Title: Angel 1089 (Heaven Corps #1)
Author: C.C. Bridges
Buy Link: Second Edition
Genre: M/M Futuristic Sci-Fi
Length: Novel (153 PDF pages)
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars
A guest review by Lily
A well written sci-fi story with a unique and interesting take on angels and demons.
When this deal breaks, Heaven will fall.
Book one in the Heaven Corp series
Catching two demon burglars is routine for Gabriel 1089, who’s one cog in an army of cybernetically modified humans protecting the sky city of Heaven. Until two turns into a twenty-demon ambush. When he wakes up, he’s missing his network-enabled halo—and one of his metal wings.
The down-level junk dealer tending Gabe’s wounds has hands that spark nerve endings he never knew he possessed. But for an angel cut off from Heaven, an attic in Old Trent feels more like a trap than a sanctuary.
Demons on his doorstep are nothing new for Jeff Werth. Ever since they saved his daughter’s legs, they’ve been calling in their marker. In exchange for his services—nursing Gabe back to health so they can use him as a pawn in their war with Heaven—they’ll consider the debt paid in full. Except having a powerless angel at his mercy feeds a rising desire that has him rethinking the deal.
Then the de-haloed Gabe begins having dreams that become visions…then memories. Until he’s not sure whose side he’s on. Heaven, or the simple family man who healed his broken wings…and made his heart whole.
Heaven Corp Series
Gabriel 1089 is out patrolling the city of Heaven against demons when what he thought would be an easy take down turns ugly. The next thing he knows he’s waking up in a strange room, in pain and missing his halo and one wing. Alone and unable to connect to the angel collective he finds himself at the mercy of Jeff, the man who he believes rescued him. As he comes to know Jeff and his young daughter Kayla he slowly begins to recover memories of his previous life and soon realizes his time as an Angel in Heaven has been based on lies and a lot of pain. Will Jeff and the feelings developing between them help him find peace with his past and a way to deal with his new future or will the secret Jeff’s been keeping tear them apart permanently?
This book grabbed my attention when I first saw the cover and after reading the blurb I knew I had to give it a shot despite the fact that the genre is a bit out of my comfort zone. And I’m really glad I did. This story is interesting and kept me entertained from beginning to end. There were a couple of times where the sci-fi aspect lost my attention a bit, such as with info on the modifications and jacking into the computer grid, but overall I enjoyed it very much.
Gabriel and Jeff are both likable, three dimensional characters and their relationship, unexpected and surprising as it was to them both, was interesting to read. I also liked the cast of supporting characters and they all in their own way added to the story instead of just being page fillers. The other thing that was really interesting was the concept of the city of Heaven and the lower levels where the not so privileged lived as well as the angels and demons. I don’t want to give anything away but I will say it was vastly different from other stories I’ve read about angels and demons but it made a lot of sense given the post-apocalyptic setting.
As may happen with any first book in a series I still have some questions about this world and the people in it but hopefully those will be addressed as the series unfolds. Overall I found Angel 1089 to be a well written and interesting story. I liked the protagonists and enjoyed reading about how their relationship progressed. The author also did a good job with the sexual relationship between the men as it’s slow development fits with Gabriel’s situation. Those scenes are very hot yet tender as well. I also liked the glimpses into Gabriel’s past life and found the background information on how the world as they know it came about to be quite interesting. The story is character driven for much of the book but in the last quarter the action picks up as both Gabriel and Jeff have to fight for their future.
This is the first book I’ve read by C.C. Bridges and I look forward to reading more from the author as the series continues. Recommended.