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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Where Angels Play is a metaphysical novel written by Daniel Chiera. Father Hogan and his friend Jeremiah have spent their lives studying scriptures and apocrypha. Dr. Louise Natale, a psychologist, has been consulting with Father Hogan about a patient of hers, Mary Therese, who has been troubled by recurrent dreams. The symbols and images in her dreams mesh with the subjects Father Hogan has been studying, and he is able to assist Dr. Natale in her efforts to help her patient. David, a firefighter, and his friend, Adam, an EMS worker, have also been troubled by dreams that are recurring and are based on stories that the two men cannot fathom. Through a coincidence, Dr. Natale meets one of them and offers to consult with them both, free of charge.
Daniel Chiera’s metaphysical novel, Where Angels Play, is a marvelous tale that ties the great mythological and religious traditions of the world into one major theme. I’ve never run across a fiction work that covers comparative religions in such detail, especially one that manages to stay exciting and entertaining at the same time. Adam and David are great characters, and the scenes where they are professionally engaged are marvelous. Chiera’s story-telling is inspired and intellectually satisfying, and his characters are fully dimensional and real. I’m hoping that there is a sequel to Where Angels Play, because I’d love to see what happens with Father Hogan, Dr. Natale, Adam and David. Where Angels Play is a treat to read, and it’s highly recommended.