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Coffin Riders Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00VBKCSF8
- Publisher : Necro Publications (June 23, 2015)
- Publication date : June 23, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1812 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 138 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1939065747
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,481,728 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Hope to see some more work from this new author soon.
I was onboard with this original concept – let’s look at hell, what is it like? The author has painted a very vivid picture of hell, complete with a beautiful beach covered in rotting corpses who are playing volleyball and soaking up the rays.
Bloom’s girlfriend, Lorraine, was supposed to follow him to hell…she did not (lesson for everyone – when your significant other suggests a suicide pact, don’t agree to go first). The fact that Lorraine did not live up to her part of the bargain sends Bloom on a ride through the nine known levels of hell on a quest to exact his revenge.
While I will give the author full marks for effort, the execution was a bit lackluster. I felt that there was so much more that could have been done. The first level of hell was so well developed, with some amusing characters. When Bloom set off on his voyage, the story could have used the same level of TLC through all of the levels.
James W. Bodden is an exceptionally creative storyteller, I just wished that he could have expanded his world to give a more complete picture.
The setting is so much of the story as you explore the afterlife with Bloom. The author creates a unique world. Bloom’s first stop is an afterlife assistance center, Paradise Cove. Paradise turns out to be a bit of an exaggeration. In a world of rotting corpses and creepy attendants it was never going to be wonderful. Although in comparison to the rest of hell, it was much better. Bloom’s desperate desire to reach Lorraine gets him in further trouble and begins his descent though the realms of hell.
There are so many interesting little creations in this bizarro afterlife, from a mole filled vending machine to towels as currency. I’ve never read about a worm turf war before, but this is the case as they vie for space in Bloom’s rotting intestines in one part of the book. This is an example of one of the many strange occurrences that make up Bodden’s world of the afterlife. It’s fresh and fascinating.
Bloom learns that he can get back to the land of the living by traveling through all nine realms of hell. It’s quite a trip as he experiences each realm, from being larvae food to part of an industrial machine. The environments he encounters and the people and beings that he meets are all strikingly different. His decomposing corpse and mind take a hell of a beating on the way. It’s a take on the classic Dante’s Inferno, and some of the realms of hell mirror those of the poem. The author creates a bestiary of fantastic creatures including some recognizable from the poem.
It’s an interesting book, with a fresh take on hell and its dominions. We see plenty of horrific things and violence, but it’s not quite as jarring when you’re dead already. Not only do we see Bloom’s journey through hell, but we are also with him through his journey of coming to terms with being dead and the afterlife. The book has a rewarding and fitting conclusion.
He waits for her, and waits, only to realize she is not coming. It takes him a minute. He's in denial. But as soon as he gets the chance to ask her why she is not joining him in death, he realizes she never loved him the way he loved her. He is determined for them to be together again. Coffin Riders tells the tale of Bloom doing whatever it takes to be with his love, Lorraine, one last time.
Reviewer received copy from author for review.