4 out of 4 stars
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No Fallen Angels by Anthony Pour is a work of fiction that comprises thirteen short stories. From the first story that revolves around Harry Dott, a telemarketer from New York on a trip to Argentina, who falls in love with an unnamed woman he met while dancing the tango, and the story of Chuck Humphries, an experienced TV star who had gone through several marriages with much younger women, notwithstanding the headaches from the media, to the story of an undercover agent in the Brazilian rain forest, we follow unique characters' adventures, histories, love stories, and tragic stories across the world, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Russia to South Carolina, Lichtenstein, and Germany.
The first thing I was drawn to in this book was the representation within the book that saw relatable characters included from a wide variety of backgrounds. Through the characters' stories, I got to learn a few things about different cultures and events in history. My favorite revolved around the story that explored the fall of the Socialist Unity Party in East Germany and the fall of the Berlin wall. Also, the author employs a unique descriptive writing style that is concrete and bound to evoke different emotions, including sadness and laughter, from the reader in every story.
There isn't a central theme that ties all the stories together, as each tale teaches its own lesson and gives you different views of life. Nevertheless, the stories are well developed and flowed together nicely, with satisfying endings that will shock readers on some occasions. They can be read in any order as well. These stories also raise thought-provoking questions about the media, politics, marriage, and activism. How would you take being used as a pawn in a loveless marriage? How can you forgive yourself for a mistake that leads to a loss of life?
With respect to editing, No Fallen Angels by Anthony Pour exceeded my expectations. I did find one minor error while reading, but it had no bearing on my enjoyment of the novel. On a slightly negative note, each story was a bit heavy, and it was occasionally difficult to commence reading a new, unrelated story, especially when I connected deeply with the characters in the previous story.
Overall, No Fallen Angels by Anthony Pour is a fantastic read, and I will be revisiting some of these stories shortly. I don't feel like my minor complaints were overly disruptive to my enjoyment of the book. Therefore, the book deserves a rating of four out of four stars. Readers who enjoy short stories and adventure novels will enjoy this book. There is profanity included in the book, so I would only recommend it to a mature audience.
No Fallen Angels
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