Author: John Passarella
Pocket Books
RRP 6.99
ISBN 0 7434 9235 8
Available 07 June 2004

Like any parent, Angel really wants to understand his son Connor, but it's hard when life keeps getting in the way. Angel's overworked, Connor's embarrassed by his dad's taste for blood, and there are Hyconian demons running rampant through the streets of LA. That doesn't leave a lot of time for bonding, especially when a gigantic monolith suddenly appears on Hollywood Boulevard...

Nobody knows what to think of the massive rock with two demon faces carved into its exterior. The news stations think it's an elaborate publicity stunt for a recently released movie, and religious extremists call it a sign of impending apocalypse. As Angel Investigations struggles to understand what the rock's appearance means, it becomes clear that Connor and Angel will have to work together in order to survive.

Although the underlying plot of Monolith is the Angel/Connor relationship, it just doesn't come across that often and when it does, I have to admit it is a bit cheesy - Son and Father put their differences aside in order to save the world - all together now: "Ahhhhhh!"

Apart from said cheese angle, this isn't a too bad read - which you might find hard to believe when the story is about a giant rock that just doesn't do much. It does seem (and this is with most Angel novels) that nothing happens for ages and then suddenly the climax and conclusion is upon us, yet, its still pretty enjoyable.

Not as funny as the other books in the Angel series, Monolith is a bit darker, set in season four - when all relationships were a bit off (Connor and Angel, Angel and Cordelia, Fred and Gunn, Fred and Wesley). So, its slightly more depressing to be honest.

However, you can expect the good guys to prevail and everyone get a little bit closer towards the end.

Keri Allan

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