DARK HUMOR AT ITS FINEST
A Tale of Two Reapers
by Jack Wallen
290 pp, published January 1, 2017, horror-occult, $10.99
I discovered this book through a friend's Facebook post. I often pass by those, but the book's title and cover caught my attention. When I first read the title, it reminded me of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. A book I loved as a child. Throw in a Reaper, and now you've got my attention. I downloaded the sample to my Kindle PaperWhite, and within the first two pages, I was hooked! Jack's writing style is so refreshing that I just had to read the whole story.
The main character, Grim, is as intoxicating as the souls he reaps. The stuff that comes out of his mouth is often laugh-out-loud funny. The story unfolds at a perfect pace, pulling you into our world seen through the eyes of the Grim Reaper. I'm not usually a fan of the first-person perspective, but this story is so well-written, it didn't bother me a bit.
The story, without giving away too much, is about Grim and his partner Christine (Xtine) who he accidentally turned into a Reaper. How'd he do that? He reaped Xtine's soul before it was her time. And Grim's lessons for Xtine on how-to-be-a-reaper is very entertaining. There is another central character, Fate. I won't get into him because to do so would give away too much. But I will say I won't ever look at fate the same way again.
I found the ending to be very satisfying. What does that mean? That all depends on your view of what's satisfying. But don't take my word for it. Check it out for yourself.
Before I finish, I wanted to say I even loved the minor characters Ammy and Darthaniel. Great job Jack.
I would highly recommend this book because it isn't often you can laugh while reading something so dark. I'm looking forward to more adventures with Grim and Xtine.