Sunday, October 20, 2013

Try Not to Burn by Michael David Matula

Try Not to Burn
by Michael David Matula

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Publication Date: September 23 2012
Publisher: Post Mortem Press
ISBN: 9780615699004
Page Count: 252
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Adult Fiction
Available from: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

 Three strangers must join forces in order to escape from Hell.
Brandon Morales, a rookie cop with a shadowy past, shot dead at the age of twenty-two.
Samantha Reiss, a female bank robber, killed by lethal injection.
Jane Calrin, a teenage girl who ate a bullet to cap off a tear-stained murder-suicide.

All they have to do is pass a series of tests, avoid the wanton clutches of their fellow inmates, brave nightmares made flesh, and keep from being swallowed by the constantly evolving mass of Hell itself.

Of course, none of those obstacles might matter one lick, as the three of them might all just end up killing one another before their quest even begins.

Only God knows for sure.

My Review:
Nobody’s perfect, right? We’ve all done things in our lives that are wrong, even though we are good people, right? Many of us assume that when the end of our life comes, the good we have done will far outweigh the bad and there won’t be a need to wonder the results of our judgment day. What if that isn’t exactly true? What if your soul teeters on the edge of getting “burned” before you have a chance to redeem yourself? Three souls find themselves running for their eternal lives in Hell City, chased by the demons of the underworld, each has their own reason for being there, each has committed such evil sins against God that, unless they learn to trust in each other and dig deep, they will be lost for eternity. There are many levels of trials placed before them, can anyone be trusted? Will they learn to give of themselves and earn another chance to gain a peaceful immortality? How many levels of trials must they endure until they have atoned for their sins?

Try Not to Burn by Michael David Matula opens the gates to hell with his dark fantasy, giving us a frightening look at the unknown. The “burning” hurdles he creates for his three main characters, a policeman, a bank robber and a broken-hearted teen would test the mettle of a saint. Written with dark and ominous detail, we never know who to trust and his imaginative world is frightening, unstable and seemingly inescapable. From the first page to the last, you’ll be transported into another place, feeling the evil, the fear and the danger that lurks around each corner. At no point is the path clear, as we follow alongside these three souls through this dark labyrinth in the run for their lives and a way out of Hell City. It’s enough to make you think twice about listening to the little devil on your shoulder saying, “Just do it, you won’t get caught!”…Maybe not in this lifetime…

I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review!

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