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3.00204081632653 out of 53.00204081632653 out of 53.00204081632653 out of 53.00204081632653 out of 53.00204081632653 out of 5 3.00 (490 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Trussoni Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Angelology Series Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781101154670
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A thrilling epic about an ancient clash reignited in our time—between a hidden society and heaven’s darkest creatures

“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them.” (Genesis 6:5)

Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in upstate New York. Now, at twenty-three, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.

For the secrets these letters guard are desperately coveted by the once-powerful Nephilim, who aim to perpetuate war, subvert the good in humanity, and dominate mankind. Generations of angelologists have devoted their lives to stopping them, and their shared mission, which Evangeline has long been destined to join, reaches from her bucolic abbey on the Hudson to the apex of insular wealth in New York, to the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris and the mountains of Bulgaria.

Rich in history, full of mesmerizing characters, and wondrously conceived, Angelology blends biblical lore, the myth of Orpheus and the Miltonic visions of Paradise Lost into a riveting tale of ordinary people engaged in a battle that will determine the fate of the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Suspenseful intrigues and apocalyptic battle scenes give this complexly plotted tale a vigor and vitality all the more exciting for its intelligence.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An elegantly ambitious archival thriller in which knowledge dwells in the secret underground places, labyrinthine libraries, and overlooked artifacts that have been hallmarks of the genre from The Name of the Rose and Possession to Angels and Demons and The Historian. Angelology is richly allusive and vividly staged, with widescreen-ready visuals, a dewy but adaptable heroine and a dashingly cruel villain…A terrifically clever thriller—more [Umberto] Eco than [Dan] Brown, without the cloudy sentimentalism of New Age encomiums or Catholic treatises.”

    New York Times

  • “[Trussoni] makes an impressive fiction debut with this engrossing and fascinating tale.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Danielle Trussoni’s Angelology [is] a spellbinding quest novel…She offers up intriguing characters, lyrical nature descriptions, hidden clues, secret codes, hidden manuscripts and treasure hunts, creating a sumptuous and surprising novel.”

    NPR

  • Angeology finds an almost hallucinatory power…fusing the debased, the psychological, and the theological, into a single rich, strange tableau that transmits a shock of truth.”

    Time

  • “Breathtakingly imaginative.”

    People

  • “An epic fantasy that combines a rich mythology with some Da Vinci Code-style treasure-hunting…Trussoni constructs a marathon narrative arc, ending the volume with a satisfying, if startling, transformation.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A richly detailed, brilliantly conceived work that opens a golden door into another world-or, even more alluringly, another sphere.”

    Lincoln Child

  • What do you get whan an Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate and critically acclaimed memoirist trolls for the same readers who loved Dan Brown's search for the grail of best-sellerdom in the The Da Vinci Code? In the case of Danielle Trussoni's Angelology, a spellbinding quest novel. Move over, vampires. Dark angels are on the horizon in Trussoni's hefty fiction debut...She offers up intriguing characters, lyrical nature descriptions, hidden clues, secret codes, hidden manuscripts and treasure hunts, creating a sumptuous and surprising novel. Jane Ciabattari for National Public Radio
  • Angeology finds an almost hallucinatory power....fusing the debased, the psychological, and the theological, into a single rich, strange tableau that transmits a shock of truth. Time Magazine
  • Breathtakingly imaginative.... Once you've entered Angelology's enthralling world...you'll be thinking, 'Vampires? Who cares about vampires?' People Magazine
  • An elegantly ambitious archival thriller in which knowledge dwells in the secret underground places, labyrinthine libraries and overlooked artifacts that have been hallmarks of the genre from The Name of Rose and Possession to Angels and Demons and The Historian. Angelology is richly allusive and vividly staged with widescreen-ready visuals, a dewy but adaptable heroine and a dashingly cruel villain.... Sensual and intelligent, Angelology is a terrifically clever thriller-more Eco than Brown, without the cloudy sentimentalism of New Age encomiums or Catholic treatises. It makes no apologies for its devices, and none are necessary. How else would it be possible to bring together the angels of the Bible and Apocrypha, the myth of Orpheus, Bulgarian geography, medieval monastics, the Rockefellers, Nazis, nuns and musicology? And how splendid that it has happened. New York Times Book Review
  • Beautiful, powerful, cruel, and avaricious, the half-human, half-angel Nephilim have thrived for centuries by instilling fear among humans, instigating war, and infiltrating the most powerful and influential families of history. Only a secret group of scholars, the Society of Angelologists, has endeavored to combat the spread of evil generated by Nephilim. Now, a strange affliction is destroying the Nephilim, and the cure is rumored to be an ancient artifact of great power. Sister Evangeline of the St. Rose Convent discovers an archived letter regarding the artifact's location and is thrust into the race to locate the artifact before the Nephilim do. She uncovers her family's past as high- ranking angelologists, and their secrets assist in her dangerous hunt. Trussoni, author of the acclaimed memoir Falling Through the Earth, makes an impressive fiction debut with this engrossing and fascinating tale. With captivating characters and the scholarly blending of biblical and mythical lore, this will be popular for fans of such historical thrillers as Kate Mosse's Labyrinth or Katherine Neville's The Eight. Sony Pictures Entertainment has purchased the film rights. STARRED Library Journal
  • Critically acclaimed memoirist Trussoni (Falling Through The Earth, 2006) breaks into the fiction market in a big way with an epic fantasy that combines a rich mythology with some Da Vinci Code-style treasure-hunting.
  • The contest between good and evil is waged not in the heavens but here on Earth, between warring factions of biblical scholars and heavenly hosts. The unusual central character is Sister Evangeline, a 23-year-old nun at St. Rose Convent outside New York City. In the course of her work, she stumbles across a mislaid correspondence between philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller and the convent's founding abbess concerning an astonishing 1943 discovery in the mountains of Greece. Simultaneously, the book introduces Percival Grigori, a critically ill, once-winged member of one of the most powerful families in an ancient race of beings born of a union between fallen angels and human beings: the Nephilim. These parasitic creatures, the "giants" referred to in the sixth chapter of Genesis, have engaged in spiritual warfare for generations with the Society of Angelologists, a group that included Evangeline's parents. "It has been one continuous struggle from the very beginning," says one of Evangeline's comrades- in-arms. "St. Thomas Aquinas believed that the dark angels fell within twenty seconds of creation-their evil nature cracked the perfection of the universe almost instantly, leaving a terrible fissure between good and evil." As Evangeline and Grigori are drawn into conflict over control of a powerful artifact, the lyre of the mythical Orpheus, Trussoni constructs a marathon narrative arc, ending the volume with a satisfying, if startling, transformation. A film adaptation and a sequel are already waiting in the wings.
  • An ambitious adventure story with enough literary heft and religious fervor to satisfy anyone able to embrace its imaginative conceits and Byzantine plot.
    --Kirkus Reviews
  • A richly detailed, brilliantly conceived work that opens a golden door into another world-or, even more alluringly, another sphere. Lincoln Child
  • Danielle Trussoni has written a great, cracking thunderbolt of a story. Angelology is an exquisitely crafted adventure into untold realms of imagination, religion, and history. Meticulous in its research and delicious in its execution, the novel weaves Western theology together with ancient myth in a way that will make readers question what they think they know about angels. A triumph. Katherine Howe, author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
  • Angelology is everything a reader wants . . . a clever, fast-paced thriller with a strong sense of place and beguiling, emotionally engaging characters [and] a skillful, satisfying history. . . . A pleasure from start to finish . . . A wonderful achievement. Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth
  • Angelology by Danielle Trussoni is a thrilling, gorgeous read. Atmospheric, beguiling, and-if you'll pardon the pun-diabolically good. Raymond Khoury, author of The Last Templar and Sanctuary
  • Angelology lets loose the ancient fallen angels to the modern world with devastating results. Trussoni has written a holy thriller that will arrest your attention from the opening pages and not let go till its mysteries take wing. Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child and Angels of Destruction
  • Danielle Trussoni creates a gorgeous gothic world for the reader, where the people who surround us are not what they seem, and stories are unveiled as more truth than fable. This is a book that resonates as both haunting and holy. A must read. Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader
  • Selected for the March 2010 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2010 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sammy Palma | 2/19/2014

    " I waited three years for this sequel and I was disappointed in the overall story. I thought that the incorporation of the Romanov family was very interesting, but I found the twists to be slightly predictable and the ending to be very abrupt. However I am still very interested in the story and I am looking forward to the third installment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sumeetha Manikandan | 2/17/2014

    " The book has a racy start. Especially loved the journey that Celetine takes through the canyon. But the plot loses its sheen in the middle when they are trying to find the lyre. The ending was good. Looking forward to the sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 12/4/2013

    " Loved it. I wish Evangeline was a larger part of the story but I understand why upon completion of the book. I am now eagerly awaiting the 3rd installment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 11/4/2013

    " After much anticipation, this book was everything I wanted it to be. I agree with some reviewers that it lacks some of the subtlety and character detail of the first book, and reads more like a movie script, but still... can't wait for the movie! Hurry up 3rd book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 10/29/2013

    " 31/2stars would be more accurate. Rounded up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 10/27/2013

    " I was disappointed because I loved Angelology so much! As other reviewers have said, it was too drawn out, not as interesting and had a few cop out moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bluto87 | 10/1/2013

    " The ending was too much of a set-up for a sequel. Story finished in rush. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deirdre | 9/16/2013

    " The only reason I'm giving this two stars is that it left me curious to know what happens next. The characters are cartoonish. The story line is really ridiculous. When the next book comes out I'll just go straight to see how the world turns out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaby | 9/7/2013

    " I love this series and look forward to Danielle Trussoni's books. Not a difficult read but it's a fun and fast read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joslynn | 8/27/2013

    " Can't wait to start this one tonight. Loved, loved , loved the first one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsey Uhrig | 3/27/2013

    " Love, love, loved it! This novel tied the Romanov's, the Bible, Theology, Angelology and History together and kept my rapt attention until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna D Boyle | 3/11/2013

    " A wonderful, interesting story that seems to be left unfinished. I wish for more... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Thompson | 1/31/2013

    " Review to follow ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 12/7/2012

    " this second installment seemed to be a bit heavy on the details. it took me longer to read than usual, and for that reason i found myself lost quite a bit. I am not completely sure i understood how it ended. would like to re-read the first book And then this one back to back. someday... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy | 9/2/2012

    " This second book was such a disappointment. It felt hurried, disjointed and confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Bowen | 8/9/2012

    " It was a fast read but jumped all over and the story was rather hard to follow. It takes 10 years after the first book, and although I had hope that it would flow like that it didn't. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 smboro | 6/7/2012

    " This book is a mishmash between The Vampier Diaries show and the international bestseller "The Parchment Maze" by Ludmila Filipova. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 11/14/2011

    " I liked this book. It had a variety of heavenly characters. The hunters are back in action and the story is wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy | 6/30/2011

    " Just read an excerpt for this next book and I can't wait for the full publication! I love Danielle's writing style as her descriptive writing paints such a vivid picture... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 6/21/2011

    " Took me a few pages to get into, but once I did, wow.....great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marielle | 6/21/2011

    " A good start and a wondrous ending, but beware!!!! The middle is VERY dry!!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaila | 6/19/2011

    " This would have been a great read if it weren't so bogged down in the history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 6/19/2011

    " I liked this. It was fun. But it tried sooooo hard to be "Di Vinci Code" that I felt like I may have been reading a sequel or something. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora | 6/15/2011

    " Read on the bus from New York to Boston...perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 6/10/2011

    " Actually, kind of hated this book. Boring, snooze fest. What was up with the ending?! Maybe just not for me, that's ok. Gave it 3 stars because it is well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kiki | 6/8/2011

    " DaVinci code meets the history of angels. I correctly predicted the ending and she (author) leaves the reader hanging. I won't read the next one. It started off really interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela | 6/6/2011

    " an ok beach book. that said, get it from the library or in paperback. interesting theology of the angelic fall, lost faith. ending goes all gothic and over the top. compelling first third. "

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About the Author
Author Danielle Trussoni

Danielle Trussoni is the author of Falling through the Earth: A Memoir, which was the recipient of the 2006 Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award, was a BookSense pick, and was one of the New York Times Ten Best Books of 2006. Her first novel, Angelology, was published in thirty countries.

About the Narrator

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.