by Michael Vorhis
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ARCHANGEL 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Lindsay7 More than 1 year ago
Sorry to start by deviating from my original intent but I have to put into perspective another bit of advice I see posted here. I can assure you this book is very well written, although yes its style may assume a reader can absorb more than dumbed down tabloid fare. Even so, my broken-English immigrant friend, about as far from an adept English linguist as can be imagined, is now reading my copy and loving every single page. Forgive me if I'm wary of the motives of anyone who blames a reasonably well crafted book for a personal failing or who can't grasp a tense life-and-death opening scene yet still seems to have a goal to "steer" everyone else away from someone's work. Something fishy there. Especially for an impressive accomplishment that few could match. I read this novel twice, once last summer and again in February, the second time with the paperback. The descriptive qualities put me right there. I found the style and plot very rich. The story was inspiring, but maybe only for those with the capacity to be inspired (and those who can get to page eleven). I came to this review page with the intention to say simply if an honest reader likes good suspense they should consider this one.
LeeHolz More than 1 year ago
Archangel is a fast-paced, thoroughly enjoyable thriller. The characters are well-developed. The good guys are sympathetic; the bad guys are suitably villainous; all are interesting. The story offers something more; the issues of the use of violence in the cause of justice and the impact of that use on the actor are addressed if not resolved, as they can never be.
emm_ More than 1 year ago
I loved this novel. I like character driven novels anyway, and books like this one are the reason why. It was also taut; I had to see what happened. I love it when characters take on lives of their own, and I loved the timeless, chivalrous quality of the romantic undercurrent in this story. Mystery, love, and heroism are a potent combo. I hope a sequel is around the corner.
Arlene1 More than 1 year ago
I had trouble reading this one too, but my problem was the reverse. I was planning to read a little at a time but couldnt do it. I got drawn in immediately and had to keep going. Although I guess this book probably took a few years to research and write and polish, I finished in less than three days! I rate it outstanding according to Barnes and noble guide line.
Benjamin68 More than 1 year ago
OVERVIEW- I was unsure if I would enjoy thins book for the first few chapters. The characters are crisp and original, but I couldn't figure out where exactly the story was heading and it seemed to meander along for a bit. It turns out that was just the calm before the storm, a storm that I would rate a class five hurricane. There was a point when I realized that the tension of the book had been building all along; it builds and builds until finally you get the gratifying eruption of sheer storytelling genius. I realized that few placid chapters near the beginning are crucial and most likely intentionally orchestrated by the author to increase the intensity of the dramatic outcome of the story. My advice, no matter how the first hundred pages rubs you, press on it is well worth in the end. IN DEPTH- I am a big fan of scifi/fantasy and the horror genres and this book in no way fits into any of those categories. The title Archangel had me expecting some form of supernatural event, whether it be divine intervention, demon possession,or what have you. That was not the case; this book is firmly rooted in reality and Mr. Vorhis writes it in the style of the great American classic novel. CHARACTERS- Mr. Vorhis takes the time to develop original unique characters. Each is deep and well thought out. The protagonists are suitably flawed, not being the flat, but shining heroes of some fairy tale as many writers have a tendency to create. The antagonists are a perfect counterpart, each villain, from the boss to the lowest henchman, is appropriately evil, intelligent, and self serving. As the reader it is easy to identify and accept each of their motivations and their actions are consistent with natural, if a bit cruel, human responses. To often I find bad guys are just bad guys because the author need a bad guy. To often I find myself wondering what would motivate the antagonist to act or react in such ways. The believability of the character motivation is what pushed this novel from good to great. PLOT- The plot of Archangel is well developed and realistic. Michael Vorhis creates an amazing piece of fiction that is well rooted in this world. The details of physics, geology, geography, and history are not paramount to this story, but the author's mastery of each accentuates the plot and forces the reader to suspend disbelief. Whether it's describing how to control of a gliding aircraft, the finer points of American mining, or the civil unrest between aboriginal peoples and the new Americans Michael Vorhis writes about each with authority and knowledge. SIDE NOTE- On a more personal level, as a Native American who was raised on a reservation I have to commend the author for his very accurate portrayal of the overall state of mind of the natives in general during the late sixties and early seventies. The inclusion of the natives in this novel was well done. Recently, in literature or cinema, natives are portrayed as all knowing, deeply spiritual near mythical beings, this I believe, is an over compensation for the unfavorable light in which they were portrayed for generations or maybe for the collective guilt of the American populace for the wrong doings of their fore fathers. Mr. Vorhis is able to capture the truth about the Indians. They are all just individual people. Some of the elders are wise, but that's true of every race, some of the youth are reckless again true of all human beings, and all are capable of
Perry801 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. For me it had echoes of an old Humphrey Bogart movie called "The Left Hand of God" - - one of my all-time favorite Bogie movies. While we're on the subject of movies, I'd love to see "Archangel" hit the big screen. Hollywood is badly in need of a story as good as this. Michael Vorhis writes extremely well, like a seasoned pro for my money, and the tension in this engrossing story builds like a slow-burning fuse, finally exploding in an exciting climax. Good guys and bad guys alike are extremely well-drawn in this very well written, character-driven story. I look forward to Michael's next novel. Perry Martin Author of "Pretty Flamingo"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a friend of the author.  He probably would not like me to say that in a review as it might seemingly taint my objectivity.  But I'll be honest. I must confess that I am not much of a novel reader, and my pure motivation for reading the book was because it was Mike's and not really knowing Mike as an author, I was skeptical.  Nevertheless, I set aside a little time every evening to read a few chapters. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised.  Before I knew it, I was drawn in, looking forward to the end of the day, when I could sit and be entertained by this book.  It builds slowly, but persistently, then ends in the perfect ending at the top of the climax, in great resolve.   During the development of the plot, I felt that I got to know the characters well who I needed to know well, and the peripheral characters contributed appropriately.  There are multiple underlying themes and symbolism that the reader should look for, woven into the writing within the character's names, their actions, and even the historical and geographical setting. Mike and I know each other from hang-gliding.  Mike spends a chapter in the book describing flight in a way that is true to the experience, allowing the reader to fully participate.  Michael's skill as an author is now clear to me.  You will greatly enjoy Archangel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book. I loved the characters, the story,suspension and action....very well done
Swat More than 1 year ago
I go for mysteries and thrillers mostly. There are no exploding airplanes in this novel but I did get pulled in pretty deep, plenty of question marks to piece together. It's not gratuitous but it's pretty intense, the villains are a bit raw at times but that's a villain for you. It has a smooth polished quality, almost poetic in places. The main characters grew on me. Very glad I read it, I recommend the book. I won't give up mysteries but will probably read more good suspense now because of this one. A smart book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put the book down. Must have been Vorhis's patented glue. Actually, he does a great job pulling the reader into the book, to the extent that I was outraged by the bad guys and wishing terrible retribution on them, delivered very satisfyingly by the author. I liked the book enough that I read Vorhis's next book "Open Distance" and found that book to also be a thoroughly satisfying read. Like one of the other reviewers comments, Vorhis's descriptions of flight are clearly hard-won, from extensive personal experience, and ring true. Both books are highly recommended.
NVBookWorm More than 1 year ago
Archangel is a page turner- the plot twists take you by surprise. The dialogue feels real like you are in the same room as the characters.From the very beginning you find yourself drawn into the protagonist's dilemma and challenge filled assignment. I enjoyed the book from start to finish. There is one character who I would like to have had more "page time". The setting of the novel is rare- in fact a suspense into itself and kept me reading. Looking forward to Michael's next novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi, this note is being supplied by the author (via FreeFlicght Publishing). While I won't presume to review this work myself, I ask that you kindly see the reviews posted for the ARCHANGEL eBook edition (unfortunately Barnes & Noble doesn't seem to combine reviews for literarily identical editions, so here, for the paperback, I've keyed in the average rating that readers have logged for the eBook edition). ~ The other main on-line sales channel does combine reviews for eBook and paperback editions...and there are some additional (and I'm glad to say, extraordinary) reviews there too. Those can be very helpful, in that some of them alert you that the "calm before the storm" experienced in this book is no accident, and worth the wait. So enjoy the suspense in the early chapters! It certainly heats up and you're glad you did. ~ I've done my level best to provide a world-class novel to my readers. Enjoy it! This paperback edition really is big and beautiful (the thumbnail doesn't begin to do it justice--surf for the FreeFlight-Publishing website to see a much better 3D image); as much as I love eBook technology, when my paperback edition came out even I couldn't put the thing down. ~ Anyway, kindly check out reviews for the eBook edition here on Barnes & Noble, and other fantastic reviews elsewhere, and then please support your Barnes & Noble Booksellers; we need great bookstores, and they fit the bill! Above all, enjoy this story. Thank you! ~ - Michael Vorhis (the Author, via FreeFlight Publishing)
penacker More than 1 year ago
This was an ok read. Could have been better with a bit more effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first ten pages and couldn't grasp the first idea. The writing was very dry and wordy. Unless you have a degree in English Lit., don't bother getting this book.