The Peacock Angel

Rise of the Decarchs

Fiction - Supernatural
312 Pages
Reviewed on 04/14/2013
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Author Biography

Glenn Dale Bridges lives in the small town of Ponchatoula, La. with his wife, daughter, and son. He is currently working on the second book of THE PEACOCK ANGEL series tentatively titled Og the Giant.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite

Biblical lore is rife with apocryphal characters and situations that can serve as fuel for a writer's imagination. Glenn Dale Bridges taps this wonderful source and weaves a magnificent story in "The Peacock Angel: Rise of the Decarch". The Grigori are rising once again, intent on irrevocably changing the world of man. Only one man, Thane Connolly, stands between the destruction promised by the fallen angel Azazel. With the help of powerful allies, Thane must face the demons and ghouls Azazel has sent and fulfill his destiny as the child of truth.

Laying the foundation for an epic saga is a difficult task. A writer must craft a back story that draws readers in while providing enough material to provide the novel with a solid framework to work with. Glenn Dale Bridges accomplishes this with ease. The plot is one that left me in an imaginative stupor, thinking about fallen angels and celestial beings even hours after I finished reading the book. Bridges weaves a compelling tale of angels and sin and of lust and envy, that gives readers a world that they can get lost in. The characters in the novel are complex and interesting. There is nary a dull moment as each of them tries to set their own plans into motion. One of my favorite parts was Og and Hidimba's budding romance. The novel is multifaceted, so much so that I was pleasantly pleased by the surprises, both minute and significant, that pop up at the unlikeliest of situations. The pace is flexible, at times fast and gritty as in the several vivid fight scenes but at times slow and introspective like when Armaros has started his narrative. It is hard to pigeonhole such a great book into just one genre since it contains elements of fantasy, suspense, the supernatural and little nuggets of humor. Readers looking for a novel that is easy to read yet which provides an excellent launchpad that allows their imagination to soar hours after reading the book would do well to check out "The Peacock Angel: Rise of the Decarchs".

Jack Magnus

"The Peacock Angel" is the story of Azazel, Armaros and the other Decarchs or Watchers of man. These giants were trained to lead the other watchers and were educated by the archangels in eons past. Some left the First Estate where they had been raised to go to earth, in defiance of the rules laid down for their kind. Azazel had been imprisoned for eons. When he is finally released, he is determined to have vengeance and wreak destruction upon mankind and the heavens. To counter him, Mikhael, one of the archangels, awakens Armaros and gives him the opportunity to redeem himself by doing battle against the forces of evil. Mikhael reminds Armaros of the prophecy of Enoch and tells him that the two young descendants of Enoch, Thane Connally, a young night shift supervisor in a Louisiana correctional facility, and his brother Cane, are about to be attacked by Azazel and his forces.

Glenn Dale Bridges has created an intriguing fantasy based on the Book of Enoch. The tale of how the Decarchs came into being is fascinating, as is the tale of Og, the giant, and his little friend the demon Hidimba. There is plenty of action and adventure in "The Peacock Angel" -- from the training of the Watchers as they are growing up, to the demonic attacks on Thane Connally and his protectors. While the story opens in exotic locales including a mythical mountain built by giants, much of the action takes place in rural Louisiana where Thane, Father Lucas, Basia and Armaros prepare for battle, and Armaros tells Thane his story. "The Peacock Angel" is a satisfying and enjoyable supernatural thriller. I enjoyed it immensely and hope to read a sequel.

Lit Amri

Thane Connally was a young prison guard from rural Louisiana, thrust into an ancient battle to fulfill his inevitable prophecy for the sake of all mankind, not to mention to save his own life. Azazel, the fallen angel whom archangel Raphael bound and buried deep in the sands of Dudael, had escaped. With his eight thousand years of rage and revenge, Azazel sought the utmost retribution against the ones responsible for his time in purgatory, by destroying earth with his dark army. The reluctant Thane and Amaros, a remorseful earthbound angel, worked together to stop Azazel, joined by unlikely comrades to make their mission a success.

The first chapters are slow-paced yet serve an introductory function well. The moment the actions started I found that I couldn't put the book down. Glenn Dale Bridges has written a beautiful and brilliant story. In "Peacock Angel", he has given readers the unique insight on the battle between good and evil in its highest form between superior beings. Captivating, strong and well-written plot line, as well as splendidly crafted dialogues and characters give no room for dull moments. The author presents a great sense of epic wonder through a great twist of imaginary based on biblical history, and I truly enjoyed it from start to finish. I look forward to the next installment in the series, and hopefully the second book will equal the greatness of the first, if not surpass it.