The following review was distributed on February 2, 2000 as part of Running River Publications e-mail newsletter. Unfortunately, Running River Publications no longer exists. But here is their review.
A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS
Suzanne Rosewell's professional life as a Wall Street lawyer is thriving, until Elias Garner crosses her path. He wants her to put her career on hold and find five missing
After strange, mystical situations plague her day and night, Suzanne reluctantly takes on the quest. She travels to the Black Hills in South Dakota, a Native American holy place in Minnesota, and the streets of New York to find "the righteous ones."
This is an inspirational, paranormal mystery with a suspenseful edge. The writer both mesmerized and lured me into this sleekly presented story. The mechanics of the
A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS is an extraordinary read by a fabulously talented author. I would HIGHLY recommend this book.
Reviewed by Bev Haynes for The RunningRiver Reader (TM)
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* * * * Outstanding book, engrossing, a classic
* * * An interesting read, very likable
* * Good, but not great.
* Not recommended.
Suzanne Rosewell is a high powered Wall Street lawyer, the youngest partner in the history of the firm and a workaholic with no time for a personal life. She is ambitious, intelligent and takes enormous pride in her power and authority. She is the last person on earth to be interested in taking on a spiritual quest. Particularly one involving the identification of five missing righteous people, who, according to an ancient Jewish legend, "know the divine will."
- A Little Lower Than Angels
- by Marty Gallanter
Reviewed by Jan Kozlowski
Publisher: Dead End Street Publications LLC
Rating: * * * 1/2 stars
But everything that Suzanne is so sure of in her life changes when she meets a mysterious trumpet-playing black jazz musician named Elias Garner, who represents The Chairman, the head of the most powerful corporation in the universe. What The Chairman and Elias want from Suzanne can neither be explained easily or within the concrete, lawyerly parameters that she has structured her life.
Suzanne is required to find her faith, to embark on a voyage that she herself thinks might be the manifestation of a mental breakdown or a complicated con game. This would be difficult enough on it's own, but Suzanne also has to contend with Elias's "opposite," Elizabeth Luckholt, another employee of The Chairman whose goals are directly and darkly in competition with Suzanne's mission.
Gallanter does a wonderful job taking the basic good vs. evil plot and giving it the complexity to resonate with today's audience. His characters routinely question the substance of what they're doing, their mental health and the validity of what they're experiencing much as any of us would if we found ourselves in similar circumstances. The writing is strong, absorbing and fast-paced and most importantly, the story leaves you with a sense of hope for both the human race as a whole and specifically for these characters.
The only fault I found with the book is a small one dealing with the author's switching from the usual narrative voice to italicized passages of present tense during some of the action sequences. I found it a jarring, pulling me out of the flow of the story and completely unnecessary since Gallanter's writing is richly compelling without the artifice.
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A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS
Elias, come blow your horn?
A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS
by Marty Gallanter
There is an ancient Jewish legend that relates how God, throughout all of history, has placed among us thirty-six righteous people. Three dozen human beings, each of whom "know the divine will". The idea being, that should humanity ever seek to know the will of God, there are always those thirty-six who will help us learn.
Author Marty Gallanter has cleverly used the premise of this legend to carve his novel A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS from. Gallanter's characters are broadly drawn. With the world on the very brink of extinction, the headstrong Suzanne Rosewell - through a strange series of mystical happenings - puts her upwardly mobile career on hold to help the enigmatic Elias, a black Jazz musician who carries an ancient golden trumpet, seek the five missing righteous people before it is too late. This quest takes Suzanne across the country and back again, fighting larger-than-life archetypes all the way.
A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS is beautifully written - a true pleasure to read. The plot is nothing short of thrilling. Personally, I can't wait for the movie.
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By Marty Gallanter
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REVIEW BY GREGORY HARRIS
Suzanne Rosewell would have considered herself a thoroughly modern woman before the remarkable events that changed her life. Firmly grounded in the rational world by legal training and amply endowed with intelligence, talent and ambition, she became the youngest female to make partner in her Wall Street law firm.
But then a mysterious and mesmerizing gentleman sends Suzanne on a quest to locate a group of special people described in an ancient Jewish legend. Undertaking the mission with some skepticism -- but for no fee -- she finds her long-dormant religious faith awakening and then severely tested in Marty Gallanter's praiseworthy novel, A Little Lower Than the Angels.
Gallanter's work is a remarkable work of allegory that functions on several levels. In one light, his novel is a taut thriller about a young lawyer on a mission for a powerful corporation, aided and opposed by competing factions within the executive ranks.
Yet there's also something magical about the people and events Suzanne experiences. An unexpected encounter with a corporate executive who moonlights as a jazz trumpeter sends Suzanne on a quest to locate some of the 36 Zaddikim, a group of righteous persons who, consciously or otherwise, know and act in accordance with the Divine Will. An ancient legend holds that the world's continued existence depends on these 36, and five seem to be missing.
Though Gallanter skillfully employs foreshadowing that adds significance and even ominous overtones to prosaic episodes, the author wisely refrains from tipping his hand about either the story's major events or their true meaning. Coincidences can be interpreted as just that, a coincidence, or as mysterious workings of supernatural powers. By leaving events open to interpretation, he makes the book a spiritual journey on more than one level.
One of the book's subtle pleasures is the way Suzanne's character takes on new and deeper dimensions. She begins the novel with all the traits of a lawyer straight out of a pulp boardroom thriller -- driven, intelligent and fiercely protective of her perks, brooking no familiarity from those she considers her inferiors. But the nature of her mission calls for her to truly connect with people, and she, to her surprise, finds herself accepting familiarity from those she meets. Those small intimacies fill a void in Suzanne's spirit that she hadn't known existed and cause her to re-evaluate a life that by most standards would be considered successful. Beautifully and thoughtfully phrased throughout, A Little Lower Than the Angels is a rare and unique work of great literary and spiritual power.
Gregory Harris is a writer and editor living in Indianapolis with his angels, his wife Crystal and daughter Cecilia.
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Angels on the Silver Screen
A Little Lower than the Angels Optioned by Caledera/De Fanti
Electronic publisher Dead End Street, LLC has announced that Marty Gallanter's ebook A Little Lower Than the Angels has been optioned by Caldera/De Fanti Entertainment. Though selling the development rights is no guarantee that a film will be made, it is the necessary first step in the journey from book to film, enabling Caldera/De Fanti to adapt the ebook to screenplay and attach a director and actors to the project. Angels was one of the first ebooks that Dead End Street licensed after its organization in 1997 and, in that time, has developed a following among ebook enthusiasts.
The book's story is based on an ancient Jewish legend that, at all times throughout history, God has placed thirty-six righteous people who know the divine will and can help us learn. Wall Street lawyer Suzanne Roswell runs headlong into this legend when she encounters Elias, an enigmatic black Jazz musician, who carries an ancient golden trumpet and represents the even more furtive "Chairman" who Elias describes only as "the head of the most powerful corporation on earth." Elias eventually sets Suzanne on the task on finding the five righteous people who have gone missing. From that point, Suzanne begins a journey that takes her from New York City, to the Black Hills of South Dakota, to a holy Native American shrine, and back to New York.
The genesis of the story can be traced back to a trip Gallanter made to Las Vegas. "I was working for a Jewish fund raising group, raising money from Jewish casino owners. My local connection was a guy with a very deep Jewish education. When he and I got sick of being in Vegas, we drove out to the desert and sat on a hill watching the sun set. To my left was the setting sun over a pristine landscape. To my right were rising lights of Las Vegas. My friend told me the story of the thirty-six Righteous Ones and finished by saying, with his eyes toward Las Vegas, 'I'll bet none of them are over there.' I thought to myself 'why not, that's where they are needed.'" Gallanter then spent a couple of year researching and writing and a couple more looking for a publisher.
Although Gallanter initially had no plans of publishing electronically, he finally signed with Dead End Street because, as he says, "they chose me. They had faith in my work and promised to stand behind it. That promise they have kept by the way." Dead End Street, for its part, "flipped" over the story. Co-founder John Rutledge says "One naturally empathizes with the main character, Susanne Rosewell. And you find yourself rooting for her. Personally, it's one of the top few books I've ever read."
Even so, the journey from e-publication to a film deal has been an uphill battle for the company. As Rutledge explains in an eBookWeb article, that within a month of publication, 30+ movie production companies had requested copies of the book -- printed. However, a year later, no deal had been reached. Finally, Dead End Street entered into negotiations with Carolyn Caldera and the ebook was optioned this month.
Even though ebooks have grown in popularity since Dead End Street was founded, they still haven't reached mainstream status and, all too often, e-publishing hasn't carried the same aura of respectability that comes with paper publishing. Gallanter remains optimistic, though. "The movie industry is very strange and very hard to move... There is a perception that unless you have a paper book from a normal publishing house, there is no way you can have something good enough for film. In that regard, electronic publishing can make it harder, but that's just temporary.... The process itself is a thrill and should be a thrill for any writer. For all of its faults, Hollywood is one of the great cultural creations of America and I am happy to have even a little tiny piece of the action."
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