Book Review – Hell Becomes Her by R.A. McCandless

Back in 2013 the world was first introduced to Del, the half-human, half-angel hitter for the Throne.  That book was Tears of Heaven and it was a wickedly fun tale of Nephilim kicking demon butt.  We saw Del’s half-human side far more than we saw her half-angel side, which was quite apropos.  If you take a character that is far more powerful than pretty much anyone else and make them perfect, you wind up with a pretty boring character.  It was her flaws that made Del such an interesting character.  In the end, absinthe was downed, bullets were fired, and evil took a few solid shots on the nose.

Today, I’m pleased to announce, the sequel to that story is (finally) available.  Hell Becomes Her has been a couple years in the making and it shows.  The plot is tight, the writing smooth, and the villains are extremely villainous.  If you’re wondering how I managed to get a review up in time for the release, it’s not because I’m a super fast reader.  In fact, I’m writing this the day before you’re reading it, so in a sense I’m speaking to you from the past.

Oooh. Scaarrry.

No, I got ARC copy of Hell Becomes Her for various reasons that have nothing to do with a bet I made with Rob back in 1997.  I’ve actually been reading it for the past couple weeks while everyone else was waiting with baited breath.  I’d like to tell you I’ve also seen the new Star Wars movie but I made a promise I wouldn’t say that.

But I digress.

Sequels have a nasty habit of either rehashing the same old stories and becoming stale or ramping up the action so much that story goes completely off the rails and becomes completely outlandish.  Hell Becomes Her doesn’t fall into either of those categories; the action is ramped up, but the characters have evolved.  They fit the story and the story fits itself.

It would be all too easy to rehash the same ideas from the first novel, but McCandless has let the world evolve along with the characters and introduced another element to the story that expands the mythology of his world.  And make no mistake, writing is about nothing more than world building.  Not in the Weyland/Yutani sense of world building, but something far more interesting: writing is about creating things and places and people, and that’s what is happening here.

McCandless is creating his own mythology; taking things and shaking them up and making a brand new world from the result.  It’s a world filled with danger and craziness and more action than you can shake a stick at, but it’s also a world filled with a soul.

Now, I can’t give away the whole plot without giving away the secrets, but I can tell you it’s full of twists and turns, it never goes off the rails, and it’s always a great read.

“Angels should be a human’s worst nightmare. Del didn’t think there was anything worse than angels, or their fallen kin, demons. She and her partner Marrin helped to keep the world safe from the horrors of escaped demons for generations. But when Del’s daughter is kidnapped by a shadowy group, Del will find that the world is even more dangerous than she suspected.

There are worse things than angels and demons.”

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Cover Reveal – Hell Becomes Her by R.A. McCandless

Hell Becomes Her, the latest book in R.A. McCandless’ Flames of Perdition series,
releases Thursday, November 19th.  Here’s what all the fuss is
about:
Angels should be a human’s worst nightmare. Del didn’t think there
was anything worse than angels, or their fallen kin, demons. She and her
partner Marrin helped to keep the world safe from the horrors of escaped demons
for generations. But when Del’s daughter is kidnapped by a shadowy group, Del
will find that the world is even more dangerous than she suspected.
There are worse things than angels and demons.
 
Release Thursday, November 19th
Excerpt
The doors slid back exactly as they were supposed to, and Del pointed both her SIGs
through the opening. She knew it was wrong. Two hands on one gun with a
straight-thumbs hold was the correct way to give proper support to aim and
shoot quickly and consistently. Hollywood liked to show action heroes shooting
from the hip, or blasting away without aiming and taking down a room full of
bad guys, whose best response was to fire impotently at the ceiling or
comically into other bad guys. It was all so much useless eye candy. A gun in
each hand gave support to neither and made it impossible to sight. She’d need
independent use of each of her eyes, like a chameleon, to train the guns on
different targets at the same time.
Del knew it was wrong, but it looked damned impressive from the receiving end.
“Hold your fire!” a voice commanded from outside the elevator. “Hold your fire!”
Del wasn’t certain if the order was for her, the two ranks of Ljosalfar soldiers in their
body armor who surrounded the elevator, or both. Either way, holes weren’t
being punched into her favorite skin and that was a good thing. She might still
die, riddled with bullets and spitting blood, but not yet. Not yet.
She unwrapped and wrapped her fingers on her SIGs, and smiled.
“Hello boys,” Del said. “Who wants some?”
“Hold your fire!” Alfred Waru said again.
“Alfred, you cunning bastard,” Del purred. “Come on in and give me a hug. I’ve solved almost
all your problems. There’s only one left.”
“I’d rather you put down your weapons,” Alfred replied. Del homed in on his voice from
behind the second rank of soldiers, but couldn’t make him out through all the
helmets. “We’ve locked the elevator. The doors won’t close, and the car won’t
move. Let’s talk about this.”
“Talk about what?” Del said and laughed. “How you lied to your people?  How you
betrayed and murdered your own?  How you’ve doomed them through your
schemes and plots?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hell Becomes Her releases Thursday, November 19th 2015