The Taken: Celestial Blues
Vicki Pettersson
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The Taken: Celestial Blues (Book One)
Vicki Pettersson
Harper Voyager
432 pages
June 2012
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Pulp fiction meets fantasy in this newest one from Pettersson. Humans don't die but turn into Centurions, messenger angels tasked with bringing murdered souls into the afterlife.

Grif has gone to the other side, and he now must escort photojournalist Nicole Rockwell to her final resting destination. But Grif has always had a bit of the rebel in him. While undertaking this most noble of endeavors, he swerves from the path and finds himself right back in Sin City--Las Vegas--where he and his wife were mysteriously murdered 50 years earlier.

It's an intriguing concept, but at times the author fails to maintain the pace she sets in the first chapter. Here she sets up the main character, Griffin Shaw, and the elements of the Everlast--the hereafter--and the main points of what will come in the subsequent chapters. In fact, this opening chapter would make a wonderful short story. Angels, the Pure, snarling winged creatures and the basic architecture of Good vs. Bad emerge in Chapter One and it is a hard act to follow.

But the entire book is well-written and carefully conceived. It's book one of the author's new series, and anyone who's read her earlier novels will want to grab this one.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2012

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