Calling the Reaper by Jason Pere
Publisher: Rambunctious Ramblings
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (280 pgs)
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Rose
The time of the Unity has ended. Now, the realm of man is stranded between Paradise and Purgatory. The Valkyrie and Reaper battle over the fate of all who pass from the land of the living and into the afterlife.
Eight mortal spirits from vastly different worlds tread the same, inevitable path toward their last, crucial decision. Within them all exists the defining conflict every man must face—to look upon the end of their life with glory and honor, or to give credence to their baser longings, calling the Reaper to their own demise.
In this rich, harrowing tale of pride, deceit, honor, vengeance, and redemption, each individual must battle their inner turmoil, facing the sacrifices they have made before their unavoidable end in the land of the living.
But their last day in life is also their first day of death amidst the terrors of the underworld. Lord Master Death wants them all…and the real battle has only just begun.
This book is comprised of several short stories from various time periods and several locations—but they all have one common denominator. At the end, one of the party will die and the Reaper will come for him/her.
The individual stories are all very well told. As with any collection, there were some I preferred above others, but there were none I didn’t like. Because of the nature of the stories, you didn’t really get deeply into any one characters mind—instead you are treated to an overview of what’s going on as Mr. Pere tells his stories.
This is a book that would particularly work well as a SyFy television series… with each story serving as an episode and culminating with the Epilogue which works to tie everything together for the coming up season. It ends in a way that lets you know there definitely is a next season coming up!
It will be interesting to see where Mr. Pere takes this tale. I’m intrigued and will definitely be reading the next one. Good job, sir—you have a new fan.