The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm – Advance Review [djinn24]

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djinn24 reviews The Big Reap, the epic conclusion of The Collector series by Chris F. Holm. This book comes out in print and ebook on July 30th, 2013 by Angry Robot Books.

The end of a series is such a bittersweet moment with a series as great as this one. Chris said he wanted to end this strong, he ended it Herculean. – The Founding Fields

CAUTION: This is a review of a book in a series which may contain spoilers about previous books.

It’s hard to believe that just last year I received an invite to read the first book from Chris F. Holm, titled Dead Harvest. In the time that an author typically releases two books Chris has managed to release three great books and conclude a well thought out trilogy that does not suffer from trilogy syndrome like so many series do. Each book tells its own story primarily while progressing the series in subtle ways. Chris is known horror author, but this series goes well beyond this, each book has this element in it as well as a dose of mystery, action, humor all wrapped into a bundle that will please readers of all types.

Sam, a collector of souls from hell is on the job again. Lilith, his handler has a special mission for him. You would think after stopping a war between Heaven and Hell, and a group of rogue Collectors from causing another end of times everything else she could have coming for him would be easy, boy is he in for a surprise! Not only is it going to be the most difficult thing he has done as a collector, he is going to end up in Guam more times then he wishes too.

When you get to the end of a series, especially one as well written as The Collector trilogy it’s always sad, and a small part of you wishes there is more to come. While there is tons of room for possible growth of this franchise in the future, it was also concluded in such a way that as a reader you do have that feeling of closure (good job Chris for pulling off both).

As with his other books Chris does a good job interweaving several elements of different genres to make a fun, suspenseful, intense read that leaves you with many late nights and tired mornings as you do not want to put this book down. If you read my other two reviews then you know how much I have enjoyed this entire series and this book is no different. Easily this is a must read series as Chris F. Holm has went 3 for 3 with a grandslam right over center field.

No thinking about this one, an easy 5/5.

djinn24 is a professional miniatures painter, with an equally strong love of books. His reviews are concise and critical. He’s definitely good at what he does.

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