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Don't Fear The Reaper by [Kay, Garry]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 456 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1291092609
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P28XNU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #281,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Would you cut a deal with Death if he were open to it? That is the question the bus crash victims in this book are up against, and it is being explored in the most entertaining way possible. The Grim Reaper (not always immediately recognizable as such, which adds to the fun) appears in front of each character and presents them with various alternatives to death. How much pain, betrayal and risk will they take? The flashbacks get the reader into the characters' mindset, so you can guess what they will do, in addition to deciding what you would do. For Geoff Miller, a born gambler who comes closer than any of the other characters in this medley to being a protagonist, it's a no-brainer. He takes a huge chance - and wins! At least in the first round... The sequel is both hilarious and nerve-racking. Slightly reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe, but far more light-hearted an completely unpredictable, this story raises many questions. What price would you pay for something you wnat? Can you escape fate? Should you bet everything on a roll of the dice if you don't have that much left to lose? And last but not least, should you have paid more attention in school to prepare for the eventuality that you meet the Grim Reaper in the shape of an annoying quiz show host?!? Whatever the answers, the book is great fun!
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An unusual book about the grim reaper (Thanatos) and his brother and sister (Hypnos and Keres) who preside over a bus that crashed on the way to the airport in Corfu after the driver had been drinking. There are several unsavory characters on the bus of 49 souls. and the Reaper must pick 16 of them to die. He has already allotted 5 by seat numbers , but must pick the rest himself. He takes on several guises and seems to know all about the lives of the remaining people on the bus and gives some of them a chance whether to die themselves or pick someone else close to them.
The book is quite a quirky concept and there are a lot of names of passengers and their stories to remember. The reader won't always agree with the choices and the Reaper is rather pedantic in his methods. I wasn't totally pleased with the sudden ending and there were a couple of things not properly explained (the bearded man for example). The editing was a bit loose and there were spelling and grammatical mistakes though not so bad as to make me give it up - but please, the part of the body between chest and lower abdomen is the waist -not waste, as stated at least twice!!
A fairly quick read and very light-weight. Maybe good for a holiday or between more weighty books. I would probably try something else by this author to see if he has other odd ideas!!
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I was hooked on the very first page. Don't Fear the Reaper will draw you in and keep you reading late into the night. The story takes place in Corfu, Greece where a bus full of tourists has crashed on the peak of a mountain. The bus dangles precariously as the passengers' lives flash before their eyes and each in turn meets the Grim Reaper who appears as someone they have known in their lives. This thought provoking novel casts a fascinating light on the inevitability of death and the mercurial nature of the Grim Reaper. The Reaper, a complicated character, is at times likable and sympathetic at others mercenary and callous. He has a quota to fill and we are riding along with him as he decides who will live and who will die. At times, he allows the dying to make the choice - which is always heart breaking. The characters are drawn so well that quickly after meeting them, you care deeply about their fate. A particularly wrenching scene is when the Reaper, posing as a school headmaster, tricks to a young girl to choose between her parents and grandparents:
"I'm going to need help clearing up. Some of the passengers will need to stay with me."
"I can help," offered Sally with a toothy grin.
What ensues is a lengthy conversation about the way her parents relate to her compared to her grandparents. I won't give away her choice. The action throughout is fast paced and tense. Twists and turns will keep you guessing until the shocking end. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting, entertaining, and fulfilling read.
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'Don't Fear the Reaper' is a story about a group of people who have been on a holiday in Corfu and whose coach crashes on its way back to the airport. Death, in the guise of ‘the Grim Reaper’, must claim 16 of the passengers, while the coach hangs precariously over a cliff edge. He enters into a discussion with each possible victim on whether he should let them live or die. Most assume that the best way they can persuade him to spare them is to point out the good things they have done in their life – or else the absence of anything particularly bad. However, whilst the Reaper seems to choose some of his victims on the basis of their past misdemeanours, he is more perverse than that, and there appears to be an element of chance in in his final selection. This point is cleverly counter-balanced by the fact that the main hero, who tirelessly attempts to save the other crash victims, is addicted to gambling.

This is an enjoyable book which is fun to read. It is though-provoking, but in a non-pretentious way. I recommend it.
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