Title: A Kiss Before the Apocalypse
Author: Thomas Sniegoski
Publisher: Roc Trade
Publication Date: May 6, 2008
Summary: Boston PI Remy Chandler is no ordinary man. He’s an angel who chose to renounce heaven and live on earth. So he’s perfect for the job of finding the Angel of Death, who has gone missing. But what at first seems to be about tracing a missing person turns out to involve much more—a conspiracy that has as its goal the destruction of the human race. And only Remy Chandler can stop it...(summary from amazon)
Review: This was a gritty adventure and the apocalypse is just around the corner. Remy has a dog, who he can converse with (angelic superpowers and all), which is a very sweet relationship. The conversations were well done. Also, as an angel Remy is immortal but his human wife is nearing the end of her life. It is interesting that this first book in the series is about both the end of the world and the end of his married life. But I think it opens the field to Remy taking on dangerous jobs in future novels. Most of the other characters Remy deals with are immortals of some type, usually angelic or fallen.
The story is full of action, but it really made me think about love. If you lose someone you love, how do you cope? What would it be like to be immortal and how they may eventually desire for life to end. Sniegoski plays with the concept of angels, their motivations and their desires. What event may have turned an angel to live amongst the humans instead of the heavenly host? The book is bittersweet…there is another book in the series, so I am sure you can guess whether the apocalypse happens, but his wife is dying and there is no stopping death once he is doing his job.
I cried a couple of tears at the end and look forward to picking up the next in the series. I give it 3.5 stars.