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Oct 30 2013

Possession: a Novel of the Fallen Angels by J.R.Ward

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Piatkus, 2013. ISBN 9780749957209.
(Age: Adult) A supernatural action paranormal romance thriller - angels vs demons, literally - this book is set in modern urban America. There is lots of in-your-face swearing, explicit sexual descriptions, and hard and fast action. This is number five in a series. The basic premise is that God has tired of the interminable wranglings of the human race, and has set the stage for a final fight between Heaven and Hell, winner take all. Skip all the long-winded matches, and go for the best out of seven, using a human protagonist who, at least initially, is agreed upon by both sides as equal in his share of good and evil characteristics.
Each book centres on saving a soul, where the reluctant hero, Jim Heron, battles a demon. Titles like Covet, Crave, Envy... make up the series.
Possession is not one for a school library due to the adult content. If the swearing and explicit sexual descriptions don't debar the book, then maybe religious people might take offence! While not lyrical, poetic and beautifully crafted, the novel is very readable, pacey and good escapist fiction.
Anne Veitch

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