Thursday, October 6, 2011

Review: The Lost Angel by Javier Sierra

Title: The Lost Angel
Original Title: (Spanish)
El Angel Perdido 
Author: Javier Sierra
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: 
October 4, 2011 (English)
Source: Publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon

In approximately seventy-two hours, a little-known Middle Eastern terrorist group plans to bring about the end of the world. Convinced that they are the descendants of angels, they believe they are on the verge of at last being returned to heaven. Central to their plan is the kidnapping of Martin Faber, an undercover American scientist whose research has led him to an extraordinary secret.
Martin’s only hope for survival is his young wife, Julia Alvarez—a woman born with a rare psychic gift. But she must find the courage to save her husband, all while running from religious extremists and clandestine government agencies.
Sierra takes readers on an adventure across the world, from the summit of Mount Ararat to the high desert of New Mexico, from the monuments of Washington, DC, to the medieval city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Sierra spent years investigating scientific and historical mysteries related to mankind’s efforts to engage directly with the Almighty.
The Lost Angel bears all the hallmarks of Sierra’s erudite yet fast-paced brand of storytelling, combining historical fact and fiction with dazzling narrative feats. 

The story at the beginning is very promising, especially in the synopsis where they promise us an incredible story full of terrorists, legends, mysteries, religion, and a young woman with a rare psychic gift who must find the courage to save her husband, Martin Faber an undercover American scientist, who has been kidnapped.

Spanish Cover
I must admit that this book caught my attention considerably, and I thought for a moment that I would find a book like The Da Vinci Code, or maybe better! The problem was that after I started reading the book, everything they had previously promised and which had drawn my attention,  evaporated slowly and I found a dull and hard to believe story with undeveloped characters.

The story is very fanciful and full of ups and downs. Sometimes the reader can find really good scenes and a lot of interesting details, but also too boring and unrealistic descriptions and too sophisticated discussions that are too complicated to be understood by the reader. The characters were too plain and not likable at all, so it wasn't a surprise to find myself skipping pages. 

What I really liked about this novel: 1) The Glossary at the end of the book, full of incredible pictures and really good information for those who want to know more about the Javier Sierra's research. 2) It's a book you can read fast enough, the story is told in short chapters, making it more enjoyable and easier to skip pages if we are stuck somewhere. 3) Good story for undemanding readers. 

So, what can I say? I was waiting for much more. I didn't enjoy this book at all. The Lost Angel is the first book I read by Javier Sierra, and  I'm not sure If I want to read something else written by him, even though I have heard a lot of good comments about his other novels. As always I recommend you to give it a try if you think you will enjoy this book. Maybe you will like it more than I did. 

Happy Reading! 


Javier Sierra, whose works have been translated into thirty-five languages, is the author of The Lady in Blue and the New York Times bestseller The Secret Supper. His newest novel is The Lost Angel, a breathtaking thriller that explores mankind's eternal quest to discover the truth of our origins -and of our destiny. A native of Teruel, Spain, Sierra currently lives in Madrid.
If you want to know more about this author and his books, please visit his Website 

1 comment:

  1. Javier Sierra´s spanish-readers will enjoy this Spanish Author too: Gabri Ródenas and his NOAH´S BUNKER (EL BÚNKER DE NOÉ). He´s quite similar (and similar to Dan Brown too):


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