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

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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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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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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

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

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

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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!

(Source: Amazon)

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