Author: Marcia Meara
Category: Urban Fantasy, Novella, Book Review
Jake and Dodger, the first (and so far, only) Emissaries to the Angels, are on the road again.
They’re looking for mortals about to take a wrong turn. You know the ones—the kid thinking about stealing from a corner market or the man planning to lie about a coworker and destroy her career. Yeah, them. People on the brink of making a mistake that could send them down that wrong road and jeopardize their mortal souls.
Jake and his protégé, Dodger are learning more about being Emissaries—and about each other.
Jake is saddened at Dodger’s confession that he has never felt loved and not only that, he’s also missed the chance of knowing what it’s like to fall in love. Dodger was a very troubled young man when Jake helped him and took him on. It ended in tears, literally on Jake’s part, but the Archangel Azrael granted Dodger’s wish and brought him back to partner Jake in their emissarial work. The two have formed a close bond and work well together.
Azrael seems to have mellowed slightly since we first met him, although he still has a pretty scary temper at times. He’s on a learning curve too, never having had such close communications with humans and so is unfamiliar with their emotional needs. He does his best to help when needed, even as it frustrates him on occasion.
Some days, they worked together as a team, the way they’d started out in Atlanta. Other days, they split up, each looking for souls in trouble of one sort or another, then meeting again for lunch. Another week went by with Dodger staying too busy to worry about his lost love life. But when the boy’s spirits began to droop, Jake suggested they continue on to the Keys, and Dodger perked right up.