The Hellearth Saga Book #1

The Last Archangel
The Hellearth Saga #1
Trevor Gates (GoodReads Author)
Self-pub, May 24, 2017, also in paperback
Kindle ed, 736 pages
Genre(s) dystopian adult fantasy, horror
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Other books in this series: The Infernal Descent (not yet available)

Synopsis
The seas run rotten, polluted by the flesh of millions... The skies grow black and the land barren with grief... The dunes of sand stained with the blood of the damned...in the midst of the Apocalyptic War, Hell and its forces have consumed the Earth in an unprecedented chain of events, perpetuated by Mankind's own evil endeavors. Out of the chaos descended Earth's final hope for salvation: The Archangels. Among them is the young knight Adrian Evangelista, destined for glory but fearful of what will come of him in Humanity's most dire time of need. With the legions of Hell swarming the globe, Adrian must decide what sacrifices he will have to make to ensure his survival as he treads through the wastelands of betrayal, pestilence, greed, lust, war, and death. This version includes new cover artwork by Trevor Gates, as well as additional & extended chapters, and a special sneak preview of the second book in the series, THE INFERNAL DESCENT. This is the brutal, definite, uncensored cut of THE LAST ARCHANGEL: BOOK I OF THE HELLEARTH SAGA, the adult Apocalyptic Fantasy series almost too metal for mere mortals.

About the Author:  
From the mind and soul of TREVOR GATES (AKA The infamous Mr. Gates): A roguish cynic, hopeless romantic, passive idealist, grunge monkey, space hippie, classy occultist, greaser casanova, barbaric weaver of words, He-who-rocks-the-kasbah, heavy metal slave, goth in the closet, and lover of the surreal.

My Disclaimer:  I was provided a free copy of this book by the author. I am providing an honest review for which I am receiving no compensation of any kind. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review:  
This book is definitely for those over 18. Actually, I don't think an age limit is the only warning it should have. It should also have a warning for Gratuitous Graphic Sex Gore. At 93% in the book, there is a scene that really isn't necessary. We already understand the guy is sick. This just went too far. So, for those of you who are squeamish, take a pass on this one.

The storyline is good. The whole idea of one last Archangel helping to fight the demons of Hell is awesome. And no trip in the park, either. I understand that. The characters were not as developed as I would have liked. Adrian, of course, is the one who is the most developed. The rest of them were rather two-dimensional for the most part. But there were so many characters, and they passed in and out of Adrian's life, that they didn't really have time to be more than what they were. Like I said, some were a bit more developed than others.

Why do authors write a whole book using big words when small, simple words will get their point across just as well? Then, they can use the big words when it really counts, when they want to emphasize something and really make a point. I've seen this a couple of times lately and again in The Last Archangel. The author uses exaggerated forms of words throughout the book, so, that when he would really like to make a point and the big words would be useful, the reader is tired of seeing the exaggerated forms and doesn't feel the raised tension in the situation. It becomes commonplace and boring. It's when I feel like an author is writing with a thesaurus or writing list.

I cannot stress to independent authors enough that their money is not wasted when they put it into editorial services. Such services could save many a book from reviews such as this. I simply cannot recommend this book.