Thanks for Another ***** Review & Progress

Happy Bear is Happy.
The string of five star reviews at Amazon continues unbroken. If you've enjoyed NEW YORK BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD-WINNING Judging Angels (heh, that never gets old) please consider spending a couple of minutes leaving a review at Amazon. (Do it right now, before you forget!) Amazon's voodoo book promotion system requires a certain number of reviews to kick in and Judging Angels is well shy of the mark.

On the other hand, seeing nothing but five-star reviews and kind words does make an author feel warm.


So how is the sequel coming along you ask? (You did. I heard you. You've just forgotten.)

I have felt more like sleeping than writing lately but when I do write I more than make up for my laziness.

I can tell you this much.

First of all, God willing, book two will not be the last. It is not being written as the last, anyway.

It is not going to mix up genres like Judging Angels did. While it will be another thoughtful book for grownups, and will continue the story begun in the first book, and be "of a piece," it is going to be straight urban fantasy. There will be some familiar moral themes and some new ones, but they are not going to be quite as spoon-fed as in the first book.

I was really trying hard to make some sound Catholic points about marriage and other topics in Judging Angels "so that all who run may read." Mission accomplished, as far as I am concerned. I think it would be a poor author who did not learn a few things from his first book. For certain my long-suffering editor will have less work to do.

The as-yet-to-be-titled second book promises to offer more pure entertainment, and much of the action (that's right, action) takes place in a richly realized original fantasy setting that was only glimpsed in Judging Angels.

Expect a lot more of Brian, and Pecksley, and nearly all the characters from the Judging Angels cast (except everyone who got killed - with one or two possible exceptions) along with many new characters I think you'll enjoy meeting:

The feared Commandant of Legio X Rubricatae herself.

Joey Catania, Lieutenant in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and Environmental Health Officer by day ("Yeah, I think you gotta um, radon gas problem, so get outta my way."); two-fisted ex-heavyweight contender by night who acts as "fixer" in connection with the mysterious schemes of an unlikely public official. (Because the unsung heroes of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps provide an inexplicably untapped vein of adventure and intrigue.)

An enthusiastic rookie on her very first mission;

And, oh, remember the hacked up mess somebody left of the Russian Ambassador on the rug in the Oval Office?

Yeah, whoever did that.

And Sandy may get kidnapped again. (If you think that's a spoiler, you should read Judging Angels. Who knows, though? Maybe even little Sandy will add to the plucky Able family's body count this time? Let's hope not. One psychopath is enough for any family.)