My hopes for Redemption
weren't overly high. The previous original Angel novel
(Nancy Holder's Not Forgotten) was rather lacklustre and I found Mel
Odom's Buffy novel Unnatural Selection decidedly average.
However, Redemption is an awful lot better than
I'd expected and one of the more enjoyable TV spin-offs than I've read
recently (which isn't actually saying a lot).
Whitney Tyler is a beautiful actress who plays a vampire
on the hit TV series Dark Midnight. She also just happens to
look exactly like someone Angel thought that both he and Darla had killed in
eighteenth century Ireland.
Whitney's life is in danger because the fact that she
plays a vampire has convinced others that she actually is one, and
the studio's initial attempts at publicity aren't helping matters.
Throw in some related deaths and a dodgy backer for the show, and you've got
someone in need of help.
While Angel's investigation into Whitney's present and
his own past occupy a large part of the book, the other regulars aren't
Doyle combines investigating with trying to retain all
his toes, while Cordelia sees a chance of her big break now that she's
mixing with Hollywood stars, as well as dishing out her own brand of tact
Angel believes that Whitney is one of the innocents that
he's pledged to protect, but others don't share his conviction. And
just what does the Blood Cadre have to do with things?
The book moves along at a good pace and, unlike some of
the flashbacks in previous novels, the ones here are more than just
padding. Not only do they have something to do with the plot, but
there are also interesting in themselves. Definitely one of the better
Pocket Books novels.
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