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Samaria: Archangel, Jovah's Angel, The Alleluia Files, Angelica, Angel-Seeker

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“Shinn deftly combines mystery, high-tech SF, and romance with a layering of fantasy in a fresh and innovative tale.”—Library Journal

The Alleluia Files
As the centuries have passed, some of the people of Samaria have begun to suspect that their god Jovah is really a spaceship orbiting the planet. Archangel Bael seeks to destroy the small dissident sect of Jacobites that spreads this heretic philosophy. Bael is particularly interested in arresting one of the young Jacobites named Tamar, but she falls under the protection of the angel Jared, who just might be named the next Archangel. At the same time, the angel Lucinda learns that her mother was a Jacobite—and Lucinda herself might have the key to uncovering the truth about Jovah.

Publishing history
Published as a trade paperback in 1998 and a mass market paperback in 1999.

Interesting tidbit
When that gorgeous cover flat arrived, I took it around the office where I worked at the time and said, “Would this image make you want to read this book?” One of my co-workers said, “It makes me want to meet the model.” I got my copy of the trade paperback signed by John Jude Palencar, so it’s a highlight of my library.

My favorite scene
The scene where Lucinda and Tamar meet for the first time. Though I also love the extended section in Ileah between Jared and Tamar.

 
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