Thursday, October 17, 2013

Don't Be Afraid by JC Piech

Don't Be Afraid by JC Piech

New Mexico, July 1945: Chain-smoking English scientist, Jason Stone, dies moments before the first test of the atom bomb.

Later, when the bomb he helped create is dropped on Hiroshima, Jason begins work as a Reaper: a collector of the dead.

Leaving behind all he thought he knew (except cups of tea and packs of Chesterfield cigarettes), Jason becomes as much a student as a guide: Learning that each soul – whether it be an American marine in Vietnam, or a teenage suicide in 1980s West Berlin – will be taken to the same place when they die. It’s only their journey that is different.

But what happens when a Reaper’s heart becomes too full of the joys and sorrows of the world? And when Jason meets an old friend, who shares a long forgotten guilt, will Jason’s soul survive the burden?

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