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Dead Harvest

The Dead Harvest

Written by: Chris F. Holm
Published by: Angry Robot Books
Page Count: 384 pages
ISBN-10: 085766218X
ISBN-13:  978-0857662187
Where to buy:
Angry Robot Books, Amazon, The Book Depository and other fine book retailers.

Publisher’s comments:
Meet Sam Thornton. He collects souls. Sam’s job is to collect the souls of the damned, and ensure they are dispatched to the appropriate destination. But when he’s sent to collect the soul of a young woman he believes to be innocent of the horrific crime that’s doomed her to Hell, he says something no Collector has ever said before.

“No.”

Hey folks,

I am more pleased than I can express to be able to introduce this next review from our newest guest minion. I have known Amanda for several years and, for much of that time, one of the things we have had in common is our love for a good story…. especially a good genre story. When I was looking for someone to take a look at this latest offering from Angry Robot Books, she seemed like the perfect candidate.

One other thing that I will share with you all about Amanda is that she is not only an avid reader but she is one heck of a good writer, too (something which I hope everyone will know about one of these days).

It is my pleasure to introduce to you She Never Slept’s newest guest minion, Amanda Guzman!

Enjoy!

Floyd

I’m always on the lookout for good urban fantasy series. Not the quasi-erotica stuff like *cough* Laurell K. Hamilton*cough*, which can start out strong, but inevitably devolves into a several hundred page excuse to describe as much sex with as many supernatural hotties as possible. What I want in a good urban fantasy are characters that have more than sex appeal and general badass-ness. I want characters who feel genuine, who pull me in not with flash and sparkles, but with true substance. Ones I love, flaws and all, and can’t help rooting for to win the day.
Chris F. Holm delivers with Dead Harvest, the debut novel from his Collector series. The story is straightforward, but action-packed. The protagonist, Sam Thornton, is a Collector from Hell sent to retrieve the souls of the damned. But his own personal hell turns upside down, when he’s sent for the soul of Kate MacNeil, a young lady who slaughtered her family. Despite witnesses and the Everest-sized mountain of evidence, Sam feels certain she’s innocent when he touches her soul. The rest of the book follows Sam, Kate and any allies they can find, while they try to prove her innocence to the Authorities -That-Be—demonic, mortal and angelic—in order to prevent Armageddon.

The premise isn’t completely original, but Chris‘s take on it is. Most notably in the character of Sam, who doesn’t need a white hat, a black duster, or even a body to make you care about him and his world. Despite being damned, his compassion and nobility shine through no matter what “meat suit” he’s wearing, and by the time you learn his story about how he came to be a Collector, you love him even more. All Chris‘s characters are multifaceted enough to avoid being cardboard cutouts for good and evil—even the angels and demons. Though Sam has little doubt about Kate’s innocence, Chris keeps the readers guessing ’til the end.
The pacing is refreshing as well, energetic and engaging, but not exhausting as can be the case with Jim Butcher or Simon Green, who sometimes forget to let the reader and the hero pause for breath between action scenes.  I curled up in a blanket and read Dead Harvest in a day. Chris has a few unexpected twists along the way, but the story is pretty linear. And we get an actual ending, where this storyline completely wraps itself up even though this is the first book in a series, which I greatly appreciated. I don’t know about you, but there are only so many cliff-hanger book endings I can take.

One issue I’m on the fence about is the simplicity of Dead Harvest. There are angels; there are demons; and there are those like Sam forced to take a side. On one hand, it’s nice to be able to keep up with all the supernaturals without needing a list or a Wikipedia entry. On the other, I do kind of like the urban fantasy tendency to mix and match its supernatural entities. This is a first book, though, so I guess we’ll see what Chris has in store for us next. (By the way, the first chapter of the next book is included on the Kindle version I read!)

Final thoughts:
All in all, Dead Harvest  grabbed and held me from beginning to end. Chris F. Holm has crafted a nicely dark urban fantasy with a truly unique protagonist, whose personality engages you no matter whose face he’s wearing. I look forward to seeing Sam and all the characters grow throughout the series. And I’m so very glad it is a series as I have a brand new Kindle to fill. I give Dead Harvest five out of five tentacles. Chris F. Holm is definitely an author I’ll be following.



Amanda Guzman, Guest Minion

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