Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
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A thrilling epic about an ancient clash reignited in our time- between a hidden society and heaven's darkest creatures

There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them.
Genesis 6:5

Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in upstate New York. Now, at twenty-three, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.

For the secrets these letters guard are desperately coveted by the once-powerful Nephilim, who aim to perpetuate war, subvert the good in humanity, and dominate mankind. Generations of angelologists have devoted their lives to stopping them, and their shared mission, which Evangeline has long been destined to join, reaches from her bucolic abbey on the Hudson to the apex of insular wealth in New York, to the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris and the mountains of Bulgaria.

Rich in history, full of mesmerizing characters, and wondrously conceived, Angelology blends biblical lore, the myth of Orpheus and the Miltonic visions of Paradise Lost into a riveting tale of ordinary people engaged in a battle that will determine the fate of the world.
 

About Danielle Trussoni

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Danielle Trussoni’s first book, the memoir Falling Through the Earth, was selected as one of the Ten Best Books of 2006 by The New York Times Book Review. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Danielle resides with her husband and two children in the south of France and regularly spends time in both Bulgaria and the United States. Her debut novel Angelology will be published in over thirty countries. Film rights were purchased outright by Sony Pictures with Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment producing and Marc Forester directing.
 
Published March 9, 2010 by Thorndike Press. 813 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, History. Fiction

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A covert age-old war between angels and humans serves as the backdrop for Trussoni’s gripping tale of supernatural thrills and divine destinies. Sister Evangeline, the secretary who handles a

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Publishers Weekly

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Trussoni's complex and intricately plotted novel about an epic war between mortals and angels is, despite the heroic efforts of Susan Denaker, an unholy mess in the audio version. What readers relishe

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The New York Times

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In her first book, the memoir “Falling Through the Earth,” Danielle Trussoni wrote of a rough-and-tumble childhood and a father who was irreparably damaged by his experiences as a tunnel rat in the Vietnam War.

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The New York Times

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After some further research and with a smitten art historian, Verlaine, at her side, the nun, Sister Evangeline, is drawn into a centuries-old struggle against the Nephilim — a fight in which both of her parents, now dead, were once engaged (hence the visit to the caged monsters).

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The Guardian

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Sadly, sentences such as "He had taken his jacket off and allowed his wings to emerge through his oxford" give little visual sense of how the characters are managing these backpacks, just as the book is hazy on the mechanics of angels copulating with humans in the first place.

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BC Books

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Book on the mysterious Nephilim of the Bible tries to answer ages-old question of who were the "giants" of old.

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BC Books

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Angelology is dense with description of both its angelic lore and the everyday world in which it is set — mostly in the cold of New York City and New York state in late December 1999, but also Paris and the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria in the 1930s and '40s.

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BC Books

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Passages in Genesis, Chapter 6, Chapter 1-2 , have puzzled theologians for centuries with some simple yet strange words: "The Sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair and they took them wives of all that they chose."

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NPR

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The first novel by Danielle Trussoni follows the struggle between nefarious human-angel hybrids and the band of mortals trying to keep them in check. Trussoni, author of the acclaimed memoir Falling Through the Earth, maintains a balance between literary artistry and complex adventure.

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Examiner

According to the Apocryphal Book of Enoch, the Nephilim were the offspring of a group of angels - called Watchers - sent by God in the earliest part of creation to keep track of humanity.

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Examiner

If you haven’t been keeping score Nephilim (the offspring between angels and humans) are the new vampires.

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Book Reporter

Evangeline, Verlaine and Gabrielle (Evangeline's grandmother) are allowed into meetings and into the operations of the Council of Angelologists.

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Los Angeles Times

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... Angelology. A Novel. Danielle Trussoni. Viking: 452 pp., $27.95 ... Book review: '
Angelology: A Novel' by Danielle Trussoni March 13, 2010.

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Suite 101

Angelology, Danielle Trussoni's first novel, may appear to fit comfortably within the Dan Brown mould, but there's more than meets the eye to this heavenly thriller.

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The Bookbag

It is an adventure story, dressed up with theology and angels – Dan Brown for the Urban Fantasy fan – and it's great.

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SF Site

Indeed, Angelology is in the process of being turned into a movie, with all the power of Sony to promote the bad angels as the new vampires.

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Oprah.com

From a debut novel about a modern Shakespearean heroine to a sophisticated yet accessible book of essays, O's book editors pick 10 more must-read titles for September.

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Pursuitist

Below is a summary of reviews for Danielle Trussoni’s new exciting new novel Angelology, featured on the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

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