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The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel Paperback – August 3, 2010
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Starred Review. Born into a crumbling society plagued by zombies, all 15-year-old Temple knows is to kill or be killed. When she is assaulted at a safe house, she murders her human attacker, Abraham Todd, and runs from his vengeful brother, Moses. Temple soon acquires a traveling partner, a slow mute by the name of Maury, and begrudgingly takes responsibility for his care, remembering a young boy she swore to protect but couldn't save. Fleeing Moses, the "meatskins," and her own battered conscience, Temple still finds moments of simple joy in the brutal world. Bell (a pseudonym for Joshua Gaylord, author of Hummingbirds) has created an exquisitely bleak tale and an unforgettable heroine whose eye for beauty and aching need for redemption somehow bring wonder into a world full of violence and decay.
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“If you loved Justin Cronin's The Passage, this summer's vampire hit, you'll get a charge out of The Reapers Are the Angels. It's a literary/horror mashup that is unsettlingly good.” ―USA Today
“The Reapers Are the Angels is a knockout, a fresh take on the zombie novel, with a heroine you can't help but root for as she braves the land of the living dead and the dead living, pursued by a foe far more dangerous than flesh-eaters and with the beacon of redemption flickering ahead. Alden Bell will snatch your attention and keep it until long after you close this book.” ―Tom Franklin, author of Hell at the Breach
“Alden Bell provides an astonishing twist on the southern gothic: like Flannery O'Connor with zombies.” ―Michael Gruber, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Air and Shadows
“Alden Bell has managed something improbable and striking: a disconcertingly beautiful tale of zombie apocalypse. The Reapers Are the Angels is soaked in all the blood that any horror fan could desire, the effluvia rendered in a high Southern Gothic style as redolent of rotting magnolia as anything written by William Faulkner or Cormac McCarthy.” ―Charlie Huston, author of Sleepless
“... This is a must-read for those who like their literature both brain-specked and philosophical.” ―journalstar.com
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I feel like the author, Alden Bell, is extremely gifted in creating any and all visual reference for the reader, without of course literally giving a visual picture. I honestly don't even like to read that much but I love anything that has to do with Zombies and Survival. I'm reading Exit Kingdom, the prequel to Reapers, right now and I like this book better but I have to tell you that Alden Bell is really talented. I sincerely hope that he will continue to write with such passion and visual description in this type of fashion
I know that I represent a small fanbase when I write this, but we really want to read more!!
I'm honestly much more of a 'Mature Gamer' than I am a reader or even a Movie enthusiast, and part way through this novel it reminded me of sections of the Fallout Games. It will likely sound crazy to most but I believe this story could be presented in the form of an open world game such as Fallout 3. Of course the main character would be Temple, as the game would allow the player to take control of her and guide her though travels, exploration, scavenging for food and supplies, and a slew of missions.
Getting back to the main point here...this Book Is Awesome!!
All I can say is , READ THIS BOOK !! If I say any more then that I would have to give the story line away.
Mr. Alden Bell , thankyou. I look forward to finding more of your writing.
In addition to the zombie hoards, the main character is pursued by another terrifically written character bent on her demise. One of the creepiest, motivated, hard-to-judge characters in recent memory, his constant presence on her trail, just over the horizon, adds to the overall sense of dread that builds throughout the story.
You wont want this book to end, which is as good a compliment as I can pay to any book. When it WAS over, I immediately went to the interwebs to see if a sequel was in the works. Interesting developments there, but I'll let you google it so as not to give anything away from this terrific story.
Fans of zombie fiction will definitely love this book, but I'd wager that anyone who's a fan of dystopian, post-apocalyptic thrillers would love it just as much.
Anyone looking for PA fiction involving a slaughterfest need look elsewhere.
The book was touching and overwhelms your soul. I haven't read anything so beautiful in a long time. It made me weep. I know this review sounds over the top but, there you have it.
I read it on my kindle and now have to order the book. I MUST have this book on my shelf.
I loved the manner in which it was written. Like "The Road", it had odd punctuation. No quotation marks which worked out quite well.
Okay, I'm being vague BUT, I don't want to spoil it and I don't rehash plots. I don't even consider the book as PA fiction -- it's more about dreams and regrets, love lost, spirituality and the outlook and travels, along with Temple, a 15 year old girl. If you're sick of reading about pandemics, nuclear wars, EMP, zombies -- READ THIS BOOK!
Thank you Mr. Alden for this treasure -- highly highly recommend.
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