A teenage boy must decipher his mysterious past as he battles a supernatural evil that threatens not just his town, but possibly the world, in Holmes’ debut novel.
Justin lives in Angel Falls, and he’s like any other teenager until he begins having visions and blackouts. He realizes that they have something to do with the strange billionaire Dr. Siffer, who has strong ties to GenEx, the town’s scientific research facility and largest employer. Siffer is running for office, perhaps with national ambitions, and as the theft of scientific material and a series of murders rock Angel Falls, Justin begins to understand the relationship of his blackouts to Siffer and everything else that’s been happening. Years ago, according to legend, angels saved the town from destruction. Now Justin realizes: It’s not just a legend; he shares a unique connection with the angels, and he must use his newfound abilities to fight the evil that looms. The novel moves briskly without too many detours that would otherwise sap the story’s momentum. The well-drawn characters move through the story logically and realistically. The book is a well-written, easy read, and although technological information assumes a role in the plot, this information doesn’t confuse the reader. There are few surprises here—the villain is obvious from the beginning, and what little suspense there is happens late. The plot reveals Justin’s angelic background too soon to be an effective story driver, and the fact that his friends and co-workers seem so accepting of this rather remarkable fact seems a plot contrivance. Yet the story plows through these flaws and ultimately succeeds.
A techno/supernatural mystery that doesn’t demand too much of the reader.