The Salvation of Gabriel Adam (Revelation Saga #2)
By S. L. Duncan
Publisher: Medallion Press
Publication Date: August 11th, 2015
Embattled by an uncertain future, Gabriel Adam is now slowly succumbing to the powerful ring that he credits with stopping the demon sent to Earth to start the second war between the light and dark realms. As his health fails, his feelings grow for his archangel friend Micah. With the inevitability of his future ever nearer, he wonders if time is left to rekindle what they once shared.
But a darkness is growing in Istanbul. Lilith has used her alluring beauty to manipulate Simon Magus, the new Turkish president, into giving her great power. Wanting only to reunite with her one true love, she seeks to find seven ancient vials and pierce the veil that separates the dimensions, unleashing hell upon the Earth.
So, we asked the MC, Gabriel Adam, some stupid questions and he graciously obliged:
Bibliobibuli YA: If you emptied out you purse, wallet, desk drawer, pockets, or fanny pack, what would we find?
Gabriel Adam: I’ve moved a lot over my life, so I don’t keep a lot of stuff. I’ll put a few bills in my pockets, along with my phone and an ID, but I don’t have a wallet. I’m a minimalist, I guess. If we ever settle down, I’m totally going for a wallet with all the things. I might even make an attempt to bring back fanny packs. Assuming they were in at some point.
BBBYA: The zombie apocalypse is upon you, you have barricaded yourself in Costco and are stuck there with one other person of your choice. Who is this person and why?
GA: Do not tell him I said this. Seriously. It would ruin the whole dynamic I’ve worked so hard to maintain. But, I’d probably take my dad. He just knows so much about so much. If there was something that repelled zombies, my dad would probably know about it from some ancient text he read. And that substance would probably be wholesale amounts of licorice candies. Because that would repel everything ever.
BBBYA: Share an event from your past that you would change or avoid and why.
GA: My mom dying when I was born. She’s this big question mark in my life. Who was she? What did she look like? Would she like who’ve I’ve become?
BBBYA: What is your fatal flaw?
GA: Believing in myself, I guess.
BBBYA: What is your biggest fear and why?
GA: Not ever figuring out who I’m supposed to be in the world.
BBBYA: Finally, describe yourself in five words or less:
Stubborn. So says my dad.
Good-hearted. A hyphenated word counts as one, right?
Smart. Nobody likes a dummy.
Curious. I haven’t drawn many conclusions about the world. So there’s plenty to explore.
The Salvation of Gabriel Adam was more of an “its not you, its me” book. I don’t know if it had to do with the fact that I read it so soon after the first one, but my feelings for the characters and what was going on leaned more towards apathy than investment, and this is not what I wanted after finishing book one.
So Gabriel and Co are now safely, while not altogether happily, at the Vatican after the showdown with Septis at the end of book one. Meanwhile, in Turkey, Lilith, yep that Lilith, is, er, helping the new president with his newly found power while also working towards her own goal of bringing Mastema, her husband, through the portal to Hell.
As the book goes on, Gabriel finds himself more and more connected to Solomon’s ring, with rather awful results, his relationship with Micah both evolves and devolves, depending on how you look at it, and several new characters are introduced. After trapping Septis in Solomon’s ring, Gabriel thought that Septis’ influence over his life was over. No such luck. The longer Gabriel holds onto the ring, the more his essence binds with Septis’. If he removes the ring, he risks his sanity. Besides his physical struggles, Gabriel also faces the fact that Micah may not want as much out of their relationship as he does as she doesn’t see a good ending to whatever they start. There is also the introduction of several previously referred to characters and a rather twisty ending gives throws a rather surprising character into the mix.
While The Salvation of Gabriel Adam didn’t hook my attention like Revelation did, it was still an enjoyable read that kept me interested in the story enough to want to see how it all plays out.
I’m a writer and traveler seeking stories from inspired locations – a connection of prose to place. The first book of my YA book series, THE REVELATION SAGA, releases 2014 from Medallion Press. I am represented by John Rudolph of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.
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