Halo of the Damned

Halo of the Damned



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ISBN-13: 9781615726059
Publisher: Caliburn Press
Publication date: 02/07/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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Halo of the Damned 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
QueentuttsWorld More than 1 year ago
Mystically Captivating & Realistically Horrifying! What a fascinating read! Talking about being glued to the pages, I was totally hypnotized as the story came alive on the pages. Readers who love stories of the fallen angels will eat this story up. The story captivates you immediately as the mysterious religion (Yeridism) behind the fallen angels unfolds within the story and gives the reader an insightful realistic and goring detail of how the angel worshipers perform their rituals and why they perform them. Warning! Some of the details may be horrifying to the tender hearted as there are rituals of rites of passage into adult hood to include sexual scenes, and sharing of eating the human flesh (outside enemies). The authors writing is fascinating in the fact that the connection between the characters is so humanistic in real life that she had me believing these type of people really existed. I had to literally go and look it up on Google to see if this religion exist and it does. This author has thoroughly done her homework bringing in the history of the fallen angels from the biblical aspect of the book of Enoch accounts. The plot itself stays mysterious all through the book and keeps you on the edge of your seat at every turn of the page. The excitement and twists is intriguing and definitely gives the reader a different outlook towards the fallen angels, an outlook from a darker side. You will not find the sweetness you may find in most romance novels about fallen angels. I have to say this is probably the most realistic account of truth you will find about fallen angels even though this is fiction. I love how the author has taken this story and has added other genre elements to it like romance and small amounts of erotic scenes between events. The mystery and suspense of how through advertising concepts humans can be mentally brainwashed into doing things definitely kept me glued to the pages, and the paranormal aspect adding the horror of humans being drained dried of their blood or being literally eaten starting with the organs to include their bones. Some scenes are very graphically descriptive as if the human is like someone buying a cow in the market, prepared, and cooked for dinner. All I can say is that this whole story was fascinating, very educational for me because I did actually learn about a religion I didn’t know existed, and I look forward to reading more of this authors work. Excellent Read!
PLParker More than 1 year ago
Genesis 6:4 … Nephilim . . . offspring of the "sons of God" and the "daughters of men." Good and evil. Heaven and Hell! The mysteries of the Nephilim are explored in Halo of the Damned. After Joanna is released from prison, she is given refuge by her sister Kim and Kim’s daughter Maria. Lydia, their mother who died the year before, left behind a tangled web of mystery and deceit. Joanna secures a job in an ad agency founded by the Fallen One, Armaros. Seeking his own dominion on earth, Armaros uses the agency to entice souls to the dark side. He challenges Satan’s law by breeding with human females, producing children —the Nephilim! Satan demands Armaros return. Armaros wants to stay in his earthly realm! Sheltered by their mother and unaware of their true birthright, Joanna and Kim discover that they themselves are Nephilim. Their powers are emerging, even more so in the child Maria who receives messages from the other side. The war between good and evil wages even brighter as the two sides face off. Halo of the Damned is a fast-paced read chock full of exciting chills and thrills. Would Joanna and Kim survive? Would Armaros be thrown back into the pits of Hell? I find myself thinking about hanging crosses just in case! For those of you who love dark paranormal, I highly recommend Halo of the Damned!
RomanceWritersReviews More than 1 year ago
The storyline was very fascinating; I was hooked from the first page to the last. It is written so well you feel like your apart of the book. All the characters were interesting, and easy to follow. The story takes you on an intense, unbelievable journey. Let go of everything you think is "normal" and you will enjoy this book!....defiantly worth to read! Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Dina pens "Halo of the Damned" in fast paced plot with a gripping story line. Her characters were unique and well developed, along with her descriptive scenes and spell binding rituals, that it kept me hooked. I was totally fascinated with this book and highly recommend it to all dark romance fans. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating tale of horror mixed with religion! Hope for a sequel!
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Intense paranormal horror story. Halo of the Damned is intense, and not like what I expected at all, which is a good thing. When I heard ‘paranormal romance’ and ‘angels’, even with the words ‘dark’ and ‘horror’ added in, I immediately jumped to conclusions. I love paranormal romance, but I’ve seen all the clichés one too many times to enjoy them anymore. Halo of the Damned isn’t your typical paranormal romance. It doesn’t throw around clichés, instead it works with them and features them in a new spotlight. The story starts out with one of the bad guys, Andel, and what an amazing start it is. I immediately fell in love with this villain, although he is, without a doubt, eviler than most of the villains you see nowadays. I liked him because there was a certain dark passion behind his motives, and a surprising amount of originality. The author wasn’t scared to shy away from violence and some gory scenes, but I personally didn’t mind. I see how some people could find it disturbing, but it is horror. While I usually tend to prefer my horror more of the psychological kind, this book offered more than enough balance between blood and gore and psychological horror to be entertaining. On the side of the good guys, we have Joanna and Kim. While I wasn’t particularly fond of them at first, they grew on me as characters. The most intriguing part behind the story is the brainwashing though, and the cult doing these things, no matter how horrifying, because of something they believe in. The author clearly did her research, and it shows. I thought the scenes of the rituals were, although gruesome, very fascinating as well, and it shows us the human pscyhe in a new shape and form. Even though there’s a romance storyline in this book, the book doesn’t depend heavily on it – it’s more of a side story. I must applaud the author for bringing together a mix of genres that don’t always match well together: romance, horror, paranormal, mystery and thriller. This account of fallen angels is one of the most refreshing books I’ve read in a while in this particular genre. The book grabbed me from page one. It reads like a true pageturner, and kept me up till late in the night to finish reading. If you’re a fan of dark paranormal romance and/or horror, Halo of the Damned needs to be on your TBR list. Right now.
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Teelovesgio More than 1 year ago
First I would love to thank FMB Tours for allowing me to be a part of this tour. I have to say that when I first saw the cover of this book I was intrigued then I read the blurb and said I have to read this book. The cover drew me in for a number of reasons and one being that I am a huge fan of Angels and Demons stories. There is something about good VS evil that makes or breaks a story. Dina has a little of everything in this story and I love the fact that you really don't know what is going to happen next so your left wondering what is going to happen. Andel is a fallen angel disguised as an ad agency CEO. He is a fallen angel out to reek havoc and that is exactly what happens. He becomes bold and tries Lucifer by breaking several of hell's rules and doing what he wants to do. His carefree attitude drives people crazy because the only person who can stop him is Lucifer himself. Then you have Joanna and Kim who are sisters just trying survive in life. They uncover a secret their mother has kept from them and what comes to light is something the sisters will have to decipher. They will seek answers to the question of what is their true heritage? Where do they come from? How will anything be the same in their lives? They will have to face the truth that there is good and evil in this world. What side will they choose and once they choose a side will they true to their heritage or themselves. This was an action packed read and in the end it left me asking the question what would I do in that situation. This is a must read for all angel lovers out there. Give it a go and have fun in this action packed adventure.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(I received a digital copy of this book for free as part of the ‘Halo of the Damned’ Blog tour.) 32-year-old Joanna has just been released from prison, after an 18 month sentence for possession of cocaine. She goes to live with her sister and niece, who are living in her mother’s home since her death. Lydia (their mother)’s will leads them to some unusual discoveries though, as it turns out she had a lot of money, several homes, and some strange artefacts in the shape of a painting, a scroll, and strange curved bit of metal. Unfortunately, Jo’s sister Kim shows these artefacts to the wrong people, and Kim narrowly avoids death in a car accident – the same way her mother died. Realising that something is seriously wrong, Jo and Kim try to protect Maria (Kim’s daughter) from what is happening. Maria however seems to know more than anyone, when it turns out that her grandmother had been teaching her things about angels and their writings, and showing her how to use a Ouija board! I’m not really sure where to start with this book. The story was interesting, but I think I’m just a little bit too sensitive for the subject matter, as I was uncomfortable at several points whilst reading this book due to some of the more violent events. This book is really not for the faint-hearted, and contains scenes of violence, devil worship, blood drinking, cannibalism, and rape (of both males and females), and I really wished I hadn’t started reading it while eating my breakfast! Joanna is an interesting character, although she is unsure what to make of her niece’s strange habits of talking to a doll (who talks back to her and tells her strange things), and using a Ouija board to talk to her dead grandmother. With the weird occurrences that are happening though, I think I might have been more inclined to take her advice, especially after her sister claims that her car accident was caused by seagulls attacking her car. Jo’s mother’s family were seriously weird. They had this strange religion that they described as ‘angel worship’, when they really meant fallen angels – Satan etc. They were into some seriously sick activities, including incest, rape, and murder, but on the outside looked like totally normal people, which just made it all the more disturbing. I really wasn’t endeared to Jo’s boss – the fallen angel/demon Andel either. In the first few sentences of the book he is portrayed eating his own daughter’s dead body, which really put me off my breakfast! He’s generally a bit of a nasty character all round to be honest, although I suppose this is to be expected of a demon, and his activities are generally rather unpleasant. There were also a few side characters involved – Sean – Lydia’s lawyer and lover, Abe – the private investigator looking into Lydia’s family for Sean, and Marcus – Andel’s second in command and another nasty character (he’s into torturing animals). I’m afraid the final straw for me was when a police detective got his eyeballs pecked out by seagulls. Really gruesome, I felt physically sick, and really just could not bear to read any more. I was going to give it 6 out of 10 stars up until this point, but I really had to knock it down after this. Sorry but I’m going to have nightmares of that scene for a long while to come. Overall; this was a well written book, with a well thought out storyline, the subject matter was just a bit too violent and taboo for me. 4 out of 10.
-essence More than 1 year ago
I honestly expected a typical paranormal book with some romance thrown in - you know where there's a big bad wold and damsel in distress and some forbidden love and some action. I didn't get that at all. This book brings out the least angelic things out of angels. They're not some divine creatures with beautiful halos. They aren't guardians or God's messengers. This book focuses on the fallen angels, the ones who fell with Lucifer from heaven to hell and now roam the Earth - killing people, spreading sin. Nephilim are on the rise, Yezidism is drawing attention and Armaros, one of the fallen angels, is being worshiped instead of Lucifer. There's a whole bunch of characters and they're all somehow connected to each other. We have Joanna Easterhouse, who just came out of prison, her sister Kim and her daughter Maria, who is insisting that her doll is talking with her. There is Andel, Armaros' human name, who leads and advertising company and just killed his daughter when we meet him. Then there are Tony and Sean and a dozen of others who complete this story. Yezidism believers are mating with angels and creating nephilim while Joanna and Kim are discovering their true heritage. I have to say the writing style and story building reminds me very much of one of my favorite authors Sidney Sheldon - if he would write paranormal books, I'm pretty sure this is how they would look like. But let me explain myself furthermore. I like fast paced books if they're done rightly. The types of books you're hooked on and you find yourself turning page after page wanting to find out what happens. It's not necessary that there's actually something going on, it simply keeps your interest. Through the storyline you start realizing how connected the characters are, completely entwined, and a lot of them... well, dies quickly or something happens to them. However, this book is not for those with bad stomaches due to some very descriptive scenes. I wasn't actually bothered by them, I think I was just staring at my e-book copy with wide open eyes and a what-the-hell face on. (: I really liked the quotations from the Bible - it's interesting to see what's written in there about angels, Lucifer's fall and the Apocalypse. It's obvious there's a lot of research from the author's side in the back of writing the story, so kudos for that! Who would I recommend this book too? Those who like their paranormal books without romance and like to see some horror elements in them.
Embrace-a-Book More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed most of this story greatly. It was interesting to read an unromaticized version of fallen angels. I think my favorite character is Maria and wish her mother would listen to her more often. There are a few corny lines in this story but they are made up for. All in all I really liked this one!
JayCam More than 1 year ago
The twists of Dina Rae’s paranormal adventure start with the title, Halo of the Damned, and on the very first page the reader feels the exit to their experience barred and locked behind them. Rae’s writing blends fantasy and research into an immersive landscape with deep, rich characters. There’s the ex-con Joanna working up the corporate ladder in a harsh economy, her sister Kim, the single mother with a past waiting to scab over, as well. And on top of these real situations, burdening the shoulders of these real characters, are actual angels and demons. Everyone the reader meets in this lush tale has a past, and all of them have secrets. But how many and how meaningful they are is the tantalizing carrot Rae tempts her fans with all the way to the end. The research that holds up the writing is self-evident, and the reading of the book is not simply entertaining, but also enriching.
ubiquitousghosts More than 1 year ago
Fun with Demons Current cultural trends show a persisting, growing obsession with all things angel, demon, and darkly supernatural, all with a thread of romance thrown into the mix. Fans of this genre will not be disappointed with Dina Rae’s Halo of the Damned. Set ironically in Wheaton, Illinois, a city with one of the highest number of churches per capita, the story opens by acquainting the reader with Andel, the head of an advertising agency that bears the very honest name Evil Empire, after his most recent kill. With just a few leading hints of what is behind this murder, Rae continues with the introduction of heroines Joanna Easterhouse and her sister, Kim. Kim also has a young daughter, Maria, who very early into the story reveals not only her apparent psychic abilities but her importance in the coming maelstrom. And there is indeed a storm in the making, spun into high gear when Joanna takes a job at the Evil Empire Agency and becomes inadvertently enmeshed in the otherworld intrigue that is the culture of a business run by a fallen angel. The action of this story begins in Wheaton, wanders north of Illinois to Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, and zooms across the ocean to Florence, Italy before the final resolution back in Wheaton. Amazingly enough, with all of the rituals, murders, and yes, blood-sucking and dismemberment, Rae manages to pull off an ending that is both sweet and believable. Ah, romance, one might say, but perhaps the bottom line is that love really can conquer all, even something as formidable as an army of demon worshippers. And the demon. This book will intrigue readers of dark romance. How Andel is an integral part of the Easterhouse sisters’ past, what they discover about their recently deceased mother and the estranged family that still walks this planet, and how it all relates to an ancient religion born in the Middle East and devoted to angel worship is the stuff of nightmares. Or a devilishly good read.
mwestMW More than 1 year ago
I thought at first that I was not going to like Halo of the damned. I found it quite hard to get into at first, but I’m glad I persevered because after a while it turned into an enthralling page turner. First, I suggest that you release the rational side of your mind and allow this dark paranormal to take to you places that you never knew existed. Where demons are repentant and angels are all forgiving to us mere human beings. There is death, destruction and bloody fights, which expertly builds up to a climax that will have you perched on the edge of your chair. You will go to bed thinking about the characters Joanna and Kim’s chances of survival and what would happen if Satan and his fiery hell really got a foot hold on our mortal plane of existence. Dina Tosto may be a new author, but I believe that she will go far with her books. She has a unique knack of really bringing her characters to life and you either love them or hate them. Halo of the damned is twisting turning road, fraught with the dead and dying. It’s a fantastic read and I give it a 5 star rating.