PREYING ANGELS By Jeff Davis
‘Preying Angels’ is a tension maker that persists at the speed of a trolling boat on a sleepy bayou. The result is a read that puts you in a front row seat for the action a step at a time – just the way each character experiences the story. Palpable, realistic – ‘Preying Angels’ does not disappoint.
Some novels can be tedious – “The sun rose magenta behind the mountains as the sienna sky lit a backdrop of waiting jasmine against the vastness of the virgin forest out the window, as Jack contemplated the day ahead.” – you know, the kind where your eyes take over the reading and jump to the next paragraph. ‘Preying Angels’ is thankfully not this kind of novel. In ‘Preying Angels, words are used as tools to inform. The story is what evokes for the reader.
Set in the modern South against a backdrop of espionage-style techno sleuths, ‘Preying Angels’ delivers scenes and character exchanges with the exactness of a knife. Every movement, every scene – in real-time techno-color.
The story revolves around revenge at its core, but the plot deals in murder and computer system cracking. FBI and CIA overtones abound here, to the benefit of the story. Also prevalent is the lifestyle of a man who lives well near the Mississippi Gulf, along a bayou. He fishes and crabs and enjoys the expanse of water – the landscape offers a big container for his memories and thoughts.
Enter a convergence of events that bring him – Michael, back in proximity with Gabby, a long-time alliance and heartfelt love. Each a former member of a triad of spies, their re-connection goes a long way in making their connection meaningful and heartfelt, and secures the plot to their opposing nemesis – an individual the book commonly refers to as ‘Lucifer.’
Also pulling at our heart and mind-strings as readers is the nasty predator of young girls whose antics play a major role in the story. He’s real enough to want to call your teenage daughter to check on her, and palpable enough to get up and check the doors and windows. I did this more than once in the course of reading this novel.
It is the Thinking of the Heroes in this story that brings light to the climax of the book. It is not coincidence or cause and effect – it is think-out-of-the-box creative wondering that brings steps to, and ultimately delivers us to an outcome that does not disappoint.
‘Preying Angels’ prays for a sequel. A prayer that author Jeff Davis is rumored to be in the middle of writing. ‘Preying Angels’ is a read perfect on a dark winter night – when your children are safe in their beds and your doors and windows are secure. The read is that real. For its gift of reality, ‘Preying Angels’ is worth your time.