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Angel of Vengeance

Angel of Vengeance

Publisher(s): 
Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Grade:
C+
# of Pages: 
239
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This book inspired the TV show Moonlight.

Mick Angel a private investigator gets hired by a gorgeous red-head dancer. Her younger sister has gone missing and she wants Mick to find her while no others could. With the drug dealers that want to hurt Mick for no other reason to try to seem like they are tough guys, then having strippers not wanting to tell him any information, and cops that seem to show up at the most inopportune time, Mick will have to use all the powers he can to just stay alive and out of trouble. Though being a vampire comes in handy for Mick in his search for the missing girl while he patrols the late night streets of LA.

Pros:
If you’re into vampires this might be the book for you. Not just because the main character is a vampire but because of the way it’s wrote. First thing I noticed about the way the main character of Mick Angel is how he’s not the typical vampire. With the popular phase that vampires are going through today, and actually the way they’ve almost always been portrayed, is someone that looks good, is cool, and while they walk around at night they rule. Mick Angel is nothing like this. Though he is not supposed to be ugly, he’s not a model either and he does not have the coolness that would make a woman swoon over him. He’s just some private eye that is a vampire who goes along his way in his job while trying to stay alive without hurting any women, children, or innocents.

Next thing I noticed, and liked, was how Mick Angel is not being described as the typical vampire. He’s given most of the features that a vampire has, like the super-strength, hearing, sight, and can’t die from being shot. What makes this one different is how it’s the vampire that’s doing the narration about the plot and giving inside tips of the nature of being a vampire.

Such an instant is when Mick Angel talks about being shot, beat up, or hurt in a fashion that he describes that it still does hurt and how much it hurts. There’s also the fact that he can tell when someone is lying when he hears them speak or when he sleeps he has to do it in a freezer and how he comes out all stiff. It’s these little bits of moment in the writing that was fun to read. It made the character more human while still reminding me that this guy is a undead vampire that has to get blood to survive. Though if he don’t get the blood he needs, Mick Angel will go into a withdrawl that boarders on what a drug addict would go through but only when he wants to get his fix he has to kill someone.

All the characters are interesting when they appear though there aren’t that many other characters. Mick is of course the main, with Reesa being the second character and is the red-head that hires Mick, with a few other minor characters that appear. However, it seems that once Micks wife from the past gets brought up in the story, Coraline, her character gets focused on more than the others in the story.

Not that it’s a bad thing that the character of Coraline gets a lot of time on the pages, she’s quite interesting to read about. Which is what I’m thinking that Trevor Munson meant for her to be. Here, Munson, takes this character that is in the past of the main character, gives a lot of information about her, yet kept out enough to make me want to keep reading more about her to find out what is missing.
“Angel of Vengeance” was very easy to read and very quick. I don’t know if it’s because of how it’s written or maybe that the pages are printed in a way that there’s a lot of space on the pages that take away room from the words or a combo of the two. Which I’m thinking it’s a little of both of these reasons that I was able to read this book so fast. I’m also contributing my quick reading to the fact that the story is a fun one to read. There are a lot of interesting little tidbits in the story that makes it hard to put down.

Cons:
Every book has portions that just don’t work well in the story. It’s no different in this case with “Angel of Vengeance” but it’s not so much that it takes away from the enjoyment of reading the book.

My main peeve about the writing style was how Trevor Munson would have the character Mick Angel telling about a certain moment where he was thinking about how he knew one of the other characters was lying but there was no need to let them know that. This happens too many times in the story. I got tired of reading it where he was thinking yeah I agree with them but I don’t tell them, or I knew what he meant but I didn’t let him know that. It’s that sort of lines that are used when after a few times there was no more need to have them.

Though my main disappointment with the story was the ending. Which is a huge deal when considering it’s a book. The ending is the most important part of any story. There needs to be closure or at least a semblance of it. When “Angel of Vengeance” does end, I didn’t get the closure I was wanting. In fact I was left with different ways I could think the story ended. I hate these kind of endings.
Another subtraction from the story was who the main antagonist was at the end. I would have much rather seen it being one of the minor female characters than the one it ends up being. Sure it was like ok I see how you want to shock me the reader as much as you shock the character of Mick Angel, but come on Munson, let it be someone less predictable and cliché. Though I got to admit, the way that character explains why at the end was likable.

I also didn’t like the way the characters of the cops where portrayed when interacting with Mick Angel. I don’t know how the relationships between cops and private investigators are but I would think that if they knew there was a PI on a case for a missing girl and he had been at a house of someone who was a person of interest in that case, then why would they come down on him like they do? The PI will be going around talking to anyone they can find to solve their case and I’m guessing that at times that will lead them to some places that could look like they were up to something, so wouldn’t cops know that? Maybe, maybe not, I don’t know, but I didn’t like how this interaction of the cops and Mick was wrote.

Bottom Line:
I liked “Angel of Vengeance”, not to the point where I will ever say it’s in my top 10 books, but it was a fun read. Trevor O. Munson gives a different, interesting look on the vampire lifestyle while telling a intriguing little tale about how that vampire must cope with living in LA. 

Lee Roberts
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