Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Review: THE BIG REAP (The Collector #3) by Chris F. Holm

16127272Sam Thornton has had many run-ins with his celestial masters, but he’s always been sure of his own actions. However, when he’s tasked with dispatching the mythical Brethren – a group of formerCollectors who have cast off their ties to Hell – is he still working on the side of right?

Sam Thornton’s latest assignment is to hunt and kill the nine members of the Brethren; immortals that resemble a beast/man/monster concoction with powers that far exceed many a supernatural being. His guardian angel (from hell) Lilith, the messenger delivering these ambitious orders, thrusts Sam around the globe from meat-suit to meat-suit in a whirlwind of violence and terror to encounter all manner of nightmarish beings in order to fulfil his mission.

Dry humour and wet sticky gore run rampant throughout the third novel in the Collector series. Much like its predecessors, author Chris F Holm maintains a delicate balance between the fantastical and believable. Those who take souls and transpose their conscious into other physical forms to the beastly creations that are the Brethren surprisingly have an air of realism if you suspend your belief enough – which in this series is a must.

As a pulp enthusiast with a penchant for the other worldly, THE BIG REAP ticks all the right boxes despite not having the same impact on me as the previous two novels. The linear nature of the plot (taking a hit-man approach to eradicating the Brethren) is offset by Sam’s first collection in Nazi Germany where he is also introduced to Lilith and the confines of being a collector for the first time. It was good to read of Sam’s early struggle to come to grips with his predicament and new found ability.

Characters from previous instalments also made an appearance which adds a nice sense of continuity to the series. Their appearance was organic and in line with the natural progression of the plot.

Overall I enjoyed THE BIG REAP (love the names of these books) and hope Holm revisits this interesting character and concept once again. 

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