Review: Halo of the Nephilim by Dina Rae
Be sure to check out my other reviews of Dina Rae’s books: Be Prepared Be Paranoid (short story), Bad Juju (horror novel), and Halo of the Damned (#1 for this series). My review is spoiler free, however the book description is not.
Halo of the Nephilim (#2) by Dina Rae
Genre: Paranormal Thriller/Horror
Published: May 1st, 2013
Can a fallen angel, his band of broken souls, and his nephilim children change the world?
Armaros the Cursed, Satan’s favorite of the Fallen, falls once again after breaking the rules. Fearing an eternity of punishment, he desperately attempts to save himself by sending a bird to his island. The SOS message is received by his beloved congregation. They prepare the great Armaros’ kingdom for his return. Can his loyal worshipers rescue him from the pit?
Halo of the Nephilim is the sequel to Halo of the Damned. The story begins with Armaros’ arrest. Reporters are duped into believing he was gunned down while awaiting trial. Declared dead, his only known surviving daughter, Joanna Easterhouse, proves her relation and inherits everything. She catapults her career from an entry-level advertising assistant to the head of Armaros’ advertising empire. Life couldn’t be better: a windfall inheritance, real power within a major industry, a loving relationship with a former demon, and a baby on the way. She should be on top of the world, but knows everything good must come to an end.
Joanna’s sister, Kim Easterhouse, becomes Kim Slattery after marrying Sean, her dead mother’s probate lawyer. Joanna generously includes them as key players in her advertising chain. They, too, have much to smile about, but a string of events leads them back to old family secrets.
Wickedness looms over the Easterhouse family once more, forcing them into an unlikely showdown filled with page-turning excitement. Like Halo of the Damned, Halo of the Nephilim is filled with conspiracy and angel lore taken directly from scripture and other ancient writings. Nephilim meander the earth in confusion, constantly questioning who they are and where they stand in terms of good and evil. More mind control themes top off this tale of doom. Dina Rae delivers the darkness in the most entertaining light
Reading HALO OF THE DAMNED, the prequel to HALO OF THE NEPHILIM is an absolute must to understand the storyline/plot and character histories. It’s been 9 months since I read the first book and it took me nearly half of the second book to understand what happened in the first book. So be certain to read both books in a timely manner to understand and appreciate everything happening. As opposed to HALO OF THE DAMNED, this book read like a paranormal thriller and not a horror novel. It’s dark and the characters are genuinely evil, yet it lacks the gore of a slasher and creepiness of a psychological horror novel. I’d say it be the equivalent of a Brad Thor novel, only with a sinister paranormal backdrop.
There’s a half dozen storylines and a dozen characters to keep track of. The author does a fantastic job of giving each character a consistent and unique personality. Not once did I mix up the characters or felt like something was done for plot purposes only. The characters propel the plot forward at a heart-racing pace. If you are a thriller junkie, then this is your dark fantasy come to life. The lines between good and evil are blurred. There’s multiple groups of people merging and separating throughout the story, so it’s near impossible to predict the ending for any of the characters never mind the book.
I’m not an expert on bible passages, but I did find the alternate history plausible. Basically, the fallen are to blame for most of the rifts between God and man, including Noah’s flood.
Expecting a horror novel, I was slightly off-put by the genre. I’m not generally a fan of thrillers so because of that, I’d give this book a solid 3 1/2 stars. Eliminating my bias opinion and this is easily a four star novel. (B-)
(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.)
Dina Rae is a new author here to stay. As a former teacher, she brings an academic element to her work. Her three novels, Halo of the Damned, The Last Degree, and Bad Juju weave research and suspense throughout the plots. Her short story, Be Paranoid Be Prepared, is a prequel of sorts to The Last Degree, focusing on the James Martin character. Dina also freelances for various entertainment blogs.
Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago. She is a Christian, an avid tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. She has been interviewed numerous times in e-zines, websites, blogs, newspapers, and radio programs. When she is not writing she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Brad Thor, George R.R. Martin, and Preston & Childs.