Angel Curs: The Trilogy by Michael Thomas Griswold is an alternative explanation of the forces that rule the world and all the religious systems within it. Making use of bits and pieces of many religions the story centers on the last Angel to walk the earth, Gabriel, and his efforts to translate the three arks that have been guarded by the angels from the beginning of time to the current. The translation of the arks and the documentation of the history will cumulate in the ending of the earth and the death of the final angel. However, Gabriel just recently found out he was an angel and he struggles to find all the answers for what all the information means. How exactly does the age of the angels end?
I’m quite frankly unsure if this book is supposed to be considered more fiction or more non-fiction and after carefully reading through the description by the author I’m not quite sure even he knows. While I can say that there is a plot to the book and the editing is well done the story itself leaves me unable to write a positive review regarding it and the goal of the author is so hard for me to grasp that I’m not sure how to best approach my complaints with it. I’ve narrowed it down to two major areas of concern for myself. Unfortunately the editing, writing style, and technical aspects of the book are all I can really comment on positively.
My first area of confusion is the absurd way that religions are used in this book. Without providing too much of a spoiler it’s established early on in the book that all the world’s religions are a huge farce and no real God or gods exist. However what confuses me is the way the religions are in no way reflective on what the actual source documents of the religions portray the religion to be. For instance, Judas who is a disciple of Jesus is now suddenly his father, Jesus doesn’t rise from the dead, nor does Jesus claim to be the Son of God in this book and that’s just three issues with one singular character from one religion. What makes this confusing to me is that the world that this novel is set in reflects our world and real issues going on in it with the history that we have yet the details to the religions aren’t represented correctly. I understand the angel Gabriel is saying that what we believe about our religions isn’t true but I don’t understand why they weren’t fairly represented to begin with. This is what leaves me wondering if this was geared more towards a completely fictional story instead of the author’s take on what rules our world but what makes me second guess it is the detail paid to other historical aspects of this world being correct and on target. I have a real issue with the religions not being portrayed correctly before Gabriel gives us his take on what “really” happened.
My second area of disappointment with this novel is just the lack of logic with the whole story. For instance, Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is brought up in the book and used to explain some things but the story itself flies directly in the face of this theory. Supposedly the angel race is the smarter and better race between the Curs and the Angels so it makes little sense to me why it would be the Curs who overtake the angels to begin with making the race almost extinct and being over to dominate over them prior to the mixing of the races. I’m also not sure where the morals that these characters have are supposed to come from if there is no God or some bigger force than that of the Angels who are overtaken by a lesser creation. The end of the book also took me aback as the smarter race was overtaken for the lesser race for morals and love neither of which make any sense to me given that there’s no higher power. It just doesn’t feel like it follows a logical path to me to be a real story to explain such a weighty topic.
The author was correct in saying that you might question your reality by the end of the book. I’ve spent days trying to wrap my head around the philosophical issues in the book and why they don’t feel natural or right to me and why it left me feeling this book missed the mark. But I also still can’t figure out if the author is making this a philosophical position on how we got here or if it was just a really lack of logic yet thought provoking piece of fiction. The one thing that concerns me is if people were to take the religious views of our world religions seriously in this book they would be further confused although I’ve had the privilege to study them so I spent more of my time being appalled at the way they read which affected the way I reviewed this book as well. I’m still not sure how I feel about all of it but these issues are why I just can’t give it a higher rating.