I'm Gabriel Stone. Half human. Half angel. And poker-playing badass.
Thrown outta Heaven for gambling sins, I’m forced to hunt demons on Earth for a living. So when a fat bounty for a fire demon turns up at the Angel Guild, I’m straight on the case.
But this isn’t any regular fire demon. He’s already wasted two half-angel bounty hunters and zapped a bunch of Russian mafia shifters. Only a master in dark arts could’ve raised such a powerful entity and they must’ve had a damn good reason.
Maybe it’s got something to do with the siren I won in a card game; the one with the magical powers no regular siren should possess. She’s got this demon all worked up in his mission to raise Hell and it’s my job to stop him.
I hope I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew.
Cause if I have, Hell itself will come to Earth. And that would not be cool.
Title: Heart of Stone (Fall Angel Book 1)
Author: Leo romero
Published: March 21, 2017
Genres: Supernatural, Urban Fantasy
While this is a fast-paced supernatural story filled with action and suspense, and sprinkled with humor, it does have some issues.
I enjoyed Gabriel Stone’s character, a fallen angel with a penchant for poker. Now, as a demon bounty hunter on Earth, he’s trying to earn his wings back to make his way to his beloved in heaven.
Seeing Gabriel’s weapons in action was entertaining. He wields Excalibur and carries Bam Bam—both who talk due to being inhabited by the souls of their previous owners—and uses white light—his brand of magic as a half-angel—to his advantage.
My favorite non-human character is Godzilla, Gabriel’s pet Komodo dragon. As the owner of a bearded dragon, though much smaller than a Komodo, I recognize that reptiles have personalities, much like other “normal” pets, and I understood the affection between human and reptile.
As a story told in first person point of view, I understand that the speech patterns are meant to fit Gabriel; however, the abundance of em was very annoying to read. Even if the protagonist wouldn’t actually use the proper pronoun them, and instead abbreviates it, ’em is the correct replacement, as the apostrophe replaces a letter or letters that has been dropped. Same goes with till. Though Merriam-Webster has entered it as proper usage for until, in my professional opinion ’til should be used when a character is unable to utter an extra syllable. Another issue for me was the use of me and Mia. How many times can a phrase be used improperly? In the case of this book, an annoyingly high number of times.
As a fiction editor, pet peeves like these stand out to me; however, the average reader probably won’t notice them. It’s an entertaining story filled with supernatural creatures, so just ignore me and get the book if you aren’t as uptight as I am about grammar.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher for review purposes. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About Leo Romero
During the day, Leo Romero passes as an average, 9 to 5 kinda guy. But at night all bets are off as he shuts himself away in his dungeon and fights bloodthirsty vampires in his overactive imagination.
He also collects sea shells and oddly shaped tambourines, and spends an unhealthy amount of time watching cat videos on Facebook. Well, he would probably collect sea shells if he lived by the sea, and he doesn’t really collect tambourines, it just sounded like an interesting thing to say on an “About the Author” section.
The cat videos part is true though.
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