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on June 13, 2017
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Psychological Horror, Supernatural
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You’re eighteen. Bored. Dad’s away a lot. Says it's business, but you’ve seen the lipstick stains. Mum’s home. Too much. Keeping the world gin market afloat on her own. There’s Ariel, the family maid. She’s cool. The one piece of this messed up world that makes sense. And then there’s Raph.
Raph’s the leader of your gang of two. He gets off on doing those things to the animals you both catch: the slicing, crushing, and maiming. Buried a few alive, too. His relationship with that hammer of his is sick.
You run with Raph because, well, nothing else to do out here, right? Except if your folks found out what you’ve been up to, there’d be hell.
Then you find it. Whatever it is.
It can’t be what you think it is. Those things don’t exist. But it’s staring at you. Asking for help. Is it dying? Can these things die? You need to do something for it. Raph wants to do something to it.
Time to choose. Do you run with the human devil you know, or take a chance on this thing that fell from the heavens?
An Angel Fallen is a tale of divine retribution from British author Andy Graham. On a day when the world is struggling to stay sane, and is being ravaged by biblical plagues, what price will two teenagers pay for their past?
AN ANGEL FALLEN is the first book I’ve read from author Andy Graham. I have to admit that the title alone instantly gave me some preconceived notions as to the content of the story.
I am very pleased to say that I was completely wrong.
We begin with two friends–Mike and Raph–who couldn’t have appeared any more “unlike” each other, in my eyes. Mike comes from a family of wealth and prestige–with very dysfunctional relationships that the outside world isn’t privy to. All we really know of Raph, is that he’s vicious, cruel, and sadistic to the core. How Mike and he come to be friends is never really explored, but I feel that all readers will be able to come to the same basic conclusions. Raph is a leader, and Mike needs to follow someone–outside the realms of his make-believe, idyllic life.
There’s no subtle “easing into” this book. Graham gives his readers a full immersion into the action right at the start. While looking for animals to torture, the boys notice a sudden change all around them–both in sounds and sights–as “something” appears to be rapidly descending from the sky.
“. . . heard a voice that was everything and nothing at once: a choir of children and the bass rumble of men, the wail of babies and the wordless croon of their mothers . . . “
Mike begins hearing another’s thoughts screeching through his brain: “. . . Falling, burning, screaming . . . “
“I fell . . . “
The story shifts back and forth from the discovery the boys make, to scenes inside of Michael’s home. This drastic contrast of the atmosphere was an excellent decision on the author’s part, as the two extremes kept me constantly attentive and on edge to find out more.
“We all fall, it’s a part of life . . . The trick isn’t not falling, it’s getting up again . . . “
What we learn of the characters comes directly from their conversations and interactions with each other. Occasionally we get glimpses of a “thought”, but more often than not those thoughts will be unconsciously spoken aloud. This made for a unique point-of-view in many instances, and is one of the prime reasons that this book stood out for me, to the extent that I couldn’t put it down even once.
“Humans can’t survive without water for long. They can’t survive in water for too long. It’s an uncomfortable relationship. You have the same problem with power.”
Graham’s writing still may seem, at first, to be flitting from one idea to the next almost at random; however, the reality is that these moments of deep introspection, followed up by an either comic, or deadly serious scene, fit together perfectly in the big picture.
“You know you’re talking aloud, right?”
AN ANGEL FALLEN was all together different from anything I might have expected. At times, it felt like a study of the human character–our desires, motivations, and ultimate confusion in deciding “who” we really are, inside. Are we the persona we portray to others, or something else that we hide away behind masks of tolerance or indifference?
“You don’t send the kind to punish the cruel . . . “
Of course, in the midst of all of this introspection, we have violence, bloodshed, unabashed hatred, torture, and questions that will leave you wondering what else could be out in this world we inhabit. Graham doesn’t shrink from horrific scenes that will leave you squirming in your seats–he hits you with everything through his written word.
“We all have limits. Live outside the law for too long and you will be punished outside the law . . . “
Andy Graham has an incredible talent for taking the readers out of their comfort zones, and telling a story that you won’t soon forget. I will be actively searching out everything he comes up with in the future.
“. . . I fell . . . “
About Andy Graham
Andy Graham Author Bio (June 2017)
Andy Graham is a British author currently living in the Czech Republic who will now stop talking about himself in the third person because it’s odd. I have two main collections of books: The Lords of Misrule is a series of dystopian political thrillers set in an alternate world based on life in 21st century EU/ US. I also have an expanding collection of creepy reads that explore the darker side of life, death, and the undead. There are a few unfinished stories rattling around in my hard-drive and some unstarted ones knocking around in my head. They range from disposable airport fiction and YA sci fi to grimdark epics, but they will have to wait their turn. (Unfortunately for my wife, who is waiting for me to write something ‘nice’, preferably with sparkly vampires.) Outside of reading and writing, I’m a musician, qualified osteopath, seasoned insomniac, and father to two young kids who have too much energy to let me grow old gracefully.
You can find me online at www.andygrahamauthor.com (where you can claim a free book), twitter – @andygraham2001 and FB – andy graham author.