Book Reviews

Angels Rising (Heaven Corp 3) by CC Bridges

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Post-Apocalyptic / Cyborgs / Future Earth / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 24-March-2020

Book Blurb

Better to reign in hell…

Uriel 3019 has been a cybernetically altered angel since he volunteered for the program fifteen years ago. His devotion to the floating city of Heaven is fierce, and he’ll follow any command he’s given. But Uriel’s orderly world is crumbling. Angels are going mad, even hurting people. Some are rebelling, and the noble families are vying for control—by any means necessary.

Uriel’s latest assignment brings him into a secret society, where his partner, Raphael, is working for freedom and equality for all angels. Could their group be responsible for the angels’ recent erratic behavior? Uriel is determined to find out—and report on his findings. But he doesn’t count on Raphael’s confession—that he has feelings for Uriel—or the memories slowly starting to return from the time before he became an angel.

Is he on the right side? Does he dare to stand against Heaven, even if doing so will save his fellow angels from becoming soulless automatons? Uriel has to decide if his loyalty belongs to his superiors… or to the angel who’s stolen his heart.



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, May 2018.


Book Review

Set about six months after the events of ‘Angel 1089’, this is the story of two angels rebelling against their fate. It is an intriguing look at two of the men who have been reprogrammed and cybernetically modified to become, basicaly, the lawmen of Heaven. As suspected, they are mentally controlled to do someone else’s bidding, never mind that they used to be individuals, citizens with rights like other humans. Now they are no more than slaves doing the Founding Families’ bidding. I had a few glimpses into their fate before (Gabriel 1089 escaped Heaven’s clutches as well), but it was fascinating to find out who “invented” them and how they are an unwilling part of maintaining Heaven’s power structure. As in the other two books, the world building is fantastic, imaginative, and deepening it like this made this vision of a future Earth even more scary. And I loved the idea that even technologically imprisoned minds eventually rebel – when the circumstances are right.

Raphael 3029 has been sold into service by his own family because he is gay and that is against the morality code in Heaven. He welcomes the return of his memories caused by the collapse of the Angel Network due to events in the previous book and is beginning to become an individual again. He wants Uriel with him as his lover, but he is pushing too hard too fast and risks exposure of the secret group of angels who fight for self-determination, equality, and the right to have their own society. Raphael has to maneuver carefully if he wants to win over Uriel and ensure both their safety.

Uriel 3019 may have originally been a volunteer, but he had no idea the angels would use mindwipes on him to remove any trace of who he used to be. The moment that Raphael removes the halo that is used to keep the memory blocks in place, Uriel begins to remember. Now he is suddenly facing moral dilemmas like any human, no longer able to blindly follow the laws programmed into his brain. But he is not initially a revolutionary, and his loyalty still lies with Julia Michaels who rules the twelve Founding Families in Heaven. When he meets his former lover, more memories flood his brain and set in motion events that force Uriel to make a fundamental decision about where his loyalties lie.

Raphael and Uriel have major obstacles to overcome before they can become a couple. A power-hungry, politically well-versed corporate executive and her delusions of grandeur is only part of it. Society can’t even conceive of a “free” angel, and since the maintenance of law and order depends on angels doing their job, Raphael and Uriel have to work their way through moral and ethical issues as well as the personal barriers they face. The feelings that develop between them are basically their only hope yet giving in to them without thinking things through isn’t possible. What a dilemma!

If you want to find out more about the imaginative futuristic world of Heaven and all its denizens, if watching two mind-controlled characters struggling for freedom is your thing, and if you’re looking for a read filed with political intrigue, suspense, major upheaval, and unexpected developments, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It’s fabulous and I hope there will be more volumes in this series.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 183 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-March-2020
Price $5.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Angels-Rising-Heaven-Corp-Book-ebook/dp/B0861R8CDV