My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was my first read for my library book club. I love Pratchett but had never read any of Gaiman’s work so this was an interesting challenge.
The book is the story of the eternal battle between angels from heaven and the devil’s servants for the Earth and its inhabitants. In order to bring about the final battle Crowley must exchange the Anti Christ (a new born baby) for a mortal child – who just happens to be the son of the American cultural attache in the UK. Unfortunately for him there is a mix up and the baby is brought up by a normal family and so isn’t raised the way they expect. Meanwhile the angel Aziraphale has been trying to influence the child to be good.
With only 4 days left to the Apocalypse they realise their mistake and must track down the right child to avert the Final Judgement. The gathering of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse—War, Famine, Pollution (Pestilence having retired in 1936 following the discovery of penicillin), and Death now riding motorbikes not horses shows the end is nigh.
Adam Young is unaware that his powers are creating strange happenings around the world though Anathema Device the descendant of Agnes Nutt is trying to make sense of her ancestors prophecies and is on his trail. The witch finder Sergeant and his Private are also closing in.
The chaos and confusion that ensues makes for an extremely amusing read. Who will win good or evil? It is a bit of a roller coaster with plenty of twists. A great collaboration.