The Flesh of Fallen Angels by R. Thomas Riley and Roy C Booth

In these days of band wagon jumping, and genre burn outs, there is one genre that for some reason always seems to be left out. Thankfully the unwashed masses seem to leave this sub genre alone, and for that I give thanks to the gods of writing.  You see it makes my life as a reader so much easier, I don’t have to spend hours filtering out the dross just to find a book I wan to read.  The Flesh of Fallen Angels,  is another great entry into the horror western.

It’s the eve of The Ripening as Gibson Blount discovers the secret history of an ancient race and the true outcome of Lucifer’s fall. Now, the fallen angel, Azazel, has horrific plans for Blount’s town…and the world. With the help of a local priest, a prostitute, an orphan, historical figure William Quantrill, and one of God’s chief angels, Blount must dig for truth and unearth secrets woven deeply within Time itself to uncover a supernatural plot put into motion by the Church to punish the Roanoke Puritans. The War in Heaven has been lost and the flesh of fallen angels hangs in the balance.

This novella is a lot of fun, it opens as many westerns do with a figure on a distant hill surveying the land and town in front of him, cliched yes, but a classic way to start a story.  It’s not long before this great novella spurs the the reader into an action packed, gripping and rip roaring story.  Having William Quantrill, the legendary, and mythical Confederate guerrilla leader during the American Civil War is a stroke of pure genius.

As the story unfolds the reader is slowly given the answers to why Blount is a man that’s got to do what a man’s got to do.  And by the time the finale comes around you will be rooting and tooting along with the best of them.

If I have one complaint, it’s that  in a few places the writing is a little bit clumsy, where some of the descriptive sentences just seem ever so slightly over worked.  However over all this is a very enjoyable book that creates it’s own great mythos, and populates it with interesting characters.  I will certainly be checking out the rest of this series.


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