Title: Angels of the Deep
Author: Kirby Crow
Website of Author: http://kirbycrow.com/
Website of Publisher: http://www.mlrbooks.com
Publication Date: April 2009
ISBN 13: 978-1-60820-026-9 (print)
Format: Paperback/ eBook
Kirby Crow claims to write homoerotic romance. At least that’s what her last four books purport to be. Angels of the Deep is not one of these. While it does contain homoerotic romance, this book is, in no uncertain terms, a horror novel.
Becket Merriday is chief of police of a small town in the state of New York. He gave up a career as a top-rate FBI profiler and moved to Irenic in an effort to save his marriage. It didn’t work. Now, he’s headed for divorce, is infatuated with his male lieutenant Sean Logan and has a serial killer on the loose. Someone or something is killing young men, slicing their heads off and cutting out their hearts, and it’s up to he and Sean to solve the case.
But that’s just the framework of this dark, dark story. Kirby Crow has penned a brutal study of what God, angels and the nephilim (angel/human offspring) might be like if they were anything akin to the alien warriors history hints at rather than the watered-down, kindly God and angels we think of today.
Some have called this a love story. And while I’ve mentioned there is such a component, I call Angels of the Deep an apocalyptic, terrifying look at why we humans can’t and don’t want to peer across the Veil. God and the angels he created are not like us. We might be made in his image, but we are fundamentally different. Crow shows us this in many uncomfortable ways: from how the angels and nephilim might love to how they might treat humans.
A read you’ll not soon forget, Angels of the Deep is well-crafted and impeccably written. My one complaint is that it’s just too damn intense. I felt bludgeoned by the time I finished. I also have to warn readers that the book contains a lot of eroticism, multiple and graphic rape and sex scenes, and a few references to past instances of pedophilia. This is not a book for the weak of heart.
I recommend it!
Copyright © Clayton Clifford Bye 2009
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7 thoughts on “Review of Angels of the Deep”
I'm not faint of heart, but the pedophilia thing…yea that's not happening. Everything else about the book sounds interesting. Not all angels are shiny pretty nice things.
hmmm yes, made me wonder, too.
I love horror – I imagine this to be mentioned in a similar way it's been included in other horror stories…[thinking]
for instance, Stephen King's Black House. But I could be wrong. It wouldn't be the first time, according to my other half! 🙂
Thanks for you comment,
Hey Gals, I don't remember anyone doing an angel treatment quite like Kirby Crow's. As for the pedophilia, it's the least graphic of all the stuff I mentioned, and it's necessary to the story. I'd say take a chance on the book.
Ah thanks Clayton,
I see you have amended the review so it shows that they make references to it happening in the past.
I am positive that neither the publisher or any of my reviewers would have allowed this to be published/posted if that had not been the case, and if the subject of pedophilia wasn't sensibly used in the correct context or necessary to the story – as it is often used in this genre.
Thanks for bringing this up, Jen, it is an important issue of which I am pleased to be able to put your mind at ease – and anyone else who may have worried about this.
Sometimes there are very wicked things that are necessarily included for understanding whys and wherefores of things going on in the present. Life isn't really pretty, so including realistic things to make stories "fit" can be a harrowing thing, even for the writer. It's never good to "look the other way" and pretend these things aren't real…. that's how predators get away with so much.
Alrighty then. I see what you're saying.
I will take your advice and add it to my tbr. What's the worst that can happen? I try it and don't like it. THat's cool. You have to try new things. Makes life worth living, right?
Hope you enjoy it!