The Angriest Angel
by Christopher Halt
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Pub Date 21 Sep 2018 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2019
They’ve lived among us for decades without incident. Until now.
The Caelans are a nonviolent and technically advanced people who long ago conquered anger and interstellar travel. Virtually indistinguishable from us, they hide in plain sight. They live in our neighborhoods and work in our offices.
But something unexpected happens at their base of operations in the Midwestern United States. Anger begins to infect some of them—like a disease. When the mysterious outbreak takes their leader, Regulus Lafaye, he becomes hostile and violent. He even abuses his mind power, psy, in order to control others.
The Caelans’ peaceful nature makes it impossible for them to stand up to Lafaye’s aggression, until Avery—one of the uninfected—stumbles upon an unlikely hope: Chase Madison, a plucky criminal recently incarcerated for selling his ADHD meds. Avery discovers that Chase’s ADHD makes him immune to the Caelans’ psy, and therefore key to the cure.
It also makes him a target.
Received the Kirkus star.
Quotes from the Kirkus starred review:
"Halt sets up rich, emotional character minefields and conflicts without letting his antihero’s pathology take the focus off the bigger picture."
". . . check out Halt’s thoughtful take on what can go wrong when incredible and supremely ethical outsiders try to blend in with the coarse natives."
". . . Halt’s prose stylings throughout are steady, sober, and finely honed . . ."
Average rating from 32 members
A well written page-turner sci-fi with compelling characters and an unpredictable, absorbing plot, and a touch of romance. There are more and more stories either featuring or including characters with ADHD, and I found this one highly entertaining. I also enjoyed the well-developed characters and inventive plot.
Like many readers, I'm not a fan of cliff-hanger endings. Otherwise, a good book. Thanks for the free review copy!!
Chase is a handful. He's spontaneous, irritating, has no filter but if you capture his interest for a second, like a puzzle he'll take his time figuring you out.
That's precisely why I loved reading this book. In the beginning, the author provides the inspiration behind this book and I'd say he did create a character in Chase, and true ADHD is one of the most misunderstood disorders. The author's ability to fuse this with sci-fi is interesting and you'll not put this book down, well, at least I didn't.
Thank you Netgalley for the eARC, but for the love of sanity could we drop the cliffhanger? The story was getting to the good part!
Started this book and hated to put it down. Characters are well developed and the scenes are vivid. I have been looking for a something different than a murder mystery and this one definitely fit the bill. Really enjoyed this one and can't wait for his next book.
If rating novels was a question of MC reliability, this one would be instantly and easily ranked. Chase Madison - our MC - has ADHD (yay for diversity), and purportedly so does our author, which makes sense. Christoper Halt proverbially nailed the writing of this character, constructing him beautifully from angst and realism to create a multi-dimensional and complex personality. Chase is hilarious. Comprised of a sarcasm which is gently prodded by a slightly suppressed wit, he effectively masters his own coping mechanisms in order to navigate the complexities of life. In that way, Halt has contrasted the negative and positive aspects of life marvellously. | Spoilers |I guess you'd predominantly categorise this one as Sci-Fi, maybe an abstract fantasy? But, it's not singularly dimensional. It's intricate, and multi-faceted. Delicately weaving its way through technology, to lead you to an all encompassing finale moment, which has you begging for more.
The Angriest Angel is a book about aliens living among us. This is a very engrossing story that I couldn't put it down. The characters are very engaging. I really care what happens to them. There is a bad guy of course, but that only makes the story better. The biggest downfall is the book didn't end. It seemed cut off. I haven't read the next book in the series yet so I don't know if the problems get a resolution. Still a great read and look forward to the next book.
I’m so happy with how much I liked this book!! I picked it up thinking I was getting a fun sci-fi but it was so much more! Basically the main character is a guy struggling with ADHD who finds out that there are aliens living among us. These aliens are facing a crisis and with the way his mind works he might be the one person to help them overcome it. I really loved the voice of the main character, Chase. He was so sarcastic and believable and his friendship with Avery was compelling. I can’t wait to jump into book two of this trilogy. I definitely recommend this book!
he Angriest Angel
The Angriest Angel by Christopher Halt
The Angriest Angel (The Angriest Angel #1)
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Lou Jacobs's review Apr 30, 2019 · edit
it was amazing
A wonderful entry salvo into a trilogy. Although the premise is science fiction .. the theme is much deeper and complex .... involving relationships and overcoming disabilities. The Caelens have lived amongst us undetected for over 50 years ... they look human and their philosophy on life involves trust, integrity and peace. The Caelan's are not monstrous space invaders .. they art both technologically and morally advanced. They possess a unique skill of "psying" , which enables them to tap into the electrical fields of the brain and renders the recipient highly suggestible . This skill has been used for both protection and persuasion to allow the Caelan's to hide "in plain sight"
Enter our anti-hero rogue, Chase Madison .... he is flawed and yet unique and resourceful ... a product of a dysfunctional childhood with his father abandoning the family at an early age, and then left with an abusive mother. The mother has no idea that Chase has ADHD and cannot cope or guide him. The author, Christopher Halt also carries the diagnosis of ADHD and channels this disability into the main protagonist, Chase Madison. This leads to an extremely well fleshed out character... with particularly important insights into his shortcomings as well as his unexpected skills.
Although Chase has a history of violence and mischief due to focus difficulties.... he also has an uncanny ability for problem solving .... apparently not caught up in the details, but appreciates the whole picture. Chase finds himself in jail ... arrested for attempting to sell his ADHD medicine , which he was doing to pay back his ex-wife. He finds himself in a cell next to Pete McCloth ... who tells him a fantastic yarn about a UFO hovering over a car involved in a fatal accident .. containing Angels from the Spaceship who came down and saved the other driver's life. He was able to video and take pictures which he quickly uploaded to the internet. A "so-called" lawyer arrives to meet with Pete who he engages in a somewhat sarcastic discussion. This lawyer is actually a Caelen, who in attempting to provide damage control, realizes that Chase is immune to psying.
At the same time the Caelen's are dealing with another pressing problem in their community ... an outbreak of negative emotions, leading to the previously unknown problems of jealousy and anger.
In the course of further damage control, a beautiful Caelen, Avery, is assigned to follow and contain Chase. This leads to further development of the character of Chase and his developing relationships, and an exploration into ADHD.
Thanks to NetGalley for supplying an Uncorrected Proof of this unpredictable page-turner in exchange for an honest review. This compelling narrative demands the reader to seek out further implications of the juxtapostion of Chase with the Caelen race.
I found this book captivating and a really easy read. The psychological implications of the psy ability of the "angels" is almost overloading to the character Chase. This book is very thought provoking. I really enjoyed it and look forward to start book 2. Thanks to everyone who helped in this excellent book.