Hammer of Angels: A Novel of Shadowstorm
by G.T. Almasi
Cover Artist: Tony Mauro
Review by Steve Sawicki
Del Rey Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780440423560
Date: 25 February 2014 List Price $9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Alix Nico, mostly recovered from her last mission, is called on to spread chaos across greater Germany in the name of ending oppression and slavery. With her partner Darwin, a clone of her last partner, friend, and lover, she heads off to create chaos and spread dissension.
It helps that she's technologically modified and that she's got help from a few other exop agents. But even her modifications can't prepare her for what she uncovers in a secret lab. And what she uncovers has ramifications not only for her but for the free world itself.
This is the second book in G.T. Almasi's Shadowstorm series, an alternate Earth, SF spy thriller packed with plenty of action, explosions and wise cracks. The pacing is a bit frenetic but Almasi pulls it off in a way that is highly readable and thoroughly enjoyable. The alternate Earth premise is a fine setting for this kind of romp and the occasional "guest" appearances add to the enjoyment.
I liked this book as much as I did the first one. It's definitely light reading in the adventure category which makes it a perfect plane or train book. But, whether you are traveling or not you'll want to keep turning pages to find out how much damage Alix can take and how much destruction she'll leave in her wake. Definitely recommended.