The Day the Angels Fell

The Day the Angels Fell

by Shawn Smucker
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The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker

Shawn Smucker lives with his wife and six children in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Day the Angels Fell is his first novel.

www.shawnsmucker.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800728496
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 269,966
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Shawn Smucker is the author of The Day the Angels Fell and The Edge of Over There. He lives with his wife and six children in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. You can find him online at www.shawnsmucker.com, where you can also sign up for his newsletter.

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The Day the Angels Fell 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Tangled in Text 13 days ago
The Day the Angels Fell was captivating. The narrative was engrossing and the setting was perfection. It was realistically created in a present-day world with a huge mysterious element looming over the reader the same way it was taking hold over the characters. I didn't know what to believe just as much as they were questioning the reality of certain aspects. The presentation of this story was impeccable. The smooth transitions and effortless flow between flashbacks and the present was mesmerizing. The authors ability for storytelling is exceptional and seemed so easy for him throughout this story. Shawn Smucker will definitely be on my TBR list in his future endeavors. The life stages chosen to showcase this plot were extremely complementary and showcased this story in the best ways. The raw fear and doubt of a twelve year old boy as he starts on this journey as he is internally battling between wanting the independence of his impeding teenage years and still wanting the comfort and backing from his mother drove this story. You didn't have a man that was storming through these quests and simply making these decisions with maybe a little internal fear at certain times. You had a boy that hesitated and thought out every detail and decision having no idea which road to take. He was afraid of the cobwebs, the dark, and the unknown, but still trying to put on a brave front and that emotion was captured beautifully. He exemplifies the roles so perfectly switching from the old grumpy man to the twelve year old he used to be that it is sometimes comical how well he captures them like in the below two quotes that I could easily visualize a old, grumpy man in front of me. "I hear the knock at the screen door. I sigh. It's probably Jerry, and it's no good pretending I'm not home because he knows I never go anywhere." "Dress shoes have always put me in a bad mood." I loved the plot as a whole capturing this unexplored story about the Tree of Life. I definitely was not planning to cancel my Saturday plans and be completely taken by this book, but it was such as fun yet engaging read.
Fitzysmom 18 days ago
If you are a fan of supernatural fiction then you will be pleased to know that there is a new voice in the field. Shawn Smucker makes his debut with The Day The Angels Fell. Supernatural fiction is really not my thing but I enjoyed the story and felt like it was a quick read. The story is told from the perspective of Samuel Chambers. He's an old man about to attend the funeral of his last friend. Due to age and circumstance he is reflecting over the events that surrounded the death of his mother. It was a summer that would change the course of his life and those around him. As I said before it is a work of supernatural fiction so expect that in the writing. I thought Mr. Smucker did a good job of working those elements into the story without making it weird. The overall theme is that death is a gift. That may sound strange at first but after reading the novel I appreciate that phrase. If you can check your theology at the door and just read this title as a work of fiction I think you will enjoy it. The writing is good and the characters are engaging. Once you start the story I think you'll be hard pressed to put it down. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
NightDweller 19 days ago
This novel was rather difficult for me to get deeply engrossed in, which seemed rather odd given how much I have looked forward to and enjoy receiving books to read and review from companies and fans. Initially the book flashed a lot between past and present without explanation which left me with many questions. Eventually these questions were answered but it would have been nice to be eased into the situation than just left to ponder the course. The topic itself was very heartening and I am sure that in some ways it may be a good novel for preteens who have experienced some form of loss and are having trouble grasping what has happened as well as for the youth who are ill themselves and fear what is to become of them. I highly doubt this is what the author intended but it comes off as such a novel to me. It may not be the best novel for everyone but it is something I am sure plenty of people will enjoy regardless of the critics.
ARS8 20 days ago
The Day the Angels Fell was a whimsical, fantastical kind of tale that I have not read the likes of in a very long time. This was a story of life and death, good and evil, and truth and lies. Bad things and accidents happen all the time in our world and we really have no power to stop it. Here we have a young boy, Sam, who has gone through the unexpected death of his mother. Throwing his world off kilter and now living in this new nightmarish reality, Sam would do anything to get his mom back and pay any cost for that. Enter certain shady and secretive characters that just may be able to help Sam and his dad out but possibly at a price that neither would want to pay. Reading like a modern day fairy tale, Sam with his best friend Abra, embark on an adventure where neither one knows the consequences or the extent of the evil that follows them as they choose to find the Tree of Life. This was written very well and kept me engaged and is a story that I think tweens, teens, and adults will enjoy. Sprinkled with sadness, a bit of creepiness, and ultimately hope this would be a great book to read and discuss with your kids. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
elfosterreviews 21 days ago
I’ve read a lot of good books in my life. And I know I’m prone to giving books more praise than they are due. However, there is a very short list of books that I would consider my favorites, but I believe I’m going to have to add to it. I was not expecting to like this book. I put off reading it, I was sure it just wasn’t for me. I am so happy to say I was wrong. The mythology included in this is superb. I was pleasantly surprised to find nods to Inuit mythology right next to the Biblical. While this book definitely has Christian undertones, and could be classified as Christian Fiction, it didn’t strike me as religious in any way. Smucker used Biblical stories in the same way one might adapt Greek or Norse myths. And he does so flawlessly. Additionally, Smucker adds in bits and pieces of other cultures; they blend together to create a world that is unlike any other. The character development is spot on. All of the characters are multidimensional, they have complex feelings, motivations, and beliefs. And they are people who readers will want to befriend. This novel wrestles with heavy issues. The death of Sam’s mother is wretched and readers can’t help but feel for him. But it is Sam’s actions to this loss that fuel the story. Losing a loved one is hard, but letting them go, and accepting that they’ve gone to a better place (where hopefully you’ll meet them again one day), is harder still. Smucker built an amazing world in the backyard of the one we know. He filled it with characters that will tug your heartstrings, and have you feeling just a little bit braver than you did at the start. I can’t to get my hands on the next installment. And to think…it all started with a cat. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Virginiaw 22 days ago
It will be very hard for me to go a year before finding out what happens in the next book in this series. I did not want to put this book down. This seems to be more of a book for teens but I feel that adults will like it also. My favorite character was Abra. She is a great girl. Samuel has a lot to learn in this book. This is great Christian suspense. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
SemmieWise 3 months ago
** “It was at that age that I learned there is darkness and there is Darkness, and the difference between the two is day and night.” ** Sometimes, when you finish a novel, you just have to sit in a moment of silence and revel in the glory of the story. Such is the case with Shawn Smucker’s debut novel, “The Day the Angels Fell.” When I finished it, I had to just sit a minute and ponder all that was this amazing tale. As a now elderly man who is saying goodbye to his final friend, Samuel Chambers reflects upon the summer he was 12 — the time he calls the summer of storms, the summer his mother died, the summer of the fire, and the summer he learned that death is a gift. Mysterious events are occurring that summer — gypsies are appearing in town with the strange message “Find the Tree of Life” for Sam; wicked storms are hitting the town; two strange men, Mr. Jinn and Mr. Tennin, suddenly appear on Sam’s farm; and strange and wicked creatures suddenly start going on the prowl around his property. As Sam and his best friend Abra (the friend who has passed away in the current setting) attempt to solve the mystery of “Find the Tree of Life,” they must also determine who they can trust. Is Mr. Jinn on their side, or is Mr. Tennin? And what is their involvement with the Tree of Life? As supernatural forces begin to gather and take sides in this story of creation, life, death and sacrifice, Sam must also decide on which side he belongs — and will he do anything to bring his mother back from the grave? “The Day the Angels Fell” is an incredible book that starts with time’s creation and the Garden of Eden and takes us on a journey of what happened to the Tree of Life after the fall of man in Eden — especially what happened to it the summer Sam was 12. But besides being a great supernatural story featuring angels, a mysterious sword and the very beasts of hell, it also delves into some very deep themes. Death is a very prevalent topic, but Smucker does a great job of showing us that we need not fear death. We need to look at death as a gift, as a beginning to a beautiful eternity, and that we actually face a horrible existence without death. Darkness versus light, and how we allow them to impact us, also meanders predominantly throughout this story. It shows us we must make the most of today because there is no guarantee of another day; the power of truth; and the importance of sacrifice and lack of selfishness. Shawn Smucker writes in a beautifully descriptive manner (“The air woke up, like a viper sensing a small mouse dropped into its cage”). He does an excellent job of allowing his reader to not only see the scene, but hear it and feel it and smell it. Fans of Mike Dellosso and Robert Liparulo will love “The Day the Angels Fell.” I know I’m really looking forward to his next novel, unfortunately not due until the Summer of 2018. Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Samuel Chambers is a normal boy, living in a normal - if small - town. His summer is anything but normal. A lightning storm that decimates the tree in his front yard and kills his mother ushers in stranger things. Suspicious strangers, unknown creatures, and unprecedented happenings. Samuel would to anything to go back to the way his summer was before the storm, but he can't see how that's possible. When he's prompted by a group of fortune-tellers and his reclusive neighbor, Samuel and his best friend, Abra, set out on a quest to find the Tree of Life and bring his mother back. The book tells Sam's story, switching between his childhood perspective and his adult perspective. It's a unique way to show a continuing character arc, while raising questions about where the story is going. I wouldn't call this books suspenseful, but it definitely left me wondering 'what happens next?' Sam is portrayed as a normal boy thrust into abnormal circumstances. He sets out to turn his new reality into something more pleasant, a quest to right an ancient wrong. But instead of making him feel better, it forces him to see the difference between what's right and what's true. The Day the Angels Fell asks the question: is death a gift? Shawn Smucker's debut novel is somewhat allegorical, a story woven through with legend and Bible. While it's not the kind of book I typically read, I enjoyed the break from difficult reading that it offered. The end is set up perfectly for a sequel, and I enjoyed The Day the Angels Fell enough to read the sequel, should there be one. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
rokinrev 3 months ago
[Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book so it will NOT show as a verified purchase. As always, I voluntarily review ever book I read and am in no way influenced by how I received it.] "' Life is not only made up of what you can see. This is the beginning of belief.'" Sam Chambers, 12 years old, begins a journey to try to make sense of the death of his mother during a freak storm. Not only still young in understanding, he and his friend Abra are about to confront the one thing no one quite understands- WHY do bad things happen to good people. After his mother's passing, Sam and his father become the center of a struggle between two mysterious neighbors. Who is bad, who is good? Can you trust anyone to tell the truth? How can we find faith in the midst of tragedy, and, is it worth holding on to by letting go of fear? And can we live with the choices we make? Told in lyrical prose, this book, which I'd first read as a self published .pdf off Shawn Smucker's website and have now read in book form twice in 24 hours, may leave you with more questions than answers, with emotions on the front line, and a sense of hope which could change your thinking about some things. This new author is one to keep up with. I, for one, can hardly wait for the sequel! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for YA and adults both.
Blooming-with-Books 3 months ago
The title is just a hint at what is to come... The Day the Angels Fell By Shawn Smucker Let me start off by saying that this book wasn't quite what I was expecting when I first picked it up. It has layers and nuances that make this a captivating read. This book is a reminiscing of the main character Samuel Chambers. Sam's thoughts turn to the past following the death of a close friend from his childhood. Abra was there for Sam the summer that everything changed - the year his mother died. If the possibility to restore a life that was lost was given what would you choose? This impossibility is before Sam. When he sees something that he shouldn't he embarks on a quest to undo his mother's death. But how can Sam find the Tree of Life - the very tree that humanity has been denied since the moment that disobedience was chosen? This is a story of good versus evil, one where hope in the impossible could be the draw that evil needs to succeed. But can a twelve-year-old boy make a choice that will not cost him his very soul? This book has an underlying current that leaves the reader slightly uneasy as the story progresses but there are moments when the unease lifts. If given the chance to thwart death would you take the chance - the risk no matter the cost to your soul or the soul of the one you cannot let go? Something about Shawn Smucker's writing reminds me a little of Billy Coffey's writing and yet there is a unique quality to it that makes it stand apart. One scene, in particular, involving Sam and Mr. Tennin brings to mind Pippen and Gandalf (Lord of the Rings) talking about what comes after this life. This an especially moving scene that discusses death and how it is a transition and not a destination. I think many teens would be intrigued by the plot. Younger readers would be a more individual call based on the emotional maturity of the reader as there are some difficult and scary scenes in this book. Evidently, this book will enjoy a sequel if the excerpt included is any indication. But this story seems complete in and of itself so that the reader is not left in suspense as to is to come. And if you have trouble getting into the book keep at it - this one is worth the effort. I feel that this is a book to be recommended to teens and up. I was provided a complimentary review copy of this book by the publisher Revell with no expectations of a positive review - all opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I confess to being skeptical about this book when I heard it was about death, but I'm so glad that didn't stop me from reading it. Turns out it's actually about life, though it grapples with death in a way that's both challenging and refreshing. I have respect for any author who faces such a weighty topic head-on, but even more so for one who can do it while weaving a gripping narrative that is so transportive the reader can glean insight without being distracted by it. I don't care how old you are, this book is a gem. I'm a 39-year-old woman who just devoured it in a matter of well-invested hours, and I can't wait to read it with my 12-year-old. Definitely going on the keeper shelf.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I just sat down as the sun came over the trees at the edge of the hay field and read the last few pages of Shawn Smucker’s newest book, The Day the Angels Fell. I’ve been devouring the pages as fast as I can, and last night, I dozed off just at the climax. (I have a way of doing that – it’s about me, not about Shawn’s book.) So before I even started my own editing, I broke my own rules and finished Shawn’s book. It’s incredible. The story is simple and straight-forward but layered and rich, like really amazing Boston Cream Pie. Read the rest of the review here - http://www.andilit.com/2015/01/09/my-....
Grumpy1963 4 months ago
hen 12-year-old Samuel Chambers mother dies, he struggles with his thoughts and beliefs regarding death. He swears that he will do anything to bring his mother back and soon becomes caught in a struggle between good and evil over the ancient Tree of Life. During his journey and struggle, he begins to probe his thoughts on death – could death be a gift? What waits beyond the experience of death? This book is well written and causes the reader to pause and reflect on their own thoughts on death and whether it is a finite end or just an intersection in our lives. Do we really believe there is a life after death, and can we embrace the goodness of the journey to the other side? After reading halfway through the first chapter of this book, I was hooked and could not lay it down. I recommend it to anyone who has struggled with the death of a loved one, and who are trying to come to grips with all that death encompasses.
CaptainChaosMom 4 months ago
I am usually a non-fiction gal, but every so often I dive into a fiction book. I generally only do so after hearing it is good from many people. Example, last fiction I read was Hunger Games. Well, I did also read "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" this summer, but I ended up taking 2 months to read it and skimmed most of the last half just to finish it. Anyway, all THAT to say I read this book in 24 hours and loved the biblical topics that were obviously used to design the basic foundation of this book. I didn't want to put it down and could have easily read it in a handful of hours if life hadn't needed to occur (like making supper for my family of 6, getting kids to bed, etc). Very good and could easily see this being turned into a movie! I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher. This is my honest review of the book.
citrus_sunshine 4 months ago
Oh my goodness! This was so good. There are several references to various mythological creatures and ideas that fit into a Christian perspective without being preachy. So a little mythological knowledge enhances the reading. I love Sam's voice both as a young kid and as an old man. I'm not sure that I like Sam, but there is a consistency in him that makes me admire him. Abra is fantastic in a best friend way that grows into simply being a fantastic person. The questions are deep questions. They are not easily answered, nor are they lightly answered. This isn't an emotionally easy book to read, but it is important. I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
lmbartelt 4 months ago
Part bedtime story, part fictional memoir, part adventure story, I loved this tale of Sam and Abra and what happened after Sam's mother died. I kept turning the pages because I had no idea what was going to happen next or how things were going to work out. (I didn't remember all the details from the first go-round this time, either.) As with Lord of the Rings, I couldn't be sure Sam would make the right decisions (or the ones I thought he should make) until the very end. And I liked how we got two perspectives on Sam's life--what happened when he was a boy, and him as an old man about to attend a funeral. This is not an action-packed kind of page-turner but more like a walk through the woods with bends and curves and hills and valleys and you're never quite sure where the story is going but you keep following the path because the scenery is so beautiful and you're curious to discover where you'll end up. Even though it's a young adult book, adults should be quick to scoop this one up because the themes are just as important for us to consider. I am now more eager for the sequel, which releases next summer, and just love how this book has blossomed in the hands of a traditional publisher.
pastordt 4 months ago
It all started with a tree, didn’t it? And that theme of trees winds its way throughout scripture and throughout our lives, unfolding in myriad ways — as metaphor, sustenance, shade, comfort, even horror. The tree. Shawn Smucker has woven a fantastic and beautiful story about a particular tree, a re-imagining of the story of the tree of life. The story begins unpretentiously, maybe even a little slowly, but if you’ll settle in, let the beauty of his words flow in and around you, I will guarantee you that you’ll be hooked. Hooked, I tell you! This is masterful story-telling — intriguing idea, fascinating characters, great conflict and an empathetic look at how very difficult it is for us to lose someone we love. This is, in many ways, a story about death. But do not be deceived: the book is definitely not a downer. It’s a grab-you-by-the-throat, make-you-think-as-well-as-feel, turn-our-ordinary-ideas-on-their-heads kind of book and I highly recommend it to you. Highly. Samuel is both an old man and a 12 year old boy in this story, an old man looking back at a pivotal summer in his life. A hot, drippy, menacing summer in the valley between two mountain ranges in central Pennsylvania. He has a good friend, a girl named Abra (which happens to be the name of one of Smucker’s daughters, as Samuel is the name of one of his sons). And there is a mysterious neighbor, an even more mysterious stranger, a grieving father, and the memories of a beautiful and loving mom. There is also a carnival, three very strange old women and an antique store, to say nothing of thunder and lightning and ancient, broken trees here and there. And there is a search here, too, a search that reveals the true hero of this piece. There is also an epic battle between good and evil, and like all good fantasies, some dang good, nail-biting, cliff-hanging scenes sprinkled throughout. I LOVED this book. And there is just a hint, at the very end, that there might be more of them in the future. Oh, glory! Order this one ASAP. And carve out some weekend time to devour it. Because I’m here to tell you – it’s a tough one to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this spititual warfare book and look forward to rrsding more from this author in the future