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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.
The world-building in this book was fantastic. This was definitely the best aspect of Michael Matula’s writing for me as he transported me in to this world – one where once the bell rings and the day ends, you get up the next morning with everything back to how it was the day before. So, you’re hungry and eat the sandwich and lasagne from Jane’s bag? It’ll be back the next day… There were so many great things about the world the author built up in this book that it was so captivating to read.
The suspense was at a high in Try Not to Burn. It had me rooting for the three main characters, Brand, Sam and Jane throughout, who despite their personal flaws, were characters you want to see survive. The pacing switched a lot in this book. The first and last third of the book seemed fast-paced whereas the middle seemed to be a lot slower and more drawn-out. I was mostly engaged with this book but there were a couple of moments where it didn’t have my full attention because some parts seemed to go on for a bit too long.
However, once I got towards the end, this wasn’t really an issue and my full attention was regained. I loved the ending. I’d spent a lot of time throughout Try Not to Burn predicting how things were going to turn out but I didn’t expect what actually did happen. It was a brave ending by Matula in what was a really strong thriller.
*Book gifted for honest review.
Try Not to Burn is a story about people who have ended up in purgatory. These aren’t people who are there because of some white lies or other “minor” sins, but because of the biggies like murder. I found Michael David Matula’s version of purgatory interesting. It’s not anything like I have pictured it. And having grown up Catholic, I have pictured it a few times.
I liked the main characters, Brand, Sam, and Jane. Even though they were wary of each other at first, they eventually opened up and I felt I knew why they had a chance to not burn (or go to hell for eternity – at least that’s what they believe happens when someone burns).
The author has a writing style that is easy to follow and his descriptions were such that I was able to picture Hell City and all of its beings.
I liked this book but the way it ended suggests that there will be another one. I’m hoping…
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