The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards Review of Angel War
My book, Angel War, was one of the twelve finalists in The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards for 2013, I am pleased to say. The books entered for the awards were judged by a group of judges in London and another one in Stockholm. Here is the feedback from the judges that has been posted on the page for my book on Goodreads and on Amazon.co.U.K.
Angel War by Philip Dodd
Billy Bob rated it *****
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards and was a finalist. This is what our readers thought.
Author: Philip Dodd
Title: Angel War
The readers thought the cover was excellent. They loved the font and the powerful, central image and most of them felt the lack of colour added to the overall effect. One reader ( man, aged 31 ) put in his feedback: ‘I loved this cover. It is well put together and fits the style of the book perfectly.’
The readers thought this was engaging and fascinating. They felt it was a remarkable story, a complex mix of biblical history , spiritual discussion and fallen angels. They complemented the author on his wonderful imagination and the huge amount of time he must have ploughed into his novel. One reader ( woman, aged 54 ) put in her feedback, ‘This is no beach read but it is a complex look at history, in particular, the old and new testament. The devil, or Dragon as the author referred to him, was a fascinating character and the author’s take on him was very well thought out.’ A number of readers commented positively on how well the author balanced spiritual and intellectual. One reader ( man, aged 63 ) put in his feedback, ‘This novel is not written to bully or intimidate readers into following God. It is more a spring board for biblical discussion.’ A few of the readers felt there were parts of the book that felt like an ‘info. dump’ and were, subsequently, a little hard going.
The style of the author’s writing was very much enjoyed. Although a few of the readers thought it was ‘overly descriptive and lacked pace’ most of them felt the style of writing reflected the importance of the subject matter. One reader ( man, aged 38 ) put in his feedback, ‘There is an almost bible like feel to the whole book as if it is simply an extension of the old testament; in style anyway.’
TO SUM UP 34/40
Of the 32 readers:
31 finished. 1 thought it was too hard going.
29 thought the cover was excellent.
24 thought the wonderful imagination of the author and the interesting take he had on historical and biblical events were the best parts of the book.
8 thought the descriptive style of the book was the best part.
31 would read another book by this author.
” A superbly written, often powerful interpretation of biblical history and the power of God. Highly recommended.”
The Wishing Shelf Awards.