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Daniel Arenson is an author of fantasy fiction, from epic to dark and surreal. Like many writers, he began his career writing short stories. He sold his first story, "Worms Believe in God", in 1998. Since then, dozens of his stories and poems have appeared in various magazines, among them Flesh & Blood, Chizine, and Orson Scott Card's Strong Verse. Daniel's first novel, the epic fantasy Firefly Island, was published in 2007. His second novel, the dark fantasy Flaming Dove, was released in 2010.


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Good battles evil, with interesting results 30 septembre 2010
Par GraceKrispy (MotherLode blog) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Armageddon. We know this to be the day when good vanquishes evil, light triumphs over dark, and God wins out over Satan. Or does He? In Daniel Arenson's "Flaming Dove," the battle between Heaven and Hell has yielded no clear winners, and, 27 years later, we find both sides exhausted and unsure of the next step. Unsure, that is, until the day Laila, the half demon/half angel child of Armageddon's most powerful forces, returns to Jerusalem, and each side begins to formulate a plan.

Set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic Earth, where demons and angels have settled into an uneasy co-existence, and humans are all but extinct, Laila struggles to find her place. Heaven's godlight burns her, Hell's hellfires scorch her. She is of two worlds, but can belong to neither. Incredibly strong physically, emotionally vulnerable, and full of rage against both worlds, Laila unwillingly finds herself the key player in the continuing battle between good and evil.

Although filled with exciting battle scenes, and a cast of characters known to us all (Nathaniel, Lucifer, Beezlebub, Michael, to name a few), this is truly Laila's story. As Laila struggles to find her place, angels and demons alike try to use her for their own end. Each side believes Laila to be the key to victory. It is soon apparent that the entire outcome of Armageddon depends upon this one soul, and such an unwilling soul at that.

This book is a delightful read, with fluid writing and a nice pacing of action interspersed with tender moments. It was easy to get into this story, and hard to put it down. I love the way nothing is really cut and dry throughout this story; the Ruler of Hell is not without merits, and the archangels not without sin. The author really forces you to take a step back and question where the line between good and evil actually falls, if there is even such a line. The story seems predictable, but I was surprised many times with the events leading up to the climax of the story. Even when I thought I had finished the story, there was one last surprise waiting for me at the end, a surprise that really drove home a main theme of the story. Best of all, the ending did what all the best endings do; it left me with something to ponder.
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A new perspective on armageddon 10 septembre 2010
Par JD - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I was fortunate enough to be one of the beta readers for Flaming Dove, and I can sincerely say that I absolutely loved this novel by Arenson. One of the main things I loved about it is how he dealt with our very notions of good and evil. In many books, you immediately understand who the protagonists and antagonists are. However, Arenson has created characters that have more depth than your usual hero, or your typical bad guy. Don't we all have concepts of angels vs demons? In Flaming Dove, an angel is not what you think an angel is, nor are the devils in this book. Now add a half-demon and half angel, and what do you get? A truly unique concept and very different characters.

My only critique is that Arenson perhaps describes the main character's sexy cape a few times, but hey, who can blame him? Laila is pretty hot. ;)

Fantasy these days seem to revolve around the same concepts (maybe we're all a little vampire crazy). Arenson has merged the pious with the evil, the corrupt with pure, and added the element that makes you relate to his characters: humanity. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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Wonderful Read 16 septembre 2010
Par BahamaMama85 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This book was my first from the kindle store, haven't even gotten my kindle yet so I read on kindle for pc. From jump street this book grabbed me and never let go. The characters and their personalities were very real to me. The emotions they expressed touched my heart and I felt for them. The imagery of the settings and flashbacks were excellent. I hope for a sequel soon.
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A very exciting, very different story 25 mai 2011
Par J. Chambers - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Overall: 5 stars

Plot/Storyline: 5 stars

The story began twenty-seven years after Armageddon. Armageddon had been prophesized for millennia as the ultimate battle between good and evil, between God's forces and Satan's forces. There was just one problem: neither side won the battle, and now--twenty-seven years later--both sides were still fighting a stalemated battle. Humans had virtually disappeared from the Earth, victims of the vicious fighting.

I didn't need my Bible for background material. Author Daniel Arenson created his own version of Heaven and Hell that only loosely conformed with Biblical scripture. And that's okay, because he wrote a dandy story of angels and demons warring over the Holy Land in a battle that had gone on for so long that it had become the holy equivalent of the Hatfield-McCoy feud.

Lucifer was no longer the King of Hell, having been murdered by Beelzebub, who now ruled the underworld with his Queen, Zarel. Lucifer and Beelzebub were fallen angels, ousted from Heaven when a rebellion against God failed. Zarel, however, was all demon, forged in the bowels of Hell, and she was possibly the most powerful warrior in Heaven or Hell.

NOTE: This review was originally published at Red Adept Reviews on April 29, 2011.

The angels' ace-in-the-hole was Laila, who had both angel and demon blood. Laila was also very powerful, but as the armies of good and evil maneuvered and fought, which side would she choose to fight with, and would she be able to defeat Zarel if the angels persuaded her to fight on God's side?

There were some great action battle scenes involving tens of thousands of angels and demons, with the battles being fought in historical places such as Jerusalem, Caesarea, and Masada. The Sea of Galilee played a key role, too, but not in a way you might expect.

As the story rolled toward a dramatic climax, the ending could have gone in any of several directions, but the author brought the story to a logical and satisfying conclusion.

Characters: 5 stars

The story was built around some very memorable characters. Archangel Michael was the pious leader of Heaven's forces on Earth. Beelzebub was the leader of the underworld. Laila and Zarel were powerful female warriors, each with their own strengths and vulnerabilities. Bat El was an angel sent to Earth to fight under Michael. She was allegedly the half-sister of Laila, with both having the same Heavenly mother. As unseasoned and inexperienced as Bat El was, she played a major role in the story.

Angels were not always... well, angelic, even before the rebellion against God occurred. Beelzebub reminisced: Those were the days, back before the rebellion... Oh man, the trouble we'd get into, sneaking down to Earth to run around, drink cheap beer, and hunt in the forests. We'd piss off God more than a few times.

Beelzebub was my favorite character. He was quite a ladies' man and a powerful seducer. His pick-up line to Bat El: Come with me to Hell. We'll have fun there, parties, drinking... We'll make love every morning and every night.

There were few black-and-white characters. Heavenly angels suffered evil thoughts at times, and demons were capable of tenderness, even love. This produced much of the drama and tension in the story.

Writing style: 5 stars

This was a serious story, but I loved the tongue-in-cheek comments that lightened things up at times, as when Beelzebub complained about all the dead angels' bodies littering the floor after a battle: Guys, really, clean up the mess.

The author's writing style was very polished. He used a third-person threaded narrative that kept the suspense going from one chapter to the next. Dialogues seemed realistic and natural, considering that the characters were angels and demons who had been at continuous war for almost three decades.

Editing: 4 3/4 stars

I found very few typos, and the Kindle editing was very good.
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Action packed urban fantasy 28 décembre 2010
Par E. J. Stevens - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Laila is born of angel and demon, her mixed blood a curse that bars her from both Heaven and Hell, so she must fight for the one place she calls home...earth. Flaming Dove is an action packed urban fantasy that dares to challenge the reader to question the traditional roles of good and evil. The apocalypse has come and gone, but the war between Heaven and Hell continues. Earth is a wasteland where angels and demons slaughter each other with no regard for human life. Heaven and Hell are deadlocked, but there is one woman who could tip the balance...for either side. Laila is half demon and half angel, a deadly combination that gives her strength to rival the strongest archangels and archdemons, but she doesn't belong to either side. Laila swears allegiance to no man, angel, or demon, but when the one place in all of existence that she can call home is threatened she must make a choice. Will she side with Heaven, for which her half sister fights, or will Laila fight alongside her former lover Beelzebub the current ruler of Hell? Flaming Dove presents an interesting look at the gray areas of good and evil. These aren't just your usual pure of heart angels and slithering evil demons...though there are also those in abundance. Arenson presents a dark and gritty look at armageddon and a kick butt heroine who comes armed with fangs, claws, and an uzi. A thought provoking dark fantasy novel filled with non-stop action and intriguing characters.

I recommend Flaming Dove to readers of urban fantasy, paranormal suspense, and especially to fans of dark fantasy.
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