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After Archangels materialise over the bloodbaths of WWII, they absorb place of dwelling in lots of the world's significant towns. yet what might take place if, greater than zone of a century later, anything by some means controlled to kill those ideal beings? Killarney is familiar with and, as an agent operating for the Bureau, a British business enterprise that is so mystery it does not formally exist, she unearths herself embroiled within the effects as, one after the other, the Archangels die. Assigned to track a lacking cryptographer notion to have details at the murders, she travels from England, via France, heading for the frozen wastes of the USSR. yet there is an unknown 3rd social gathering reason on preventing her, and there is God, who additionally has an time table. now not understanding who's good friend and who's foe, and with just a short glimpse of a swastika on angel wings as reliable info, Killarney struggles to stay alive lengthy sufficient to glean adequate info to place jointly the items of the puzzle and entire what's, with out them, an most unlikely venture.

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It gets cold quickly up there, and you need the insulation. Flying blind and in fear of angels, the action is a strange dance, trying to keep between the two realms. There’s the human one below, the realm of the Sluzba Bezpieczeństwa and Stasi, of dank cells and rats and beatings, blood in water--but I wasn’t going to think about that, I was going to think ahead, to safety, to getting away with it. Just don’t fly too high. There’s the human realm, and then there’s the heavenly one where the winged predators ruled.

And the name, John, not Eldershott, and I thought, There are deeper connections here. A larger picture of which I was ignorant. He gave me an address and the hair at the back of my neck rose because it was the Quartier Latin, almost in view of the cathedral, and I knew, then, that this was something to do with the angels, something to do with Metatron, specifically, and it was going to be a mess, no matter how you looked at it when you picked up the broken, bloodied pieces. He was going to sing like a canary down the mine, I knew that; he was going to open up and let me have it, his life story if I wanted it; he seemed willing enough to talk when the price was right.

He grimaced at that. “You weren’t the only one to feel it,” he said. “I was in Bastille when it happened, like a tremor in the earth that you felt in your head. ” I waited him out. I drank more coffee. The empty restaurant was quiet. “We need you to leave Paris,” he said at last. ” The Americans were out. They’d meddled as much as they could in Europe, but they had a Church-led government and they wouldn’t dare touch an angel, let alone an Archangel. If anything, they’d be worried someone was going to make an attempt on one of their own.

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