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Friday, December 19, 2008

Beat the Reaper - Guest Review - Gary Harris


Beat the Reaper, Josh Bazell

As always thank you Miriam from Hachette for providing a review copy.

I would like to introduce my son Gary Harris. He read and reviewed this book for us! Thank you Gary.

A Book Review of "Beat the Reaper"
By Gary Harris

I picked up this book shortly after it arrived in the mail and right off fell in love with the provocative cover and title. Then I turned the book over and read the back. Blah, was the first thing that came to mind; a mafia book by a medical resident and a first book at that. I put off reading it until it came time to write a review for it.

"Beat The Reaper" starts off with so much energy and force that by page ten you are up to your neck in 'Peter Browns' narrative. The story is a first person account of an ex-mafia hit man, Bearclaw, who has gone into the witness protection program and is now a Doctor.

At a lightning pace he takes drugs, relives his past, questions his future, and then comes face to face with a ghost from his former life. I read this book in under four hours.

This book isn't a masterpiece of modern literature but it is entertaining and clever. The footnotes throughout the book remind me of the deadly one liners from "Fight Club"- with enough medical information to fill a second book called "The stuff the doctor didn't tell you".

I don't know if anybody ever beats the reaper, but this book definitely beat this reader. This book is a good read and I will look forward to Mr.Bazell's next work.

Here
is the full description from Hachette.

Publish Date: 1/7/2009, Hachette
Sounds like a fast good read eh?

*** Note my son is 23 years old this is not a teen book****

13 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Wow! Great review. This one is in my TBR pile. Thanks, Gary.

Dar said...

Awesome review Gary! You have a way with words just like your mom. I hope we get to see more reviews from you in the future.

Toni said...

Thanks Ladies!!

I hope Gary chimes in with some comments too! :)

Jenn said...

Great review, Gary! I hope to see future reviews from you!

Felicia said...

Great review! I completely agree with Dar, you do have a way with words. I hope you chime in with reviews from time to time.

dawn said...

Thanks for the guest review, Gary! I'm glad the book was a pleasant surprise for you and that *Beat the Reaper* turned out to beat the reader (in the most gentle manner possible!).

I hope to read more of your reviews here.

Toni said...

Hey everyone... I am lovin' the comments on my guest poster .. thanks for showin' the love!!

kalea_kane said...

Thanks Gary! Great job. Nice reading your honest opinion and review! Very nice! :)

Anonymous said...

Hey guys,

This is the beaten reader here, thanks for the kind words. I'll definately do more reviewing here.... as long as I can continue to pry books from my moms secret stash =).

Love you Mom,
Gary

violetcrush said...

Hey Gary, nice review. The title of this book reminds me of 'Jack the ripper' so i thought it had something to do with serial killing :)

Glad you like the book, I'll add this to my wishlist.

Anonymous said...

What a great review! I thought the beginning was very clever..."Blah". Gary has really piqued (is that spelled right?) my interest and have put this book on my TBR shelf. I am also going to recommend it to my boyfriend. Thanks Gary!

Vicki

J. Kaye Oldner said...

Great review, Gary! Love to see family get involved in reviewing books. :) Hope to see more of your reviews.

Toni said...

Gary - I had fun with your guest visit. Moowah.

Violet, Vicki and J. Kaye. Thank you for the comments.

I hope to have some books reviews in the next few days!