5* REVIEW for Judging Angels by Tim Capps

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Great book! I just blew through this book in three days, fast for me with other things I’ve got going on. I’m not sure I’ve completely got my head around it, but I described it thusly in recommending it to a friend this morning:

“A mash-up of legal thriller, urban fantasy, theological treatise, dark satire, commentary on the sorry state of both the modern-day Church and the modern-day world – but above all, very well written and entertaining,”

which latter point is where a lot of current genre fiction falls down hard. I highly recommend this book — and look forward to the sequel that is obviously intended.

(Source: Amazon)

5* REVIEW for Judging Angels by Tim Capps

Another 5* review for JUDGING ANGELS by top death penalty defense attorney Tim Capps

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Seriously Catholic! The author, Tim Capps, pulls off a tour de force of the modern challenges of being a practicing Catholic in today’s world. In the guise of a novel, the author presents a serious reflection on sin, temptation and adultery. A serious work for Catholics and wrapped in an entertaining plot. Looking forward to the next installment.

(Source: Amazon)

Another 5* review for JUDGING ANGELS by top death penalty defense attorney Tim Capps

More 5* reviews for Judging Angels

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Unique and thrilling take on urban fantasy! Themes of marital strife, estranged family ties and fidelity are thrown for a unique curve ball in this fast-paced, urban fantasy thrill ride. A cast of original, complex characters (including everyone’s soon to be favorite redhead) are interjected into the life of our protagonist, George. On his journey to rescue his kidnapped daughter, Sandy, we are led through a world of forensic analysis, other worldly challenges and well-painted suspense, and mystery on the end of every page. Tim Capps incorporates his knowledge of the legal scene into a world of mystical, harrowing action that makes Judging Angels a compelling page turner. Highly recommended, Judging Angels is an urban fantasy masterpiece that will be difficult to put down and impossible to forget. Hungry for the next installment of the The Rubricatae Chronicles.

Difficult to put this one down! Excellent urban fantasy novel with a frank and, at times, painful exploration of a marriage in its darkest moments. The story deals with characters in difficult situations discovering that it’s not always the best idea to do “anything” to save someone else. It was hard to put this one down. Can’t wait for the next installment!

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Early reviews of JUDGING ANGELS

Tim Capps Poster Web ResIn my death penalty defense career, I frequently said, “You can’t make this stuff up.” Judging Angels proves me wrong. The author has made up a very original story told with the relish of a seasoned trial lawyer’s closing argument. His depictions of the thoughts and workings of all players in the criminal justice system, including the forensic processes, immerse the reader into a high-adrenalin, high-profile case in a thoroughly accurate manner. Capps convincingly imagines a family and a criminal justice system confronted with realities they are ill-equipped to handle. A ‘one more chapter’ read full of twists and shocks and mordant chuckles – John J. Hanlon, Esq.
Executive Director, Illinois Innocence Project,
University of Illinois at Springfield.

George Able, a skilled criminal defense attorney with a faultless 21-0 record in saving clients from the death penalty, soon finds that such perfection cost him everything he held near and dear: his soul, marriage, children, right to practice law, and maybe even his life. Just when he thinks he is at his very end, Red crosses his path and he finds the journey has just begun. With her otherworldly beauty, irresistible charm, and skills of a special forces soldier, Red might be an angel or a demon – or the force that could lead George to get back all he has lost. As a former State’s Attorney and now criminal defense attorney for over 30 years, I can attest that Tim Capps, the author and mind behind Judging Angels, is a skilled criminal trial attorney and acknowledged expert on capital punishment cases, having both prosecuted and defended those charged with murder where the ultimate sanction, the death penalty, is sought. Criminal jury trials are full of twists and turns and unexpected predicaments, and Author/Attorney Capps brings that same sense of the unforeseen and unknowable to his novel. Is this work a murder mystery, love story, science fiction tale, or a fantasy account? it is hard to say. What is easily said is that as you read one page, you will not be able to guess what is on the page that follows. Just like the packed trial gallery awaiting a verdict, you will be guessing at and anticipating what is written on the final page – Terence Green, Esq., former State’s Attorney and long-time criminal defense lawyer.

Judging Angels starts as a mystery and police procedural by a highly-respected former death penalty lawyer. Criminal justice elements are expertly handled by an insider. But then Capps blends genres and gleefully pushes the reader down the rabbit hole of an original, frightening, yet darkly humorous fantasy. It is a story of ordinary people doing bad things for the best of reasons. Some are seized by love and all are caught in the middle of their own cosmic war. No character is safe. The novel is hard to put down as Capps teases you into ‘just one more chapter.’ It is not often that something as original as this is published. Do not miss it – Richard A. Leo, Ph.D., J.D., Author of Police Interrogation and American Justice, Hamill Family Professor of Law and Psychology, University of San Francisco.

Marvelous, in a style unlike anything else; entertaining and thought provoking. Ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary chain of events try to do right in the face of human frailty and temptation. Draws on police procedural, urban fantasy and heroic quest, to create something that defies easy labeling. Capps compels the reader to realize how often we misunderstand ourselves and our world, and the supernatural that lies beyond – Frank Magill, Esq., Corporate Attorney (ret.).

Early reviews of JUDGING ANGELS

5* reviews for Brian Kiczek’s Help for Suffering Humanity

 

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Very informative book on the Mother of God. I recommend this book for any Christian looking to learn how Mary can intercede for us and how she has interceded for others throughout history. I found the book very interesting and the stories contained in the book are inspirational. In these troubled times, a book like this is needed, to help people realize that God gave us His mother as our mother for a reason, and that she is the avenue in which God’s grace flows to us and is eager to help us if we call on her with confidence. Miracles do happen!

Mary truly helps Christians. Kiczek demonstrates this well. Help for Suffering Humanity: Mary, Help of Christians is a book that should be on every Catholic’s bookshelf. In this time of ideological disaster, we need to be reminded more and more of Mary as our help who points to Christ. As former atheists, Dr Kizcek and I can relate to how important Mary is in the conversion process. Mary is indeed our help and Kiczek hits a home run showing this in his book.

(Source: Amazon)

5* reviews for Brian Kiczek’s Help for Suffering Humanity

5* reviews for The Jeweler’s Polish

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What a brilliant book, loyal on an historical level, and while it is fictional it very much reflects the period in which it is set, at the same time presenting a very exciting drama. It’s the kind of novel which makes you crave a sequel.

Highly recommended! A really well written thriller, interesting characters along with well researched history – The Jeweler’s Polish had it all. A highly recommended read.

Wonderful book! I enjoyed it very much. History, intrigue, love of God, joys and sorrows. And an ending that makes me look forward to more from this author. Written beautifully!

(Source: Amazon.com)

5* reviews for The Jeweler’s Polish

Another 5* review for Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

This book itself is a true blessing; written by a passionate soul, that is Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D., who touches upon the most sacred topic with such an eloquence and utter delicacy that couldn’t leave one not feeling spiritually enlightened upon reading.

From the very first page, we, as readers, are met with divine wisdom of each letter of the Church-Slavonic alphabet. The Church-Slavonic language is the soul of the people and the traces of it left imprints on language, culture, and literature altogether, evoking most powerful and sincere feelings.

What is treasured about this book is that it reveals the Church-Slavonic language as a means that opens and deepens our connection to God.

By reading Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters, we are going through the holy journey on which we become closer with our Holy Father and it, itself, is a true gift.

With so much love in my heart, I would like to thank Larisa Olegovna Micallef for giving us a blessing in the form of this divine book.

(Source: Amazon UK)

Another 5* review for Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

Another 5* review for Sonnets From the Spirit

The publication of “Sonnets from the Spirit” confirms what I have long held; that theology is far too important a matter to be left to academics alone. Theology needs to be proclaimed by poets as well as by professors. This has been admirably done by rising young British poet and theologian, Christopher Villiers. These 52 poems (and hopefully more are soon forthcoming) are at the same time whimsical and profound, worldly and devout. Christopher’s poetry come from a man who has a happy, genuine, and abiding faith. Though relatively young in years, Christopher’s writings bespeak the work of an “old soul.” These poems call one to lift one’s head from the crisp printed page and smell the stench surrounding the lowly manger, feel the rough wood of a bloody cross, see the doubt in Thomas’ eyes, and behold the blinding glory of the One who sits at the Father’s right hand. Personally, I plan to use these poems (giving proper credit, of course) in the Bible classes that I teach at my church. Pray write on, Christopher! It would not at all surprise me to see your poems included in future editions of the “Oxford Book of English Verse.”

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Another 5* review for Sonnets From the Spirit

More 5* reviews for Sonnets From the Spirit

It may be helpful helpful to think of these sonnets as prayers that rhyme. The meticulously crafted first person narratives, each one containing a volta that depicts the narrator’s mind coming to a fresh realisation of the nature of divinity, show God’s power at work in the world in a variety of settings. Whether the subject of the sonnet is a saint, a sinner or simply a flawed person whose relationship with God requires improvement, slowly feeling their way towards enlightenment using the handholds of rhyme and metre, they will eventually realise — perhaps too late — that they are part of a pattern more wide, deep and beautiful than they can comprehend entirely. The elegant form of the sonnet, a staple of poetry for hundreds of years, is therefore used as a microcosm of the divine reason or Logos in which all this book’s readers live and move and have their being.

The author is gifted with a rare intelligence tempered with understanding and piety which he uses to enter the heads of a heterogeneous range of Biblical figures. Although their corporeal forms became dust millennia ago, their spirits continue not only in whichever extra-mundane afterlife they now inhabit, but also in the pages of this slender yet deeply intriguing volume.

(Source: Amazon UK)

More 5* reviews for Sonnets From the Spirit

Another 5* review for Sonnets From the Spirit

Sonnets from the Spirit, a book written by my friend Christopher Villiers, is a fantastic source of the continuation of the ancient practice of midrash. Through his fantastic poems, taken from both the Old and the New Testaments, he speaks through the heroes, saints and protagonists of Holy Scripture. He gives a personal tone to the events, allowing us to further understand the richness and significance of the episodes we read in the Bible. This work shows a connection between the various stories in Holy Scripture, connecting the beginning with Eve and concluding with the Assumption of the Theotokos – the Second Eve, showing thus the whole plan of God for the salvation of His creation.

These sonnets are to be read with an open mind, allowing the reader to see the events from Scripture in a totally new way, from the personal stance of the people taking part in the events. Therefore, these sonnets hold within them a passion and an emotion, allowing us to be part of them, just as we are when observing an icon, or visiting a church.

A poem, which impressed me greatly, was the one dedicated to the Prodigal Son. A poem full of theology but also with a human character, an understanding of the human relations and the mistakes the prodigal son (i.e. mankind) acts towards the father (i.e. God). A poem where ideals, such as forgiveness, are pointed out, showing us the example and the way of life we need to maintain in order to live a Christ-like life. Additionally, the poem dedicated to Judas is another example of the painful events, giving Judas a voice, which we do not often hear due to his betrayal.

These poems allow us to follow the life of the Church by understanding better the stories, parables and events found in Holy Scripture. The personal factor, found in these sonnets, gives the opportunity to each and every Christian to take the protagonist’s place, making Scripture and Tradition intimate to our existence within the Church.

Let us hope that this book, which is a great read, is only the first of many books that Christopher Villiers will write. Christianity needs to remind itself of the personal stance we need to keep within our worship, within our life in the Church, by making every story and event of the Bible a truth which we need to follow.

(Source: Demetrifs at Londonoupolis)

Another 5* review for Sonnets From the Spirit