Review of Angels and Gargoyles
Review By: Elizabeth Delana Rosa
Genre: Humor, Paranormal, Angels, Demons, Romance
Brief Synopsis: Angels and Gargoyles is a novelette about a romance among heavenly hosts; a beauty and the beast type love story. It tells how two of God’s workers, for unexplainable reasons, fall in love, much to the chagrin of St. Peter. They are the two most unlikely pair for romance to begin with; angels are more beutiful while gargoyles are more worldly. The two, Three and Garth, desire to become husband and wife, an unheard event in heaven. St. Peter objects to the union and tries his best to persuade them not to marry. In the end, St. Mary intravenes on their behalf and St. Peter allows the marriage provided they become human.
Review: I met Monte on Twitter and he directed me to his free book, Angels and Gargoyles. I got it on Smashwords and read as a quick read between chapter books. My main hang up is that some of the promotional materials gave away the story. In fact, I really wish I didn’t read the indepth synopsis. If that had left more to the imagination I would have been much happier. I didn’t see any surprises or anything that suggests I gained anything from reading it and not the novella. HOWEVER, I did enjoy it. I had some laughs and I never thought of Gnomes as demonic. Now I know why I feel like kicking them when I see their little faces on a lawn. The storyline is unique and has loads of potential. I give this book 3.5 flowers because it needs something more but still had lots great stuff.
Author Bio: As a second generation military man, Monte had seen quite a bit of the world and the United States by the time he entered high school. He carried on the family tradition by attending the Military Academy at West Point, New York where he earned his BS in Engineering, and, upon graduation, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Army. His twenty two years career carried him to many parts of the world including Vietnam, Korea, and Germany. He became a student of history, particularly military history. As an Infantry officer, Monte developed an understanding of military tactics and strategy. This knowledge was put to good use when he was assigned as an instructor at the Army Command and General Staff College where he taught tactics to the Army’s future staff officers and generals for three years. He also studied the martial arts, earning a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and taught wrestling, self-defense, and coached the West Point Karate club at the Military Academy.
Although he has written many things for the military, and has been published in Army magazine and the Corps of Engineers Journal, Archimedes of Syracuse: The Chest of Ideas, if his first novel. Archimedes is the first time Monte has been able to combine all the things he loves; engineering, tactics, strategy, mathematics, history, food, martial arts, and of course, romance.
Monte resides in Elmira, New York with his wife, Kathryn and their two rescued greyhounds. Between Monte and Kathryn, they have six children and four grandchildren.