Mark Twain wrote: Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward, it is not a compliment to say it is brave; it is merely a loose misapplication of the word.
#1 in Marlowe Gentry Thriller
Average Rating: 3.0
Gabriel isn't murdering anyone. He's saving them. The media has dubbed him the Seraphim Killer. He believes the gods have charged him to release The Chosen -- those for whom life has become an unbearable torment. Gabriel feels their suffering: His hands burn; his skull thunders; his stomach clenches. Once they are free, he places gold coins over their eyes, to pay Charon for passage into Paradise.
Detective Marlowe Gentry has spent the past two years on the edge. The last serial killer he hunted murdered his wife before his eyes, and left his young daughter a mute shell. Whenever the girl looks at him, her dead eyes push him farther into a downward spiral of pain and regret. The Seraphim Killer is his opportunity for revenge, a chance to forgive himself -- or die trying.
Is Gabriel a messenger of god?
Is Marlowe on a mission of redemption -- or revenge?
The truth is hiding somewhere in the night.
These characters are a little too wacky for my taste. There are just too many hallucination and dream sequences. And sometimes it's difficult to tell when the character is experiencing one of these. Also, the romance is too predictable.
Other than that, the story is suspenseful and the narration by Kevin Clay is absolutely outstanding. I especially like his voicing of Gabriel, but all of his character voices are appropriate and well done.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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