About the author:
H. David Blalock has been writing speculative fiction for nearly 40 years. His work has appeared in print and online in over three dozen publications, spanning every format from short stories to novels, non-fiction articles to screenplays. He is also editor of _parABnormal Digest_ for Sam's Dot Publishing. To find out more visit his website at www.thrankeep.com.
Excerpt from Traitor Angel
All his life he had been taught about the majesty and beauty of angels. Paintings, frescoes, and statues from every civilization and time tried to capture it. He knew now that nothing, absolutely nothing, could do justice to the reality. Not even the nearly infinite canvas and incomparable ability of human imagination, with its ability to surpass the physical and touch the spiritual, was equal to the task.
Once more he felt the initial shock and confusion, not unlike what he felt when experiencing being shelled in the trenches at Ypres during the Great War. It began as a shudder deep within, like that concussion, and then he found himself temporarily blinded by a radiance immeasurably more pure than sunlight. When his sight did clear, what he saw lasted only a couple of seconds, but it was branded permanently on his soul.
Angelic icons, products of human imagination, make mundane that which is in reality ineffable. For those few moments, his entire existence was laid bare before the incorruptible. Even had he not heard Azazel scream its name, he would have known it. Inside each person lives that which instinctively knows and recognizes the eternal. This had no more resemblance to the caricatures of angels perpetrated on human art than the epitome of perfection in beauty had with a pile of dung. Unbounded by form, it retained an Identity. It was undeniably a Being, but a Being of such a nature as was almost impossible to comprehend as separate from the eternal fabric of reality.
In Traitor Angel, the second book of the Angelkiller Triad, the war between The Army of Light and The Enemy continues behind the scenes. Unknown to the general population, the battle for control of humanity is heating up.
Jonah Mason, called Angelkiller, faces more than one decision. His Army resistance cell is wounded physically and emotionally, on the brink of falling apart. The mysterious allies calling themselves Knights are pressuring him to abandon his people. Meanwhile, the world outside draws closer to Armageddon.
As Mason and his friends pursue their campaign against Dorian Azrael's global megacorporation, Andlat Enterprises, the stakes get higher with each desperate foray into the enemy's computers. They are fated to lose one of their number and gain an unlikely ally, but any advantage they gain could be fleeting at best.
If they fail, it could mean the end of The Army and all resistance to the forces of Darkness.