The Worst Book Ever ….

10 03 2010

Angel Time by Anne Rice has got to be the worst book I have read since Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe.  Only Bonfire of the Vanities turned out to be great and this one was a total dud.

It just went on and on and on and never got anywhere.  What was that supposed to be about and exactly what lesson was Anne Rice trying to get across with it.

This is the blurb from the book jacket:  Anne Rice returns to the mesmerizing storytelling that has captivated readers for more than three decades in a tale of unceasing suspense set in a 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, siezes 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 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.

Blah, blah, blah.  Unceasing suspense my foot!  This book has no real story and goes no where slowly.  Thank goodness it was short, I felt obliged to finish it because I could not believe how awful it was. I kept hoping that like Bonfire of the Vanities it would eventually pick up and make me glad to have perservered and been a  book that I enjoyed and got the message from. Angel Time did not do that at all.  It could have been an excellent book, Anne Rice is a good author who knows how to control and guide her readers.  This book fell so short of the mark. 

I feel that the publishing company has taken advantage of me and Anne Rice’s millions of fans and dedicated readers.  If this book had been written by a new or unpublished writer it would never have been considered as worthy of being put in print. 

If you are an Anne Rice fan and follower like me, don’t read this one you will be sorely disappointed.

Book from my personal collection.