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

REVIEW: Another 5* for award-winning novel JUDGING ANGELS

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Well, I’ll be darned! If It’s a Wonderful Life, The Screwtape Letters, and McGyver had a love child, this would be it. Mr. Toad’s wild ride on steroids, with Aquinas, Sue Grafton, Tom Clancy, and Barbara Cartland in the front seat; strapped in, hands up, screaming for nearly 500 pages. It grabs you by the throat (in that good way), shakes you 6-ways-to-Sunday (in that fun way), and spits you out, sweating and dazed (in that “Let’s do it again” way) at the end. You will laugh (OUT LOUD in a few places), you will cringe (in more than a few), you will find yourself squinting in that “that’s really intriguing” kinda way, as you stay up waaay longer than you intended, just to read ‘one more page,’ that melts into a hundred and fifty more before you finally drag yourself away.

Best of all, it will make you think about the big things (and the little ones) that make this life…the “why are we here,” and “there but for the grace of God go I” down that softly sloping, somnambulant path to hell. If it gets made into a movie (which it really must), the theme song should be Casting Crowns’ “It’s a Slow Fade”…(youtube it).

Capps is a master storyteller and a consummate wordsmith (it’s in his DNA), with a decidedly dark edge that keeps you watching and reading through slit fingers. This genre generally isn’t my ‘thing,’ but this book is an exception. Like Screwtape, it can make you more aware of the unseen, all-important battle raging all around us…if you allow it to, and ponder what it really says. I await, on pins and needles, its sequel.

(Source: Amazon)

REVIEW: Another 5* for award-winning novel JUDGING ANGELS

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

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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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More 5* REVIEWS for award-winning fantasy JUDGING ANGELS

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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.

The ending….. “Wait, what!?!?” A great read, with fascinating twists. Waiting for the next volume in the series.

Verdict: More, please! Loved this book. Most unusual mixture of genres, to quite delightful effect. The author has a great writing style and I’m hoping that he has more than one novel up his sleeve.

Book of the Year! I loved it because it had redheads, Ginger Rogers, St. Thomas Aquinas and lawyers, guns and money. Tim Capps is notoriously funny and I was spellbound throughout. This is a major breakthrough in literary achievement. As an added bonus, the spelling and grammar were excellent, too.

I loved this book. It was funny, thought provoking and tragic, which is a lot to ask from one book. Can’t wait for the next installment.

(Source: Amazon).

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NEWS: Fantasy novel JUDGING ANGELS recognized at 2017 New York Book Festival

JUDGING ANGELS FRONT COVER REVHope and Life Press (HLP) is thrilled to announce that the fantasy novel Judging Angels by Illinois death penalty defense expert and Catholic author Timothy Capps, Esq., has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the fiction category of the 2017 New York Book Festival. The novel is also the first of HLP’s publications to have received an award.

Described as a five-star “tour de force of the modern challenges of being a practicing Catholic in today’s world” and an “excellent urban fantasy novel with a frank, and at times painful, exploration of a marriage in its darkest moments” by reviewers on Amazon upon its release, Judging Angels has earned unanimous praise from noteworthy minds in the legal field such as John Hanlon, Esq.; Richard Leo, Ph.D., J.D.; Terence Green, Esq.; and Frank Magill, Esq., for its original genre-bending ability, accuracy of depiction of the American criminal justice system, and provocativeness of thought.

Judging Angels is the first volume in the series The Rubricatae Chronicles. It is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, major booksellers, and directly from the publishers.

NEWS: Fantasy novel JUDGING ANGELS recognized at 2017 New York Book Festival

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

Listen to Chapter 1 of JUDGING ANGELS read by Tim Capps himself

Listen to Chapter 1 of JUDGING ANGELS read by Tim Capps himself

REVIEWS: Another 5* for Judging Angels

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This book is quite a ride! In reading “Judging Angels,” one finds not so much a suspense/mystery novel as — well, spiritual suspense, I suppose. If science fiction can include beings on other planets, then spiritual suspense can include beings in other planes. There’s more than a touch of “The Twilight Zone” in the deliberate–but never slow–pulling aside of the veil, but there’s none of the preachiness that sometimes came with the show. It’s never heavy-handed and the characters are far more realistic in their individual struggles with their faith than are usually portrayed. There’s a distinct lack of religious tropes — there’s no fanatic, no absolute-denier-turned-convert, no almost-became-a-priest — none of the somewhat cartoonish types seen in most books with ostensibly Catholic characters. There is one small, non-religious trope — a kid has talents that are unexpected and helps save the day. It’s a minor quibble in an otherwise excellent story with very little in the way of overused dialogue or plot lines.

What there IS a lot of is well-developed characters and action that follows naturally from their flaws and strengths, both emotional and spiritual. The reactions moving the action along feel authentic, with the characters struggling (sometimes not so much) to rise above their psychological and spiritual injuries.

I can’t remember being so caught up by a story in a long time. The book moves fast; as other reviewers have said, it’s a page-turner. I had committed to reading it during my morning and afternoon train commute, but I broke down and read it over the weekend. The main character, George Able, catches the reader’s attention right off and does not let go. And it isn’t just George; in physics, there is a phenomenon known as the Venturi Effect, in which a fluid is compressed into a narrow space (a tube) and must speed up in order to relieve the pressure. Once the liquid speeds up enough, the pressure drops and forms a vacuum. Each character that comes into George’s life speeds things up that much more in a sort of literary Venturi Effect resulting from the increase in suspense regarding each one’s role and even identity. As in the Venturi Effect, the only way to relieve the pressure (i.e., suspense) is to read faster; and then the reader is caught in the vacuum. But what a ride!

(Source: Amazon)

REVIEWS: Another 5* for Judging Angels

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