Ross, a young paramedic, whose world takes a sudden tragic turn on what should be one of the best days of his life. Just as he is about to propose to his girlfriend, he suffers a massive heart attack and dies.
Ross awakens in the afterlife and learns that the Grim Reaper actually does exist, but not as the skeletal creature of mythology. Instead it’s a group of non-living individuals who look and act just like ordinary people. Essentially undead civil servants, they walk among the living, unnoticed, as they perform their grim work of reaping the souls of people when they are destined to die.
Ross discovers that his life has ended decades before he was supposed to die, due to a reaper’s tragic mishap.
As Ross and the Grim Reapers seek a way to return him to the life he was destined to live, fatal accidents suddenly begin to plague the reapers. When these suspicious mishaps prevent him from getting his life back, he realizes they’re not merely accidents and he must stop whatever is killing the reapers.
My thoughts: Killing the Reapers is a very short novella which I managed to read in a few hours over two sittings.
The story is divided in to chapters but each section which focuses on a different person/situation in each chapter has a number so it’s like chapters within chapters. Confused? Yeah, I don’t know how to explain it haha.
There are a lot of characters in this novella and they aren’t given much or any description or personality so it is difficult to keep up with who is who, especially when several characters are introduced at once just by name alone. The majority of the characters are introduced quickly in a short space of time too so again, it is difficult to keep up. The lack of character building and development was a big thing for me. I think it would have added a lot to this novella and made my score higher. I just didn’t feel like I could bond with any of the characters.
At a couple of points, the incorrect name was used in a sentence which shows that the book has not been edited well. I often let author’s off with a few grammatical and spelling errors but I think it is important to make sure that something such as who said a specific sentence is correct as this could potentially impact the story.
Now enough about the negatives, there are positives to this book hence the rating of 2.5 (which is still not bad, it’s average isn’t it). The story really has potential and I think if the author decided to world build and develop characters it could be a very popular book. It did have me interested enough to read it quite quickly and continue to flip the page. I wanted to know what was happening and I didn’t anticipate the villain at all. It was a really good twist. It does take a while to get used to how the book is written, it’s like a 3rd person, present tense way of writing but I kind of liked it as you don’t see that a lot.
Overall, I really do think that Debing definitely has potential. I would be happy reading any other work that he brings out in the future. First of all because I think he has a good story here, but also to see if his writing improves. We’ve all got to start somewhere haven’t we?
Killing the Reapers is available on Amazon UK for free on Kindle Unlimited here – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Killing-Reapers-Jeff-Debing-ebook/dp/B08XX1MCN8/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=killing+the+reapers&qid=1633770991&sr=8-1
or you can purchase it for 77p.
It is also available on Amazon US for free on Kindle Unlimited here – https://www.amazon.com/Killing-Reapers-Jeff-Debing-ebook/dp/B08XX1MCN8/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=killing+the+reapers&qid=1633771066&sr=8-1
or you can purchase it for 99c.
Thanks again for reading.
Gee Liz ❤