Thursday, April 25, 2013

Straight Reading from the Library: Halo of the Damned by Dina Rae

I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions to review as part of a book tour, and I'm glad I read it. It's the first book of a series, and I really like the storytelling of this author. It is very much an adult book, however, unlike most of the others I review for this blog.  Oh, by the way, the author is giving away a beautiful peacock jeweled necklace to a random commenter.  So, leave a comment and then go check out what other people had to say about the book:


A chain of advertising agencies, a new breed of humans, and a fallen angel to worship... Andel Talistokov is known for his slick advertising agencies across the globe. He is a fallen angel that uses advertising as a weapon for Satan's work. His growing power emboldens him to break several of Hell's Commandments. Furious with his arrogance, Satan commands him to return to Hell after finding his own replacement. Yezidism, an ancient angel worshiping religion, quietly expands throughout the West. Armaros appears as a guest of honor during their ceremonies. He mates with young women to produce nephilim, a mixed race of humans and angels. They are alone and unprepared for their supernatural power. 

Joanna Easterhouse, a recovering drug addict, steps out of prison shortly after her mother's fatal accident. She and her sister, Kim, unravel their mother's secretive past. Intrigued, they learn their bloodline is part of a celestial legacy. Both worlds collide. Halo of the Damned is a horrifying tale that weaves research together with suspenseful twists and turns.


This book is not for the faint-hearted.  Just want to say that up front. It reminds me of some of the horror movies out--in fact, it reads very much like a movie. Ms. Rae has a talent for descripton and I could read the book just like I was watching a movie.  

The pacing is quick... jumping from scene to scene and keeping you tense through the entire book. You want to see what is going to happen and how the characters are going to evolve and solve the problems that keep being thrown at them. 

My favorite character was Maria, Kim's daughter.  She knew a lot more about what was going on than Kim and her sister, Joanna, did, because she spent time with her grandmother and learned from her. Children are open to so many more things than adults are--of course, if they had paid attention to her, the book would have been a lot shorter!  

If you are in the mood for very dark stories, you might want to give this series a try. I'm looking forward to the next book. 


Dina Rae is a new author here to stay.  As a teacher, she brings an academic element to her work.  Her three novels, Halo of the Damned, The Last Degree, and Bad Juju weave research and suspense throughout the plots.  Her short story, Be Paranoid Be Prepared, is a prequel of sorts to The Last Degree, focusing on the James Martin character.  In the spring of 2013, her latest novel, Halo of the Nephilim, will be released.  Dina also freelances for various entertainment blogs.

Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago.  She is a Christian, an avid tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories.  She has been interviewed numerous times in e-zines, websites, blogs, newspapers, and radio programs.  When she is not writing she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Brad Thor, George R.R. Martin, and Preston & Childs. 



  1. Hi Librarian Judith-Thanks so much for reviewing and hosting Halo. I am having a raffle at
    Unique peacock themed prizes and you would get 10 extra points for reviewing the book. Hope you and your readers enter-it ends soon. Again, thanks for the wonderful review and hope you find the time to post on Amazon and Goodreads. Dina Rae