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Review: Dead Harvest by Chris F. Holm

Dead Harvest by Chris F. Holm (The Collector #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
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.

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 I freaking loved this book! It's got this "too cool for school" feel that only male authors seem to pull off.

Angels and demons battle for the control and a possibility of Armageddon in the making, a lowly collector of souls gets sent off to New York to collect a soul of a mass murderer. Looks like a straightforward job for Sam, but when he looks into the girl's soul, he sees that she is innocent. To collect her soul for Hell means to jump start End of Days, and no demons or angels want that.

Now Sam has to work really fast to find out who is behind the set up while the body count rises in an escalated war between both sides and a powerful psychotic collector Bishop, who thinks he is godlike, is sent to finish Sam's job...

The book is jam packed with action, twisted evil demons (oooh, the scene in the underground!) and intense fight or flight situations. If you like Constantine, you most certainly will like Dead Harvest.

Sam is pretty creepy because he doesn't have his own body as a soul collector. He borrows bodies in the morgues, and in emergencies he can possess a live body and mind, but he's got a very strong character and inner righteousness and he doesn't allow himself to bend or abuse his powers.

I loved all the characters in this book. They are an odd bunch, a child, a murderer, a homeless schizophreniac and a walking dead/possessed but they make do as a team, and that's what matters the most. Recommended to all fans of UF with male protagonists. An excellent read!

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Шикарная городская фантастика-нуар с великолепным главным героем и классным, живым, прямолинейным сюжетом.

Сэм - коллектор душ, которого отсылают в Нью-Йорк за душой молодой женщины, что подвергла пыткам и убила всю свою семью. Нет проблем.

Он выбирает тело в морге, вселяется в него (в чрезвычайных ситуациях он может и в живого человека заселиться, отодвинув в сторонку душу и ум того, но этого делать не любит и жалуется на шум) и посещает девушку, которую держат под успокоительными препаратами в госпитале.

Только вот когда он пытается забрать её душу, он видит, что в совершенных преступлениях она невиновна, и если он отправит невинную душу в Ад, наступит Конец Дней. Теперь у Сэма очень мало времени, чтобы понять кто из демонов или ангелов подставил его и кому очень хочется Армагеддона.

За ним и его странной командой, состоящей из ребёнка, бомжа-шизофреника, убийцы и мертвеца гоняется полиция, ангелы и демоны, гора трупов увеличивается по мере эскалации конфликта между сторонами (одна только сцена в метро чего ещё стоит!), плюс за ним к тому же посылают древнего коллектора-психопата Бишопа.

Книга насыщена экшн, множеством граней между добром и злом, и я могу с уверенностью сказать, что любому фанату Константина, она очень понравится, так как по духу сильно напоминает этот фильм. Надо читать!
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