Halo of the Damned by Dina Rae

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Halo of the Damned by Dina Rae
Publisher: Eternal Press
Genre: Horror, Paranormal
Length: Full (291 pgs)
Rated: 3 Stars
Review by Rose

A chain of advertising agencies, a new breed of humans, and a fallen angel to worship…

Andel Talistokov is known for his slick advertising agencies across the globe. He is a fallen angel that uses advertising as a weapon for Satan’s work. His growing power emboldens him to break several of Hell’s Commandments. Furious with his arrogance, Satan commands him to return to Hell after finding his own replacement. Yezidism, an ancient angel worshiping religion, quietly expands throughout the West. Armaros appears as a guest of honor during their ceremonies. He mates with young women to produce nephilim, a mixed race of humans and angels. They are alone and unprepared for their supernatural power. Joanna Easterhouse, a recovering drug addict, steps out of prison shortly after her mother’s fatal accident. She and her sister, Kim, unravel their mother’s secretive past. Intrigued, they learn their bloodline is part of a celestial legacy. Both worlds collide. Halo of the Damned is a horrifying tale that weaves research together with suspenseful twists and turns.

This book is not for the faint of heart or those sensitive to blood, gore, and general not-nice-activities–but, if you are you probably wouldn’t pick up a book about demons anyway, because–let’s face it– demons, by their very nature– are evil. And, evil beings do things that are— well— evil. Which leads to the conflicts in this book.

Andel is in the same position Satan was in before the fall–he wants to take Satan out and be worshipped himself. Joanna and her family come from a long line of angel warriors who stand against the evil–however, it takes them a while to find out about this because there was a family schism. There’s also a hidden connection between Joanna and Andel that complicates issues.

I can see Halo of the Damned as a movie. It’s fast paced, there are a lot of characters, and Ms. Rae doesn’t let you catch your breath from start to finish.

The main issue with the book, though, is it could have used an editor’s hand. Ms. Rae is very fond of using words instead of said in tag lines–so much that it took away from the story for me. For example, on one page –out of five paragraphs–the tag lines were “demanded Joanna”; “Harriet announced”; “Kim yelled”; and “warned Harriet”. There were also incidents where the author told the reader what the characters were feeling, instead of showing us–again, taking this reader out of the action of the book. I only mention these because if they took me out of the book’s action, I’m afraid they would other readers as well.

However, if technical issues like that don’t bother your reading, the storyline itself is very well done. Like I said before, reading this book was like watching a fast-paced horror movie… and, in the end, there’s an awful lot to be said for that. A good story is a good story—and Ms. Rae is (pardon the pun) one hell of a good storyteller.


  1. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing! I agree with you on the dialogue tags. I did have an editor, but she never changed them. Halo was my second novel and didn’t know any better. But I am improving! Halo of the Nephilim is 99% said and asked and I had a much more articulate editor than Halo of the Damned. Hope you enter my giveaway at http://dinarae.co
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  2. Thanks for the honest review

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  3. Chelsea B. says:

    Storytelling is everything! I’m really looking forward to this one!


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