Angel of the Abyss

Angel of the Abyss When Graham Woodard is hired to restore part of a previously lost silent horror film Angel of the Abyss the last thing he expects is the first in a series of murders clearly meant to keep it lost With

  • Title: Angel of the Abyss
  • Author: Ed Kurtz
  • ISBN: 9781940544441
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Graham Woodard is hired to restore part of a previously lost silent horror film Angel of the Abyss the last thing he expects is the first in a series of murders clearly meant to keep it lost With one time friend Jake Maitland in tow, the two must now navigate the treacherous enigma that is the lost film, while piecing together the story of the film s ill fated starleWhen Graham Woodard is hired to restore part of a previously lost silent horror film Angel of the Abyss the last thing he expects is the first in a series of murders clearly meant to keep it lost With one time friend Jake Maitland in tow, the two must now navigate the treacherous enigma that is the lost film, while piecing together the story of the film s ill fated starlet, Grace Baron, who vanished in 1926 The closer they get to the truth, the blood is spilled, and it soon becomes apparent that there is much to the lost film than anyone expected, as there are still forces that will stop at nothing to keep it and its star buried The darkness the strange film conjured all those years ago has come alive again with its discovery, and now everyone from Graham s own estranged ex wife to the LAPD is getting involved And the body count is growing From the burgeoning film studios of 1920s Hollywood to the perilous streets and dark underbelly of modern day Los Angeles, Angel of the Abyss is a dangerous tapestry of cinema, history and murder, at the center of which stand two men with everything to lose.

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    1. When a reel from a legendary lost film is discovered, Graham Woodard flies out to LA to help restore it. However, complications arise when the film goes missing and the owner gets herself murdered. But what does all that have to do with Woodard's ex-wife?I got this from DarkFuse via Netgalley. Angel of the Abyss is a short novel. "Modern Hollywood Noir" would be a handy label to slap on it. The timeline shifts from the past, when Gracie Baron was making The Angel of the Abyss, to the present, wh [...]

    2. Angel of the Abyss was an intriguing noir mystery that intertwined stories from the present and one from way back in 1926.Angel of the Abyss was the name of a silent film, staring Grace Baronsky, who was heralded as a future star and the film was an instant sensation, for all the wrong reasons. It broke boundaries never envisioned before, dealing with taboo topics such as rape and occult rituals but the biggest shock was the disappearance of its star who literally vanished without a trace.In 201 [...]

    3. Graham Woodard is hired to restore part of a previously lost silent movie; Angel of the Abyss starring the rising star Grace Baron that mysteriously disappears after the film had premiered. What he didn't count on was that his little work trip to L.A would result in several murders.  Together with his friend Jake Maitland must he now find out who is willing to kill people for an old lost silent movie and perhaps even find out what happened to Grace Baron.I knew I wanted to read this book when I [...]

    4. ANGEL OF THE ABYSS is the story of a controversial, silent film that--along with its star, Gracie Baron--has been missing since it's release in 1926. When Graham, a film restorer, gets a call from a woman who asserts to have part of this legendary reel in her custody, he wastes no time in going back to his former home of Hollywood to examine this "holy grail" of finds for himself. Meeting him there, is his sometime-friend/sidekick, Jake.The novel alternates from Graham and Jake's current situati [...]

    5. 4.5*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Graham Woodward is hired to restore a rare movie reel, Angel of the Abyss. The movie itself is somewhat controversial and has the added mystery of what happened to the beautiful young starlet, Gracie Baron, who went missing after the movie was released and presumed dead many years later.When Graham arrives in L.A. he finds his employee murdered, the movie reel stolen and his ex-wife missing, it seem [...]

    6. Review of Angel of the Abyss by Ed Kurtz 4.5 stars, rounded up. Angel of the Abyss is film noir of the 1920's. In an era of silent films and film censoring, controversial Angel of the Abyss was meant to revolutionize the entire film industry. When the main star, Grace Baron, along with the film go missing shortly after production, all that is left of the Angel is rumors and myth. It is 2013 and Graham Woodard is a film restoration specialist living in Boston. Out of the blue Graham receives a [...]

    7. I received an ARC e-book of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Once again, a very good monthly selection from Darkfuse. Not horror, this time. One half historical mystery, one half modern LA Noir---which made for a very interesting read. I found the historical elements of this novel so interesting that I loaded up several classic silent films into my Netflix queue. Plot-wise, a copy of an (in)famous silent film, thought to be long lost, has surfaced. However, not everyone [...]

    8. Graham Woodwood receives a call one day from Leslie Wheeler of the Silent Film Appreciation Society, to say she has found a reel from the 1920’s. At first, he is unimpressed. Although he is an expert on silent films, so often a long lost discovery turns out to be nothing of any importance. However, when she sends him a clip of Grace Baron in, “Angel of the Abyss,” he is nonplussed. Grace Baron only made one film, the thought long destroyed, “Angel of the Abyss,” and no footage of her i [...]

    9. This was an eARC from Netgalley.An engaging blend of film history and noir, weaving the mystery behind a lost silent film, tainted by rumors of scandalous content, the unexplained disappearance of the film's star shortly after it's completion, and the deadly conspiracy intent on keeping both buried secrets buried forever.Offering up alternating views of TinselTown, seperated by time, the tarnished side of the Golden Age that destroyed the likes of Fatty Arbuckle, to the mean streets of modern L. [...]

    10. Review copyFootage from a lost film from the age of silent movies is discovered and Graham Woodard is brought to Hollywood from his home in Massachusetts to work on restoring and preserving what's been found.Unknown to Graham when he takes the assignment, there is a reason the film has been "lost" all these years and certain people will do whatever it takes to keep it's secrets from being revealed.Angel of the Abyss was to be the debut film of a new starlet, Grace Baron, formerly Grace Baronsky, [...]

    11. This was the first novel by Ed I have read. This one is a little hard for me to review. On one hand I liked how the story was told going back and forth between two different times. In 1926 with Grace Baron and the filming of Angel of the Abyss. And in 2013 with Graham Woodard called to restore Angel of the Abyss with his friend Jake Maitland stepping in and the search for the lost reels. On the other hand the story seemed to drag at times and made it hard to keep reading for me. What's funny is [...]

    12. This was suppose to be the perfect birthday read. A book awesome enough to make a person forget about aging and all that crap for an evening. And Angel of the Abyss came dangerously close too, though ultimately rendered slightly less awesome for having such a major plot snafu. Kurtz is a recent discovery for me via an exceptional existential nightmare that was The Rib From WhichThis book is his earlier effort, which may account for the somewhat less congealed/logical narration, but there's still [...]

    13. At the start of this atmospheric mystery, Angel of the Abyss echoes Indiana Jones more than Sam Spade. Film archivist and wannabe movie maker Graham Woodward gets a call about a long lost film. It is titled Angel of the Abyss and was the only film starring Grace Baron, an actress that disappeared after the film was made. A rich woman in Hollywood wants him to look at the film and pays for him to come to California. But when he arrives he finds the woman dead. Pretty soon, he is being shot at too [...]

    14. Probably the "lightest" release from DarkFuse I've yet read, Angel of the Abyss is a reasonably interesting noir thriller told via two interchanging arcs - one set in modern LA, the other in 1926 Hollywood. In essence, the novel details film restorer Graham and his pseudo-friend Jake's efforts to discover the whereabouts of a mysterious film that disappeared soon after it was made, even as nefarious types seem determined to stop them from unearthing it. In the other arc, the story of the film it [...]

    15. Angel of the Abyss by Ed KurtzJanuary 2 to January 5, 2015Dark Fuse per-publication readThe book is a thriller sprinkled with intrigue, missing people, old Hollywood characters and a modern day film restoration specialist. What a group for a story that is weaved together with development and care.Graham lives in Boston and has been hired by a LA firm to restore the century old lost film, Angel of the Abyss. However when Graham arrives to complete this all expenses paid job, plus, he doesn't find [...]

    16. Angel of the Abyss is a pretty good crime noir tale from Ed Kurtz. The story switches back and forth from 1926 during the making of the film to 2013 and the search for the truth behind it.A Hollywood legend. A long lost and extremely valuable silent film has surfaced and uncovered some deep dark secrets with it. Bodies are starting to pile up as the mystery is slowly revealed.(view spoiler)[ I had a bit of a problem with the character Frank who seemed to be a waste of space and added really noth [...]

    17. I had never read anything by Ed Kurtz before so I was looking forward to this one. The tale revolves around a film thought to be lost long ago until recently rediscovered.  Kurtz then swaps the story back and forth between the past and the present, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat for the duration of the book until the unforgettable conclusion. Besides a few plot issues in the story, this one was very enjoyable and I look forward to more of Kurtz's work. I can see this one appealin [...]

    18. Angel of the Abyss, by Ed Kurtz, grabbed me right off the bat, and I had a hard time letting go of this one.The story unfolds in a dual narrative between film restoration expert Graham Woodard in the present-day, and through the eyes of lost 1920s starlet, Grace Baron. Woodard is hired to restore the footage of a recently rediscovered silent-era film that was thought lost to history. It is also the only film Baron ever appeared in, and the subject matter was rather unsettling - and unseemly - fo [...]

    19. I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Also this book is published by DarkFuse and you generally cannot go wrong with anything they put out to the masses.First thing I ever read from Ed Kurtz was his contribution to Widowmakers Angel & Grace, which was horrifically gory and delicious and incidentally one of my favourite short stories now. Angel of the Abyss is so far removed from Angel & Grace I couldn’t believe it. This is a crime thri [...]

    20. This was an enjoyable crime noir story that alternated back and forth between the silent film era, chronicling the making of a lost masterpiece, and current times, when a reel from the film has resurfaced. Even in present times, the story is told 1st person from 2 different characters, which sounds like it would get confusing and possibly even annoying, but the author handled it pretty well, and there was good reason for it.It's hard to say which storyline was more enjoyable, because they were q [...]

    21. Undoubtedly, it’s because I read too much Raymond Chandler when I was young, before moving on to read too much James Ellroy, but the sub-genre I love most is probably the Hollywood-set murder mystery/thriller.What I find so fascinating is the mixture of that impossible Technicolor glamour, with tawdry and brutal crime. It’s the tearing down of that wonderful façade – the sound stages, the beautiful women made-up and coiffured to look more incredible than anyone ever had before – to reve [...]

    22. Book Review originally published here: iheartreading/reviews/Angel of the Abyss is a noir mystery that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Graham Woodard is hired to restore part of a lost silent horror film called “Angel of the Abyss”. It was one of the only movies featuring a particular actress, Gracie Baron.The plot switches between past and present, between Gracie Baron prepping to make the film and making it, and Graham trying to restore it. Gracie Baron went missing after fil [...]

    23. Fast paced with a very interesting mystery. Really enjoyable blend of old Hollywood, grifters, struggling starlets and sudden violence. (The criminals in this book don't make speeches. They show up to kill.)The story switches between the filming of "Angel of the Abyss" in 1926 and the hunt for the lost reels of the same film many years later, in 2013. Time alternates between pretty much each chapter and this is handled smoothly. We get to learn more about some characters than others (for example [...]

    24. A lost Cinematic masterpiece. An actress lost to history. Murders occurring in the present. It makes a nice sounding story, huh? Ed Kurtz was telling it well. I like mysteries. I like L.A so I stuck with ANGEL. Silent movies don't thrill me all that much so masterpiece seems like a heavy handle to hang on any picture from that time. It just seemed to me to be a lot of fuss over what??? You know, much ado about We really need those half stars. I went with 3.5 stars for ANGEL. I wanted to go highe [...]

    25. A very good noir novelFor a full review, please go to examiner/review/angel- and follow me on Twitter @josenher

    26. (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)When Graham Woodard is hired to restore part of a previously lost silent horror film—Angel of the Abyss—the last thing he expects is the first in a series of murders clearly meant to keep it lost.With one-time friend Jake Maitland in tow, the two must now navigate the treacherous enigma that is the lost film, while piecing together the story of the film’s ill-fated starlet, Grace Baron, who vanished in 1 [...]

    27. What's good about itFilm buffs will be delighted with this novel that gives pride to the cinema and mainly to silent movies. It talks about the premise of talking pictures, Los Angeles and the superficial life of local people, the beginnings of the great Hollywood companies, in short, a real plunge into a passion Ed Kurtz makes us share.A special feature of the book I liked is that the story is written in several views (so far nothing new you could say), but it's also partially written in the fi [...]

    28. Angel of the Abyss is an enjoyable, well-witten thriller whose story takes place in two different eras, one the era of silent movies and the second, our era . What makes the book so goo is that the author moves between the two in alternating chapters and that he does it so well, without confusing the story line's flow and without irritating thiis reader , as often happens when a writer loses control of his material. Everything flows, everything comes together as the two story lines make for a th [...]

    29. Angel of the Abyss is a true mystery novel. By this I mean that it is not just written in the style of a mystery, but the mystery itself is compelling and demands the reader keep reading to find the answers. This is much more than a standard "whodunit".In the process of unraveling the story of a lost silent film, Ed Kurtz shuttles the story back and forth between present day Hollywood and 1926. These threads are quite different and juxtapose nicely with each other. In the past we follow rising a [...]

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