Monday, April 9, 2012
Reclaiming the Dead by James Patrick Brotherton
This book surprised me in so many ways. I really expected it to be much more the usual vampire fare, but instead I got to read a wonderfully written, unique book, with, yes, vampires.
The main character, Merton, is what really pulls this book together. I loved the transition his character goes through, the depth in change, of every sort, that he struggles with. It is wonderful to see characters that really progress, that end the book different than when they started it. That’s what makes a character stand out. Coaler, his “side-kick”, was hilarious and a nice foil to our protagonist.
What I liked the most, however, was the book’s middle section. This is where the author really shows his colors, with beautiful, moving prose that rings of truth. I found myself wide-eyed, waiting to see what would come next throughout this whole section. The pacing was really well done.
The whole book was very entertaining to read. As this is an indie book, it makes you wonder why these kind of stories don’t make it into the world at large when so many other, less well written, less intelligent ones do. I can highly recommend it, and I’ll definitely be looking for this author’s next book.