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When the Angels attack, there’s NO REST FOR THE WICKED.

Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack. With the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels.

The Angels are naked and androgynous. They speak in a dreadful harmony with no clear leader. These aren’t biblical cherubs tasked with the protection of the righteous – these are deadly creatures of light that have the power to completely eradicate.

When Jones himself is attacked, Father Montgomery knows he has to act fast. Will the final showdown force him to make the ultimate sacrifice?

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When the Angels attack, there’s NO REST FOR THE WICKED.

Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack. With the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels.

The Angels are naked and androgynous. They speak in a dreadful harmony with no clear leader. These aren’t biblical cherubs tasked with the protection of the righteous – these are deadly creatures of light that have the power to completely eradicate.

When Jones himself is attacked, Father Montgomery knows he has to act fast. Will the final showdown force him to make the ultimate sacrifice?

81 reviews for No Rest for the Wicked

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melanie Surani

    No Rest for the Wicked is a small book. If you’re not familiar with novellas, you might be tempted to believe nothing much can happen in that short a space, but you would be wrong. Unlike so many novels that sprawl on and on just to reach their 80-100 thousand word quotas, this book goes in, tells the story, and gets out. There were never any times where I felt like I needed something explained more (and part of the book deals with the Large Hadron Collider, which is damn confusing as a subject).

    The plot jumps around in time a little, but after orienting myself after the first few (brief) chapters, it was super easy to follow. Cobain has a wonderful, fluid writing style that becomes invisible as you read (which is exactly what every writer wants). This is marketed as a horror book, but (at least for me), I didn’t find it “scary”, although I did enjoy the suspense. Then again, I’ve read many a Stephen King novel and thought, “oh wow! What a bad situation,” when something awful is going down. Others… (like when Joey Tribbiani had to keep putting The Shining in the freezer to “stay safe”)

    Read No Rest for the Wicked. Request it from your local library or pick up your own copy from Amazon. It’s big on story, but respects your time as a busy person.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sheri Williams

    I honestly don’t know what shelf to put this on. It has a fair bit of everything. It will be easy to spoil, so I’ll try not to do that. But it’s a really good story about consequences and how they will haunt you the whole of your life. Also, it’s just a really well written book that draws you in, and makes you feel all the things.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Oli Jacobs

    An excellent apocalyptic horror that combines religion & science in one fell swoop, No Rest for the Wicked is a swift, engrossing tale by Dane Cobain that uses real-world influences and strong characters to provide us with a tale of Angels who operate with more brimstone than harps. Using a nice mix of chapter styles & viewpoints to keep things interesting, the story maintains a steady pace of thrills, chills, and mediations on sin, love, and how far humanity should delve into the Universe’s secrets. My only gripe would be that one of the subplots feels derivative and could have been used to add more to the story in other places. But that is a minor bump in an otherwise wonderfully written and thrilling road. If you like your horror with a slice of theology & a dash of scientific theory, then this one is for you.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    J. C. Steele

    No Rest for the Wicked is based on an interesting intermingling of science and religion, playing with the theory voiced largely by religious fundamentalists: that there are things man is not meant to know and pushing those boundaries will result in divine retribution. Here, author Dane Cobain has worked in an interesting reversal; while experimentation has unleashed something, there’s remarkably little divine about it—the only trace of the phenomenon calling themselves the Angels is a trail of tortured corpses.

    The characters were a strong point in this book. Even though there were a plethora of characters, many entering the scene only to die only a few lines later, the author has a great talent for evoking a mannerism or a past event in a few words.

    The structure of the novel was also interesting, in that the cameo scenes of the Angels’ killings intermingled with the main line of the plot to give the reader a very effective sense that the murders were everywhere, and random. While I found that this technique made the plot a little slow to gather itself together and get underway, and the clues as to what the protagonists were actually planning were rare to the point where I as the reader had no real understanding of why the characters were doing what they were doing, I did find that this book explored a fresh and interesting line of thought on this territory.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    Dana Leipold

    This was a pretty quick read for me because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The writing was also lovely. The author knows how to use imagery to really suck you in to a scene. I felt like the plot could have gone deeper, like the author was hurrying to get the story wrapped up. I really enjoyed the creepy aspects rolled into religious dogma and imagery however.

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Groves

    I got the Kindle version of this book. It’s not the usual genre that I read so it took me a while to get into it. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Definitely worth a read.

  7. Rated 4 out of 5

    Mugglebooks

    Most intense read, ever!!

    Angels… Angels… How can a word that sounds so nice, so peaceful, so serene, lose its meaning? How is it possible that the supposed to be good creatures are actually not? Instead they are punishing, maybe a bit cruel.

    Dane Cobain did a majestic job by making a make-believe story like this. This book was put up as a horror story, but it’s just kind of eerie and suspenseful. His writing style will pull you up and take you with it, I’ve almost forgotten that I’m reading a book that has fictional characters, fictional settings, everything fictional. It felt real. His book is really different from anything else. So original yet it felt so familiar.

    No Rest For The Wicked is an unexpected book. the twists, complexities, turns, everything will surprise you. I even started questioning my beliefs. Because of being frightened I almost dnf-ed this book, but dang this is just too good.

    This book is not actually for anyone, but if you do love suspense, and a bit of a horror, give No Rest For The Wicked a try!

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    “Angel,” what comes to mind when you read that word? Chubby Cherubs? Perfectly sculpted beings with wings? Protectors, guardians, proof that there is a better place after death? Meet Dane Cobain’s angels and you will be in for the fright of your life, if you are fortunate enough to walk away. No Rest for the Wicked is going to take you into a world where angels have become wicked, evil, and they stand as judge and jury while dishing out their won form of justice in the most grisly ways imaginable. They have the power to wipe out humanity and all of its flaws and they are determined to do just that.

    Where did they come from? How have they formed their own execution squad? Where are divine hope and grace, let alone intervention? Follow an elderly priest with secrets in his past, and a young businessman as they attempt to find how these deadly angels came to be. Are their origins found in religion or has science warped the angels we group up with? Who will be next to confess their sins and face the brutal punishment?

    Dane Cobain will have you on the edge of your seat, sitting with all the lights on and thinking about anything you may have done that might not be seen in the best light come Judgment Day. Be advised, this is NOT a spiritual tale of the coming Armageddon, this is like a worst nightmare ever! Well written, dark, gruesome in the details, but definitely entertaining for those of us who like our horror and the hair-raising side. There is no religion bashing, no preaching, this is dark fiction on the edge, a very razor-sharp edge.

    I received this copy from author Dane Cobain in exchange for my honest review. I have no personal or professional relationship with this author.

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    Bookish Indulgences with b00k r3vi3ws

    Angels. They are not what comes to your mind the very second you hear the word Angel. The guardian angel with a serene look or the cherubs with a halo – that is what you think, right? But Dane Cobain, the author, has other ideas.

    In ‘No Rest for the Wicked’ Angels are not the patient and forgiving creatures we imagine. Instead they are hell bent on punishing every single sinner – no matter how big or small their sins are. The story is told through the two protagonists Father Montgomery and Robert Jones. These two men couldn’t be more different. The elderly Father is experienced in life and has secrets of his own. Jones is a young businessman and experienced in the ways of life too. The wide arc that their personalities create makes for interesting and contrasting voices. When Father Montgomery’s parishioners are attacked he decides to take matters into his own hands. He starts looking in Angels and their origins and finds a helping hand in Jones.

    The plot was really different from what I was expecting. Dane Cobain has a very imaginative mind and that is clear from the setting of this world. Things are so different in this fictional world, yet at certain points they feel eerily familiar. There is a saying that the best lies are based on truth and I find that the best works of fictions have pieces of reality in them. And Dane Cobain’s take on Angels is really interesting – that is all I will say here so as to avoid any spoilers. And talking of spoilers, there is a terrific twist in the tale that is disclosed right towards the end of the story. The author has a very descriptive narrative style that is quite engaging. That along with the quick pace makes this book a quick and entertaining read.

    My only qualm with the book is that it turned out to be very one dimensional. I love it when as a reader I can discover the many facets of a plot… this one didn’t have much. What you see is what you pretty much get. Also, the book has some explicit and frightening descriptions and as such this book may not be for everyone.

    I found this book to be largely different from whatever I have read so far and as such it was a good reading experience.

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    Caroline at Book Geek

    ** Copy of book was provided by author in exchange for an honest review **
    Iiintersting synopsis. Not something I’d pick up and read in a normal circumstance because it isn’t my usual genre but it still sounds intriguing.
    Sounds very supernaturally though, (as in the TV series) which get’s my attention a lot – obviously for the story and not Sam and Dean – so I think I’m going to enjoy it.

    Not something I’d normally read but it has kept me intrigued from the start which a lot of romance novels have struggled to do recently.

    The chapters flit from different people and a different parts in the MC’s lives.

    Essentially the plot revolves around two main characters. Farther Montgomery and Robert Jones, but we visit different people in order to see how the Angels are destroying humanity. The Angels come to earth hunting out everyone that has sinned, making them beg for their lives before burning them into ash.

    When the Angels visit both Jones and Montgomery, they decided to do something to stop them, but how do you stop something that essentially isn’t real?

    But there is a twist in this book that made me, ‘oh oh oh,’ while I was reading it and I realized how the two characters were linked! it’s just a shame that it’s only at the end Jones finds out!

    It’s a great book that shouldn’t be overlooked and definitely worth a read, even if it’s not your normal genre.

  11. Rated 4 out of 5

    Bob Platypire

    **I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an HONEST review***

    Super intense! There wasn’t a dull moment through the whole thing; I was constantly trying to look around the corner in front of characters, just knowing something was going to pop out. These angels are not your run-of-the-mill angels. No sweetness here! I thought the author did a really good job with his story telling and in the weaving of his world. The characters were quite good, and I enjoyed this all around. Kind of hoping there’s an audible for this, as I think I’d really like this to go forward with more theatrical elements. I think it would suit it well!

    Bob says: 4 Platypires

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    This story was so different from what I had expected. It had me hesitating, even cautious. I’m not particularly a person of traditional religions, but I thought it was kind of refreshing that the Angels wasn’t very nice as I know most people would define them.

    That they considered themselves judge, jury and executioner. What them seem to me is that they are sin eaters. It’s so chilling. I don’t know why exactly but they made the hair on my arms to stand straight up. It is dark, grisly and had me on edge the whole time. With each page I turned, my breath would catch in anticipation. Eerie in fact. It made me feel like the very air was crackling as these Angels came to a person demanding to know all their sins.

    Mr. Cobain has dangerously thrilled me with the story of these angles reminding me that there is evil in the world; as well as good and he managed to bring a bright & burning light to it.

    I would like to know more about the back story between Father Montgomery and Jones as it added to the spice of the story as well as the characters that was being judged. What was it that brought these person to light on the Angels radar? I did find it interesting that Father Montgomery choose to give the ultimate sacrifice.

    I would like to see what else Me. Cobain plans to do with his dark side. That would be a book worthy of reading. I have to thank BBT for introducing me Mr Cobain and in light on my honest opinion that I’m giving for the exchange this ARC I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. And I have to acknowledge that it sent shivers down my back again as I typed up this reviews.

  13. Rated 4 out of 5

    Boundless Book Reviews

    No Rest for the Wicked tells a story of good versus evil, in a uniquely different way. The story is great; suspenseful action mixed with love, family, friendship, and mystery. I loved how the story came together in the end; allowing readers to experience unconditional love through the ultimate sacrifice.

    The story has an unusual, and hard to follow layout; I had to jump back chapters to double-check the dates throughout my reading. I like how the chapters told everyone’s story from in different times throughout their lives; however, it would have been a much smoother read if it was written in a past to present order.

    The story was one of my preferred genres; I love the supernatural aspect, and the idea is extremely original. Cobain is a very talented writer, and his talent for imagery is quite obvious throughout the chapters. Unfortunately, the order of the chapters took a lot away from that; starting with the present day worked, but the back in forth for the rest of chapters in the book was a major negative for me.

    After drawing readers’ interest with the first chapter, written in present day; taking the rest in order would have made for a perfectly smooth and easy read. Despite the layout, Cobain’s brilliant writing and unique story deserves 4 Boundless Stars for No Rest for the Wicked. I look forward to seeing more from Cobain….Beth

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    Amber Adamchuk

    I sent out a “tweet” to ask for a book recommendation as I have been in a reading slump lately always reading the same thing over and over. I got a response from Dane Cobain to check out his book.

    I am very excited that I was able to get his book for my Kindle at a great price. But mostly I was excited about the book.

    Angles are thought to be these all loving beautiful creatures but what if we are wrong? What harm could they do to humanity? What would humanity do to help themselves, can they help themselves? Well if you want to know I recommend you pick up this book (in whatever format you like to read in). Not only is the story line well done but it’s well written as well. I did not want to put it down and finished it in two days (that’s a big deal for me).

    I enjoyed the way this book was written so much I just got his other book and will start that soon too. Thank you Twitter for allowing me to find a new author to enjoy!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kristin Dutt

    For sure a interesting read for me when “Angels” were quite judgmental and by judgmental I mean killing you since they love to hear your sins and feed off of them and they still pretty much your number is up if they find you. Quite a concept, really.

    While I feel this could’ve been a tad longer it was still a satisfying stand alone. Would’ve liked a bit more into it. I did appreciate that you didn’t need a degree in science to understand how they came to be. A nice simple scientific explanation than the actual mechanics of it all was nice where I didn’t have to re-read and feel like an idiot lol.

    This book considering the genre is quite tactful of religion so no one would be offended. At least I wouldn’t think so. But it does play a major role in this novel.

    Overall I recommend this book to suspense/horror crowd. I was able to read this in one sitting nicely. Great job!

  16. Rated 3 out of 5

    Michele Smith

    Haven’t read it yet but it’s definitely on my to do list! I love this kind of literature for a great read.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    C. M. Blair

    Many thanks to the author, Dane Cobain, for giving me the opportunity to read his work in exchange for an honest review.

    Dane Cobain writes a stunning story in the novel “No Rest for the Wicked”, one that delightfully betrays his gift for poetry and prose. For the reader that loves Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon novels, you’ll find yourself very comfortable in the world that Cobain creates. It is as tantalizing as it is suspenseful.

    The premise of the story is haunting; mysterious beings known as Angels wreck havoc on the world by enacting their own form of justice against the sins of man. There’s glimpses of their retribution and the defiance and despair of the fallen. There’s global chaos as science and law enforcement scramble to find answers. And yet, there is a glimmer of hope as a priest and his companion unravel the mystery and claim light in a world turning towards darkness.

    As a reader, I really enjoyed reading this novel! THE best part was, as mentioned above, Cobain’s knack for words. There was poetry in his turn of phrases. The pictures he painted came alive creating a visceral experience that seeped deep into my imagination. I felt the cold seeping into the world as winter unfolded, could taste the fear as each victim asked “Why?” and begged for clemency. Another notable aspect of the novel is how the story unfolds in a daring manner. Past, present, and future events are cleverly placed and melded together, leaving a wonderful sense of wonder and suspense. Lastly, I loved the idea of redemption for mankind in the face of our darkest secrets. This is one of those stories, and I was not disappointed.

    I give this story a solid 5 STAR review. To be honest, there’s only one aspect I could pick on and that is the feeling of wanting MORE! The story felt like it was over too soon. I could have read at least a hundred more pages about the Angels, the protagonists’ intriguing backstory stories, and how far into chaos the world could have fallen into. Unfortunately, not every novel gets those extra pages. Nonetheless, this was a complete story that I enjoyed immensely. I look forward to reading other works by this talented author.

  18. Rated 2 out of 5

    Jaffa Kintigh

    Science and Religion collide when researchers at the new CERN particle accelerator try to discover the elusive theoretical Boson-Higgs particle, aka the “God Particle.” Despite the misnomer, the particle’s existence has zero bearing on religion, nor does the research conducted prove or disprove or in any way relate to religion nor the existence of a deity. However, that’s a repeated subtheme in the tale here, that somehow CERN research set about to disprove God.

    In the fantastical, speculative world of the story, the research unleashes hibernating “Angels.” And they are horrifying. [Think: Dr. Who’s episode “Blink.”] Angels are supernatural, light-based beings who judge harshly and murder. What’s left unclear is where the angels get their moral-code from. It seems to assume the Bible which clashes with the narrative itself.

    Working against the narrative is the short story plot stretched into a novel without further development and the highly disjointed first half of the book. Chapters aren’t chronological, but without a good enough reason to not be. They also jump characters frequently without distinguishing the importance of said characters. 3-4 interspersed chapters taking place a half-century before the events of the tale, would have worked just as well as a single flashback, or better yet, could’ve been omitted for the sake of pace as they added little to the tale.

  19. Rated 3 out of 5

    The Pursuit Of Bookiness

    This is not my usual genre of choice but this quirky novella is worth a read if you are looking for something a bit different and something short.

    I liked the concise chapters and some of the sub plots although I did think some threads of the story were unnecessary due to the short length of the novella.

    I wasn’t thrilled with the plot of the story but it did get me thinking about what we perceive as good and evil and how things aren’t always so black and white. The juxtaposition of science and religion could have worked well but I just found it a bit unbelievable.

    Having read some of Cobain’s poetry I was expecting a commentary on social and political issues and wasn’t disappointed. The novella highlighted many issues such as depression, stress and alcoholism to name but a few. One could look even further into the subtext and relate the Angels to modern day terrorists.

    The story raises interesting points about morals and judgements of other people and that none of us are without “sin” and should perhaps look to see things from others’ viewpoints and try putting ourselves in their shoes.

    In fact, at the very end the main character, who the Angels consider to have a huge amount of sin, shows that even a person with great sin can make huge sacrifice for the greater good. It also shows that every day people do great deeds and don’t get any recognition for it.

    All in all I found the book thought provoking even though I didn’t find the story particularly convincing.

  20. Rated 4 out of 5

    Rajalakshmi Prithviraj

    Horror has become the flavour of this month for me I guess. So, my third book chosen also evokes a deep sense of fear in me.

    The bottom line of the story is that angels are not all sweet and sugary nice. They can be mean too. If I say that the plot deals with how angels ensure there is no rest for the wicked-natured, I won’t be wrong.

    Dane is a master storyteller. His words conjure up imageries that can scare and make you squirm. Language is basically meant for young adults and above. Hence this book is a no-no for children.

    His weakest area has been characterisation. This is my personal view. It maybe because a single character did not stand out in the entire gamut. Though the antagonists were spelt out and main characters identified, a little bit more of their descriptions would have worked wonders. I had to reduce a star.

    To sum up, I was compelled to finish the story in one sitting and that speaks volumes about the writing. Dane is an author to watch out for if you love horror stories. I only wish Dane had added more details about the characters and elaborated a few sub-plots. It would have gone a long way in engaging the reader more. The book is definitely worth reading if you love horror stories.

    P.S- Thank you Dane and Booktrope Publishing for this wonderful story. I did have a tough time putting myself to sleep after reading this.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    J.D. Dehart

    Author Dane Cobain takes the genre of science fiction down an interesting sideroad in his novel, No Rest for the Wicked. We are talking about angels and celestial beings here, and the story takes turns that are not necessarily expected. This is not the easy-going cherubim story you might find in a grandmother’s painting.

    Like all of his books that I have encountered so far, Cobain writes in a clear way that keeps the pages turning. Even when providing what turns out to be a scientific background (necessary to really qualify as science fiction), the book moves along to the points of Cobain’s plot.

    To sum this book up, I would use the following quote from page 26 in my version: “The Angels left the way they had come, nonchalant and determined, floating through the roof like the final breaths of
    a dying man. They didn’t look back.”

    This is the kind of strange and wonderful world Cobain creates, where the supernatural unexpectedly mingles with everyday, and the result is a gripping novel.

  22. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sandra Stiles

    I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

    Warning: Some of the descriptions are graphic and so not recommended for everyone.

    I don’t usually read stories that contain angels or demons. But the premise of this one was different so I agreed to read and review it. These are not the angels we read about in the Bible. These angels are attacking humans. They are choosing who will die and in what horrific manner they will execute them. Enter our two heroes, Father Montgomery and Robert Jones. They set out to stop these angels. I won’t say too much because it would be so easy to give things away. There are lots of twists and turns. Since I am an eclectic reader I enjoy things a little darker at times. This one fits the bill. I have to comment on the cover, isn’t it just delicious?

  23. Rated 4 out of 5

    J. C. Steel

    No Rest for the Wicked is based on an interesting intermingling of science and religion, playing with the theory voiced largely by religious fundamentalists: that there are things man is not meant to know and pushing those boundaries will result in divine retribution. Here, author Dane Cobain has worked in an interesting reversal; while experimentation has unleashed something, there’s remarkably little divine about it—the only trace of the phenomenon calling themselves the Angels is a trail of tortured corpses.

    The characters were a strong point in this book. Even though there were a plethora of characters, many entering the scene only to die only a few lines later, the author has a great talent for evoking a mannerism or a past event in a few words.

    The structure of the novel was also interesting, in that the cameo scenes of the Angels’ killings intermingled with the main line of the plot to give the reader a very effective sense that the murders were everywhere, and random. While I found that this technique made the plot a little slow to gather itself together and get underway, and the clues as to what the protagonists were actually planning were rare to the point where I as the reader had no real understanding of why the characters were doing what they were doing, I did find that this book explored a fresh and interesting line of thought on this territory.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Amazing novella. Story could come under a few genres. Horror. Suspense. Thriller. Sci fi. . I have to have a book grip me in the first few paragraphs. This certainly did. Full review at http://www.acreativelife.co.uk. Definitely a book to get. Excellent read

  25. Rated 1 out of 5

    Katie Carson

    I was given a copy of No Rest for the Wicked by the author, Dane Cobain, in exchange for an honest review.

    No Rest for the Wicked is a horror/fantasy novel centering around creatures of light that many have dubbed ‘Angels,’ who wander the earth and punish those they deem sinful. Caught up in the mess is Father Montgomery, a weathered priest, and his son, Robert Jones, who has no idea his oldest friend is also his father. The story is told through many points of view, and often incorporates newspapers, articles, and television broadcasts to show the range and scope of the angels’ invasion.

    The author does an excellent job of building tension, partly through the varied points of view used. The angels do an excellent job of being a foreboding monster who, while claiming to be working for the eradication of evil, are obviously only seeking their own satisfaction. Through random murders, tension builds. What are these things? Where did they come from?

    The author also has a pleasant flow to his writing. The descriptions are vivid and each scene moves with a steady pace. It was just descriptive enough to give me a taste of the setting without slowing the reader down with too many flowery prose. The book also managed to hook me in quite well, and starting off with the ‘creatures’ killing definitely caught my attention.

    While the tension starts fast and mounts steadily, I found there was little payoff to the tension. Instead of giving the reader some relief from mounting tension with action from the main characters, the book focuses mostly on mounting tension by killing previously unmentioned characters. We’re introduced to randoms who are then killed, which did succeed in building tension, but after the fifth or sixth scene without any sort of action or payoff, the scenes had lost effect.

    The characters were another place where I had an issue. So many POV characters was pretty disorienting, especially when those characters never returned or were killed off in the scene they were introduced. I wish the story had been nailed down to the points of views of the main characters and their experience. While the articles and side murders added depth, there were too many and thus became ineffective and took away from the main conflict. The characters themselves, from Montgomery to Robert, felt horribly flat and without much motivation. Montgomery’s backstory was the most interesting part of their characters, and even then his love affair was flat and at times didn’t make sense. The biggest emotional reveal of the book—Robert discovering his parentage—was reduced to one sentence, which made me feel cheated of the payoff.

    Finally, the climax, in my opinion, fell very short. After such a buildup with murders and people panicking across the globe, it all felt resolved too easily. It also felt like a solution that could have been applied way earlier, and thus saved many more people in the process. Partly because of that, I felt incredibly unfulfilled as a reader.

    All in all, 1/5 stars. This book reads like an action movie without any of the action.

  26. Rated 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.*

    Overall, this was a great read for me and I can’t say I have too many major complaints. I loved that, rather than being about a specific character going through something, this was more about the feelings and thoughts surrounding an ordeal that affected many people. There was the added bonus of being able to see the story unfold through a number of those eyes, from each angle vital to the progression of the plot. From what I understood, even the smaller stories had some sort of connection with the main story, although I did feel that a couple of them weren’t completely wrapped up at the end. It isn’t a story with a lot of emotional character development or depth (which I wouldn’t have minded reading); the focus here is the effect of the Angels on society and the people they’re choosing to exterminate.

    For someone who grew up in a religious household like myself, the obvious religious conflict was a real treat to explore, even though this book didn’t really have the typical religious content. How does one reconcile the typical idea of an angel with these villainous beings? Angels who consume the sins of mortals for sustenance is such an intriguing concept to me and this book explored that in a way that didn’t make it sound campy; it came off as a supernatural apocalypse of sorts to me and I liked that a lot. This wasn’t a very fast-paced book for me; it took awhile to get moving for me but once it did I was interested to see how things would end up. The ending felt a little rushed for me, but for the most part the story was wrapped up nicely.

    If you don’t often read supernatural horror and don’t do gore very well, then No Rest for the Wicked is not for you. The content is quite graphic and there’s more than a little of folks emptying the contents of their stomachs. lol I don’t typically do gore because I’m not about that life (I’ve got a weak stomach LOL), but the scenes with it thankfully don’t last too long.

    If you’re into supernatural books with a religious base, something that sounds like a feasible fate if you’re into religion and the concept of punishment from a higher power–or other sources–then check out No Rest for the Wicked. It’s a slow burn with a few twists and turns that increase the impact of the climax, is brought to life through a writing style that is simple but flows well, and you won’t want to put it down.

  27. Rated 2 out of 5

    Christine Staszko

    End of days type stories are definitely one of my favorite sub genres, but when I saw this book was about how angels try to destroy mankind in the name of righteousness I was very excited. I had never seen a book use something we associate as purely good, especially something biblical, and turn it into something we fear. And luckily this concept Cobain created seems very logical. Angels would be against sinners so who better than to take out said sinners? It’s also pretty easy to make the argument every human is a sinner or has sinned sometime in their lives, no matter how innocently, which would leave every person on earth in peril.

    While I was on board with the concept, the book itself left much to be desired. The chapters jump back and forth between the points of view of different people who are experiencing the Angels and will sometimes focus on the priest and the businessman’s storyline. I’ve never been a fan of this method of storytelling; it reminded me a lot of World War Z and why I didn’t latch on more to the story. When I’m tossed around between characters too much I’m not able to feel grounded in the story or build a relationship and understanding with a character unless we’re talking Game of Thrones where each character’s chapter is fairly long. My biggest issue with the book, though, was that there just was not enough. Enough of what you ask? Everything! I didn’t feel that we got a lot of description or background about the characters, which is probably due to what I just mentioned above. I also would have liked more background on the Angels and their whole mythology. The book went by way too quickly in terms of our exposure to the Angels, the human characters, and how the solution to fighting them (which I thought was a bit weak and anticlimactic) was mapped out.

    After reading the description of the book and receiving it in the mail I was expecting a thrilling, supernatural read that would really stand out against the other books I’d read like it. However, everything felt too vague and I wanted more to the story and our villains. The author shows promise with how creative his concept is but he needed to take me deeper into the story and his world in order for me to really feel shaken by the book.

    *I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.

  28. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ailyn Koay

    The cover hints of a lot of things, death and something hidden somewhere. That my feeling when I look at it. No Rest For the Wicked was given to me by the author, after I have requested it from Bloggers Required.

    The start was a little slow, the story flips between random beings, seeing them being taunted and killed by unknown beings that speak as one. It finally settles on Robert Jones, Father Montgomery and the bunch of things people call Angels.

    Except these Angels are not nice and cherubic, they seem to love setting people on fire. Without a proper answer, society starts to break down. People demand answers, afraid that they might be next. Faith to religion is at all time low, and it seemed to fuel the unknown beings even more.

    There is an attempt to tie in science and fiction, but the mystery is not truly solvable, and even solving it might not give solace to anyone who cares. The Angels have to be stopped, the faith in God will be sorely tested. Both Robert and Father Montgomery were somehow made into the list of protagonist that will see them facing off the Angels.

    It might sound biblical, because it was a Church priest that is involved, but it is not. Not much quotes from the bible, nor the chosen one is particular in love with quoting psalms overly much. The pace has good amount of quick and slow, it made the book easier enjoy.

    Plot is solid, mainly when it involves the Angels, side plots were not particularly interesting, but it serves to breakup some monotony of the Angel’s killing spree. While I am not a fan of burning flesh, I did like trying to figure out the main reason behind the actions.

    How it ended was acceptable. It did not really go out with a bang, nothing really heroic like killing off the Angels with some science fiction invention. Instead, I was surprised, pleasantly so. How Dane used one of the unique points of being human to defeat those weird beings is a nice touch.

    Point goes to humans! Yay!

    Since the whole story is unique, I do recommend that only adults read this, as it is quite a graphic and violent story. The story probably aims at people who dislike stereotypes and God, or those who like a good thriller.

  29. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kerstin (Whispering Stories)

    This book is about Angels. But don’t jump to the wrong conclusion! Angels don’t have to be good-natured, do they?

    Dane Cobain is telling us a story about mysterious disappearances all over the world and rumours that Angels are responsible for them by picking out the sinners. Media and Newspapers are spreading the word about the disappearances and murders and panic is about to rise among the world population.

    Is it a coincidence that just at the same time CERN, the European Organisation of Nuclear Research – who searches for the “God” particle – happens to test its new Large Hadron Collider which was designed to offer insights into the creation of the universe? Does the LHC even lead to the destruction of mankind?

    Honestly, this is my first book review and I am so relieved! I am a lucky girl to have had the chance to write my first review about such a gripping story. It took me only one day to finish it and I really enjoyed reading it.

    The story is told from different angles, there is no specific protagonist or point of view, but this works in favour of an easy read as same as short chapters and the fluent writing style.

    The main character is Father Montgomery, a priest in Scotland, who has to cope with secrets of his own. He is an old man and as lots of old priests he is wise and a decent fellow. Montgomery is a good friend of Robert Jones who is struggling with his existence in this world, and who relies on the helpful advice’s of Father Montgomery.

    I prefer short chapters, but at some point the story would have given more material to go deeper and I had the feeling the main character, Father Montgomery, had more to tell and was somehow left out.

    However, the plot has interesting aspects, it is a gripping read and perfect for people who appreciate an apocalyptic thriller with sympathetic characters. The book is not that big, so I think it would be a perfect entertainment on vacation at the beach.

    This book of Dane Cobain gives you the pleasant feeling a good story leaves behind, and I am curious now to read more of this author.

  30. Rated 4 out of 5

    David Savidge

    No Rest for the Wicked by Dane Cobain is a supernatural novella about good and evil, albeit in a different form than readers would be used to.

    Father Montgomery is a priest in his 60’s and has a secret past and when over 100,000 people worldwide disappear this is recorded this is put down as the work of the mysterious “Angels” and Montgomery, with the help of his friend and businessman Jones, has to do everything he can to protect his parish and the world.

    The Angels are beings of light and in their words “exist to purge the universe of unworthy lifeforms”. Ultimately they murder anybody they deem as a sinner leaving behind a pile of ash or a badly burned body.

    Montgomery is forced into a final showdown with these creatures and has to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the world.

    Overall No Rest for the Wicked is a great short read. It is based on the supernatural, horror and sci-fi and its short chapters make it very fast to get through.

    While everybody knows Angels to be good, kind and considerate the Angels featured in this story are basically evil, they seek out the worst in everybody and as Angels feel the need to punish for the sins while feeding off confessions of their victims. They believe they are doing good for the world.

    The chapters go back and forth from different times so you have to make sure you take note of the date in the chapter heading so not to get confused. This is used to develop the back story for the different chapters, building their relationships with each other and is done very well.

    Overall it was a very enjoyable short story that was well-written, compelling and very different from your standard good versus evil or angels stories. My only criticism, if I had to find something, would be that I found it too short and could possibly be expanded into a full novel (maybe building up the characters more and adding more detail about the Angels themselves).

    Definitely worth a read.

  31. Rated 3 out of 5

    Kaitlyn King

    his week I was lucky and got a nice short book to read, which means I had time to start reading next weeks book early. The author was kind enough to send me a copy to read.
    Like I mentioned before I could tell by looking at the page count that it would be a quick and easy read. Depending on the quality of writing in the book this could be a good or a bad thing. Luckily for me the writing was done well so the book flew by in the blink of an eye.
    Let me tell you a bit about the story:

    In this world there are many sinners and many who don’t believe in the Lord. For these people there is no greater threat than when the Angels come to Earth, unleashed by a group of scientists looking to prove that God doesn’t exist.
    But the Angels will never be satisfied until they had wiped out every soul who has ever sinned, whether they be good people or bad. It seems there is no one who can stand up to this force who come during the night and leave nothing but a burned corpse.
    There are still people who are willing to stand up to the Angels despite their past. A Priest at a small church and his young friend John are willing to put everything on the line if only to stop the deadly trials.
    Secret relationships will be revealed, ancient sins will be punished, and people will need to learn what it means to be judged by a force greater than God.

    At first I found it hard to keep up with what was happening in the book. The chapters skip around from different points in time. And when the chapters return to the the right time again it is from another persons point of view.
    But by the time you get halfway through the book you start to understand why it is important to learn the other stories and how they apply to the overall story. After I got used to it I enjoyed the story a lot more.
    Plot: B
    Setting: B-
    Pace: B
    Characters: B+
    Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

  32. Rated 4 out of 5

    Catalina

    This book was provided to me in return for an honest review, so without trying to spoil it, I will tell you exactly what I thought of this book.

    First of all, it’s a short and enjoyable book- there’s no unnecessary pages and the story continues at an even pace. This is the kind of book that a busy person can read and enjoy themselves without spending too much time and especially as a medical student, I thought that was a plus point in itself. The concepts presented were also explained in simple terms and I did not find the need to re-read chapters and passages except to find my place after taking a break.

    If I was to talk about the plot, I’d say it was a unique and interesting plot. I always enjoy science fiction and the added shade of religion made it much more captivating. The additional content presented in the form of articles gave the novel a bit of a journal feel coupled with the occasional flashback chapters. Everything that seemed unrelated ended up falling into place right before the finale, which in itself was not as climatic as I thought it would be but made a lot of sense in hindsight.

    All in all, this book was a pleasant read. Despite seeming like a horror novel at the start, I felt that it discussed controversies and the science religion clash more than any actual sort of violence. It was a novel story and if you are the kind of person looking for a short but entertaining book to read that contains mystery, science with a twist of religion and what it is to be human, then this is the book for you.

  33. Rated 3 out of 5

    The Cosy Dragon

    This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

    Naked and androgynous Angels have begun to exact vengeance on all those who have sinned. But who says they are from the Lord? As more and more people are killed, and more Angels appear, it is up to a priest and his illegitimate son to sort out the mystery and save mankind.

    After loving former.ly by Cobain, I was hoping for another fantastic first person forey into a world where physics might have created Angels that are anything but! Sadly, this novel did not meet my expectations.

    Despite the blurb promising me a secretive elderly priest that is the only one who can stop the invasion, I was faced with a range of other experiences of others facing the Angels. Despite Jones and Father Montgomery’s perspectives popping up more often than the others, I wasn’t satisfied with the flow of the novel or the character development.

    The author also sent me a book of poems (Eyes like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home) but I’m not sure I am going to touch those. Poetry doesn’t float my boat, but this author has so much to offer I might try one or two of them.

    For me, this novel didn’t work because all the conflicting perspectives drove me up the wall. For someone else, this might be a nifty novel to get you thinking about science and faith, and how the two might interact. 3 stars from me.

  34. Rated 4 out of 5

    Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)

    At a mere 124 pages, No Rest for the Wicked packs a hefty punch! This supernatural novella follows Father Montgomery as he seeks to uncover the truth behind the strange occurrence of Angels who have arrived to pass judgement, leaving a trail of death in their wake like a pandemic of epic proportions.

    This entire concept has a serious creep factor happening on multiple levels. People are dying. No one truly understands what the Angels are or how they came to be. Can they even be stopped? Are they really Angels? The only thing that seems to be certain is that once you see them, your number is up. They feed on your sins, leaving only your ashes behind. You receive a brilliant combination casting an evil light on something known to be “good” and pairing it the uncertain. It works incredibly well.

    The characters are evolved just enough to add additional mystery, yet feel viable. The timeline and narration are fluid, keeping with the quick pace of this story and creating a “one sit” read that is engaging from the very beginning. With a perfect mixture of science fiction and supernatural elements, No Rest for the Wicked brings a lot to the table in so few pages. I would love to see this story expanded on, as I was disappointed not with the conclusion but that it was over.

    Full post can be found here.

  35. Rated 2 out of 5

    Amber Garabrandt

    *Minor spoiler alert* I received a copy of this book from eBook Discovery in exchange for my honest review. To begin, No Rest for the Wicked is the first of Dane Cobain’s books that I have read. The world is being attacked by androgynous angels that feed off of fear and sin. To protect someone he cares about, Father Montgomery being to track down the origin of these angels, and attack.
    While each chapter was in itself riveting, I found the first half disjointed and frankly disappointing. Several times, I wanted to put the book down and explain in the survey that I simply couldn’t stand to read anymore as the author was either high or had severe ADHD. For example: chapters one and two take place very close together (11-11-2009, and 1-1-2010); whereas we go back to November for chapter three. Then we skip blithely back and forth through a couple years and wind up in 1962 by chapter eight. If you stick with the book, the second half runs smoothly- beautifully in fact. I was riveted by the end of the story; I just wish the beginning had been more fluid. That said, at this point in time I am unsure if I will be picking up this author again.
    This book is out now, check it out.
    On the adult content scale I give it a three- while claiming to be a mystery that the antagonists thrive on sin I found it to be very tame. There is obviously mild language, sexual content and violence.

  36. Rated 4 out of 5

    Rosie Amber

    No Rest For The Wicked is a short read at just 127 pages. A mystery / thriller this book pulls together religion and science.

    With chapters jumping back and forth between 1962, 2008 and 2009 the book first introduces the reader to Angels acting as judges purging the Universe of unworthy life-forms. Fear spreads the world and many turn to religion for support, but everyone is guessing as to where these Angels come from.

    At the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, an experiment began in 2008 searching for the Higgs Boson particle, believed to hold the answers as to how the universe was created. With black holes and particles drawn to and from them, it takes a priest called Montgomery to put across a theory about the Angels. A secret meeting with one of the top people at CERN confirms the existence of DAEMONS – Dark electrical matter objects.

    As the Angels draw closer their strength coming from the people’s fears, what scientific humans had a hand in creating a religious human has a hand in destroying.

    This book draws to mind a mix of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, and The Exorcist, for me the part played by the child Angelica Andrew’s didn’t quite fit with the rest of the Angels’ methods. However readers who enjoy a quick thriller style story, should enjoy this book.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melanie Adkins

    The year is 2009 and people all over the world are dying. No one is sure why, but the numbers of the dead grows everyday. Many have theories about what’s happening but there is no proof. Father Montgomery begins his own investigation when his parishioners become part of this nightmare. What he finds will shock you. Be ready.

    Once you begin to read this book, you think you know what’s happening. The thing is, it’s something totally different. I know that sounds confusing, but it’s not really. Wild and fascinating, this is one book you won’t want to put down. The writing is superb and the characters could be your own neighbors. The author reaches right down into your soul with this book. He will make you question many things around you. I know this book will be talked about for a long time to come. It’s that intense. Get one today!

    I didn’t find any issues with this one.

    I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it will shake you to the core. ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~

  38. Rated 3 out of 5

    Istiningdyah

    I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
    I don’t think I’ve read any book about angels, ever. That doesn’t mean that I’m not interested in books about angels though. I do. So when the author offered me to review this book, I was excited to read it.
    No Rest for the Wicked is about Father Montgomery, a priest, who investigates a series of attacks by creatures that called themselves The Angels. He has help from Jones, a businessman who’s a close friend of his. They are trying to figure out who The Angels are and how to stop them from annihilating human races. It might sound exaggerated but from what I read, these creatures are like on a mission. It almost feels like an apocalypse. Their numbers are growing and more people go missing because of them. That’s just how scary the story is.

  39. Rated 4 out of 5

    Oli Jacobs

    An excellent apocalyptic horror that combines religion & science in one fell swoop, No Rest for the Wicked is a swift, engrossing tale by Dane Cobain that uses real-world influences and strong characters to provide us with a tale of Angels who operate with more brimstone than harps. Using a nice mix of chapter styles & viewpoints to keep things interesting, the story maintains a steady pace of thrills, chills, and mediations on sin, love, and how far humanity should delve into the Universe’s secrets. My only gripe would be that one of the subplots feels derivative and could have been used to add more to the story in other places. But that is a minor bump in an otherwise wonderfully written and thrilling road. If you like your horror with a slice of theology & a dash of scientific theory, then this one is for you.

  40. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ashley Tomlinson

    Wow, I was not expecting this when I picked this book up, at all. I read the cover “These angels aren’t so sweet” but damn I did not expect that. I have to say that I have now become a fan of Dane Cobain because this book was great.

    It only took me a few hours to read this thrilling book because I could not put it down. I had to know what Father Montgomery was going to do next and what was gong to happen next. It was a short read which with this book I didn’t like because I wanted more. There were times when I wanted a scene to go deeper into what was happening. I really liked Father Montgomery’s character a lot. I felt like he was needed in this apocalyptic world and I hope he’ll be in ours.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes a dark, thrilling, end of the world type book. That has angels as the bad guys instead of being the good guy.

  41. Rated 3 out of 5

    Heidi Gonzales

    This was an interesting book, unlike anything else I’ve read. Angels are not “good” they feed off the fear and anger of humans. As these creatures wage a war on the human race two men attempt to find out where they come from and how to stop them.

    CERN is a research facility that is trying to prove or disprove the existence of God. Through science they unleash these creatures on earth. There really isn’t a lot of back story on CERN or why they decided to do this or why they don’t get involved in stopping the Angels which I found to be a huge missing piece.

    Overall this story is unique, the writing is well done and the ending is satisfying if not a bit predictable.

  42. Rated 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    It’s an interesting read but I’d have liked the characters to have greater depth. It seemed almost allegorical, with a life lesson for us all about seeing the world through another man’s eyes before judging him. I like the mixture of paranormal horror and pseudo-scientific reasoning, as well as the way the book throws up unexpected twists and turns along the way, before a majestic and satisfying ending. If you like to read wild cards, that don’t really fit into any specific, defined genre, you won’t be disappointed.

  43. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jo (A British Bookworm)

    This isn’t a long book. It didn’t need to be. It is a cleverly written, compact story of how love and faith can overcome hate and intolerance.

    The plot line plays on the conflicts between science and religion and sprinkles just enough fact into the mix to add a sense of underlying realism.

    The timeline darts back and forth between different time periods and characters, with an incremental reveal of relevant information, which I felt helped to build the suspense.

    Overall, a tasty, spooky morsel for Halloween.

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  44. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kety

    An intense story with a lot of feedback in several years.
    The story is centered on a priest and angels awakened by experiments at CERN.
    qeuste entities are not good, polite but survive on the sins committed by the people who are found guilty assasinate.
    Only the understanding of this priest for humanity and these entities will allow humanity to save itself.
    In conclusion it is a beautiful book with a plot that involves you although a little raw in the scenes involving these angels.
    I received this book from eBook Discovery in exchange for an honest review.

  45. Rated 4 out of 5

    Spunky N Sassy

    SNSBAH Rating: 4.0

    ~~~~~~~~~~Dee’s ★★★★ Review~~~~~~~~~~

    Bizarre mystery, fascinating conclusion. So called Angels appear, feeding on the sins of mortals, judging and destroying the individual. Where did they come from? What is there purpose? How can they be stopped? The plot is a little choppy at first, a struggle to get a handle on what is going on. But once all the major pieces are in place, the suspenseful, thrilling ride begins. Mystery fans will enjoy answering all the questions, solving the puzzle.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Teri

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I was floored by this book. It started a little slow and random and made me not want to put it down. I just had to keep turning the page (okay e-book) to see what happened next. Angels killing people because of their sin??!! Unheard of right?!?! Wrong!! These aren’t the Angels of the bible or are they? A great read that will stretch what you think you know about Angels.

  47. Rated 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    I received a complimentary copy of this book.

    I found it to be mostly repeating and going in circles, with an ending that was final. It did not have any mystery or suspense or really any thrilling points. Obviously this is not for youth or younger. It does put a spin and adds a fresh take on angels. I think the author writes for himself and just shares it with the world which is very bold.

  48. Rated 4 out of 5

    Dana Leipold

    This was a pretty quick read for me because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The writing was also lovely. The author knows how to use imagery to really suck you in to a scene. I felt like the plot could have gone deeper, like the author was hurrying to get the story wrapped up. I really enjoyed the creepy aspects rolled into religious dogma and imagery however.

  49. Rated 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    A paranormal with science fiction elements that fits perfectly for this time of the year between Halloween and Christmas. Tired of the end of the world scenarios with zombies? This novella will fit the bill.

  50. Rated 3 out of 5

    Alex Lyster (Obsessive Book Nerd)

    **I was given this book in exchange for an honest review**

    The book was an interesting take on angels. It isn’t extremely long, but with the jumping timeline, it was a little difficult to follow.

    To see more about this book, check out my review on ObsessiveBookNerd.com

  51. Rated 4 out of 5

    Diane Perry

    I received this book from eBook Discovery in exchange for an honest review. This is a short book that packs a punch. A mix of thriller, sci-fi, horror and religion with incredible writing and strong characters. It is part of a series, but you can read it on its own. Very interesting read.

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chrissy Dyer

    Dane Cobain gives us a wonderful novella about Angels. Makes you think if there are Angels that are good and bad

  53. Rated 3 out of 5

    Karen O.

    This book introduces you to Father Montgomery and Jones. As people start vanishing and sightings of angels occur, they start searching for answers.

    With No Rest for the Wicked, Dane Cobain has created a quite different dark fantasy story. It is a suspenseful read, combining several plot lines in 2008-2009 and in 1962. Father Montgomery has a past, trying to somehow do the right thing; Robert Jones has to deal with his former wife who wants to keep him from his child. The friends feel the need to solve the issue of the strange angels. Dane Cobain paints a clear picture of Father Montgomery and Robert’s mindsets while the story evolves. I was drawn into the story as an invisible bystander, getting a little closer to the main characters in the end. The other characters are rather one-dimensional; this does not hurt the story as it is novella-length and mainly concentrates on Father Montgomery and Robert Jones. The story has a good flow.

    This is a book for you if you like novella-length horror stories and a quite unusual plot.

    Would I read it again? – Yes.

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charlie Ferguson

    I went into reading this book with no expectations and an open mind. I was thankful for going in and approaching this book that way because it really made everything so much more unexpected and exciting.

    The story kicks off really early on in the book and progressed at a quick and very exciting pace. NRFTW passed between point of views between the main character and those play a short amount of time in the story. I believe the mix of point of view really helps bring the story together as without the changes between POV’s would have made the whole story confusing.

    You’d believe that the angels come to help you, guard and guide you, but here in the land of Dane Cobain you could not be any further from that. In NRFTW the Angels come for one purpose, to cleanse the earth of those who have sinned. They do not lead you away up the long winding stairs, they reach you burning each and every piece of you until nothing is left except for a pyramid of ash.

    They are made of light, released by a new scientific advancement which I loved, it helped the story feel more realistic as the story wasn’t just, the angels came did what they needed and left, no it doesn’t go that way which it lovely.

    No Rest For The Wicked did exactly what it needed to do, you open the book the story kicks in reaches its end, done. You would think that as a small book you wouldn’t be able to do that well but Dane can and does, even if you’re a busy person, this book respects that.

    I love the work Dane creates and that alone earns this book a 5/5 but here the rating also comes from the book contents itself, its face paced and understandable, a little too graphic for some and even has a twist near the end which wraps the story up really nicely.

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    Willow

    It was a short book but very well written.It was a good read. Did not put it down until I finished it

  56. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazon Customer

    A really good read, awesome!

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sara Desiderio

    I usually understand If I will love the book or not from the first lines. As I started to read this one, it captured my attention and I started to read it in one breath: short and concise, it immediately throws you into the heart of the story thank to the continuous flux of past and present situations. That makes your read the story with bated breath.

    The descriptions are detailed but essential and they make the whole surreal situation seem to be almost real. I love the vision of Angels like evil creatures because I have never considered that idea so it shocked me in a positive way. Their intent is to do justice for the sins of men, killing them. Religion and scince visions are mixed and in contrast as usual even if their are closer than it seems. A constant struggle between good and evil which is not far from our reality and that makes the story even more exciting!!

    The mistery on how to fight the Angels is still alive until the las line of the book, then you have just to read it to find out if Evil will be destroyed!!

  58. Rated 4 out of 5

    Aqsa

    Awesome.

  59. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazon Customer

    I bought this book for something to read on holiday, not really knowing what to expect and was very pleased with it. I’ve read quite a few supernatural thrillers (Stephen King et al) and love the Supernatural tv show, so was delighted to read this clash between good verus evil and science versus religion. The different strands of the tale, seemling so apart and then interwoven to the final climax was hugely enjoyable. I read through the book in a couple of sessions, reluctant to put it down. Some parts were cliche (and at one particular scene somewhat comically so), yet there was genuinely new ground covered and an interesting take on the popular subject matter… again the theme of polar opposites colliding, perhaps? Anyway, I recommend you buy it, enjoy it and anticipate this burgeoning author’s next offering. I can hardly wait.

  60. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julia Suzuki

    A great read.

  61. Rated 5 out of 5

    Miss S E Topley

    I bought this after it was recommended by a friend. It’s a brilliant read – dark, scary, disturbing and thought provoking. The effortless style of writing is really easy to read but full of flavour and just the right level of description. In fact, this makes the subject matter all the more chilling as it’s done so naturally, not in an over-the-top hammer horror way.

    I’m intrigued to read more from Mr Cobain…

  62. Rated 4 out of 5

    Laura Sexton

    I was fortunate enough to receive my first ever book to review on A Little Bit Of Laura the other day which in itself is an achievement for me. I could have asked for the book as a kindle copy however I wanted to take photos of the book so you all could have a look at it, and so the lovely author Dane Cobain sent me a paper back copy.

    Now the first thing I can say about this book is the cover. It has a very eerie design, with tombstones and blood like splatters but in an abstract pattern that doesn’t reveal too much about the story inside. I had read the blurb before receiving the book and I was thrilled because it sounded right up my street. As a writer myself I am constantly learning from books about genre and themes and styles. I personally love reading and writing thrillers and horrors and this book seemed like the perfect match. It also screamed ‘Supernatural’ at me when first reading if any of you have ever watched it.

    Another thing to point out is that the book is a great length. I may only be a student, but students get busy too and I for one do not have enough time on my hands to read a book that could be used as a door stop. This book is about 130 pages long (give or take) which, if you’re a keen reader, could take you less than a day to read easily. If you’re like me and like to take your time then it is great to split up over several days. The chapters are extremely short which to me is great because you feel accomplished after each one passes, it also keeps you on edge, keen to read on.

    The plot follows several characters of whom all link to each other as the book continues. Father Montgomery is one of our main characters and is a priest who has escaped his past. We go back and forth between present day and past to witness his secrets. However the main theme of this book is angels. That’s right. Now you may expect that this means the book is really religious but it by no means is. These angels are ‘androgynous’ and are punishing people for their sins. Gradually the world starts to notice that these angel appearances are causing many people to disappear. Our main characters must discover the truth behind it.

    As the tension in the book built, I was excited to see where it would go and how the angels would be defeated. Of course we tend to think of angels as being good however there is something quite evil about these ones and it makes for a great story with an interesting twist. Great writing, and great plots- what more could you ask for?

    Without giving away the ending, I enjoyed this book very much. I’ve never really read anything quite like this and so stylistically it was a new experience. I loved that it was easy to read and quite a short book, because it made it all the more relaxing to read. Sometimes if you have a book that weighs more than yourself, all you can think about is ‘How am I going to get through this?’. But this was fantastic because I could read a bit each night and not have too much pressure to rush through it.

    A great story from Dane Cobain, something I would reccommend, especially for anyone looking for a book to read in a short period of time- perhaps a holiday read? Thank you to Dane Cobain for sending me this book, I will be passing it on to my brother and friend next, as I think they will enjoy it as much as I did.

    Originally published on http://alittlebitoflaurablog.blogspot.co.uk/

  63. Rated 4 out of 5

    AllGeekThings

    Angels are jealous douches with daddy issues, at least that’s what I learned from TVs Supernatural series and films like Fallen. But in No Rest for the Wicked, angels are something else. Hell bent on punishing humans for their sins, these angels are like the Borg, you can’t reason with them.

    No Rest for the Wicked is a satisfying read. The chapters are short and the story is well paced. There are several flashbacks that reveal Father Montgomery’s secret so you need to keep an eye on chapter titles. The discovery of where the Angels came from is an intriguing twist that had me thinking ‘what if?’ I won’t spoil you as to the origins of the Angels but give it a read and I’m sure you’ll be pondering too.

    This book was provided to me free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review. However the opinions expressed in this review are independent and my own.

  64. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laura Lawson

    The chapters are really short and change between different people and different times. It took me a little while to get into reading it like this but half way through I couldn’t put it down.

    The book is mainly about two characters, but we visit other people as the angels (not as you’d expect angels to be) try to wipe out everyone who has sinned.

    There is a twist in the book I didn’t see coming, and the ending.. although resolved left me feeling a little sad. I don’t want to spoil anything but If you’re looking for a great supernatural read this book is definitely worth a read. I just wish the book was slightly longer.

  65. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aneta

    The chapters are really short and change between different people and different times. It took me a little while to get into reading it like this but half way through I couldn’t put it down.

    The book is mainly about two characters, but we visit other people as the angels (not as you’d expect angels to be) try to wipe out everyone who has sinned.

    There is a twist in the book I didn’t see coming, and the ending.. although resolved left me feeling a little sad. I don’t want to spoil anything but If you’re looking for a great supernatural read this book is definitely worth a read. I just wish the book was slightly longer.

  66. Rated 4 out of 5

    Nick Reffin

    No Rest for the Wicked is definitely a good read, well written with a good premise and main arc, as well as interesting flashbacks glimpsing into the main characters past. Cobain builds mystery and suspense well, however the characters could certainly have been developed further and the science was a little wobbly but in a charming pulp sci-fi kind of a way, that I can happily go along with.

  67. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amy Da Silva

    Great book!! I read it on holiday and couldn’t put it down! Read it in one go and enjoyed the plot twist!

  68. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chantal Botha

    Great read if you’re into the Supernatural. I couldn’t put it down and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. This book didn’t disappoint me!

  69. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazon Customer

    I bought this book for something to read on holiday, not really knowing what to expect and was very pleased with it. I’ve read quite a few supernatural thrillers (Stephen King et al) and love the Supernatural tv show, so was delighted to read this clash between good verus evil and science versus religion. The different strands of the tale, seemling so apart and then interwoven to the final climax was hugely enjoyable. I read through the book in a couple of sessions, reluctant to put it down. Some parts were cliche (and at one particular scene somewhat comically so), yet there was genuinely new ground covered and an interesting take on the popular subject matter… again the theme of polar opposites colliding, perhaps? Anyway, I recommend you buy it, enjoy it and anticipate this burgeoning author’s next offering. I can hardly wait.

  70. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mike Bygrave

    A first novel by this young author linking elements of sci-fi and horror – well written with a storyline spanning 50 years and picking up on the concerns that modern science will one day take a step to far – worth a read

  71. Rated 1 out of 5

    Sky Light

    Surprisingly, as the book is far too short, It lost itself in contrived complication that soon puts one off! Supernatural theme authors need to have special writing abilities that sadly is glaringly lacking here!

  72. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Israel Jarvis

    No Rest for the Wicked was a bit like trying a new fairground ride for me. I went into it doubtful, to be honest, not due to any presupposition about the author, but because I’ve not enjoyed my forays into supernatural thrillers/horror before. The premise is a touch B-movie (not that this is necessarily a bad thing) with the use of a supernatural force in the form of angels—but not as you know them. These threatening figures are partly rooted in religion and partly in science, which is a wonderful balancing act and helps to lend the book a sense of ambiguity, and it’s uncertainty that kept me off balance as I read. The encounters are suitably grisly, the sense of threat is near-constant, with that classic dread that comes from Cobain having an unstoppable, implacable monster in his employ. It’s a personified threat, to an extent, but it’s nonetheless uniform and total in its effect on the world.

    I found the sub-plotting of the principal characters to be useful but somewhat underdeveloped, by which I mean that the human, personal story functions well mechanically—it’s vital for the plot and contains a well-used but very satisfying twist—but I do feel that the drama and the depth in the relationships could have been built far higher. This probably would have added a good third to the length of the book though, so I can understand why this might have been sacrificed for the sake of pacing.

    Without giving anything away, the denouement is delivered very capably, in a manner that I couldn’t predict, somehow fulfilling the character arcs well while still making sense in the world of the story, rounding off the author’s exploration of the themes of morality in a way that echoes the theological dichotomy of law and grace—though I’m nearly certain that this is my perspective rather than an intended reference.

    In all, the book manages to be respectful of religion, which can’t help but be a major element of the story, whilst also being critical and subversive with its ideas. I recommend that you satisfy your curiosity if this book has taken your interest.

  73. Rated 5 out of 5

    Megha

    It is definitely one of the best books I have read in a long time. If you love super natural thriller books then this is for you. Dane Cobain has depicted the Angels on totally different way. It is indeed a unique book in itself. Full stars from me and highly recommended!!!

  74. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joanne Chase

    Supernatural stories are not my usual genre, partly because in my experience, it’s an easy “out” for the author to make anything possible without explanation. Not so for this novella, I enjoyed the story very much, particularly the exploration of the relationship between science and religion. The ending was very well done, The author pulled it together very well. Well written and good work!

  75. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lane

    I received a copy of this book from eBook Discovery in exchange for my honest review.”
    I found the jumping back and forward through time a bit confusing at first but soon got the hang of it. Reminiscent of a Doctor Who story line and villain. Was disappointed that the real evil and the real cause weren’t revealed to the wider populous. Loved the concept, the religious parallels and the frailty of humanity. Love that the flawed guy ends up the hero but not that it goes unknown

  76. Rated 4 out of 5

    Betababe

    Overall, I found “No Rest for the Wicked” to be a delightful book, a bit out of my normal reading stream but not uncomfortably so. This is one of those tales told in segments, where you really have to pay close attention to the dates to know where and when you are. I tend to think the confusion arising from this technique may have overcome the flow of the story a bit too much. For the longer back flashbacks, it made sense, but bouncing a month back and forth was just confusing to me, and slowed me down. And I didn’t want to be slowed down because I was really enjoying the story. I actually read through it fairly quickly and the pieces came together nicely in a very satisfying ending.

    Because I received a copy of this book from eBook Discovery in exchange for my honest review, I had no especial expectations and other than the blurbs no real knowledge of what genre I would be reading. In many ways this steps out of and combines a number of genres and ends up being a think piece. I highly recommend it.

  77. Rated 4 out of 5

    Dee Archer

    Bizarre mystery, fascinating conclusion. So called Angels appear, feeding on the sins of mortals, judging and destroying the individual. Where did they come from? What is there purpose? How can they be stopped? The plot is a little choppy at first, a struggle to get a handle on what is going on. But once all the major pieces are in place, the suspenseful, thrilling ride begins. Mystery fans will enjoy answering all the questions, solving the puzzle. Four stars.

  78. Rated 4 out of 5

    GMR

    The story itself is curious and twisted. We have Angels that aren’t quite as angelic as we’ve come to believe, people with hidden pasts that you would never suspect anything off-color of disappearing in VERY unusual (and painful!) ways, and the end of the world being a much more ACTUAL TIME than some distant perchance happening. Yeah…like I said, TWISTED, but in an entirely GOOD way. Well, not good like good, but good like interesting. Follow me? GOOD! (^-^) Have you really ever given consideration what the “end times” would be like? Probably not outside of your Sunday sermons, but this one brings it front and center. Some say the next time around, the world ends by fire…not my chosen way to go (I’m thinking in my sleep with no foreknowledge of it going to happen nor pain in the process of), but it might be preferable to what these so called Angels are bringing. I’m telling you, they’re asking, nay demanding a soul to justify its life…CREEPY…and how are you really suppose to answer that? IS there a correct answer because their word seemed to be pretty final here. *gulp* At least until they meet someone that just might have them figured out…

    Image result for priest collar

    Father Montgomery is an interesting man of the cloth. What’s that? Ah, yes…he IS a priest in fact and being so makes him a man of God. They are able to act as an instrument of Him here on earth, pardoning sins, bringing others into the flock, and spreading his Word. They are without fault…or are they? Everyone has a past…even a Father…some are just worse than others. His indiscretions? Sorry, can’t be the one to reveal them; you’ll have to read the story to gain insight into this noble man. The truth of the matter is though that his past and the path he took following those events are what lead him to be where he is right now and despite it seeming like the utterly WRONG place, it’s exactly where he needs to be…for his own sake and that of the world.

    So many questions and so few answers, but enough of the former are sated to make this a MUST READ for your afternoon reading.

    **review copy received in exchange for my honest review… full post can be seen on my site**

  79. Rated 4 out of 5

    Celticstorm76

    Angles are thought to be these all loving beautiful creatures but what if we are wrong? What harm could they do to humanity? What would humanity do to help themselves, can they help themselves? Well if you want to know I recommend you pick up this book (in whatever format you like to read in). Not only is the story line well done but it’s well written as well. I did not want to put it down and finished it in two days (that’s a big deal for me).

    I enjoyed the way this book was written so much I just got his other book and will start that soon too.

  80. Rated 1 out of 5

    Stephen L. Brayton

    Plot

    People are disappearing and a group of supernatural creatures called Angels are responsible. How do they relate to a super-collider in Switzerland? Or to a young girl who’s personality is changing? Or to a priest trying to cope with a secret from long ago? Will the world survive?

    This book is all over the map and although I thought at first the plot was intriguing, there are a lot of tenuous connections throughout with little explanation.

    Characters

    Robert Jones: drives a BMW, smokes, divorced with a son

    Father Montgomery: priest, dyed graying hair, fit, 60s

    Klaus Boerman: professor/scientist

    A few others. The characters were okay. I didn’t feel close to any of them

    Dialogue

    Fairly okay throughout although the Angels speech is repetitive and hardly scary. There’s some dialogue that I scratched my head at, including a cop who replies something completely out of context to what his partner said.

    Writing

    Titled chapters headed by location.

    One mild profanity (hell) I found.

    Let me discuss the tenuous or distant connections and I’ll try not to play spoiler too much.

    The super-collider was a big problem for me. Supposedly, the Angels were created when the scientists turned this ting on and conducted their experiments. Okay, but the Angels weren’t shown to be from the machine. In addition, there’s a continuity problem because in another scene it’s mentioned by the Angels that they have been around for centuries judging the wickedness of humanity.

    The priest and Jones visit one of the collider scientists but it’s not explained how they knew to do so, how the priest knew the scientist, and nothing really was gained by the meeting.

    The possessed girl was interesting (can you say Linda Blair?) but it wasn’t explained why the Angels chose her or why they should possess anybody in the first place. That part didn’t make sense to me.

    There is an acronym cleverly related to the Angels, but the spelled out phrase doesn’t take into account all of the letters in the acronym.

    This is a short story and that’s also a problem. With a short you have to get in, get the trouble started, get to the action and get a solution. This book spent too much time killing people and not enough time connecting the dots. The subplot with the priest’s secret was fine but it should have played a bigger role in the climax.

    Speaking of: the climax was too cerebral, philosophical, not enough action.

    Scary thrills were low, action low, tension medium-low.

    My rank:

    Orange Belt

  81. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cu’s Reviews

    ***My Paperback was not purchased on Amazon***

    This is the first book by Dane Cobain I’ve had the pleasure of reading. There are no regrets. Mr. Cobain is a very articulate author. I’m not really sure the world is ready for how eloquently he can twist the English language to suit his purposes. While this tale is considered horror, it’s more dark than scary. It’s wonderfully dark though. The story spans over the course of a year (with a few snippets from decades earlier) and weaves a tale to tell your children to scare them into being good little angels. If you’re a lover of religious fiction, this is definitely a book you’ll want to check out. It delves deep into the psyche and will make you question every sin you’ve ever committed.

    I did feel the end of Chapter 25 was a bit rushed though. There was more that needed to be said, or perhaps the scene should have been slowed down. It seemed to me that the father rushed Montgomery out of his home and already knew what the priest was going to say before he said it. The wife had zero reaction to her husband’s suddenly odd behavior, this caught my attention and niggled in my brain throughout the rest of the book. I did spot a minor error on page 13 and feel Mr. Cobain should have that looked at as soon as possible, since it’s the only error in the entire work and one his editor should have spotted easily since it’s in plain sight. There’s a minor loophole on chapter 26 that bothered me a bit too. While Jones acknowledged he watched the same broadcast Montgomery did, he feigns ignorance to the theory Montgomery suggests. That same theory is the one CERN theorized in the broadcast, though Montgomery has it being the reverse. I actually flipped all the way back to chapter 16 and reread it to make sure I was right on this lol. In Mr Cobain’s defense, he did a nice job of trying to cover hole up in the same chapter. Kudos!

    All in all, this is a book I would gladly read again and again, as it strikes me as one I’d find something new within the pages every time I read it. I recommend this book to anyone who loves religious fiction, horror, paranormal, the list really goes on and on. This is a definite must-read for most people I know lol

    I give this book 5 of 5 paws and look forward to seeing what else Dane publishes to tease my mind with.

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