warriors and humans who partially understand these creatures, know how to bind them in controlled circumstances, and are still fiercely determined to conquer them for the safety and security of humanity. What isn’t clear is why sometimes the angel hunters can capture their prey and at other times are so easily and brutally tossed aside by this super-human race whose enjoyment of mutilating humans is the norm rather than the exception. At times it’s hard to determine who is friend and who is foe! Angelopolis is a fine series for those who love intense, page-turning thrillers and fantasy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many people have given it bad reviews. It wasn't as good as Angelology, but I still enjoyed it. I can't wait for the next book.
MaryAnn_Koopmann More than 1 year ago
"A stunning follow-up to the best-seller Angelology. . . Part historical novel, fantasy, love story, thriller, and mystery. . . It's a must-read." —Booklist (starred review) A New York Times bestseller and global sensation, Angelology unfurled a brilliant tapestry of myth and biblical lore on our present-day world and plunged two star-crossed heroes into an ancient battle against mankind’s greatest enemy: the fatally attractive angel-human hybrids known as the Nephilim. With Angelopolis, the conflict deepens into an inferno of danger and passion unbound. This is a complex and intriguing story that blends history and present day with a time-bending element that keeps the reader turning the pages late into the night. The basic plot of the story has already been covered by previous reviewers, but there is so much more to the story than could ever be explained in a simple review. It's a gripping, complex novel of historical fiction, mystery, romance and intrigue, with angel-human hybrids, and inferno of danger, plots and sub-plots. Angelopolis is the kind of novel that immediately draws you into its world. The characters and setting are compelling with just the right touch to keep you curious. The historical part is extremely well researched, and filled with interesting details. I really like how Trussoni weaves the historical details in so that not only are you interested in the subject matter, you want to learn more for the clues it provides the story. A fabulous blend of history and narrative. I have been happily recommending this to everyone I know - not only is it a beautifully crafted story, the re-readability is high.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books was not as good as first one. First off, we see the humans acting as despicable as the Nephilim, with their tactics of caging and imprisoning them in a Gulag Facility.....we loose sympathy for the human struggle,...another thing that is irritating is that Verlaine trails after Evangeline like some love sick puppy througout the book....which was borring (twilightesque)...his and Evangeline's story is over....we need something new and fresh here...third the Nephiim are 1/2 are supposed to be beautiful....when describing Sneja as obese and eating on a couch....this totally destroys their beauty and mystery....the only saving Grace in this book was that in Vera...we have the potential for a strong female Celestine/Gabriela in the other books....hopefully in the next book she will be further developed...and the story restored to it's greatness....
irishclaireKG More than 1 year ago
Wow--I cannot believe I have waited three years for this...a great deal of it, I find, unreadable. "Angelology" was unique and wildly creative. It was incredibly readable and the action moved swiftly. Characters were intriguing and while history and family trees got complex they ultimately were explained well. A terrific ending with some fun twists set up the sequel...and dear Lord, what happened? Pages bog down, just stop moving, underneath mountains of boring and very difficult to follow scientific/genetics mumbo-jumbo. Family trees become ridiculously complicated; too many new characters; too many new plots. A lot of this is just mind-numbing. The character of Evangeline--who so many of us loved--is AWOL most of the time and when she does appear--well, don't look for the same character from Book One. Verlaine is this sad cross between a Jason Bourne wanna be and a guy who doesn't seem to know what he's doing. Oh and the last three sentences--what the?! The last line seems to utterly contradict most of what came before it. The history has some good moments with Rasputin, the Russian Revolution but too much is utterly laughable. Think angel-humans and eggs. That's all I'm sayin. I cannot believe this took three years. Good grief.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be completely honest, I was a little disappointed with this book. It was a little hard to get into it and was not the page turner that Angelology was. Maybe I expected too much but the overall creativity was not there. Having said this, I would recommend this book because after all, this is my review and someone else may have a better impression. I would hope that the author is working on a third book to complete the story with Verlaine and Evangeline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book because of its scholarly approach to an unfolding mystery and the development if characters. This book felt rushed in comparison, like Hollywood kidnapped the story and turned it into an action thriller where substance is sacrificed. I was hoping for a substantial read, but got a roller coaster instead. But, it was a fun ride after all, and I will definitely get the sequel. Is there any hope that the sequel will return to some character based substance? I hope so. There is so much room for transcendent romance in these characters it would be a shame to let it just play out as another soul-less Spielbergian thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept my interest but paled in comparison to Angelology. The dual plot was intriguing but also, at times, worked against the storyline. I feel that the effort spent trying to maintain a fast pace on both groups in the plot ended in both progressing at a rate that felt as if things were being left out. Regardless, I did enjoy the book. The conclusion should be interesting to read. Hopefully it won't take three more years to reach us!
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Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So loved the first book, but this is missing similar emotional connection from the start. It's as if the first book was written from traditional "feminine" view, and the second was more like a report. Towards the very end it finally became engaging.  So much research and potential.  Perhaps the author purposely spoke from the "masculine" side of things to follow the pattern mentioned in the storyline.  That means the final book should be a marriage of the two tones. Hopefully. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not want to read one violent scene after another. I read Angelology and liked it, but did not complete this novel because of the violence. Too bad because I was looking forward to reading it.
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bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
Hardback/Fantasy: I liked this book more than the first book. I did the unabridged audio of the first book and found it average. This book was a lot more interesting with the Fabergé egg and Rasputin theories. I like that Trussoni knows she cannot write an action scene so she keeps them short. The problem I have with book was the same as the first. The angels are creatures who, while soulless and greedy, are just trying to survive. The hunters are righteous, self-serving, and are not any better morally than the angels. I got confused with the Watchers and where they came into the lore. I guess I missed it in the first book with the audio. This book is more like Star Wars II and doesn't really end. I do want to read the third book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first book Angelology and think this one was just as good. I like that it dipped into history to make the plot more believable. Even though the connections it makes with Russian history seems like a stretch, it was still well done and believable in the context of the story. I think Trussoni is doing a wonderful job with the angel mythology. I enjoy a good story about vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, etc., and Trussoni's angels are a great addition to the small set of creative, well-written works that involve supernatural beings. Can't wait for book three!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As good as Angelology was, this book was just as bad. Murky, filled with characters doing inexplicable things, several uninteresting story lines, and filled to the brim with expository writing that bored me to tears, a la Dan Brown's later works. Every time it got to a point where it could have been good, or at least had a good part, it veered off in some other direction, or moved to another story line. I know the second in a trilogy is the hardest, but this one just plain sucked. I may not even buy the 3rd one, it was so bad.
lucieparis2011 More than 1 year ago
An intriguing, brilliant serie that I highly recommend! Angelopolis: you will open a history book with puzzles and enigmas, some espionage and a touch of supernatural. It is a wonder! I discovered "Angelology", in a small bookstore and was attracted by the cover immediately. However, I took time to buy it for fear of hitting a boring religious story or a  bad romantic novel about angels. I was damn surprised by my reading! A sort of Da Vinci Code transposed to the myth of Orpheus, punctuated by secret societies, conspiracies with beings fallen from the sky. Even if, explanations were sometimes a bit heavily detailed, I was conquered. In fact, I immediately looked at the release date for the second volume ...I was hooked! That's why, when "Angelopolis" showed up, I put a little time to start it. I wanted to savor and enjoy the adventure in which I was diving. This is not a quick and simple read that you will grab to unwind to put your mind at peace. Rather a story in which you must venture your brain ready to cogitate. It plunges into the past and the stories you've learned at school. The mythology, religion with Noah's Ark and the Romanov's family adventures before the Russian Revolution. And don't let me start on the Fabergé's Eggs  As with the "Da Vinci Code", your brain's cells will be involved to decipher if the theories are fictional or may be part of reality. Added to the story, some puzzles on the angels' creation, some fierce fightings, a prison and a laboratory in Siberia and you will have the perfect setting to turn the pages in search of answers. If in this volume Evangeline is less present, Verlaine continued his formidable investigations. You will go berserk with his final chilling sentence... Lucie
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DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
This book was sent to me via NetGalley and after talking to Jane at Penquin about this I've also got other things to include in the post. In the beginning we see Evangeline who is on her way to France to see a great uncle.The last time she was seen was about three years ago. With the Watchers caught, and Angelogists trying to stop dark Angels from getting the upper hand. Also Verlaine is looking for Evangeline. This book was full of action and adventure I really enjoyed the journey the author takes you on. This book would be great for people who love history, different countries including Russia, Paris. Also great for Angel lovers out there! Can't wait for the third book! I also got a party kit you can get here: Party Kit and Angelologist Georche which are great little things you can do with book clubs. I looked through these and they look like a ton of fun and something everyone can enjoy!
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A_FriendJG More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this sequel to Angelology! It was fast paced and continuously giving you twists and turns. She also did a great job of answering questions from the first book and still leaving you waiting on the third book. I was actually sad it ended and now I am waiting patiently for the next one! It was a great read!