Another 5* REVIEW for the award-winning fantasy JUDGING ANGELS

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What? This novel was a shot in the dark for me. I bought it based on the writings in the author’s blog. I rarely read novels and when I do, they do not have lawyers as protagonists. I had no idea what to expect, but I definitely did not expect what I got.

I found the first chapter disjointed and disorienting. At chapter end, I thought, “What the blank is this?” Except I didn’t say “blank.” Chapters two and three made sense of chapter one quicker than I thought possible. From that point on, it was difficult to put down. As I approached the end of the book, I kept wondering how the author would resolve things. Spoiler alert: he doesn’t. On the last page, I had the feeling that about a third of the book was missing. I’m hoping that these points will be resolved in the next book, which I will definitely buy.

Lots of surprises in this book; some I guessed in advance, others not. You’ll learn what a blue falcon is and that there’s a highway to hell (paved with good intentions), but only a stairway to heaven.

And never trust a redhead.

(Source: Amazon)

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Another 5* REVIEW for the award-winning fantasy JUDGING ANGELS

NEWS: More 5* reviews for award-winning Catholic fantasy JUDGING ANGELS

JUDGING ANGELS FRONT COVER REV

Unveiling a world of meaning! Readers of sci-fi admire the authors who create worlds within the covers of their books. Mr. Capps has done something more, something that offers his readers a glimpse into the classical Christian vision of reality. He invites us into a story that is startling and different. The reader who perseveres finds a narrative that is action-packed and strange, and which discloses a profoundly meaningful world — ours. Our human life.

We meet the Able family at a point in their life together. There is love, commitment frayed by their history, difficult circumstances and obstacles. A strange turn of events leads to a bizarre adventure they are immersed in without fully understanding. It tests commitment, loyalty, love and faith.

They respond differently, bewildered. The reader often shares the bewilderment. Sometimes they trust each other; sometimes they turn away. Running through the story like a golden thread is the ancient wisdom that the law of God is not merely a set of precepts mandated from on high, arbitrary as a set of traffic laws, but rather something like the laws of medicine, telling us how we are made and what we ought to do about it for our own good — a fundamental truth that our society has forgotten.

And the world they stumble through is OUR world, “charged with the glory of God,” in which there are more things in heaven and on earth than are dreamed of by our philosophies. Stumbling through it they make mistakes and commit sins, and look back with regret at things they should have done better, and try to repair things, often in a misguided way. One reads with empathy…how would I have done?

It is a parable about life. It is also a fine, wild story. As a Priest, I find myself hoping that it finds many readers especially among young parents setting out on the journey of family life.

What you see is…what you don’t get! In more weird ways than one, this book will stick with me forever because of the way the author weaves character, possibility and impossibility. And if any reading can touch (or smack) my conscience, I particularly hold it dear. This one does it. I did get lost a couple of times because I didn’t comprehend sci-fi or whatever, but ugh! I took my good time reading this because I didn’t want it to end.

Five Stars!! Loved it. Waiting for the next book.

This is one of those novels I will always remember and that made me the richer for having read it. Thank you, Tim Capps, you touched my soul.

(Source: Amazon)

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Illinois lawyer and novelist Tim Capps interviewed by Dappled Things

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Tim Capps signing copies of his new book

Our Illinois lawyer Timothy Capps has just been interviewed by the literary magazine Dappled Things: A Quarterly of Ideas, Art and Faith, about his new genre-bending novel Judging Angels released by Hope and Life Press last month in paperback and ebook editions. Click here to read this great interview and learn about “a fully fleshed-out urban fantasy world based on Catholic theology (dogmatic and speculative), that also explored serious moral dilemmas that don’t always end well for the moral agents involved.”

Illinois lawyer and novelist Tim Capps interviewed by Dappled Things

FIAT MINISTRY SHOW: Tim Capps speaks on death penalty and sacramental marriage as Catholic criminal defense lawyer-author

 

FIAT MINISTRY SHOW: Tim Capps speaks on death penalty and sacramental marriage as Catholic criminal defense lawyer-author

NEWS: Catholic author Timothy Capps on Fiat Ministry Network

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We are pleased to announce that on Thursday, June 1, 2017, our Illinois award-winning death penalty defense expert and Catholic author, Timothy Capps, Esq., will be speaking about his newly released novel Judging Angels and his work on the Fiat Ministry Show with Kent Kuholski. The show, which can be found here, will air at 9:00pm EST. It can be accessed live on Fiat Ministry Network TV and all their social media channels including Periscope.

NEWS: Catholic author Timothy Capps on Fiat Ministry Network

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

5* REVIEWS for the thriller Judging Angels

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Awesome read! Loved it. Fresh writing, the style flows well, can’t wait for the next one. Especially like the spiritual aspect of this story.

An action-packed thriller with plenty of food for thought! With its devilish twists and turns, a suicidal lawyer and his explosive family, redheads and thugs, “Judging Angels” keeps you on your toes wondering what will happen next. But the action is dictated by George Able – hero or anti-hero? – whose many quandaries lead him to any number of flawed decisions, sowing destruction along the way. Tim Capps’ writing is humorous and profound. Temptation, suicide, adultery, pride, murder and mayhem follow on each other’s heels in a deeply moral, but never moralizing story. Plenty of violence and sin, but no vulgarity or complacency towards them… There’s even an instance of life-giving love where you would least expect it. It’s a book that’s hard to put down, once you accept to put narrow-minded rationality aside. I’m looking forward to the sequel.

(Source: Amazon)

5* REVIEWS for the thriller Judging Angels

NEW: JUDGING ANGELS by Illinois death penalty defense expert Timothy Capps

​​​​​​​​​Nude AngelHope and Life Press is proud to announce the release of the psychological thriller Judging Angels by top Illinois death penalty defense attorney Timothy Capps, Esq. The novel is the first book in the Catholic fiction series The Rubricatae Chronicles. 

Christmas Eve finds renowned, but now disgraced, defense lawyer George Able paying a final visit to his two children, Brian and Sandy. It is a final visit of a different sort to his estranged wife and her lover: George has a .38 in his coat pocket. Later that night, he finds himself on a deserted highway in deep dark country with missing bullets and missing time. It looks like a Christmas Miracle, especially when he meets a beautiful redhead who offers him a second chance. But the seemingly naive Red Morgan proves to be a troubling mix of love, lethality and, possibly, lunacy.

When George’s daughter is kidnapped by a man who might be associated with Morgan, the Able family and the criminal justice system are faced with a threat they are not equipped to handle. As a rescue attempt snowballs into a crime spree from the top of Illinois to its tip, a family must put aside its problems even as moral compromises undermine their good intentions. And while Red Morgan is too useful to send away, her dream of a white Vegas wedding with George faces one obstacle…

Judging Angels draws on police procedural, urban fantasy, and heroic quest to provide the reader with an original Catholic psychological thriller that blends genres and provides more twists and tension than a murder trial. Timothy Capps, a recognized death penalty defense expert, tells this exciting, yet thoughtful, tale with the relish of a seasoned lawyer’s closing argument. And just as trials must probe the motives of defendants, the reader will discover that the real story is on the inside: ordinary people tempted to do the worst things for the best reasons. Judging Angels ​is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, directly from the publishers Hope and Life Press, and major booksellers.

EARLY REVIEWS

“Criminal justice elements in Judging Angels are expertly handled by a highly respected death penalty lawyer. But then Capps blends genres and gleefully pushes the reader down the rabbit hole of an original, frightening, yet darkly humorous fantasy . . . Do not miss it” – Richard Leo, Ph.D., J.D., Professor of Law and Psychology, University of San Francisco.

“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 . . . Just like the packed trial gallery awaiting a verdict, you will be guessing and anticipating what is written on the final page” – Terence Green, Esq., former State’s Attorney and long-time criminal defense lawyer.

“Marvelous, in a style unlike anything else I have read, entertaining and thought-provoking. Capps draws on multiple genres to create something new that defies easy labeling” – Frank Magill, Esq., Telecommunications Attorney (ret.).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

capps_timothy_photoTimothy Capps, Esq., started his career as an Arabic linguist with the US Army where he received crypto training and held top secret clearance. He served with the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, doing voice intercept and radio direction finding. Capps then graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law and became a US Navy JAG lawyer. He received the NYC Bar Association’s Committee on Military Justice Award for Trial Advocacy. He was called “a young lion in the courtroom” and awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. In 1990, Capps transferred to Sigonella, Sicily, and had two missions to the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, for which he was awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal.

Capps then became a public defender. He also served as prosecutor in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Capps set up his criminal defense practice based on the cornerstones of character, competence, communication and compassion, becoming well-known for handling death penalty cases with innovation and tenacity. The Illinois Supreme Court invited him to serve on the committee that approved lawyers to serve as defense counsel in capital cases. Some of Capps’s high-profile cases were covered in Life Magazine, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Nancy Grace, and on CNN.

After People v. Pontious, the only case in which expert testimony on false confession was used successfully in Illinois, Capps became a recognized expert on false confessions. He was hired by the State to train death penalty defense teams. He was also given the Richard Cunningham Award for “distinguished service as a death penalty defense advocate who, in the course of performing high quality representation, has demonstrated extraordinary and tenacious commitment to the capital client’s cause and whose continuing dedication and tireless advocacy is an inspiration to all defenders in the continuing struggle for fairness and justice in Illinois capital cases.”

In 2011, the abolition of executions bill passed the Illinois legislature, but the Governor deliberated over signing it into law. Capps wrote a widely circulated Letter to the Editor, arguing against the death penalty from his experience as both prosecutor and defense counsel. To the extent his letter was influential, however, Capps put himself out of a job. His professional legacy includes a perfect record on death penalty cases, a not-guilty verdict by jury where evidence included a videotaped confession, and the development of original tactics still used in murder cases today.

NEW: JUDGING ANGELS by Illinois death penalty defense expert Timothy Capps

COMING SOON from Illinois capital cases attorney and Catholic author Tim Capps

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5* review for The Beast, the Prophets and the Victory

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Marie Ann Dean hits a home run with this wonderful book. It immediately draws you into the action. Despite having a very busy job with long hours, I found that this book kept me reading late into the night. I enjoyed reading Ms. Dean’s previous work, but I found this volume more to my liking. Ms. Dean excels at the use of imagery and you genuinely care about the various characters. Most of the characters from this book were found in Ms. Dean’s first book; however, you don’t have to read these books in order to enjoy The Beast. The influence of Robert Hugh Benson’s Lord of the World is clear, but I think this story is unique. The Beast and Anti-Christ are similar to, but not exactly the same as, Monsignor Benson’s. The ending is explosive and amazing.

The story is very plausible and is rooted in a clear understanding of Catholic doctrine, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and knowledge of current events. The use of symbolism such as the compass and the emerald from The Jeweler’s Polish is masterfully executed. I especially liked the story about the Chinese (People’s Liberation Army) deserters. If there would be another sequel or spin off, I would like to read more about these PLA characters. (From Dalian to Calgary with Christ…) I think the ending was better than Monsignor Benson’s version of end times. If I had any criticism of this book is that I wish it was longer! This book could also use a better cover. Maybe when it is reprinted it will come with a different cover and illustrations. It is a very fast read and will keep you up at night, thinking and praying. This book would make an awesome graphic novel or Anime-type film. In my opinion, this book is appropriate for ages 14 and up. There is violence (obviously) with this book, but it is not graphic. I generally wind up sharing my favorite books with my friends…this one will travel far.

(Source: Amazon)

5* review for The Beast, the Prophets and the Victory