Broken Angel by S.W. Vaughn is a novel set in New York City’s underground street fighting scene. This is the first book in the House Phoenix series but can be read as a standalone.
Gabriel Morgan’s sister has disappeared and he’ll do anything to save her. Finally Gabriel finds her working as a high class prostitute in New York City’s underground society.
Marcus Slade, the head of an organization running street fighters and hookers, will let her go for $10 million, which Gabriel has to earn through fighting. Forced into a brutal training program, Gabriel is given a new persona, Angel, and becomes a fighter for Slade’s organization until his sister’s ransom is paid off.
Broken Angel was an unexpected surprise. I found myself being engrossed in the story and characters. The book explodes with violence.
Despite the gratuitous violence and torture scenes, I found the novel compelling. The plot is well drawn, the characters are interesting and engaging and the narrative full with enough detail to draw the reader into its world.
The book has several twists which the astute reader will probably guess ahead of time. The descriptive fights, with all the smells, blood and sweat, are excellent. The protagonist, if certainly not the underdog type we all enjoy rooting for, does rise from the bottom to the top in a fast and furious way, planting destruction and mayhem along the way.
Broken Angel is an unapologetic book that moves at a furious pace with intriguing characters living on the fringes of society. One of the strengths of the book is the supporting characters, most of them intriguing, strong and with enough mystery to support the rest of the series.