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The storyline pulled me right in from the beginning. Even though the main characters are dead, the author is able to bring their souls to life, so to speak, and the readers will still see their vulnerability as they see each-others flaws that followed them to Hell City as they try not to get burned.
Brandon Morales, a San Franciscan police officer never saw the bullet coming that killed him. What he did see was the smirk on his assailants face before his world went black.
Samantha Reiss died from lethal injection after a botched bank robbery, and Jane Calrin a 17 year old teen who committed an unthinkable crime of passion then committed suicide.
The three lost souls find themselves in Purgatory trying to survive as they learn the ropes for survival. With their souls hanging in the balance and eternal damnation biting at their heels they build a bond for survival.
Purgatory holds the secret obstacles that hinder survival for these three souls. The city park, Eden is anything but paradise. The Grotto, a supposed underground safe haven is anything but a safe sanctuary. Not to mention the "Gral", monsters and demons in disguise.
The story takes a quick turn when another dead soul tries to help the trio. The character Clarence's appearance in the story at just the right time as the first book comes to a cliff hanger as he helps the three to understand what is to come with the "Gauntlet".
Will the three friends make it to next level or who will get burned? You will have to read the book to find out.
I recommend this book.
But I liked that!
Matula is a very competent writer. We go several chapters without an actual change of scenery, but you don’t mind. The characters and mystery engage you enough to keep your attention, and the story flows well enough to carry you right along.
I’m always fascinated by unique or different depictions of Hell and Purgatory, the darker and unusual settings. Matula provides an interesting scenario, blending the spiritual, the emotional, the physical; merging past, present, future; bringing religious concepts without necessarily any specific religion, so it has a general appeal and fascination without being “preachy.”
This book brings in another thing I love: characters living in the moral grey. You know from the start that our Main Characters would not be there if they hadn’t done something to earn it, but you root for them anyways; even after you learn what they did. You’re still there with them.
Really, my only complaint is that we spend more than a third of the book from one Perspective and then suddenly go to others, which is something that always bothers me. I am, apparently, the Point of View police. I like consistency. Either stick with the one, or mix them from the start.
And, of course, there was that one moment when I was almost shouting, “Not the red pill!” (You’ll understand when you read it.)
I’ll warn anyone who reads that this is not a one-shot book. By the latter couple of chapters, I knew there was going to have to be a book two (at least) as not everything wraps up in this one. We have a bit of a cliff-hanger, but I liked the rest of the book enough to forgive the author. ;-)
There is one plot device too oft used (especially in horror stories) that bothers the hell out of me and given the setting, I worried that this book would go there and it didn’t. I was pleased with that.
Really, I…don’t have much to complain about. It was an interesting and engaging read, fast-paced and fascinating. It’s 5 stars, and I’ll definitely be looking for the next book.
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.