Title: Soul Retrievers by David Burton
Genre: Fantasy – Horror
Publisher: Dark Serpent
Page count: 465 pages
Publication Date: July 10, 2015
Rating – 4/5
When an innocent soul is accidentally sent to Hell, loved ones can hire a certain specialist to return the soul to Heaven Gate. However, if the specialist dies in Hell proper, his soul is trapped there for eternity. These specialists who risk eternal damnation are known as Soul Retrievers.
Getter has begun an assignment he takes personally, perhaps too personally: retrieve the soul of a ten-year old girl, the same age his own daughter would have been had she lived. This time, however, a strange plot is brewing behind the normal dangers of Hell. Retrievers are disappearing, including Getter’s brother-in-law, and an army is forming in secret. Teamed with Sneaker, a female Soul Retriever dealing with her new “Life” as a vampire, and an odd collection of Retrievers and souls, Getter only wants to finish his mission. But whispers of prophecy have told of a war between Satan and Mephisto, the Helland Security Chief, and have named Getter as a man with a destiny he does not want.
Happy Friday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Soul Retrievers! I’d like to send a big thank you to the author David Burton and Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the chance to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review.
In Soul Retriever, we follow Getter who works in a secret and highly dangerous profession of soul retrieving in which he rescues innocent souls that have been sent to hell by mistake. Soul Retrievers work for hire and by contract with the lost souls family. Getter finds himself in hell once again, but this time to rescue the soul of a ten year old girl that reminds him of the daughter he lost in his past. He finds this particular job troubling and runs into far more danger than he anticipated in hell.
I really enjoyed this book. It was dark and gritty and altogether a different, interesting concept. I thought the story was so original, definitely not something I have encountered before although spending time with Getter’s character reminded me alot of how I felt when reading about other badass mercenary for hire type men like Dresden in the Dresden Files or even the Winchester brothers in Supernatural. Once I started reading this book and got that feeling, I knew I was going to enjoy reading this book. It was also almost like experiencing the hell of Dante’s inferno except I feel like the hell in this book is certainly more hellish (hopefully that makes sense!)
I found the concept of an ever changing hell to be super interesting and that added a really good, dangerous element to the story. Hell was literally just filled to the brim with all sorts of different creatures and dangers that I found SO interesting and horrifying. The soul retrievers seem to go through SO much at every single turn they take in hell, like the fact that they have any downtime down there (especially for sexy time) is pretty amazing in itself. The action scenes were great although slightly overwhelming because SO much happens in these action scenes. This book pretty much kept me on my toes from start to finish. I found the book itself to be pretty fast paced which makes for a pretty light read because if you’re like me, you’ll get sucked right into the story.
Overall, this book was super fun to read, horror fans will definitely find something to love in this book, it’s a pretty wild, fun romp through hell that kept me up at night. I seem to be doing alot of my reading late at night in bed so if you do the same thing prepare to be a little freaked out! I’m hoping that this book get’s a sequel because I would love to revisit this world. I found the book cover to be really cool too! Four stars!
About the Author
David Burton is an American writer living in sunny Southern California. After traveling by motorcycle through Mexico, US, Canada and Alaska; building and sailing his own boats to Mexico, Tahiti, Hawaii, and through the Panama Canal to Florida, he turned to writing. He mops floors and collects trash for money, writes for a living, and is an unrequited sailor.
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