No Rest for the Wicked

No Rest for the Wicked is based on an interesting intermingling of science and religion, playing with the theory voiced largely by religious fundamentalists: that there are things man is not meant to know and pushing those boundaries will result in divine retribution. Here, author Dane Cobain has worked in an interesting reversal; while experimentation has unleashed something, there’s remarkably little divine about it—the only trace of the phenomenon calling themselves the Angels is a trail of tortured corpses.

The characters were a strong point in this book. Even though there were a plethora of characters, many entering the scene only to die only a few lines later, the author has a great talent for evoking a mannerism or a past event in a few words.

The structure of the novel was also interesting, in that the cameo scenes of the Angels’ killings intermingled with the main line of the plot to give the reader a very effective sense that the murders were everywhere, and random. While I found that this technique made the plot a little slow to gather itself together and get underway, and the clues as to what the protagonists were actually planning were rare to the point where I as the reader had no real understanding of why the characters were doing what they were doing, I did find that this book explored a fresh and interesting line of thought on this territory.

Reviewed for Knockin’ Books.

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