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Dead Harvest (The Collector) Mass Market Paperback – February 28, 2012
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"A very promising first novel." - Locus
"With a candid style that exhibits solid confidence and finesse, Chris Holm pulls readers in and pins us to the edge of our seats with a cleverly conceived story that is flawlessly executed." - NY Journal of Books
"Chris Holm’s smooth writing style and rather charming characters (yes, Sam is charming, so there), made Dead Harvest a pleasure for me. 4.5/5 stars." - My Bookish Ways
"Dead Harvest does not feel like a debut. Chris F. Holm's writing is assured and the world building is outstanding... I completely enjoyed reading Dead Harvest with its unlikely anti-hero and world painted in shades of gray. The Collector series is on my must buy list." - The Qwillery
"The first book in The Collector series, is completely fresh and absolutely distracting. You won’t be able to put it down, and you’ll want a stiff drink and a smoke to go with it." - Sacramento Book Review
“...classic mix of deduction, ultra-violence, narrow escapes, shocking revelations, and sudden turns of fortune that make noir such a satisfying genre. Also, possessions, demons, seraphs, and lucky cat statues. Just fantastic enough to be entertaining, but not so unrealistic that it stretches the bounds of credulity.” -Josh, In Order of Importance
"A great protagonist, powerful bad guys (you have to love Bishop, the bad guy who can be anybody), pacing, tension and some really clever twists (the need for, and effects of, meatsuits is particularly cool) make this one of my favourite books."
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Sam is an amazingly likable character despite what he does. Through a series of well placed flashbacks we learn how Sam became a Collector. He did not have an easy life. 'The road to hell is paved with good intentions' could probably be Sam's motto. Which is not to say that he did everything on the up and up when he was alive. Nonetheless, I was on his side. I wanted him to be right and to figure out what was really on. I did not want him to have to collect Kate's soul.
In addition to Sam there is a well fleshed out supporting cast. Kate is terrific even though she's not sure what she did or didn't do. She may actually be guilty. In addition we meet some angels, demons, seemingly crazy people, and Sam's remarkably chilling co-worker, The Bishop, who is out to collect Kate's soul because Sam has not.
Dead Harvest does not feel like a debut. Chris F. Holm's writing is assured and the world building is outstanding. The story is fast-paced with several well-done action scenes. The mystery kept me guessing - did she or didn't she and if she didn't what is really going on?Read more ›
DEAD HARVEST was worth the wait.
Holm's pacing in this novel is perfect. The action builds, the peril mounts, there's a tap of the brakes, and then POW. Sam Thornton (The Collector) is an engaging protagonist, and I connected with him easily. Throughout the book I found myself in full-on fret over the fates of the secondary characters, and when I shut the book last night I was completely satisfied with the conclusion. As DEAD HARVEST is the first of a trilogy Holm provides plenty of glimpses into Sam's life prior to his damnation, but he skillfully leaves room for us to learn more in the coming novels.
An excerpt from the second installment in Sam's tale is included at the end of the book, but I didn't read it because I don't want to go crazy waiting for the novel itself.
The story is well told. As you read, you can understand how the main character (Sam) wonders about pretty much everything he does - that life and death aren't necessarily as cut and dried as he thought. Yes, there are consequences to your actions. While there are some unexplained plot devices, they don't distract from the story line. They, as in life, are sometimes unexplained. There are movers and shakers that you don't "know" about. Sam is constantly finding this out!
Good book! Highly recommend reading this one and the next two!
The plot of the first book is somewhat predictable. I saw the ending coming from some distance away and it mirror several recent movies. But the main character is interesting and the writing is tight, well-paced, and kept me engaged. I look forward to more in this series.
Things go from unpleasant to unheard of, however, when Sam is assigned to collect Kate MacNeil's soul. At first blush is seems like a no-brainer since the young woman was caught red-handed, literally, having just butchered her family. Slaughter three people, go to Hell. Makes sense. So imagine Sam's surprise when upon attempting to collect Kate's soul he's met with an outpouring of purity so overwhelming he's convinced she didn't commit the crime; she's been improperly marked for damnation. However, one does not simply refuse to collect the assigned soul. It's never happened in the history of, well, ever. Failure to collect Kate's soul is sure to seriously piss off the denizens of Hell who've claimed it. On the other hand, improperly sending a pure soul to Hell for damnation could touch off a war with Heaven.
Unwilling to concede there's nothing that can be done about the situation, Sam takes Kate on the run until he can figure out a way to appease the demons without enraging the angels. Of course Sam and Kate also have to stay one step ahead of the humans who are after them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Those who know me, know I love to collect books. My house is overflowing with them, I could ski down my TBR pile. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul M. Feeney
This book had a good premise and I guess I was expecting something like that show "Dead Like Me", a soul collector except that this time he's working for the south side... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Veronica 87
I originally picked out Chris Holm’s “Dead Harvest”because of the cover, finding it while searching out cool vintage book covers. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MattS | Gas Station Burrito
A great book that some may call "dark" but has some really deep ideas and thoughts that come out during the book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by The Professor
A fantastic, and incredibly smart, retelling of the battle between heaven and hell. A must read for fans of urban fantasy, or of good books.Published 12 months ago by Erica
Entertaining book, though not the most original idea I've seen.Published 18 months ago by Soccer Dad
When you're a soul collector, you've got one job, and you better do it right. On one job, Sam decides to ignore the sole (soul) requirement and take initiative, which lands him in... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dale
One of the best cross-genre books I've ever read! Mr. Holm melds noir and urban fantasy perfectly. I love how Samuel's backstory unfolds in flashbacks to his human life in the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kourtney Heintz