Friday, February 14, 2014

Dead Harvest


Today’s post is on Dead Harvest by Chris F. Holm. It is 362 pages long and is the first in his The Collector series. The cover is blue and white with the main character collecting a soul in a stylized noir look. The story is told from first person perspective of the main character Sam. There is language, lots of violence, and no sex in this novel; 18 and up just to be safe. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Sam Thornton collects souls. The souls of the damned, to be precise. Once collected himself, he’s now doomed to ferry souls to Hell for all eternity, in service of a debt he can never repay. But when he’s dispatched to collect the soul of a girl he believes is innocent, Sam does something no Collector has ever done before: he refuses.
A stunning mix of urban fantasy and noir-dark crime, Dead Harvest marks the debut of a fabulous new talent.

Review- This is a fun but not very original story. Sam is interesting and he makes the plot move as he deals with his past. The overall world is still pretty mysterious. You know that heaven and hell are in a stale-mate and both want to keep it that way. Sam works for hell because of something he did while he was living and he hates it and himself. One thing I want to see for the next book(s) is Sam forgiving himself. He did not know that he was dealing with a demon but he just cannot let it go. There are so many side characters that matter in this book that it can be a bit hard to keep up with. But if you stick with it you will a thrill ride of a tale. This novel does have a very gritty noir look and feel to it. Sam smokes and thinks about the past. The girl is innocent with very big bads coming for her and no one believes her in but Sam. Add in treacherous angels and powerful demons with some blues for back ground music and you have the mixing for an entertaining evening of reading.

I give this book a Four out of Five Stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this book with my own money.