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Trussoni, Danielle

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1973-    ) US journalist, podcaster and author who remains best-known for the Angelology sequence of secret-history Bible-based fantasies beginning with Angelology (2010), featuring an age-long war between a group known as the Angelologists and the "Nephilim", bad angels who have bred with humans. In terms of the tonality of portentousness, the tales hover between the conspiracy novels of Dan Brown and the novels of David Mitchell, where chthonic/religious divisions are more subtly unveiled.

Trussoni is of specific sf interest for The Ancestor (2020), where the interbreeding of angels and humans in Angelology is generically transformed into an sf premise. The protagonist of the tale, Alberta Monte/Montebianco inherits a Gothic castle in the Italian Alps (see Gothic SF), which turns out to be a coercive Keep where she discovers that she shares DNA (see Biology; Evolution; Horror in SF) with humanoids who resemble Yeti. As a member of the Montebianco family, she learns that she is the last in a line of Secret Masters, though its agenda, over and above a need to remain concealed, may be hard to ascertain. [JC]

Danielle Anne Trussoni

born La Crosse, Wisconsin: 9 November 1973

works (selected)



  • Angelology (New York: Viking, 2010) [Angelology: hb/Jeff Bark and Tal Goretsky]
  • Angelopolis (New York: Viking, 2013) [Angelology: hb/]

individual titles

  • The Ancestor (New York: HarperCollins/William Morrow, 2020) [hb/]


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