The Devil's Angel

Fiction - Supernatural
425 Pages
Reviewed on 04/21/2019
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Author Biography

Originally a freelance photographer, I've taken to the pen (keyboard) of late as opposed to my camera. The end result is my newest novel, The Devil's Angel. Years ago, my first novel, The Society was published by a small publishing company (currently out of business) and I am now bringing that novel up to date.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

The Devil's Angel by John F Conn is a riveting supernatural thriller with strong religious underpinnings. The author recreates the battle between the Fallen Angel and God and the forces pitted against each other are personified in two longtime friends, NYC detectives Michael Ryan and Lucas Cole. Both men have grown up as close friends but they both suffer from strange visions. Little do they know that their destinies have been set long before their births. One fights to create a New Order while the other fights to preserve his humanity. This time around can the Devil outwit God in a spiritual battle taking place in mortal flesh. The stakes are high and the tension builds up with dizzying speed.

John F Conn shows great storytelling skills and he invents characters that are real, though engaged in a battle that isn't just spiritual. There are historical and biblical references, with allusions to personages like Pontius Pilate. I also enjoyed the relevant use of mythology in the narrative and the author weaves these elements into the narrative without distracting readers from the main plot points. The conflict is phenomenal and deftly handled, and readers will find themselves looking forward to an explosive denouement, loving the characters and developing sympathy for them. The creativity comes out brilliantly in this purely original story that explores the proverbial conflict between good and evil. The Devil's Angel is gripping and the reader will be keen to learn if the angel fashioned by the Devil can outsmart the designs of God.

K.C. Finn

The Devil’s Angel is a work of supernatural fiction with darkly religious themes, penned by author John F Conn. Set in the modern-day bustle of New York City, the story introduces two detectives, Michael and Lucas, who grew up together and went into the force together too. But both these clean-cut heroes are plagued by visions from another time, from the realms of angels and demons where gods and monsters fight over the dominion of man. These best friends are called to separate and opposite destinies by those who made them, heralding a new deadly dawn where the earth itself might be overtaken, and humanity left to suffer.

This dark and exciting work was a pleasure to read, not least because it deals with the religious themes of the Devil’s work in a fascinating new way that is paralleled by the actions of the characters in the modern world. I really enjoyed the sense of dread developed in the way Michael and Lucas both have awful nightmares and visions of what’s to come. The way that author John F Conn separates the two men and molds each to their sinister or saintly path is a real treat to read and uncover. The two men take the brunt of the character work in this emotive and action-packed tale, unpacking their psychology as they question the powers that be and their own human nature in the process. Overall, The Devil’s Angel is a very enjoyable action and supernatural read.

Divine Zape

The Devil's Angel by John F Conn is a novel with powerful spiritual themes; a supernatural story with extraordinary characters, exploring the hand of God and the Devil in the destiny of two powerful men. NYC Detectives Michael Ryan and Lucas Cole were childhood friends. Two men who grew up sharing an intimate friendship, both plagued by disturbing visions, finally find themselves embracing two different vocations. One dreams of creating a New Earth while the other seeks meaning and the preservation of his humanity. When spiritual forces are in conflict with each other, man becomes the battlefield, and in this narrative, two friends are torn apart by a design made many, many years before they even existed.

John F Conn makes readers feel like they are in a dream. The story is so vivid, so skillfully told and deftly handled that it brings a lot of satisfaction to readers. The descriptions are terrific, like the chill of the night settling into Claudia Procula. The references to biblical scripture and Greek and Roman mythology enrich the narrative and add to its spiritual beauty. I enjoyed the focused scenes and the author's ability to create powerful images in the reader's mind: "The doves flew haphazardly like chaff taken by the whims of the air currents. Pilate tried to read meaning in their flight, but the birds were too erratic, too unsure —too many." Right from the opening pages, the reader is intrigued by the Devil whispering into a man "who twitched and stirred within a dream." This caught my attention and I was keen on seeing what becomes of this man and his relationship with the Devil. The Devil's Angel is a real thrill for readers.

Romuald Dzemo

The Devil's Angel by John F Conn will have fans of fantasy, thrillers, and the supernatural hooked. NYC detectives Michael Ryan and Lucas Cole are long-time friends. Having known each other since childhood, they have had a lot to share. But they both suffer from terrible visions. What is worse is that they are destined to stand against each other. Little do they know that their destinies have been ordained a long time before they were born. It's a battle between supernatural powers. Can the one succeed in creating his New Earth and can the other keep both his sanity and humanity?

It takes a lot of skill to put so much information into a novel without readers being distracted. John F Conn possesses that skill, combining biblical allusion, historical personages, and mythology to weave a yarn that is as transporting as it is masterly. The characters are real, and it is interesting to watch them in real life as well as the other dimension they share with the spiritual realm. The narrative starts with a vivid and focused scene in which the Devil chooses a human. There is something both unnerving and intriguing about it. The Devil's Angel is expertly written and very readable. This author makes readers bond with the characters and in a style that is suspenseful and simple. The scenes are well written, with points of view well articulated. This is a great book that deals with the quest for control and the struggle between two indefatigable characters. A real thriller, indeed.

Samantha Gregory

The Devil's Angel by John F Conn is the story of two New York detectives who learn that they both have a higher calling, something they may not welcome. Michael and Lucas both have weird nightmares which lead them into the world of the supernatural, to the Devil himself. The story starts back in Roman times before moving to the present day, to the two cops who could change the fate of the world. It reminded me a little bit of Supernatural, as the two leads are as close as brothers. The main themes touch on destiny and who people are born to be and can they overcome that, or should they just surrender to it?

John F Conn has written an interesting and epic tale with The Devil's Angel. The two main characters were well written and I enjoyed the story. The dialogue was believable and the two leads had a good camaraderie between them. The Devil's Angel jumps straight into the action too, which I prefer. I liked how the story turned out. It moved at a decent pace and I think it would do well on the market. I think that it is different enough to what is currently available now in this genre. Many supernatural books tend to focus on supernatural beings like werewolves and vampires. Delving into the Bible, taking a fresh look at the story and coming up with a unique spin on it will help this book stand out from the rest. I would definitely recommend The Devil's Angel.