- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 668 KB
- Print Length: 254 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615699006
- Publisher: Post Mortem Press (11 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009G4MMC0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,119,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read the whole book a day and a half hard to put down once started the characters grow as the story develops and you come to care for them and hope they succeed the world created is imaginative dark and terrifying not a book i would usually go for but glad i did if you fancy something different and what to take a chance choose this book if this genre is what you enjoy then this is a book for you
The world-building in this book was fantastic. This was definitely the best aspect of Michael Matula’s writing for me as he transported me in to this world – one where once the bell rings and the day ends, you get up the next morning with everything back to how it was the day before. So, you’re hungry and eat the sandwich and lasagne from Jane’s bag? It’ll be back the next day… There were so many great things about the world the author built up in this book that it was so captivating to read.
The suspense was at a high in Try Not to Burn. It had me rooting for the three main characters, Brand, Sam and Jane throughout, who despite their personal flaws, were characters you want to see survive. The pacing switched a lot in this book. The first and last third of the book seemed fast-paced whereas the middle seemed to be a lot slower and more drawn-out. I was mostly engaged with this book but there were a couple of moments where it didn’t have my full attention because some parts seemed to go on for a bit too long.
However, once I got towards the end, this wasn’t really an issue and my full attention was regained. I loved the ending. I’d spent a lot of time throughout Try Not to Burn predicting how things were going to turn out but I didn’t expect what actually did happen. It was a brave ending by Matula in what was a really strong thriller.
*Book gifted for honest review.
The storyline is original: three residents of Hell City band together to try and survive long enough to redeem their souls. The characters are well-written: they are not the typical cliches you might expect, and I loved the way that their pasts are revealed through conversations over time, rather than having everything thrown at the reader as soon as the characters are introduced. The action is quite the mix of drama, horror and suspense, making me feel as if I was fighting through The Guantlet with them.
The only reason that I even chose to read this book is because I am familiar with the editor, Felicia Sullivan - I've enjoyed other books that she's worked on. I'm so glad that I did make time for this novel because Matula's storytelling reminded me of all the reasons I fell in love with the horror genre in the first place.
The reason? Simple - characters you invest in, hugely descriptive set-pieces that place you right in the thick of the action, and a plot that builds nicely into something much bigger than the original premise.
In the Gral, Matula has created adversaries to rival the best of Clive Barker's "Hellbound" demons, and they're just the beginning of the troubles facing our three main characters. And it's the steady growth and unveiling of these three characters, and the strengths and flaws they bring to the table, that adds extra weight to an already excellent novel.
If you like your horror/fantasy tinged with sci-fi and a sliver of a bigger mythology at play, "Try Not to Burn" will NOT disappoint. Highly recommended, and please get to publishing the next book, Mr. Matula!
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