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Broken Angel by S.W.Vaughn review (out of genre experience)

Broken Angel by S.W.Vaughn (House Phoenix #1)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
When Gabriel Morgan's sister disappears somewhere in New York's underground, he'll do anything to save her. But finding her is only the beginning, because Marcus Slade won't let her go for less than ten million dollars – earned through Gabriel's blood.

Slade, one of five ruthless leaders of an organization identified only by a symbol, runs hookers and street fighters, and never gives up what's his. Including Gabriel's sister. To win her freedom, Gabriel is forced to undergo a brutal training program with Slade's top fighters in order to become one of them. He is branded, broken, given a new image, and a new name.

In the ring, Gabriel is known as Angel…and he does not lose.

Because the price for losing is his sister's life.

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It was an unexpectedly brilliant book! I downloaded it as a free read assuming that it will be another paranormal about angels. No such thing.

The author herself, who we know as Sonya Bateman calls herself a pioneer in street fighting fiction, and I can only agree with her.

Despite the author's warning I was unprepared to deal with explosive violence at the beginning, but once I got past it, I enjoyed the book immensely. I realised that the making of Gabriel as Angel couldn't be complete without showing so graphically what he went through to become an excellent fighter.

The book is brutal, the fights are fantastic, the psychology behind the characters is amazing, and a lot of them are not who we presume they are. There are no pure villains or goodies, instead there is a lot of gray and plenty of reasons behind horrendous behaviour like it happens in real life. No one is one-dimensional.

I loved Jenner, Slade's sadistic lieutenant. He is a fascinating character who has his own book, I hear. So far there are three more books in these series, and I plan to read them all. If you think you would enjoy a hybrid of Kick Boxer and Fight Club, this book is for you.

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Неожиданно прекрасная книга. Я загрузила её когда автор предлагала промоушн на блоге, за которым я слежу, и совершенно не прогадала.

Несмотря на название, никакого паранормала в ней нет. Сам автор называет книгу пионером жанра street fighting.
20-летний Габриэль Морган приезжает в Нью-Йорк, чтобы разыскать пропавшую сестру Лилит. Пока он шатается по клубам с её фотографией и перебивается от хостела к хостелу, так как деньги у него закончились, в мафиозной структуре города появляется на него заказ - схватить и привезти к Слэйду, хозяину Дома Феникс.

Когда Габриэля доставляют в Дом Феникс он узнаёт, что его сестра - проститутка, работающая на Слэйда. Слэйд ставит Габриэлю ультиматум: дерись за меня в нелегальных боях среди мафиозных домов Нью-Йорка, набери 10 миллионов, не проигрывай, и твоя сестра останется в целости и сохранности, и я отпущу вас обоих.

Габриэля жёстко избивают и проводят через серию садистских испытаний с помощью летейнанта Слэйда - азиата Дженнера, несколько месяцев он занимается с тренерами и наконец начинает участвовать в боях пяти домов Нью-Йорка.

Шикарные бои, безумно интересная психология и меняющиеся чувства и дух Габриэля, тайные мотивы и неожиданные повороты, когда понимаешь что персонаж - совсем не тот, кем ты его представлял...

В начале много жестокости, но потом понимаешь, что как-раз то она и делает Габриэля тем, что есть к концу. Всё очень графично прям как смотришь фильм. Очень советую этот гибрид Kick boxer и Fight Club. У автора есть ещё 3 книги из этой серии, и я обязательно буду их читать.

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