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To some, death is the end; to others, a beginning. To Icarus Fell, it should have been a relief from a life gone seriously awry.But death had other plans.Icarus doesn't believe that the man awaiting him when he wakes up in a cheap motel room is really the archangel Michael, or that God's right hand wants him to help souls on their way to Heaven. Icarus doesn't believe therTo some, death is the end; to others, a beginning. To Icarus Fell, it should have been a relief from a life gone seriously awry.But death had other plans.Icarus doesn't believe that the man awaiting him when he wakes up in a cheap motel room is really the archangel Michael, or that God's right hand wants him to help souls on their way to Heaven. Icarus doesn't believe there's a Heaven, so why should they want his help?But the man claiming to be the archangel tempts him with an offer he can't ignore--harvest enough souls and get back the life he wished he'd had.It seems Icarus has nothing to lose, until he botches a harvest and the soul that went to Hell instead of Heaven comes back to make him pay by threatening to take away the life he hoped to win back.To save the wife and son he already lost once, Icarus will have to become the man he never was. Somehow, he will have to learn to believe....

Title : On Unfaithful Wings
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ISBN : 13329677
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Number of Pages : 302 Pages
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On Unfaithful Wings Reviews

  • Chantal Boudreau
    2019-02-22 08:38

    Urban fantasy is not my normal fare, but I have read it before, and can appreciate some of the better storytellers of the genre, like Charles de Lint and Tanya Huff – both Canadians, like Bruce. In fact, Canadians seem to have a flair for the genre. This novel even reminded me a little of a Canadian produced television show,” Dead like Me,” only in this book the protagonist was even more pathetic, and there was a heavier dose of religion. This isn’t a bad thing, since the show is one of my favourites, so the similarities were endearing.The most important part of a book to me, as a reader, is characterization, and I was pleased to find the characters in this book had oodles of personality. The plight of the protagonist is moving and I like the grim, wretched flavour throughout the book. While you want to sympathize with Icarus Fell (especially at the misfortune of being given a celebrity-esque name) you can’t help but feel that he is partially responsible for his fate, due to a lack of resilience and his unwillingness to trust the people who are legitimately trying to help him, like Sister Mary-Therese. Even he admits this to himself at one point, that his circumstances did not force him to make the choices that he did.The plot had its share of twists and intricacies without being overly complex or confusing. It also happens to be one of those stories where a synopsis would contain far too many spoilers, so I won’t go into detail, but what I will say is that the author integrates the protagonist’s background into the plot with great finesse and has sufficient shocking scenes and unusual interactions to keep my interest throughout the book. There also is a fair amount of irony, especially in the fact that Icarus looks to others to forgive his mistakes and failures, but ends up in an even worse mess because he cannot do the same for the people who had failed him.If I had to be nit-picky, the only flaws I could point out were a few minor grammar errors and typos – although no more so than the average small press publication and not enough to distract me from this enjoyable fable. That, and the ending was a little surreal in parts for my tastes, but the frantic pacing added enough excitement to make up for it. Big thumbs up for this gritty urban fantasy.

  • Tami Parrington
    2019-03-16 09:26

    Every once in awhile a book comes along that shakes you to your core. "On Unfaithful Wings" did just that. It was everything you expect from a book and so much more. It started out with a powerful first line that grabbed you and made you want to know "why". It never stopped getting better from there. I felt for Icarus. Not a character without flaws to say the least, but a man who wanted to be more than he was, and when presented with just such an opportunity had to fight all of the beliefs he had staunchly built up and defended his whole life.Beneath the storyline there were many subtle threads of plots, all carried out brilliantly to their conclusion that made the whole even better.I don't want to give away any of the plot, so I am being a little vague, however, I will also tell you that while this could have bent toward dark and heavy, this story was laugh out loud funny at some points, without killing the tension and seriousness of the situations. I loved the book On Unfaithful Wings, and can't wait for the sequel to be released. This is one of the best books I've ever read.

  • Tracy Jones
    2019-02-22 10:19

    Fantastic Debut!Character note: “I was alive, then I was dead, now I’m stuck somewhere in between. My name is Icarus Fell…” From start to finish, Icarus Fell is one of those characters that you can’t help to care about, faults and all. Though this was not my usual genre, after the first few pages I was hooked into discovering all the things that happened to him, past and present, and all the obstacles he had to face in order to win back his life and save those whom he desperately loved. With sharp wit and a little twisted humor, his story is somewhat sad but at the same time inspiring as he struggles to do what he knows is right despite the continuous reminders of the mistakes from his past.I have to say it is absolutely wonderful how many amazing indie authors I seem to find with the talent to write and entertain on the same level as most traditionally published authors. This is book is another one. I highly recommend it as a very good read, and I should also make note here that this is the first book in a series for which I will happily read and review the minute the next book is released.

  • Nicole Storey
    2019-03-07 10:31

    I'm sure somewhere down the road, I've read other novels in the urban fantasy genre, but this is the only one I can say I really enjoyed. Blake has a knack for bringing you into the story, but he doesn't push it in your face and the novel is not overly done. I enjoyed the characters and how even angels can be snarky - even downright violent when the situation calls for it. I found that I could relate to the characters, sympathize with them, cheer them on, or want to smash their face. I also liked the fact that the religious undertones were not preachy, but interesting enough to hold my attention and added to the story instead of used as a filler for another chapter.I can honestly say I am a Bruce Blake fan and I can't wait to read the second book in this amazing series and see what happens to Icarus Fell next! I do hope we'll see some of the other characters in the next book, as well, as they helped shaped the story and gave it more depth. I recommend this book to anyone, no matter what your favorite genre is. Trust me, there is something in this book for every reader!

  • Randy Harmelink
    2019-03-12 10:22

    I enjoyed the first half or so of the book, but then something happened and it became a chore to finish the book. I'm not sure what exactly happened. Maybe some parts were a little too whimsical, given the nature of the book. Or maybe I just lost interest in the characters. Or, what started out as being creative and new for me just wore out its novelty.

  • So, I Read This Book Today
    2019-03-08 09:35

    I first ran across Mr. Blake when I saw his second book, "All Who Wander Are Lost" in my regular daily "freebooksie.com" mailing. I am always thrilled to get those - I don't always find all of the books to my taste, but the cover of that one grabbed me right away and the description sounded interesting, so I downloaded it. I started reading it this morning before noticing it was a second in series, after "On Unfaithful Wings". After reading a few pages, I was hooked and downloaded OUF so I could start at the beginning. I am so glad I did.The characters of the Icarus Fell novels are by no means bright and cheery 'angels running around with wings saving souls' and these are no bright and sparkly novels. They are dark, moody pieces with a deeply noir feeling and a sharp edge to the humour which abounds throughout the book. Icarus himself, the victim of vicious childhood abuse by a priest, finds himself lost and alone on the streets, deep into drugs and booze, traumatized past what he considers any sort of salvation at all. Murdered one night in the graveyard of the same church where his abuse took place, he awakens six months later in a nasty No-Tell Motel to find that he is a Reaper of sorts. And things get even weirder and darker after that.It. Was. Awesome. The whole feeling of the book can be described by this quote from the early pages:"And, let's face it, if God existed, he probably looked down one day on the shite he created, packed up his tent and went somewhere else to give it another shot, hoping for better luck on the second go-round." Mr. Blake does a perfect job of pointing out the ridiculous nature of religion when looked at from a logical rather than superstitious view. The angels are, at best, incompetent clowns more intent on their political games than on actually doing good. One of the 'good' angels is guilty of rape and another is more interested in proving a point than helping Icarus save either his son or a kind-hearted selfless nun. Is Icarus really better off helping the so-called good guys? Or are the so-called good guys so far off of reality that they don't even qualify as such any longer? Child molesting priests meant to go to heaven, nuns carted off to hell and one comment by an angel that really points out the weirdness of it all: "Murder is a tool. Just because someone kills someone else, it doesn't make them evil. You're all instruments of God." Perfect! Murdered and abused children, rape, torture. It's all good! Blake writes the story that I have always wanted to write - if there really is a God, it is removed far enough from our reality as to no longer exist, if it ever did at all. And he does it with a turn of phrase and intelligence that led me at warp speed through his writing.Overall, this is a dark, moody piece which left me sad in places and laughing hysterically in others. A Reaper who has a solid body and can be shot, knifed and beaten - and can't really afford a car to go pick up his next soul for delivery? Love it. I am so looking forward to the next installment. If you are a fan of the old noir detective stories, the Nightside novels, or similar you will these novels. Off to read the next one!

  • Thomaidha Papa
    2019-03-04 09:39

    Review to follow

  • Scott Bury
    2019-03-19 11:38

    Bruce A. Blake’s first novel is a thoroughly entertaining, as well as thought-provoking and heart-wrenching novel that breaks the author out of obscurity as well as out of several genre conventions.Blake demonstrates from the first sentence that he’s a professional writer, a novelist with chops: “I stood with my back to the church, much the way I’d lived my life.Rain poured down the eaves, splashing against my shoes. Each drop pattering against the leather felt as though it landed directly on my mood.”What I liked about this book:The style: Raymond Chandler meets Stephen King. Spare and terse, it presents characters clearly and sets the ideal tone for this occult horror/mystery thriller story. It shows not only Blake’s ability, but also his commitment to professionalism — it has obviously been edited by a professional. There is not an extra word, not a misplaced phrased, not a single malapropism, and maybe four typos in the whole e-book.Second, it’s a tight, fast-paced plot suitable for an action thriller. Blake doesn’t waste time, getting into the main action immediately, and there is not a throw-away scene anywhere. Every scene, every word adds to the plot as much as to character development, mood or scene.Third, the characters are all solid and believable. The main character, .Icarus Fell (yes, that’s his name and Blake has lots of fun with it) is fallible, thoroughly human, not too smart nor too stupid. One reason the plot flows so fast is that it’s seen through the protagonist’s eyes, and his foibles are so easy to identify with. The ex-wife is nasty, but also believable — who hasn’t met at least one woman like Rae? Who hasn’t regretted it? The angels and archangels carry a very believable lack of worry about humans’ plans if they don’t mesh with Heaven’s, too. And the Angel of Death is one of the best villains ever. Of course, with that as your template, how could a writer go wrong?Even the shining lamp of goodness in the story, Sister Mary-Therese, hits the right note. She has a heart of gold, but she’s believably good.PlotThe story is written in the first person. It begins as Icarus Fell, waiting under the eaves of a church for a rainstorm to abate, is murdered outside a church, in the rain, as he is on his way to bring a birthday present to his estranged teenage son.Yep, that’s where the story begins. The main character dies.He wakes up six months later in a seedy hotel room, where the Archangel Michael explains his destiny as a harvester of souls. His new job is escorting newly dead souls to a place where an angel can take them to heaven. Michael doesn’t take no for an answer, but explains that if Icarus carries out his new duties faithfully, he will have a chance to see his son again.Like every action story, though, his job immediately gets more complicated than first explained. Agents of Hell want those sames souls just as much, and they’re powerful and dangerous and nasty. True to the thriller form, the cops are no friendlier to Icarus. They’re suspicious when he turns up in the city six months after the coroner signs his death certificate.Throughout the book, Icarus has to dodge the cops, the agents of Hell and the ghosts from his own past, all while discharging his job. It becomes even more complicated when one of his “clients” is an old drinking buddy.The author avoids the error that many first-time novelists make, the information dump. We readers get the back-story bit by bit, as we need them to understand the motivations of the characters. We learn just how Icarus “screwed up” his relationship with his wife, Rae, and the nature of his relationship with his perhaps-son, Trevor. We learn how Icarus grew up in the orphanage connected with the church where he was murdered.And like a true professional author of mystery thrillers, Blake ties together all the threads. There is nothing random, nothing unnecessary, nothing unexplained in this book.LimitationI won’t say this book has any weaknesses, but one limitation occurred to me fairly early on in the book: the paranormal universe Blake has created is firmly based on the Judeo-Christian bible. That’s not necessarily a bad thing — lots of literature is firmly rooted in the same mythos. The only trouble is that Blake is presenting a universe that basically says the Bible’s conception of the universe is correct. So, where do Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and other religions fit into this? It’s not a big thing, but something that nagged me as I read this.Overall, On Unfaithful Wings satisfies. I’m upgrading my earlier assessment from four to five stars. Well done, Bruce!

  • Mara
    2019-02-22 10:40

    I'm not sure where or when this book lost me (or I lost the book). It has everything I usually like: good plot and characterization, a darker theme where nothing is really black and white. For once I even liked an addict/ex-addict as a hero as he can and does struggle against his addictions. But all of a sudden I found everything a bit too much, too confused, too easy. My biggest nit was the world-building. For once (again) I didn't mind the religious overtones, the battle between Good and Evil, but I need some structure in my stories. I need to see there are rules and are respected (or maybe broken too :). Otherwise it doesn't seem magic, but a kid's fairytale. Here everything happened without any logic or sense I could see. Not only the hero is "employed" without any explanation of what could happen or what he can do, which seems honestly weird. But it seems he can die (and they try to kill him more than once), but his enemies (who are like him) can't. Then toward the ends it seems he can't die too. He's left in a confused mess and so is the reader (at least this reader). This is just an example of a much bigger problem I had with the world the author created. I loved the idea, not so much the way it was put together (or rather wasn't).That said, I loved the first half of the book, the sometime noirish feel. I could do without the fight scenes, that dragged to no end. But the humour did balance them :) DRC courtesy of Netgalley.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-11 10:21

    I have been wanting to read this book for awhile and, finally, did. I could not have been more thrilled with what I found within! What a wonderful book! I really enjoyed Icarus (Ric) Fell's character, who has had a pretty rough life and made some pretty destructive choices for himself in the past. So, why has he been chosen to escort selected souls to heaven after his untimely death? You'll see...And why has Father Dominick always hated him so much? You'll see...Will he ever be reunited with Rae and Trevor? You'll see...I really can't give any info because the twists are just so well-navigated that you really must find out as they are revealed. I can't wait to begin Ric's next adventure!

  • Carol
    2019-03-04 10:34

    "I was alive, then I was dead, now I’m stuck somewhere in between. My name is Icarus Fell. I am a harvester." I usually don't go for a book of this genre, but after some of the reviews I read, I decided to try it. This is Bruce Blake's first urban fantasy novel and he has the ability of bringing the protagonist, Icarus Fell, to life, which is what I look for from the beginning. If the characters don't come to life for me, then I'm wasting my time. I can honestly say this was a good story with good characters. I found myself rooting for Icarus. Blake is also able to put you in the action. His talent of creating scenes that you're able to "see" and imagine being right there.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-03 09:21

    I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for my review. An interesting idea of what happens to us in the hereafter. The central character, who was not very good in life, becomes a harvester of souls, making him ask questions about faith, fate, and freewill. I found myself really drawn into the story about "Icarus Fell." A few minor editing errors, but nothing you couldn't figure out. It's an interesting first novel that was hard to put sown. I'm looking forward to reading more by Mr. Blake.

  • Marlene
    2019-03-24 07:42

    This was one of the strangest, very interesting stories I've ever read. Clearly it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it kept me spellbound. Once I accepted Icarus Fell as being on a journey he couldn't have begun to imagine, the action moved forward all the time with more revelations in every interaction and scene. Information was shown more than told and I felt a part of the action. The characters and plot twists drew me in.I've already recommended the book to several friends and am looking forward to reading more.

  • Natalie Gibson
    2019-02-28 14:35

    This was a very enjoyable read. Icarus Fell is a complex, flawed, believable character. His adventure is exciting. I really enjoyed the way that the angels and fallen angels weren't black and white, 100% good and on the other side 100% evil. They each had motivations and drives that we don't fully understand or agree with. Urban fantasy at it's best. Nice work, Bruce Blake! Let's see what else you've got up your sleeves.

  • Zolita
    2019-03-09 08:26

    I was completely enthralled with this book!! After reading this one I got on and bought the next two, couldn't wait to keep reading and find out the rest of the story!! Loved it!

  • Deborah Neil
    2019-03-20 06:18

    I thought this was a pretty good read. I gave it 4 stars.

  • Liza
    2019-03-12 10:37

    It was interesting.Archangels are very helpful, unless you are Icarus Fell. It is an interesting journey; I found it fun. Sure a little more time with the characters would have been nice but it is the first book in the series; a lot of ground work to be put in place. Over all not bad.

  • Tettey
    2019-03-03 12:37

    Icarus Fell is one messed up dude.When I first met him, he claimed he was dead, and was trying very hard and succeeding very well in getting me to laugh at the circumstances of his getting stabbed to death.But I suppose if your parents (or whomever) name you Icarus Fell after a Greek myth, you couldn't be better set up to be a really messed up dude.Well Icarus, call me Ric, doesn't disappoint.He ran away from an abusive priest (nothing sexual from what I can make out), and succeeds in creating a life of alcohol and heroin abuse for himself on the streets. In and out of this life he drifts until his beautiful wife Rae and son Trevor enter his life, ushering in the best years of his life.But a man must live up to his name.So Icarus falls off the bandwagon. Rae sends him packing. Sending him off with the biting finale that his son isn't actually a product of an issue from his loins.Four or five years ago now, but he's still drinking the nights away and spending the days pining after his lost family.Yah. Dude's pretty messed up.And just you wait till you hear what he has to say about life after his death.He claims he woke up a couple of months after his death in a motel room, with his only attendant being Michael. The Archangel Michael. Yah. Mikey without even taking the time to properly explain his current circumstances to him promptly offers him a job recruiting/harvesting souls of dead people for heaven.Yah, dude's been watching too much of that tv show; Dead Like Me. TV's played its part in messing him up.Aaaaa-nyway, he has to compete with the other side for these souls. Forcing him into confrontations with carrions (the devil's henchmen it seems) who in his own words, secrete cannons from their bodies and ejaculate fire from their fingers. But don't worry too much about him, he seems to come into appropriate skills, be it judo defense manoeuvrings or full body fire repelling ones, whenever they are required.But you guessed it, he's prone to mess ups. He goes back on the sauce, slacks off the job, and the consequences of his failure to harvest a soul come back to bite him on the backside. Figuratively speaking of course.He also has tales about a guardian angel of his named Poe. A woman of beauty, in spite of her too prominent nose. She often sends tingling sensations to his head with even the most innocent of touches. And there's the Archangel Gabriel who brings him messages. Gabe is a woman of undeniable, incomparable beauty who finds time despite her busy schedule of errand running to sit and walk with him. Often sending prickling shivers down to his groin with hardly any touch at all. But no nasty business-es though, angels don't get down like that. Not if they want to remain angels right?Further mentions of Raphael, Azrael and another angel whose name I didn't quite catch, lead me to believe, dude's been spending quite a bit of quality time with Supernatural. The TV show.He also claims to have no knowledge of who his parents were/are until his death. His mother, he claims was a saintly nun. Something like the virgin Mary. And just you wait till you hear who he thinks his dad is.Yah, dude's messed up something awful. But he isn't crazy or anything, so if you are going to call him cuckoo, don't say I said he was/is.One thing's for sure though, he spins a darn good yarn! So have a drink with him some time.He'll entertain you long time.p/s. let me know how his stories end, because this book i got free of charge from netgalley, got tired of my laziness and just upped and expired on me. Knowing full well how torture-some i find the idea of an unfinished book.so that accounts for the lack of a rating.

  • Amanda Miller /A Bookaholic's Fix: Feeding the Addiction
    2019-02-21 14:20

    Icarus Fell- not exactly the type of guy you'd think would have a divine purpose. His sins include being a dead beat, an alcoholic, and a junkie; so when he ends up murdered over pocket change and a gift for his kid, he's pretty sure he's heading south- that is if an afterlife exists. But fate (or at least a reasonable facsimile in the form of the archangel Michael) has other plans. He is given the opportunity to work for heaven in exchange for earning another shot at life.I absolutely loved this character. Icarus (Ric) Fell is not your typical hero. He has no desire to be a selfless savior. Instead he is pretty much a selfish jackass. He has a bad attitude and he fights his calling tooth and nail. Despite his resurrected status, he still clings to his vices and uses them to neglect his duties. It is only after he realizes the severity of the consequences that he gets with the program. I know that doesn't seem to be a glowing recommendation but I believe that a great character is one that learns and grows and Ric does just that. The path he takes towards atonement and redemption isn't the best or even the easiest route but one filled with internal and external conflict. He isn't alone on his journey, in fact there is a cast of well developed and unique character that interact with the protagonist. The host of angels, all with different personalities, that come to Ric's aid are likable even when they are standoffish. There is a job to be done and these beings know exactly how to get it done. Ric's friends are exactly what you'd expect considering his status as an alcoholic- birds of a feather and all that. Then there are those important in Ric's life--the nun who cared for him and his son--they embody the goodness he never really understood and the promise for something greater than himself. Lastly, there is the one man who has always wanted Ric's destruction and will stoop to any level to achieve it. Each character is detailed and as true to life as they can get; each perfect and imperfect in their own way. I love the author's style. Elements that should conflict actually blend together to make for a great story i.e. destiny vs freewill; non-believer vs divine, duty vs addiction...Each of the elements work in the story, creating complex characters and a rich environment for the tale to unfold. I like the way the story feels realistic despite its paranormal elements. The characters and their actions make sense but they aren't predictible; each action and reaction builds the suspense and creates many possible outcomes. I also appreciate how Blake holds nothing back--horrific accidents, gruesome murders, suggested abuse, detailed descriptions of the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, frank comments on arousal--all of these elements give the story a edge that separates it from most books in the paranormal genre. It's definitely not what I expected but I'm hooked. I have to read the other books in this series.

  • Cody Martin
    2019-02-24 10:20

    Independent author Bruce Blake was kind enough to do a blog swap with me, so I decided to check out his novel, On Unfaithful Wings; the first in the Icarus Fell series.Without giving too much away, the novel deals with a dead-beat loner who gets killed, then resurrected by God to become a harvester of souls. His job is to lead them to Heaven. But his job is made difficult by Carrions, harvesters playing for the other guy. When Icarus (yes, Icarus Fell is his name) deliberately botches a job, it creates repercussions that leads to a fiery battle in a church for his soul.The book is great. Icarus is a good anti-hero, a former drug addict and alcoholic trying to do right by his son. Trevor is the only thing Icarus feels he has done right and he desperately wants to cling to that. Icarus is well written, an anti-hero without being a tough guy or unsympathetic. I found myself rooting for him, laughing along with him at his funny observations, and basically feeling this is a character that really existed. Because the book is written in first-person, we know Icarus very well. The other characters are also well written with their own personalities and each feels unique.The bad. It's written in first-person about 90% of the time. I'm not a fan of first-person POV, never have been. I find it limiting and at the same time unrealistic. I always think as first-person as a person telling a story and nobody tells a story as detailed as the way it is written in books. It is not a fault of Bruce Blake's, he is a great writer, I'm just not fond of first-person POV. A few times he switches to third-person when he is writing from the perspective of Sister Mary-Therese. I found this perspective switching confusing the first couple of times and wondered why he didn't write the whole novel in third-person. I think the same perspective should be used throughout a book.But that is a minor point. The characters are well-written; from Icarus, to his insecure guardian angel Poe, to the sun-loving angel Gabriel. Each character has their own voice and some, like Poe, seem to have their own interesting backstory, which hopefully will be revealed in further volumes.While this story deals with angels, demons, Heaven, and Hell, it isn't religious. Icarus asks a few pointed questions about life and death but this book is really non-denominational. There is nothing in here to anger Christians and the book doesn't beat you over the head with religious messages or get into deep philosophical territory. It is the story of one man trying to make his life right again, set against a Heaven versus Hell backdrop.I bought two more of Bruce Blake's books after reading On Unfaithful Wings in just three days. I highly recommend this book.

  • Marcus
    2019-03-16 10:39

    The book over all was interesting, but it began to read like the movie Constantine. There were mixed elements in the plot line,i.e. angels, demons, humans, spirits, that the author blended together to make a coherent story. There was also a considerable amount of filler material that I thought didn't necessary have to be included.

  • Daniel J. Weber
    2019-03-14 14:46

    This book was okay. It's worth reading through until the end to learn about the world that Bruce Blake has created and how this life and the afterlife come together. Except for the large amounts of I-don't-know-how-to-explain-this-so-I-will-string-lots-of-words-together-with-hyphens type of descriptions, the writing style is enjoyable. Using the standard angel and demons motif, it has more of a supernatural horror feel than urban fantasy, but that is no fault of the writing. Just poor genre labelling.This was a three star book until the very end. It's worth a once through as the plot was interesting enough to keep me engaged, and the writing style is decent. But, the whole thing falls apart at the end. The pacing is ridiculously issue ridden to the point where the conclusion feels like it should be a separate book on its own. It takes way to long to get through those final moments, and the fight scene(s) are drawn out with over-description. Considering Blake's enjoyment of the lazy-description-potential-humour hyphen system and over indulgence with pop culture references, these over-descriptions are quite off-putting. Also, a few gross sexual situations are thrown in right at the end to give you the feel of "yes, this is a Bruce Blake book, and yes, it will have borderline dark erotica moments in it... just because." Because of the rather non-adult plotting, throwing in adult content at the end just felt like a waste and threw the voicing for a loop.All in all, it is decent. I could get through some of the amateur/pop culture description choices without too much cringing, but the ending threw pacing and voice so far off the mark that it felt more like a mess than a conclusion. If you stick it out because of the plotting, and then the plotting falls apart at the end... kind of leaves a sour taste. That said, 80% of the book is worth your time. Just skip the end and know that everything turns out all right. Your enjoyment of this book will be better for it.

  • Cheryl M-M
    2019-03-12 06:35

    Started with oomph became a little tepid in the middle and then ended with a burst of energy I can only liken to a putting a whole bag of pop rocks in your mouth all at once. So many pops and crackles that confusion and noise take over.Don't get me wrong, I think the author has created a series worthy character. It just needs tightening up a little.The most memorable about the book is the main characters name Icarus Fell. I swear it was mentioned in nearly every paragraph. The cynic in me thinks that is some kind of subliminal marketing ploy, because I am not likely to forget it any time soon. Worst case scenario I might accidentially shout 'Icarus' if I forget one of my kids names. Best case scenario one of them will just go along with it and say 'What Mom?'Anyway enough about Icarus Fell and more about the book, ok wait, that is about Icarus Fell. A tale of fallen angels, guardian angels, the harvesting of souls and of course the guys who work for the boss in the underworld.Icarus is placed in a position that allows him to decide whether to punish or forgive those who have caused him harm. Tough call when you're supposed to be an impartial party in the whole harvesting of souls business.I thought it was a good read, which could have been a cracking one.I received a free copy of this book for my review

  • Carrie
    2019-03-09 11:31

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.This book was a bit of a departure from what I normally read. It was a very dark urban fantasy with a bunch of religious themes thrown in. We follow the character of someone with the unfortunate name of Icarus Fell. He's an ex-husband, ex-junkie, somewhat current alcoholic, and generally doomed person. The writing is really great and the story is very good. I can't really fault anything but the dark nature of the story that made me not love this book.The paranormal aspect of this book was Ric's job as a grim reaper, essentially. This job comes complete with Angels to somewhat guide him and overdone scrolls with the soon to be departed's name on it (not a post-it, like in Dead Like Me). I really enjoyed the wit and pop culture references. They helped keep me entertained while dealing with the rather heavy subject matter.Most of the story revolves around Ric's poor decisions or failings which, personally, I found really depressing. If you can look past the doom and gloom, this book was really great.

  • Chris
    2019-03-19 14:27

    What would you feel like if you woke up from your death in a seedy motel with the Archangel Michael sitting in a chair waiting for you to awake? I think I would feel I need a drink. So does the main character of this book, Icarus Fell, or as he prefers, Ric.Icarus was a very flawed man in his first life. He carries them over to his second life when he becomes a harvester of souls for the good guys. But it isn't easy. From here he is lead through a twisting tale that is sometimes a supernatural thriller, sometimes a skeptics' view of life and sometimes a quirky comedy. Add all of these elements together and you have Bruce Blake's first story of what I hope will be a great series.The story is well paced. The characters, even the angels and demons, are very believable. Icarus is indeed deeply flawed, but that is one of the reasons to like him. This story has a great premise. Mr. Blake defiantly left himself room to grow with the characters.Well done.

  • Georgeanna
    2019-03-14 10:30

    I got a free copy of this book for review and I loved it! Author Bruce Blake tells the story of a very flawed man, Icarus (Ric) Fell, who you can't help but root for. He was an abused orphan and grew into a man with substance abuse and addiction problems. He pulled himself together for a while and managed to get married and have a child before his life went downhill again. It turns out that Ric is more than he seems--not that he has any idea of this fact. He gets mugged on his way to deliver a belated birthday gift to his son and that's when things get wierd. I don't want to put any spoilers in here, but Archangels, guardian angels, divine messengers, soul collectors, and even the Angel of Death show up and have an interest in Ric. I not only found him interesting, I liked him enough to look for more of this author's work--and hope there are more 'Icarus Fell' adventures.

  • Dave
    2019-03-16 14:27

    Surprisingly good for another free Bookbub selection. The author would have benefited from a good editor with a firm hand to do some steering here, especially when he inexplicably deviates from the strong first person narrator for chapter, but otherwise I really enjoyed this one. As a character, Icarus Fell (I know, I cringed every time I read the name) lies somewhere between Sandman Slim and Harry Dresden on the smart-mouthed pulp detective scale. The universe is closer to Sandman Slim in terms of the overarching religious overtone, but Fell is more like Dresden in that he's constantly outclassed, unprepared, and never in the right place at the right time. I'd say this is pretty readable as long as you manage your expectations and can put up with the occasional rough patch where the lack of editing shows through.

  • Julie Powell
    2019-03-16 07:38

    This story is part of a fantasy box set I am reading, however, it deserves its own review.At first, it may be seen as the usual 'afterlife' tale but it is far from that. The wonderful writing style brings to life an different take on what could happen when you die.Icarus Fell - great name - finds that his journey in life is about to make a sudden change, one attached to a steep learning curve...that's all I will say, as I don't give spoilers.Overall, an interesting, intriguing, enjoyable and satisfying read with themes of love, loss, betrayal and grief, to mention a few. Touched with humour, this story sees battles where good does not always succeed and leaves tasty trails for the next book in the series.Highly recommended.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-04 09:23

    I got this Icarus Fell novel during a Kindle free promotion, and I can't say I was disappointed when I picked it up. The main character was connectable, and sympathizable, and his story was one that isn't told very often. It's not very often that a tale is told of a soul-harvester, and I thought this was a unique way to go after it. I enjoyed the confusion the character felt, and I enjoyed learning as he learned the ins and outs of his new life. The other characters were less connectable, and sometimes less enjoyable, but they also gave a unique element to the story. All in all, a worthwhile read about an alternative afterlife.

  • Marti
    2019-03-14 09:44

    Icarus Fell is or rather was a man in his thirties who was mugged one night as he passed a churchyard. To his surprise, he was offered a job as a collector of souls. This novel follows Icarus (Ric) through his adventures and misadventures in this sort of afterlife. He can be seen by mortals and when he looks upon a mirror, he looks like his old self. However, none of his former friends or acquaintences recognizes him. While the plot moved fairly quickly, the numerous grammatical errors were annoying. Also, there were definitely some cliches, such as the evil priest. I would only give this book a luke warm recommendation.