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Dead Harvest (Angry Robot) [Paperback]

Chris F Holm
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1 Mar 2012 Angry Robot
Meet Sam Thornton, Collector of Souls. Sam s job is to collect the souls of the damned, and ensure their souls are dispatched to the appropriate destination. But when he s dispatched 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. No. File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Souled Out | Damned If You Don t | Collector Mania | On The Run ]

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot Books (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857662171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857662170
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris F. Holm was born in Syracuse, New York to a mother from a cop family and a father from a long line of fantasy and sci-fi geeks. He wrote his first story at the age of six. It got him sent to the principal's office. Since then, his work has fared better, appearing in such publications as Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, and THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2011. He's been longlisted for a Stoker Award and nominated for an Anthony, a couple Derringers, a Silver Falchion, a pair of Spinetinglers, and a handful of House of Crime and Mystery Readers' Choice Awards, even racking up some wins along the way. His Collector novels recast the battle between heaven and hell as old-fashioned crime pulp. Chris lives on the coast of Maine with his lovely wife, writer and reviewer Katrina Niidas Holm. No, she hasn't reviewed his books.

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This gripping supernatural adventure gives a whole new meaning to possession is nine-tenths of the law --Charles Ardai, Edgar award winning author.

About the Author

Chris Holm was born in Syracuse, New York, the grandson of a cop with a penchant for crime fiction. It was the year of punk rock and Star Wars, two influences that to this day hold more sway over him than perhaps his wife would like. His stories have appeared in a slew of publications, including Ellery Queen s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock s Mystery Magazine, Beat to a Pulp, and Thuglit. He has been an Anthony Award nominee, a Derringer Award finalist, and a Spinetingler Award winner. He lives on the coast of Maine with his wife and a noisy, noisy cat. When he s not writing, you can find him on his porch, annoying the neighbours with his guitar.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dark urban fantasy 6 May 2012
By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Dead Harvest is a dark urban fantasy. The book is interesting because it manages to be thoroughly supernatural and yet keep the fantastical elements to a minimum by casting heaven and hell, angels and demons, into everyday landscapes and people. By that I mean, the world is portrayed as we know it, with the souls of the fallen and blessed dwelling in individuals. Thornton `borrows' bodies to undertake his collections. Holm writes in an assured style with engaging prose. The contextual material is well thought through and conveyed and Thornton's back story is nicely told. The characters have enough depth for the story to work but, except for Thornton, are fairly sketchy and a little under-utilised - it would have been nice to find out a bit more about Anders and Pinch, for example. The plot is nicely structured and tugs the read through the story. The first two thirds I thought worked very nicely. The latter third seemed a little rushed, transforming into a kind of caper, and the believability factor, which even in fantasy is calibrated, dropped - Thornton and Kate repeatedly manage to escape encounters in which they really should have perished and the timings felt a little off. It seemed as if the story had slipped from indie production to Hollywood blockbuster, although it's fair to say that in the right hands Dead Harvest would potentially make a good movie. Overall, an enjoyable read that excels on premise and contextual construction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead good... 13 May 2012
By Emmster TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I sat and read this in two evenings due to a) the wife being out - hence the television stayed off, and b) I found it hard to put down.

First things first: it's written in the first person. If that gives you the shivers - probably best to back away now!
Second things...second. If you have viewed and enjoyed the film "Constantine" then chances are you'll enjoy this book. There are many similarities - but the plot is better and Keanu doesn't feature.

I've seen/read quite a few tales of the eternal struggle between Good & Evil being played out in the earthly realm. This is definitely in my top 10. I liked the character of Sam Thornton, finding him to be immediately likeable and progressively more interesting. I enjoyed the gradual reveal of his back-story via flashbacks interposed within the main story-line.

Chris Holm made the peripheral characters pretty light-weight, sacrificing depth for plot velocity. I have no issue with being given only hints at a character's past as I quite enjoy unchaining my imagination to fill in the blanks. Being in the first person - lots of exposition would have (In my not-so-humble opinion!) slowed things down considerably, making it a very different book.

The criticism I have is directed against the final third of the book. The pace hits light-speed, and for me, it seemed like Chris H. crammed his A2 sized vision on an A5 page. There were a couple of moments where I fell out of my totally engrossed state thinking "hmmm, I'm not sure, even with my 'willing suspension of disbelief', that I believe it...". Once where a scene was just *too fantastic* and the other where the timings of events didn't add up. I agree with another reviewer who mentioned it seemed to get a bit 'Hollywood'.

That said - I will definitely buy the second in the series and I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in this sort of material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great supernatural thriller 28 Nov 2012
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I was looking forward to reading this from the other reviews and it didnt disappoint. I finished it in a couple of days. Highly recommended!

Incidentally, another reviewer compared it to Constantine (the movie) but it reminded me of the original (the graphic novel).
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet the Collectors... 29 Feb 2012
I have a confession to make - I'm an addict, I'm hooked on Angry Robot books. There I've said it, feels good to finally get it out there into the open. Things got so bad that I've actively avoided Angry Robot publications for the last couple of months. Ever since I pronounced them my publisher of 2011 in December, I realised that I had to go `cold turkey' for a while. There was a serious danger of me reading nothing but Angry Robot books all the time and getting stuck on one publisher doesn't work terribly well if you are a book reviewer.

Up until very recently I've done quite well. There has been the odd wobble (I'm looking at you Empire State), but with the exception of that one lapse my life has been Angry Robot free. I've taken each day one step at a time and I thought that I had my Angry Robot habit beat.

What changed then? Why am I wallowing once again in the quagmire of bookish addiction? I have two words for you - Dead Harvest.

I'm a sucker for novels, films and TV shows that deal with the subject matter of life after death, and the afterlife. The last great unknown is a fertile playground for any author, and Chris Holm has let his imagination have free reign in Dead Harvest. He has created a world where the forces of Heaven and Hell are locked in an uneasy detente, just so long as everyone continues to do their jobs.

Sam Thornton, the novel's main protagonist, has a crumpled world-weariness that makes his character immediately engaging. He has been ground down by having to deal with dark forces, demons and scumbags for decades. Such a long time in fact that it's hardly a surprise that he has finally reached his breaking point.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced fantasy
Review: Sam Thornton collects souls and sends them on to Hell, as payment for something htat happened years ago. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nina (Death Books and Tea)
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfulfilled promise
Great premise and started off well. Turned into one long chase sequence and the noir elements took a bit of a back seat. Very abrupt ending felt contrived.
Published 3 months ago by Andy McC
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak plot - could have been so much more
Dark Harvest could have been an excellent novel. It is an original concept and contains some nice moody writing. But for me the fundamental failure of the book was the plot. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars New twist...
... on the undead concept. Aggressive, exciting writing from a new (to me) writer for a niche publisher that takes care with it product; the cover caught my eye and the contents... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
Turned up very quickly, it was in perfect condition and the book (so far) is excellent. No problems at all.
Published 17 months ago by Phil Steadman
4.0 out of 5 stars A Collection you will not want to contribute too!
You have to hand it to 'Angry Robot'. Whenever you are in the mood for something completely different they are the publishing house to go to. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. A. I. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Good
Excellent first book in New series that concentrates on a character call Sam who is a soul collector. Read more
Published 19 months ago by QuillofArkham1
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Dead harvest has an great plot, I couldn't put it down as more and aspects were explained by the use of non-chronological order revealing secrets of Sam's (main character)past. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Stew
5.0 out of 5 stars Judge this one by its excellent cover.
There's a lot of class in the writing of Chris F. Holm. Read his short works in `Eight Pounds' or his entry in `Pulp Ink' and that will become immediately obvious to you. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2012 by Boo Radley
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best reads I've had in a long time!
This book is fantastic from the first page to the very last, gripping, great pace and terrific characters and story! Read more
Published on 13 May 2012 by Amazon Customer
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