Nephilim follows the adventures of Sebastian, Catherine and Paddy as they fight against the Gregori (Fallen Angels). The fact that they are half human half angels gives them an edge. They are led and trained by a Priest named Brother Tobias and base themselves from Venice. The book uses Christian Mythology as ingredients for face paced adventure story. Everything is told from the perspective of Sebastian and he narrates the action throughout the book.
I wondered for a while how to categorise this book. Most tales in which Fallen Angels are the enemy are at least borderline horror. After all Lucifer and his fellow fallen angels are the ultimate symbols of evil. But Nephilim doesn’t fit into this genre; this is an adventure story pure and simple. Tame enough to be read by young adults there is not much here that would prevent the squeamish from reading it. In fact there isn’t a trace of horror within its pages and the Gregori lack any form of dread, even when Lucifer makes an appearance he fails to instil any form of fear.
I really wanted to enjoy this book. The storyline had a great deal of potential which sadly failed to appear. What the story lacked most was any kind of depth. Nothing was treated with more than a cursory glance. The novel is filled with questions that begged to be answered and you are left wanting. Brother Tobias whose background motivates much of the tale is given very little explanation. The story of the Gregori is barely outlined and this lack of detail created other issues. The three main characters differ greatly in physical detail and each has a unique power. Sebastian has the ability to see future events, Catherine can feel and follow other’s pain and Paddy is a berserker. But these powers are little used and aren’t used as story hooks. Worse still is the fact that all three characters seem to be personality clones. The author sadly didn’t distinguish between the three different personas. They all reacted and responded to the events around them in pretty much the same way, never arguing or disagreeing about their course of action.
Christian mythology has a wealth of readymade background and detail that just wasn’t used within this tale. The Gregori seemed no more than gangsters with guns. I think these fallen angels were banished from heaven because they were chronic underachievers rather than for their rebellion. In conclusion Nephilim is an OK book but there are much better Angel books out there. I award this 3 stars.