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Angel Time (Paperback)

Author:  Anne Rice
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307745392
ISBN-13: 9780307745392
Sku: 220130987
Publish Date: 8/9/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  319
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It''s the present day. Toby O''Dare--aka Lucky the Fox--is a contract killer of underground fame on assignment to kill once again. He''s a soulless soul, a dead man walking. His nightmarish world of lone and lethal missions is disrupted when a mysterious stranger, a seraph, offers him a chance to save rather than destroy lives. O''Dare, who long ago dreamt of being a priest, seizes his chance. Now he is carried back through the ages to thirteenth-century England, to dark realms where accusations of ritual murder have been made against Jews, where children suddenly die or disappear. In this primitive setting, O''Dare begins his perilous quest for salvation, a journey of danger and flight, loyalty and betrayal, selflessness and love.

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Anne Rice returns to the mesmerizing storytelling that has captivated readers for more than three decades in a tale of unceasing suspense set in time past—a metaphysical thriller about angels and assassins.

The novel opens in the present. At its center: Toby O’Dare—a contract killer of underground fame on assignment to kill once again. A soulless soul, a dead man walking, he lives under a series of aliases—just now: Lucky the Fox—and takes his orders from “The Right Man.”

Into O’Dare’s nightmarish world of lone and lethal missions comes a mysterious stranger, a seraph, who offers him a chance to save rather than destroy lives. O’Dare, who long ago dreamt of being a priest but instead came to embody danger and violence, seizes his chance. Now he is carried back through the ages to thirteenth-century England, to dark realms where accusations of ritual murder have been made against Jews, where children suddenly die or disappear . . . In this primitive setting, O’Dare begins his perilous quest for salvation, a journey of danger and flight, loyalty and betrayal, selflessness and love.


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Anne Rice combines the gothic imagery and suspenseful exhilaration of her earlier vampire novels with the Christian idolatry which has defined her more recent work in this tale of a modern-day assassin who travels back in time on a mission to save his soul from eternal damnation. As a boy, the protagonist Toby O'Dare dreamed of entering the priesthood, but he abandoned his faith when everything he loved was taken from him. While his work as a hired assassin forces him to ignore the most sacred of God's commandments, he is constantly compelled to pray, as he tortures himself in a cycle of violence and remorse. His salvation appears in the form of Malchiah, an angel who offers Toby a final opportunity at redemption, if he accepts a treacherous mission which will take him to 13th century England, where he must save a Jewish couple from the murderous wrath of an angry mob of anti-Semites. When he accepts the charge and enters "angel time," Toby feels his soul begin to stir again, but if he hopes to fully rekindle his religious spirit, he must somehow convince the assailants that their own vengeful faith is misdirected. Rice plans this to be the beginning of a new series, which promises to combine intense action with profound revelations on the nature of faith.
Author Bio
Anne Rice
Born Howard Allen O'Brian, Anne Rice legally changed her name at the age of 6. When she was 16, two years after her mother died in 1955, the family moved to Texas, where she met her future husband, Stan Rice, and graduated from high school. After they married in 1961 and moved to California, Rice received a B.A. from San Francisco State in 1964, had a child named Michelle in 1966, spent two years at the University of California at Berkeley, and then received an M.A., also from San Francisco State, in 1971. Their daughter Michelle then died of leukemia before her sixth birthday. After a period of alcoholism directly related to this loss, Rice wrote INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE over a few weeks in 1973. Eventually published in 1976 to somewhat lukewarm reviews, INTERVIEW..., according to Roz Kaveney in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FANTASY, "is responsible, if not for creating, at least popularizing and in many respects crystallizing the mythology of the revisionist-fantasy version of the vampire." Rice wrote two more novels, THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS and CRY TO HEAVEN, before embarking on a series of novels written under pseudonyms, ranging from soft- to relatively hardcore pornography. She wrote EXIT TO EDEN as Anne Rampling and the Sleeping Beauty trilogy as A. N. Roquelaure. In 1986 she wrote a sequel to INTERVIEW, called THE VAMPIRE LESTAT, in which the title character disputes certain events depicted in its predecessor. With this book, Rice officially became a best-selling author. In 1986, Rice and her family moved to New Orleans, a prominent setting in much of her writing. Since then, she has become simultaneously more and less of a public figure. While the immense popularity of her books has forced her to cease listing her telephone number in the phone book, which she did well into the late '80s, Rice has been active in New Orleans, purchasing a lot of property around the area for restoration. Sometimes to the consternation of other residents, she has taken out full-page ads in the local newspaper to express her opinions on various matters, and she regularly responds to questions delivered to her via the Internet at her official Web site. With a staggeringly huge worldwide fan base, Rice is likely to remain at the top of the bestseller lists regardless of which of her several series titles she is writing.

Praise

"Save your soul, damn your art. It's impossible to doubt the sincerity of Rice's religious feelings or to ignore a new authorial serenity. But it's the grind of conflict that energizes a good novel. ANGEL TIME isn't a story so much as a message: Fear not, even the most depraved human being is loved by God and can find peace and purpose in accepting Him. Thus endeth the lesson." - Lloyd Rose 11/07/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0319
Product attributePublisher:   Anchor Books
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