Archangel Protocol

Archangel Protocol

by Lyda Morehouse

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It is Presidential election time in the USA, and once again the debate is dominated by religion. But this is the near future, and the candidates have good reason to trumpet their belief in God.

The LINK–an interactive, implanted computer network–transformed society. Then came the angels–cybernetic manifestations that claimed to be the working of God’s will. And if angels exist, surely God does too. The only question is, which candidate does He favor?

Deidre McMannus used to work for the NYPD. Then her partner assassinated the Pope. Deirdre has been kicked out of the force and had her LINK implant removed. An Irish catholic with a brother who is a priest, she has never believed in the angels. All that will change when a handsome young police officer named Michael Angelucci appears at her door and gives Deidre the chance to right the wrongs that have been done to her–and to the entire world….

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015756661
Publisher: Wizard's Tower Press
Publication date: 12/07/2012
Series: AngeLINK , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 342
Sales rank: 571,798
File size: 857 KB

About the Author

Lyda is the award-winning author of several published novels including, Archangel Protocol, Fallen Host, Messiah Node, and Apocalypse Array (Roc). Her first novel was the 2001 Shamus Award winner for the best original paperback featuring a private investigator, the winner of the Barnes & Noble Maiden Voyage Award for best debut science fiction/fantasy novel, and a nominee for the Romantic Times Critic’s Choice for best science fiction. Apocalypse Array was short-listed for the Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished mass-market paperback novels of science fiction.

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Archangel Protocol 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After the dropping of the next big bomb called "Medusa" the world and its politics made a major change. Now all government is religiously affiliated and if you don't have a religion, you're breaking the law. Added in to the mix is the new world order of the LINK. More than the internet, it is a cyberworld that can suck you in and make you a cyberjunkie. A world, which has for many, taken over reality and become a religious experience itself, complete with cybernetic angels and a Second Coming Messiah.Deidre is a former cop turned professional investigator after her partner went haywire and killed the Pope, leading her to be excommunicated. No longer part of the LINK Deidre is considered to be a subversive Jezebel, when all she really wants is to go back to her life as it was. When Officer Michael Angelucci shows up at her office and offers her the chance to not only get back on the LINK but to expose the hoax being perpetrated on mankind through it, she is understandably suspicious. What he is proposing goes against everything she has believed in and holds a death sentence if they are caught.This story is a bit of an amalgamation of worst case scenarios. What if another bomb with the destructive force and lasting consequences of the nuclear bomb was dropped? What would happen if we become exceedingly dependent on technology? What would happen if the internet takes over everyday lives? What would happen if religion takes over the politics of the world? It is an interesting speculative piece in that respect. The action part of the story is the pretty standard sci-fi running around dodging laser blasts and driving futuristic vehicles. I did have a little trouble with suspension of disbelief of the cyberworld created but then again I'm not a techie and am not really sure what really can and can't be done. I really enjoyed Michael and thought that the author, in rather short fixes, created some interesting facets to his personality. He was not at all the traditional romantic hero with all the answers and seemed much more realistic for it. I also liked Page, the AI mouse with a heart of gold. Unfortunately I didn't like the main character of Deidre quite as much. I found her a bit abrasive and closed minded.I'm pretty sure that anyone who doesn't have an open mind about hot button topics such as politics and religion might find the book a bit offensive. I thought it was a unique, rather enjoyable story although cluttered in parts which made the reading somewhat slow-going. I would recommend it to lovers of sci-fi who can stand alternative viewpoints to some sensitive issues.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a series that currently contains 4 books. The books are set in a sort of post apocalyptic United States of America, where everyone has the LINK and America is now a theocracy.In this book Deidre is an ex-cop who has been excommunicated from her religion because of a crime her cop partner committed. Since government and religion go hand in hand, when she is excommunicated from her religion she has her LINK deactivated and is thrust out of standard human society. The LINK provides access to everything; money, jobs, etc. As someone who is un-LINKed she is forced to eke out a living as an investigator to other unLinked individuals. Another cop Michael saunters into her office and asks her to help show that the miraculous LINK-angles are not actual miracles but a hoax; despite the risk Deidre, is tempted to take the case since Michael offers the one thing for payment that Deidre would give anything to have, he offers to reactivate her LINK. Deidre gets much more than she bargained for.This book is an interesting blend of post-apocalyptic sci-fi, cyber punk, and paranormal genres. Unforunately for me, although it was an interesting blend, it fell short of fulfilling any of those genres. The world that Morehouse creates, is semi-believable, but feels somewhat contrived. As a more personal paranormal novel; the main character falls short of being believable and comes off as a bit stiff.I will admit the novel has an interesting premise; although towards the end the mixture of religion and cyber-punk got a bit strange and forced. Also the idea of "the leader of the freeworld" falling into a theocracy is eerily believable and creepy. For the most part this idea of religion taking over everyone's live and religion stunting free-will (woman must where regulation length dresses, birth control is a huge no-no, etc.) makes for an uncomfortable and distrubing read. Sadly though this is a sci-fi topic that has been overdone and has been seen in numerous plots before.Although I did like the warmer more personal approach to sci-fi that this author took, I still struggled through this book. The book never really grabbed me and pulled me forward; I had to push through it. I would find myself rereading paragraphs just because I lost interest in what I was reading.Despite all the above cons I have to applaud the author for trying to create a new niche in the sci-fi genre. The world created is also very creative. The main heroine is pretty believable. I own the next two books in the series, so I will probably read them. I hope, though, that they are better than this book. I do think this could turn out to be a great series. Sometimes the initial book has to spend too much time explaining a new world, so maybe that is part of what made this book a bit boring for me.
rudyleon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
religion, politics, gender, cyber-future, social strata, the nature of reality, the unity of all religion, the messiah, and a romance. Somehow, all seemed superficial and poorly done (except the cyber stuff. And especially the gender stuff. And did the religion somewhat OK, which only made the mistelling of satan more irritating).I'm not at all sure why this gets the rave reviews it gets. But while saying that, I have to admit I had difficulty putting it down. Is there a word for that? Books you don't really enjoy but are drawn into anyway?
scistarz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Despite the fictional status, it's very thought provoking. The world designed by Lyda Morehouse is intricate and intriquing. A good read for anyone who likes sci fi and religion all mixed together.
AdrianneM More than 1 year ago
This is an older novel that's been recently digitally published. The world building is fascinating. Morehouse got so much right with the way the web has taken over our whole electronic world. And her insights into the rise of the ultra-religious are also fascinating. Beyond that, this book includes an intriguing mystery and a breakneck pacing that keeps you hooked until the very last page. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
Archangel Protocol is an amazingly colorful book that depicts the future as a bleakly religion controlled world where the LINK (a futuristic form or the Internet)is the only real access to the world. I recomend this book for all readers, no matter your prefered genre. It has suspense, drama, mystery and heavy sci-fi. A must read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dig it: In the future, everyone has an implanted, interactive computer, here called the LINK. Yeah, yeah, the same cyberpunk thing you've read a million times before about the honorable ronin hacker taking on the Corporation. Only this time, it isn't.

In Lyda Morehouse's new book, 'The Archangel Protocol,' the LINK quickly becomes the domain of religion, after the Net Angels appear, claiming to work the will of God and with the power to back it up. Now the US is on the verge of becoming an official theocracy, and everybody's a believer.

Ex-cop Deidre MacMannus used to be a believer. Then she and her partner got framed for an assassination attempt on the Pope, and her LINK was severed, cutting her off from almost all forms of modern communication. Living as an outcast, excommunicated from both Church and State, MacMannus scavenges a living as a detective until a stranger comes to her office, offering her a chance to find out what's really been going on behind the digital curtain.

All this could easily degenerate into the latest made-for-suburbs technothriller about the cool toys and MIBs, but Morehouse knows her story is about the human element, and the world those humans (and inhumans) inhabit. Great first book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great read! Very fast paced. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. The world that Ms. Morehouse has created is so vivid you feel like you could step right in. What¿s scary is that we¿re not that far away from a ¿LINKED¿ world like the one in Archangel Protocol. This book is going onto my ¿keeper¿ shelve. Great job Ms. Morehouse, I can¿t wait to read your next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the moment you open Archangel Protocal you know you've entered into another world as the heroine Deidre McMannus itches the dead receiver just under her hairline. The dead receive we find out used to connect her to the LINK- an interactive, implanted computer that transforms a futuristic American society. Deidre is a former hardened cop turned detective after being kicked out of the force and excommunicated from the Catholic Church for a crime she didn't commit. The story starts heating up the minute the handsom policemen Michael walks through the door, seeking her help. Deidre sets off on an adventure that will not only put her life in jeopardy at every turn but will challenge her very belief system. Archangel Protocal has a fascinating cast of characters including some whose life only exists inside the computer, LINK angels, and real angels. The mystery and adventure keeps the reader turning the pages and the style is intelligent and at time humorous. The detailed descriptions make the reader feel like they are right there viewing things through Deidre's eyes. If you're looking for something original, fun, and intelligent that will sweep you into another world, read Archangel Protocol.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the near future, mankind invents a weapon of mass destruction, the Plasma Bomb that turns anything organic within its wide range into glass. For instance, two decades after such an explosion, The Bronx remains a contaminated zone. Science has lost its lofty esteem with religion taking over the high rung among Americans, as the country has become a theocracy with everyone belonging to a church.

Most people are also hooked up to the LINK, an interactive computer implanted inside the human brain. Deirdre, a former cop, is disconnected from the LINK because the Pope excommunicated her, but she still knows about the mysterious LINK Angels. Agents of the Church and the government believe they are real and signify the Second Coming. Deirdre believes they are a fake, but even she feels shaken when the Archangel Michael visits her office to request her help.

Lydia Morehouse delivers a blunt message in her debut novel ARCHANGEL PROTOCOL that the Internet is a form of an addicting high no different than alcohol or drugs. The future is bleak and repressive in an Orwellian-like society. The repartee between Michael and Morningstar (Lucifer) is fascinating, but the mortal Deirdre owns the show as she adapts to angels visiting her (after the initial shock passes). This science fiction novel will keep readers glued to the very end, but keep a religious artifact like a crucifix or a Star of David handy.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I got an advance review copy of Archangel Protocol, and I want to recommend that people pre-order early and often. You're going to want to say 'I was the first on my block to discover this one!' Ok, clearly I'm a friend of the author's. But still, it seemed to me that this review space was being wasted since the book isn't out yet. So here's a preview of what Archangel Protocol is all about: The future of Archangel Protocol is a gritty one -- some might even call it cyberpunk. People experience life almost completely through an implanted, interactive future web called the LINK. Recently, disturbing creatures calling themselves 'angels' have started haunting the byways of the LINK. And, they have a political agenda which could mean a radical change in the democracy of America. Deidre McMannus doesn't believe in LINK-angels -- in fact, she doesn't believe in much of anything since her excommunication. Deidre is your classic film noir, down-on-her-luck detective. As the novel starts, a man named Michael appears on her doorstep and, as the jacket blurb says, 'gives Deidre the chance to right the wrongs done to her -- and to the whole world.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very surprised to find myself enjoying this book as much as I did. I am a firm fan of the oldstyle cyberpunk popularized by William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, and most of the newer books in the same genre have left me unfulfilled. Ms. Morehouse, on the other hand, can talk the talk, like most authors who attempt to write cyberpunk, but can also walk the walk. She has a deep understanding of what the movement was about, not merely the way it was presented. The Archangel Protocol combines technology and religion with a light balance, not weighing either subject too heavily with the other. This is a book worth reading and I recommend it strongly