New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint takes on urban fantasy: A bizarre kidnapping case leads FBI Special Agent Jasper Wilde into the mysterious world of a strange religious cult, even stranger criminals—and an ancient evil. Set in the Windy City of Chicago and in rusty, industrial East Chicago
A bizarre kidnapping case leads FBI Special Agent Jasper Wilde into the mysterious world of a strange religious cult and even stranger criminals. At the scene of the kidnapping itself, a frightening apparition is seen. Then, a hideously-mutilated corpse is found nearby. Something wicked has come to the nornal-seeming Chicago suburbs.
It doesn’t take long before the FBI agents realize that something truly extraordinary is unfolding in northwest Indiana—and that, whatever it is, the area’s huge steel industry is somehow at the center.
Jasper is joined by Supervisory Special Agent Temple Black. Black has recently been put in charge of a new unit, the Scientific Anomalies Group, created to analyze and handle peculiar cases which might be on the periphery of national security.
Another cult is discovered, although this one seems to be opposed to the criminal activities taking place. Further investigation, however, just produces more in the way of mystery. The agents consult with scientists and theologians, but no one has any idea what might be producing the situation.
Until, finally, the cults erupt in open warfare. As the FBI agents race to intervene and finally put a stop to the horrors, they come to understand and accept that something very ancient and very evil has surfaced in the world—or, perhaps, something that is very, very alien.
About Iron Angels:
"[A] sci-fi thriller with plent of twists and turns. . . ."—Publishers Weekly
About Eric Flint:
“Another engaging alternate history from a master of the genre.”—Booklist
“. . . an old-style police-procedural mystery, set in 17th century Germany. . . . the threads . . . spin together . . . to weave an addictively entertaining story. . . . a strong addition to a fun series.”—Daily News of Galveston County
“This alternate history series is ... a landmark...”—Booklist
“[Eric] Flint's 1632 universe seems to be inspiring a whole new crop of gifted alternate historians.”—Booklist
“...reads like a technothriller set in the age of the Medicis...”—Publishers Weekly
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About the Author
Eric Flint is a modern master of alternate history fiction, with over three million books in print. He’s the author/creator of the multiple New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series starting with first novel 1632. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the “Belisarius” alternate Roman history series, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War, as well as the Honorverse series entry Cauldron of Ghosts. Flint's latest Ring of Fire novel is 1636: The Ottoman Onslaught. Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives near Chicago, Illinois.
Alistair Kimble is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation working national security matters, and processing crime scenes as a member of the Evidence Response Team. He served in the U.S. Navy, where he dangled from helicopters while performing search & rescue operations as well as mission support for NASA projects such as the Mars Pathfinder, space shuttle recoveries at Edwards AFB, and X projects like the X-36 tailless fighter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This pairing is amazing, the detail Eric Flint is known for is combined with the real world experience of Alistair Kimble who balances out the dryness that I normally find in Flint's work. Even better finally some urban fantasy that takes a break from the modern cliches of vampire and werewolves mixed with too much romance.
This was a fun book, and a nice change of pace for Flint, and a surprise teaming with (according to the cover, "real-life") FBI Agent Alistair Kimble. While I love the 163x series, I'm also a fan of mystery and crime fiction which Iron Angels is, at its heart it's an FBI procedural that goes into urban fantasy territory. I enjoyed the characters' interactions, especially the two main FBI agents, Jasper and Temple as they were pulled deeper and deeper into the fantastic. There's plenty of action, pop culture references, and wisecracks as they go about their investigation and ultimately face down quite a few bad guys who are somewhat incompetent, but fun to read about. Overall I liked the mythos and hope to see another book in the series--Iron Angels certainly left it open for further adventures! One last thing: if you're mainly into Flint's 163x series, this may not be your cup of tea, but if you enjoy crime fiction and don't mind some fantastic creeping into your fiction, give it a try.