Angel 1089 (Heaven Corp #1)

Angel 1089 (Heaven Corp #1)


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

Review Summary

A well written  sci-fi story with a unique and interesting take on angels and demons.

BLURB

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

REVIEW

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.

17 comments

  • I have this one in my TBR folder. Looking forward to reading it. I did read the other book this author has at the same publisher. Loved it, but then I loved sci-fi for a long time before I started reading romance. Whenever I can get a mix of the two I take advantage of it.

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  • Thanks for this review, Lily! I read this book not long ago and loved it. I’m a BIG sci-fi fan from way back, so I HAD to have this book. I loved the whole concept behind Heaven, the angels and demons, and the whole future world. It fascinated me. I also enjoyed the whole take on jacking into the computer grid. I liked how CC integrated the hardcore sci-fi aspects and the romance aspect without (IMHO) letting either one get hopelessly lost in the other. It’s a romance, and I felt like that was rightfully the focuse of the book and that it was quite character driven, as it should be, but there was plenty of way-cool sci-fi plot for me to sink my geek-teeth into 🙂

    I definitely want to read the rest of the series. Although, even though I did like Hank and Ian as people and characters, I’m not sure I want to read their story.
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    Y’all know I’m not into BDSM and they have a D/s thing going on. So, yeah, I’ll probably skip that one, so I hope it doesn’t reveal anything essential to the Heaven Corp world!

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    • Hi, Ally! I’m happy to know you enjoyed the story like I did. I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series. I do enjoy BDSM so I’d be happy with a story featuring Hank and Ian. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for the next story. 🙂

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  • I enjoyed this book a whole lot. It was the cover that caught my eye on Amazon, and after reading an excerpt I had to buy it.

    The jacking/hacking into the net part didn’t throw me at all, but I have soft spot for scifi, and that’s been around at least since Tron, probably longer. Angel 1089 blends cyberpunk with future noir, for certain.

    I’m looking forward to reading more stories from this universe.

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    • Lou, like you it was the cover that first caught my attention. I’m not usually influenced by them but I really liked it. Thankfully the story lived up to the pull the cover had on me.

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  • I agree with the entire review. I don’t usually get to new releases while they’re still considered new releases, but the blurb intrigued me.

    The jacking in threw me off a bit too, but I figured that was because I don’t usually read Sci-Fi. The cyber aspects of the angels and demons was a fascinating twist . The description of Gabe’s wing… I was there.

    I expect great things from this series as we learn more about the world and characters. Especially Hank and Ian. 😉

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  • Lily
    This is the kind of story I love because sci fi and fantasy were the first genres I read growing up. All of the sci fi movies and television series such as Dune, Star Wars and Star Trek were manna from heaven. 🙂

    I intended to review this book but when you requested it I thought it would be a good change for someone not as much into the genre as Jen and I, to review 1089 because I tend to talk about the technology a lot in my reviews. Jen reviewed another sci fi book by C.C. Bridges Beyond Meridian that I read which was also pretty good.

    Angel 1089 has been in my TBR pile for a few weeks and it’s time to move it to the top for my Sunday afternoon read. 🙂

    Thank you for an excellent review Lily.

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    • Thanks for letting me review this one, Wave. Despite loving Dune, Star Wars and Star Trek when I was younger I’ve not been into Sci-Fi in years. This was a really interesting story and I’m looking forward to more stories in this series.

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  • Dang it Lily, how did you steal this from under my nose to review? LOL I love a character driven story, but adding the action sequences and scifi elements makes this irresistible. Great review.

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