Boston PI Remy Chandler has many talents.  He can will himself invisible; he can speak and understand any foreign language (including the language of animals); and if he listens carefully, he can hear thoughts.

Unusual, to say the least – for an ordinary man.  But Remy is no ordinary man – he’s an angel.  Generations ago, when he was known as the angel Remiel, he chose to renounce heaven and live on Earth.  He’s found a place among us ordinary humans, with friendship, a job he’s good at – and love.

Now he is being drawn into a case with strong ties to his angelic past.  The Angel of Death has gone missing, and Remy’s former colleagues have come to him for help.  But what at first seems to involve much more – a conspiracy that has as its goal the destruction of the human race.  And only Remy Chandler can stop it…

I really wanted to love this book.  The premise sounded interesting, and the fact that Remy Chandler’s wife is now an old woman and dying, made A Kiss Before the Apocalypse sound different than many other urban fantasies.

Unfortunately, aspects of this book just didn’t work for me.  I’m not a dog (or cat) person, so, rather than charming or realistic, I found the conversations with Remy’s dog to be repetitive and not particularly important to the plot.

It also seemed unrealistic that all the people that Remy needed to visit to find out information would all live in the same city in America, especially since many of these people are biblical in origin.  I thought it would make more sense for at least some of them to live in the Middle East, among cultures similar to those they had interacted with the most.

While I couldn’t feel much connection or sympathy for Remy Chandler’s character, his relationship with his elderly, dying wife, did intrigue me.

Ultimately, I finished this book feeling slightly irritated with Sniegoski’s interpretation of Christian mythology, and vaguely disappointed.  A Kiss Before the Apocalypse was not the enjoyable book I had hoped it would be.

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