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A Kiss Before the Apocalypse: A Remy Chandler Novel

A Kiss Before the Apocalypse: A Remy Chandler Novel

Написано Thomas E. Sniegoski

Озвучено Luke Daniels


A Kiss Before the Apocalypse: A Remy Chandler Novel

Написано Thomas E. Sniegoski

Озвучено Luke Daniels

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3.5/5 (25 оценки)
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Feb 15, 2010
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9781441817563
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Boston PI Remy Chandler has a life any man would envy, with friendship, a job he's good at-and love. But Remy is no ordinary man. He's an angel who chose to renounce heaven and live on Earth. So he's able to will himself invisible, hear thoughts, and speak and understand any language-of man or beast. Talents that will become invaluable to him when his angelic past returns to haunt him...

The Angel of Death has gone missing, and Remy's former colleagues have come to him for help. But what at first seems to be about tracing a missing person turns out to involve much more-a conspiracy that has as its goal the destruction of the human race.

And only Remy Chandler can stop it....
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Feb 15, 2010
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9781441817563
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Thomas E. Sniegoski is the author of more than two dozen novels for adults, teens, and children. His books for teens include Legacy, Sleeper Code, Sleeper Agenda, and Force Majeure, as well as the series The Brimstone Network. As a comic book writer, Sniegoski’s work includes Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails, a prequel miniseries to international hit, Bone. Sniegoski collaborated with Bone creator Jeff Smith on the project, making him the only writer Smith has ever asked to work on those characters. He was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his wife LeeAnne and their French Bulldog, Kirby. Visit him on the web at Sniegoski.com.


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  • (2/5)
    OK. Private eye was once an angel, leaves Heaven for personal reasons, attempting to live among God's Chosen.

    Okay. I could have done with more PI & less angel, but that was the point I suppose.

    I prefer Simon R. Green & Jim Butcher, even Kim Harrison, but this has the heavenly spin that might sit better with some than the witch, wizard, demon characters in those.

    A matter of taste.

    Marlowe was cool.
  • (5/5)
    An excellent book I enjoyed a lot. Remy Chandler may look like an ordinary private detective, but he's actually the angel Remiel disguised and living among humans. After the battle in Heaven that resulted in the fall of Morningstar (Lucifer), Heaven was no longer the paradise it had been for the angel Remiel and he found he couldn't bear staying there. Despite disguising himelf as human, Remy is immortal and still has all his powers. But his wife of 50 years is in a care home dying of cancer. And now his former angelic brothers approach Remy and inform him that the Angel of Death has abandoned his duties and disappeared. It's up to Remy to find the Angel of Death and prevent the apocalypse.

    Despite the fairly serious subject matter, this story was simply fun to read. I especially enjoyed Remy's conversations with Marlowe, his loyal Labrador Retriever. Very well written and nice characterizations. Anyone who enjoys Jim Butcher's novels should check this one out.

  • (5/5)
    This is a great series woot woot!!! Remi helps Hades to his full being of restoring the ways before the Apocalypse happens. Remi is visiting the grave of his lover and sees beautiful flowers that death has put for he knew about them and their love. I am awed every minute of the plot and the action.
  • (4/5)
    This book by Sniegoski is a very creative one. The main character is an angel who has taken human form and has made friends, even a wife, of humans. He has lived for a long time and that has created a problem in the sense that his wife is dying--however she can't die because the angel Death has left heaven for earth to live as a human also. Various angels and mean entities vie for the coming apocalypse or return of the angel Death to his work. Creative, interesting, compelling. Received through Goodreads Giveaway and thankful.J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" "To Whom It May Concern" and "Tell Me About the United Methodist Church"
  • (4/5)
    A clever but respectful blending of Christian theology and classic paranormal fantasy. Sniegoski's theology is interesting but palatable, but then again I'm no theology major. God is often mysterious and difficult to understand, and the author walks the line between faith and denial well. My favorite bit of theology, if you can call it that, is that the primary difference between angels and humanity is that humanity alone can defy God without penalty in this life. If angels defy God, there is only punishment and exile. An interesting viewpoint on the 'divine spark' in human beings.
  • (2/5)
    I thought I'd enjoy this more with the Raymond Chandler tie-in, but I didn't. It wasn't gritty or realistic at all. The fight scenes weren't very good, either. The Christian myth basis of the novel wasn't terribly compelling. It kept supposing some kind of internal logic that I find lacking. The constraints were too artificial & uneven, a common failing to most religious myths.

    The dog was cute & the dialogue wasn't bad. The basic plot/mystery was OK, although it hinges on that logic that I didn't care for. I'm not sure if a Christian would like or dislike this since it anthropomorphizes angels.

    I have the second book, which I mistakenly got first. Realizing my error, I got this on. I will probably read it, but I'm not in a rush.
  • (4/5)
    Really enjoyed this; think Supernatural (TV Show) with a mix of Diablo III in it, but still very original in its own right.
  • (3/5)
    Eighth book for the readathon? Less sleepy now -- I was having to force myself to read the seventh book, but this was fun and absorbing, so I had no problems with falling asleep.

    As might be predicted for me, I loved the references to Raymond Chandler (the detective is called Remy Chandler; his dog is Marlowe). I also loved the fact that in my head, Remy totally looked like Castiel from Supernatural, as portrayed by Misha Collins.

    A Kiss Before the Apocalypse is basically the story of a sort-of-fallen angel who works as a private investigator, and who then finds himself caught up in investigating where the Angel of Death has got to and who wants to start the apocalypse. His closest sidekick is his dog, and not his cop friend, which was not what I expected -- I wish supporting characters had been used better, actually. Francis and Lazarus were amazing. He should've used 'em and abused 'em.

    The thing that I liked most was the relationship between him and his aged wife -- given that, being an angel, he can't age -- and the tenderness between them, even when to outsiders she appears old enough to be his mother. I love Remy's devotion to her.

    Nothing amazingly special, but a fun (and quick) read.
  • (3/5)
    Huge potential but mediocre execution. What saves this is the beautiful relationship between the angel and his aged dying wife. It's really heart wrenching. More later.
  • (4/5)
    This is a recycled plot retold in an entertaining way. The standard backstory--An angel voluntarily takes on human form to experience the world and understand humanity. But this one picks up the character quite a while after the descent (thousands of years after), and after he has been married for a good fifty years. His wife is dying of complications of old age, which of course fits in very nicely with the overarching plot of this particular story--the angle of death has disappeared! Yes, nothing new, and the result is very Meet Joe Black, but this is told in an entertaining way. The characters seem very alive, and the ability Remy (the main character) has to speak with animals is used to great effect in interactions with his dog Marlowe. In using Marlowe, the author is able to boil down emotions and situations to their most basic; we don't want people to die, it hurts when they're gone, and apples are yummy. I picked up this one after reading a short story that takes place in this world, and I'm glad I did. A good read.
  • (3/5)
    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: An angel that had turned his back on Heaven must now do its dirty work in order to save humanity and all he holds dear.Opening Sentence: It was an unusually warm mid-September day in Boston.The Review: Angels have held our fascination for ages untold. These etheric creatures that seem to encapsulate the beautiful horror nestled within the primitive part of our imaginations. Is it their complete lack of humanity that grabs our attention? Is it our need to touch and personify that which we will never be? Angels, Demons, and an adorable Labrador Retriever all make an appearance in this exciting new series from Thomas Sniegoski, A Kiss Before the Apocalypse. Remy Chandler is a simple private investigator working an open-and-shut infidelity job. What was once easy, if boring, money gig turns into trouble on a Heavenly scale. So why should Remy care about the troubles of Heaven and its Host? It may have a little something to do with him once being one of them. After the war with Lucifer, Remiel lost the drive to fight anymore and walked away from his brothers and Maker to live among the humans on Earth. Now it seems that “Remy” is going to get involved with the politics of Heaven whether he wants to or not.Remy is an amazing character. His angelic nature is still there, just suppressed by the sheer force of his will. His love and understanding of humanity make him a unique link between Angels and humans. His past allegiances come into constant opposition to his current life. He must find and restore the Angel of Death but by doing that, he loses the woman he loves. The conflicting emotions make Remy’s journey much more relatable than most other angel stories I have read. It is his ultimate compassion for life on Earth that marks him the perfect champion for Heaven’s Designs.The supporting characters are just as complex, and that’s including Remy’s dog. Each person, both human and non-human, allows Remy to explore each aspect of the story with a new perspective. The dog, Marlowe, expresses each issue in its most simplistic fashion. Things like death and time mean little to a dog. For the record, I love Marlowe just for this reason. Sometimes people make things far more complicated than it needs to be.With the occasional sad and tension filled pages that were hard for me to personally read, Kiss Before the Apocalypse provides fans a new and interesting twist to the usual angel tale. Sniegoski gives us a hero of biblical proportions with a fondness of coffee and the simple things in life.Notable Scene: Remy darted out into the downpour.“Hey, Chandler,” Francis called to him.Remy stopped at the car, opening the door as he waited to hear what Francis had to say.“I know it’s tough, but don’t do anything stupid.”He wished he could’ve made that kind of promise, but those times had long passed.Stupid may have been all that he had left.FTC Advisory: Penguin/ROC Trade provided me with a copy of A Kiss Before the Apocalypse. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payments I receive are hugs and kisses from my little boys.
  • (4/5)
    Remy Chandler is one of Heaven's elite angel warriors who, on the field of battle, chose to come to Earth and live among humanity, basically to see what God liked so much about us. After discovering the ups, downs, flaws and wonder of love and life Remy decided to stay...until he finds out that someone or something is out to bring the four horsemen of the apocolypse down upon Earth to destroy all life.I really did enjoy this novel. I enjoyed the characters and Remy's special abilities. I particularly enjoyed his conversations with his dog LOL The story moved well and didn't bore me. I think it woud be a good fill in for someone who is langushing between Harry Dresden novels and looking for something similar but different enough as to not be confused with one another. Although I probably won't actively seek out the sequels, I wouldn't pass on a chance to read one if it came my way.
  • (3/5)
    This is poorly written - I'm sure the concept is great, but it's written so stiffly that it feels like an author's first attempt. And I don't mean that the author feels young... it feels like it's a middle-aged man who came up with an idea about a fallen angel and decided to dig out his grammar text book from 22 years ago and write a novel. And a grammar book doesn't tell you how to create and develop characters that the reader will care about... hence there's none of that in this novel.I see that others have commented that the relationship between Remy and his dog is a plus for the story. I have to disagree, and I think that even these conversations (yes, he can converse with the dog) are stilted and a tad lame. (Read Hearne's Iron Druid series if you want examples of well-written man-dog communication, or even just for an example of a well-written urban fantasy with characters you'll care about.)Actually, I can't think of a thing about this story that I enjoyed, other than the premise of a fallen angel amongst humans... I even have the next book in the series, but I'm not going to wasted my time reading it, it's that mundane.
  • (3/5)
    Urban fantasy with supposedly noir touches (I didn't think so) starring Remy Chandler, an angel passing for human - he's also a P.I. and he can talk to animals, including his dog Marlowe (who I liked better than anyone else). He has to stop the 4 Horsemen from coming with a lil help from some fallen friends but doing so means losing the one person he loves the most (insert canned Awwwww). It's an ok book, nothing terrible, nothing great.
  • (3/5)
    This is a short novel, (less than 300 pages) dealing with big themes at a brisk pace that shows a discipline I wish more writers in this genre would share.The plot line is pure graphic novel (a plus from my point of view; I’m a long time fan of the genre): The Angel of Death is missing, the apocalypse is coming and Remy Chandler, PI and former Seraphim has to find the Angel of Death to prevent the end of the world. The downside (apart from the blood and pain needed to achieve the task) is that success will mean the death of the woman he loves.The book brims with new ideas that capture the imagination and old ideas artfully redrawn that give the book a context. The feel is as Film Noire as the character’s name suggests and all the better for that.Sniegoski handles the big issues here not by rambling discussions of ethics and philosophy but by bringing us to the basics of humanity: the overwhelming impact of being loved, the inevitability of death, the optimism it takes to keep going in the face of pain and suffering, and the acknowledgement that there are no short cuts when it comes to emotions; knowing grief is coming won’t protect you from its bite.The linchpin of this book is Remy’s desire to put aside the angelic nature that he has become ashamed of and embrace the physically fragile but emotionally and spiritually rich existence of humans. This allows us both an insight into the inhumanity of Heaven and the things about our own lives that define us as human.The various non-human entities here are described succinctly and with a clarity that enabled me to see the movie that this book would make.The book truly comes to life in Remy’s relationship with his young Labrador dog, Marlowe. Anyone who has ever had a Labrador as part of their pack will recognise Marlowe. They will also be jealous of Remy’s ability actually to hear Marlowe’s voice rather than having to work out what is being said through gestures and body-language; few things are more humbling than realising that your dog is being patient with you, waiting for you finally to figure out what he has already told you three times.The book would have been stronger in my view if there had been a little more visibility of the back-story between Remy and his wife, but this is a minor nit.I look forward to the next in the series.One last thing: don’t be put off by the title. It is definitely the worse thing about the book.I suspect there’s an editor out there somewhere who should be blushing for having insisted on this title and the even worse cover art.I imagine the editor saying: “It’s a wonderful title, honestly. We’ll maximise the appeal to the target demographic if we have the word Kiss and Apocalypse in the title and let’s make sure the dog gets on the cover, oh, and give him a sort of Harry Dresden grim-in-a-leather-duster look (yes I know it isn’t in the text – this is cover art, darling, you don’t have to be so literal) and remember to give him a big long sword, gotta love the symbolism in that.”
  • (3/5)
    After the war that had cast the Morningstar down, Heaven had lost its allure to Remiel and so he walks the Earth as one with mankind. We pick up his story when he's in the guise of Remy Chandler, a PI in Boston with a wife and dog to look after. Unfortunately his aged wife is all but dead and seeing out her final moments in a rest home that cares for the terminally ill. Remy and Marlow, the dog, miss her a lot and Marlowe never ceases to ask after her. The ability to talk with any living creature is one part of Remy's angelic powers that he's not suppressed. Remy is on a standard surveillance gig for a suspicious wife who thinks her husband is cheating on her when he hears a gunshot from the motel room the man and his secretary are in. Bursting in he finds the man standing with a smoking pistol over the body of his, now former, secretary. He recognises Remy for what he is and tells him that the Apocalypse is coming then shoots himself. Remy realises that something major is brewing when these two fail to pass over and he discovers that others are failing to cross as well. He finds out why when some of his former brethren tell him that the Angel of Death has gone missing and they want Remy to find him and get him back on the job. Israfil, the Angel of Death, also holds the scrolls that if opened will release the Four Horsemen and bring about the end of the world.This book is the first of an urban fantasy series written by an author who primarily worked in the YA and comic industries before trying his hand here and in some ways that shows. Only the main character is fully fleshed out and those that either aid or hinder his efforts given only minimal airbrushing to satisfy the story requirements. Hopefully some of these will become more integrated into this world as the series develops. Despite the drawbacks this is not a bad opener and is quite a quick read with the opening noirish feel (what'd you expect when the names of Chandler and Marlowe are given to the featured characters) giving way to headlong action prior to a slightly overlong denouement. I'll be picking up the next in the series hoping for some improvement.
  • (3/5)
    Remy Chandler is a private investigator. Oh, and he's an Angel - radiant light, wings and all that. An angel does make a unique protagonist in an urban fantasy setting, especially one that is not fallen. Remy buries his angelic side beneath a human shell. It's not easy, and the angel within fights to get out, and does on occasion. It's a nice departure from the more common paranormals. And the plot possibilities have great potential. When the Angel of Death decides to try out humanity as Remy does, with the consequence that nothing can die, the end of the world really becomes a factor. Though the idea is very good, I had two issues with the book. First is a problem I've encountered before when Angels are taken out of heaven. Usually, God is so glorious, so loving, so everything that it's punishment just to be away from His presence. Same here. Still, Remy chose to leave. Yes, Lucifer's war among Angels was horrifying. Yes, killing his brothers was shattering. But still, how can he bear to be away from God? It's almost a paradox. I think I would have preferred Remy be on Earth as punishment, curiosity, just about anything else. Like Francis. A fallen angel sent to Earth to suffer penance who becomes a hired hit man? Oh, the possibilities. Second problem is sometimes, just sometimes, I get tired of protagonists who are consumed by guilt or other issue that makes them depressing. It's hard to laugh when they crack jokes because you just don't believe they're capable of humor. Not only is Remy guilt-ridden, but his wife is dying. Angels don't age, but humans do. Plus, he doesn't carry weapons, resists using his angelic powers, and so got his butt kicked. Twice. Despite these issues, the book does have a lot going for it. The world-building is well done, blending familiar angelic/religious lore with original ideas to create something new. Francis is a great character and with a little more fleshing out, Remy's cop friend will be too. It's cool that Remy can talk to animals. And if he ever gets to the point of self-acceptance, the angelic powers will be awesome. Overall, I was somewhat disappointed in the execution (and the climax dragged and dragged), but I became invested in the characters and story anyway. I have already started book 2. Recommended to urban fantasy fans.
  • (3/5)
    Listened to the NLS Talking Book version. Short read. Enjoyable. I liked the relationship between Remy and his wife. I was able to relate to the characters with the exception of the angel of death. I wish that character was a little more fleshed out. Overall, a decent, not great, supernatural thriller.
  • (2/5)
    I credit it with an interesting premise. But the author came across as inexperienced: both the plot and the character development were blunt and heavy-handed.
  • (4/5)
    Remy Chandler lives a life he enjoys, with his dog and his wife. But now his wife is dying, age is something he doesn't have to deal with but she does, and there's nothing really he can do about it. He is an angel who decided to investigate what being human was like and found himself living among them. Deathless he can communicate with anything that has sentience and after several centuries he can put his hands to most jobs. He's investigating for a divorce case when the man shoots his lover and then himself and fails to die. What disturbs Remy more is that the man can see him for what he really is.It's then that Remy finds out that the embodyment of death is missing, that he has a mission to find him and that there's rumours of an apocalypse, and his dog Marlowe needs a run in the park!Marlowe steals the show in the book. I liked Remy and a lot of it reminded me of Pratchett and Gaiman's Good Omens, (only without the antichrist) I was quite pleased to see that there were sequels.
  • (4/5)
    I read a short story with Remy Chandler in it and was intrigued by the character. So, I decided to pick up the first book in this series. It was a good book with an interesting premise.Remy used to be Remiel part of the Seraphim host. He decided to suppress his angelic nature and live with humans. Now his lives with his dog Marlowe, his wife (who is in a nursing home) and runs his own PI agency . On a investigation that should have been a straight case of infidelity things go awry when the man being investigated shoots himself in the head and dies, but then regains his pulse. Something weird is going on, people all over the world are getting fatal injuries but not dying. Remy finds out that the Angel of Death is missing. The Seraphim want Remy to investigate and try to find the Angel of Death. Time is definitely not on Remy's side because as hospitals fill with people who should be dead, the four horsemen of the Apocalypse are getting restless. If Remy can't find the Angel of Death it could mean the end of the world.Overall this was a good book. Remy is an interesting character. Sniegoski does a good job of dealing with angelic and demonic nature without getting too weird about all the religion behind it; which I really appreciated. There is a lot of action in this book and the plot moves along quickly. The world being on the edge of destruction really propels the book forward. There is some humor, but more heartbreak in this book than I was expecting. The side characters are well filled out and were interesting to read about. The writing is straight-forward, nothing exceptional but very easy to read and engaging. I also liked that Sniegoski dealt with how these disasters were affecting the whole world and not just Remy's little corner of it.Despite the fact that this is technically a well-written novel I had a bit of trouble getting into the characters. The characters had depth, but they were a little fuzzy around the edges. The action scenes were well-written but didn't really grab me and make me feel like I was there. So, I guess, everything felt a little softer than it should have been and didn't have the hard definition that I expect from an investigative novel. I also expected more witty banter and humor than I got, really most of this novel deals with heartbreak. Remy is a character who deals with love in the toughest forms. The novel wasn't very uplifting (not that I expected it to be), I was almost in tears a number of times.So, I guess this was a paranormal PI novel with heart. Unfortunately I wanted something with a bit more humor and well-defined action. For me this was one of those books that I kind of like, but was kind of disappointed in. I wasn't exactly sure what was missing but I have described it as well as I can above. I do think this could be an excellent series; this book may just be suffering from the first book syndrome a lot of paranormal books seem to suffer from. It was an easy read and engaging; so I will be picking up the next book to read and see how I like that one.
  • (4/5)
    Remy Chandler was once the angel Remiel, and he is still, unless he suppresses his angel nature. After the war in Heaven where Angels fought and killed each other, Remy left to live among humans. In the 1950s he became a private eye in Boston, and met the love of his life and married her. now Madeleine is ill. Meanwhile odd things are happening, mainly that people stop dying, worldwide, no matter how ill or injured they are.