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Angels at the Gate is a story of adventure and the power of love, a compelling saga based on historical research about the ancient biblical world of Abraham, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the woman who "became a pillar of salt".
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By Shawn on 12-01-16
An insightful twist that brings the ancient, biblical world alive.
While the author could have easily fallen into the typical girl-pretends-to-be-a-boy-to-survive-in-a-man's-world motif, Thorne expertly developes each character to be believable and real within their historical/societal cofines.
Even though the main biblical characters have a minimal role in this story, the author uses them to shape, guide, and redirect the protagonist's character and actions.
Ginger Roll does an exceptional job narrating the story, especially with transitioning between male and female voices in conversation. Too many times narrators cannot pull off one gender or the other without sounding false or nondescript - making many of the voices the same. Roll makes the voice of each character distinct and easily distinguishable - very helpful for those long conversations where not seeing the text becomes a handicap to understanding who's speaking.
Overall, the story was compelling, creating real attachment and identification with the characters. The venue of each scene was so well written that one could taste the dry deserts and smell the sulfur pits.
The story only got four, instead of five, stars due to the author's use of creative license in explaining the power source of El's messengers, but this may be just a personal preference due to personal scholarship. However, illusions to the messagers being from very distant ("lost") lands (possibly Celtic) was an intriguing addition. It would have lost only half a star of that was possible.
Well done. A recommended read for all.
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