Book Reviews

The Angel on the Northern Line by Catherine Curzon at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Historical / Fantasy / 20th Century / Superpowers / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 18-September-2017

Book Blurb

When your average, run-of-the-mill retired superhero Latin teacher meets an angel on the underground, it’s not only runaway trains that spark.

Christian Winter used to save the world. In World War II, when good and bad was a simple matter of whose side you were on, life seemed so much simpler. Back then it was easy for a superman to see the troops safely home. Back then it was easy to be Mithras.


Long since retired to teach Latin in a London school, the man who used to be Mithras wants nothing more than a cup of tea and a quiet life. All that changes thanks to a runaway train on the Northern Line, and a red-headed Scottish angel whose eyes are bluer than a summer sky, who just happens to have a thing for chaps in tweed.


Christian is swept along by Freddy Rose’s passion and enthusiasm, and his efforts to resist the Scottish angel’s attractions aren’t exactly heartfelt, but can the passionate angel and an encounter with a very important lady tempt Mithras back to a life of adventure?




Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released as part of the I Need a Hero anthology by Pride Publishing.

Book Review

A retired superhero – now there’s a refreshingly new idea! And one who teaches Latin, no less, just to pass the time. The whole situation with Christian, who once upon a time was known by the name of Mithras, was funny at first, then morphed into intriguing as events unfolded. The author has Christian meet a redheaded Scot on the London underground… with interesting and unexpected consequences.

Christian may be a superhero - well, retired, now - but he is not having an easy time of adapting to modern times. 1955, to be exact. I loved the way the author put it – wars grew increasingly more confusing in the last century and the easy “bad versus good” of the olden days is no longer valid. So how do the superheroes adapt? One option is to choose a quiet life, and that is exactly what Christian has done. Except then he runs into a problem one night on his way home on the Northern Line – and can’t stand by and do nothing.

Freddy is a mysterious man with powers of his own, an angel in Christian’s mind. Freddy is on a mission of saving lives, and when he runs into Christian on that fateful night, their previous camaraderie fighting side-by-side brings back memories Christian has tried to ban for a decade. It also changes him and the way he looks at life in a most delightful way… and that is all I can say without revealing far too many details and spoiling what is an adorable story with an unexpected and masterful twist at the end.

If you like your superheroes mysterious yet oddly humanlike, if you enjoy the slow reveal of what is really going on, and if you’re looking for a fantastical story with more than one surprise, set in a world all its own, then you will probably like this very imaginative short story as much as I do. Fantastic!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 36 pages/12961 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 22-August-2017
Price $0.99 ebook
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