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The Big Reap (The Collector #3)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  305 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
The Collector Book Three

Who Collects the Collectors?

Sam Thornton has had many run-ins with his celestial masters, but he’s always been sure of his own actions. However, when he’s tasked with dispatching the mythical Brethren – a group of former Collectors who have cast off their ties to Hell – is he still working on the side of right?

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Soul Sol
Paperback, 378 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Angry Robot
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Jul 08, 2013 Brandon rated it it was amazing
Still reeling from the effects of The Wrong Goodbye, Sam Thornton is tasked by his handler Lilith to take out the mysterious Brethren, a group made up of former Collectors who have severed their ties with Hell.

I received an ARC of The Big Reap from Angry Robot in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to our literary robot overlords!

The opening scene of The Big Reap will have a spot among my favorite openers ever. Not only does Chris bring you up to speed if this happens to be your first Thornton no
Jan 31, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it
Trilogies never seem to go out of fashion - well it does seems a striking number of books I have recently read or considered come in threes. Either way it seems to the publishers favourite and after reading this the last part of the Collectors trilogy I cannot really disagree.

I will admit that I struggled in places but not because of the book - too many other distractions sadly. However one thing I would say that there were a lot of monologues (am not sure if there were more or I was just more a
Jun 14, 2013 sj rated it it was amazing
You know those books that you want to tell everyone to read, but when asked to describe what they're about, you kind of draw a blank because even tiny details venture into spoiler territory? Chris F. Holm's third book in The Collector series, The Big Reap, is one of those books.

Let me backtrack a bit, stay with me.

Last summer I read Dead Harvest , then a few months later got my hands on an ARC of The Wrong Goodbye . Both made my end of the year lists for all the right reasons. I've been waiting
Jul 10, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Sam has been given the almost impossible and deadly task of killing the Brethren. Once human, The Brethren have been transformed into horrific monsters who inflict untold cruelty on humanity. Interspersed with his present day mission Sam flashes back to his very first mission to collect the soul of Adolf Hitler.

The Big Reap is a jewel in the Collector series crown and Chris F. Holm pulls out all the stops in book 3. It is beautifully written, gripping story with action and character development
Experiment BL626
Book 3 was a game changer much to my enjoyment.

+ the characters

Sam finally made full use of his power as a Collector by choosing to ride living people as his meat suit. In previous books, his modus operandi was to ride the recently deceased because he wanted to avoid embroiling the living, i.e. the innocents, in his business of Hell. Now, he had few qualms in using the living, selectively of course, to accomplish his missions, and he didn’t wallow in useless emotions when bad things happen out o
Joe Jones
I was lucky enough to manage to get an arc of this book which does not come out until July 30. This is book 3 in the Collector series following Dead Harvest and the Wrong Goodbye. Fans of the series will be very happy to read about Sam's latest adventures. This series just keeps getting better and better! No doubt this will be on my best of the year list and one I recommend to as many people as possible.
Nov 20, 2013 Mieneke rated it it was amazing
Since the publication of Chris F. Holm's first Collector novel, Dead Harvest , I've been a fan of the series. I absolutely adored books one and two and book three lived up to my expectations and more and had me once again guffawing out loud at Sam's dry wit. For those familiar with Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, the title gives some clue of what to expect from the novel as it's a word play off of Chandler's book, but there are some twists Chandler himself wouldn't have thought of. Like the p ...more
Milo (Bane of Kings)
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"“A page turning story that will have you on the edge of your seats from the get go. Chris F. Holm’s third outing for Sam Thorton delivers a great storyline, and provides readers with the best novel in the series yet. Fans of the previous two books will love this one.”" ~The Founding Fields

If the previous Collector novel, The Wrong Goodbye, was a pulp/urban-fantasy style roadtrip, then The Big Reap barrels forward with a similar str
Jul 12, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it
I'm so happy I got the ARC of this from Netgalley. So happy! There were aspects I didn't like much at first that actually, yeah, I really started liking them as things developed. I loved that we got to see characters from the previous two books (however briefly), and that the whole Lilith plot thread developed further (and developed the way it did). I was so prepared to love this series based on the fact that it was a pastiche of Chandler et al alone, but now I love it for its own merit, too.

May 14, 2015 Kim rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who want to pull out their hair in frustration or be bored to death
Shelves: gave-up-on

Unreadable. A character I thought was maybe growing between books just seems to have shifted and thinned out as the series progressed. The series sets rules and then goes about working outside of them. The central character finds out things as he goes (his now-widow's pregnancy, for instance), and then he always knew them - with no mention of having to have things pointed out to him first - as of the following book. In the process of breaking his own rules, he also makes an arrangement t
Jul 03, 2013 JK rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
ARC from NetGalley.

This was another great addition to the series, but it was not without its weaknesses. I enjoyed the overall plot, but not the execution. Sam's job this time around was to eliminate The Brethren and from the get-go this seemed awesome. It really seemed like this would be a time to explore his character and the dangers of the job, but the rushed episodic nature of this story left me wanting more. I wanted to really see some kind of consequence for what happened, but each time th
Kate Sherrod
Aug 03, 2013 Kate Sherrod rated it really liked it
Shelves: angry-robot
Stop me if you've heard this one. Boy gets job. Boy hates job but is totally, totally trapped in it so he does the best he can at it according to his lights. Boy's boss gives him an important new project that's finally going to put his talents to use. Boy finds out that this only makes his job suck more. Once again, there is no girl, nor is there a spoon. Well, there is a woman (we do like being called women when we reach adulthood)* but she's pretty much off limits, because she's the boss.

I'm p
Jun 23, 2013 Drew rated it it was amazing
Looking back, I almost regret being so vaguely snooty about the first book in this series. Holm has grown into the series and as a result deserves notice as one of the most exceptional writers working in the genre today. His faculty with language - presenting beautiful, thought-provoking digressions & conversations on MAJOR philosophical & religious issues... then hitting you with a hilarious smartass remark from Sam - is matched only by his evident joy in putting this story on the page. ...more
Jeff Dick
Jul 19, 2013 Jeff Dick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: angryrobot
My name is Cheffo and I’m a Holm-a-holic

I didn’t mean for this to happen.

Hell, a year ago I didn’t know who Chris F. Holm was.

Somebody, somewhere in the Twittersphere posted something about some war between the covers of Dead Harvest and Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds. Curious to see what could possibly compare to Joey HiFi’s beautiful rendering of Miriam Black, I rushed over and (like a dutiful little minion) cast my vote against the pulpy goodness of Dead Harvest.

But I was intrigued.

Clever title. C
Dev Ojha
Aug 03, 2014 Dev Ojha rated it really liked it
I think that this book is very nascent and is offset into bad doings both by him and his former. The language in the book is heavy and pretty coarse and has crossed the line in terms of sexual references. In fact, I don't recommend the book to young children and it would be better off with young adults and teenagers. Sam is a collector of lost souls, requiring him to collect the souls of the damned in order to ensure their delivery to the proper destination. I was worried the flashbacks would in ...more
Feb 17, 2014 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Part action/adventure, part dark fantasy/horror, part thriller, with a touch of history and literary allusions and mythology makes for one spine-tingling, leaves-you-breathless book!

Sam Thornton collects souls as an agent for a dark force. In this book, he is sent to collect the souls of 'The Brethren' - former collectors themselves. He can hop bodies and inhabit a living soul, or recently dead one. Or, if the body he is in is destroyed, he will re-establish himself. He's the perfect collector.
Oct 24, 2014 Gillian rated it really liked it
I read through this entire series in a couple of days. I couldn't stop - I worked with it in my hand at some points, I found it so enthralling. And then it was done, and I was bereft. I am very seldom genuinely sad when I finish a book or a series of books. but I couldn't read anything else for nearly a week, because it wasn't these books.
That being said, I'm not sure it's one of my very favourites, and I've got no idea why I became so obsessed. There were bits I thought could be improved on, b
Tyrannosaurus regina
Objectively speaking, this was the best written book of the trilogy. But speaking from my gut, I think I liked the middle book better (Gio and Theresa 4evah!). The events here were a magnitude more 'important' but they also felt disconnected from the story that came before, and despite an ending that I didn't quite see coming, the rest was all very point A to point B to point C with some very convenient plot contrivances to string them together. This sounds like I didn't like it, which I did, ju ...more
Kathryn Tucker
Jan 21, 2014 Kathryn Tucker rated it really liked it
I was not really a fan of the first two books in this series but I soldiered on because I was told that this one was a 5 star book. And it is... almost. The story of this one is fantastic. We finally get repeat characters/friends. We get to watch Sam slink further down in his damnation. And Romania. The whole part in Romania hunting Grigori was what made the book. I could not put it down through that section.
That said, all the skipping about and hunting so many marks in one book made each one fe
Aug 22, 2013 Gef rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I liked Dead Harvest, and I loved The Wrong Goodbye, so I kind of had my hopes up when I started on the first page of the third book of Chris Holm's Collector series, The Big Reap.

Sam Thornton has been collecting souls for so long, hopping in and out of bodies and losing a shred of himself each time hes does, that he feels a little less human each day. He's really human anymore anyway, what with selling his soul to save his tubercular wife and serving eternity as a reaper of wayward souls, but w
Sep 01, 2013 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the third book in a series. I'll be honest, without reading the first two books, this one is probably too full of references to events and characters from those novels to be entirely enjoyable on its own. That said, the first two novels are both pretty darn good and readable, so if you haven't read them, go and give them a try!

The Big Reap continues the tales of Sam, the Collector of souls. Unlike the first two novels, this time he doesn't take on heaven and hell, and this time he isn't
Sep 11, 2013 Tonya rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this third novel in the Collector series, I was intrigued in the beginning and started to lose interest in the middle and by the end my emotions were, as I said, mixed.

Sam is a Collector of souls for Hell. In the first installment,Dead Harvest, Sam refused to take the soul of a girl that was innocent and caused Heaven and Hell to clash. The second in the series,The Wrong Goodbye, Sam is sent to a remote area in South America to pick up a really, really bad man's soul
Aug 28, 2013 Shaun rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Chris's books ever since I first stumbled across Dead Harvest while browsing through the (then fledgling) online catalogue of Angry Robot Books. It was one of the first three books I picked up from a new publisher and it was the book which made me a dedicated fan of the publishing company as a whole.

I've reviewed ARCs of both Dead Harvest and The Wrong Goodbye and absolutely fanboyed all over both of them.

Which brings me to the problem I have with The Big Reap. I don't think
Patrick Sprunger
To say The Big Reap suffers from silliness is a little unfair. The Collector series has built its entire cache on indulgent silliness. Collector stories are engineered for long flights, vacations, and general escapism. They're not exactly literature. Nevertheless, the first two exceeded expectations (for different reasons). The Big Reap was, sadly, more in line with more mainstream expectations for genre fiction.

Which is not to say The Big Reap isn't enjoyable. The Collector premise still has a
Sean Cummings
Jul 30, 2013 Sean Cummings rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic 3rd installment in one of the best Urban Fantasy series to hit bookstores in a long time. All you need to know is this: biblical proportion bad stuff happening. Sam Thornton once again finds himself stuck in the middle of an epic battle between Heaven & Hell. He's working for the bad guys because of a deal he struck to save his sick wife. He's faced loss on an epic scale and things are just about to go from bad to unimaginable in the blink of an eye.

This is pulp fiction m
Jul 27, 2013 Larry rated it it was amazing
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djinn24 reviews The Big Reap, the epic conclusion of The Collector series by Chris F. Holm. This book comes out in print and ebook on July 30th, 2013 by Angry Robot Books.

The end of a series is such a bittersweet moment with a series as great as this one. Chris said he wanted to end this strong, he ended it Herculean. – The Founding Fields

CAUTION: This is a review of a book in a series which may contain spoilers about previous books.

It’s hard to believe that
Sep 02, 2013 Hilary rated it it was amazing
Chris F. Holm keeps upping his game with each book. I loved his first Collector novel, DEAD HARVEST, and was even more impressed with the second book in the series, THE WRONG GOODBYE. His latest, THE BIG REAP, is his best yet. The main story is brilliant: his damned soul-collector, Sam, is sent on a desperate mission to rid the world of nine former soul-collectors, who broke hell's bonds but, in doing do, became monsters themselves. Holm does an incredible job of weaving mythology and history to ...more
Aug 26, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I take my time getting around to things.

It was some time ago that sj started telling me I needed to read Chris F. Holm's Collector series. It wasn’t that I didn’t trust her – I did, and I do, especially when it comes to literature – but I just have to defend myself by saying I have a TBR list that’ll last longer than I live. Sometimes I think of it and get super-daunted. I know. There are worse things in the world to stress over. But still. SO MANY BOOKS. SO LITTLE TIME.

I read Chris’s
Vanessa Delamare
Jul 04, 2013 Vanessa Delamare rated it it was amazing
My full review here : http://vanessa-s-bookshelves.blogspot...

What I think of it

I loved it! The best of the three books. Holm better controls his characters, his universes and his collector, Sam.

Speaking of Sam. We feel that he distances himself from his human side: he finds it more and more easy to "wear" a living human, whereas in the first books he sought only corpses (I recall that Sam is a damned soul who can't live by himself, but must have a body). We follow his questioning because he do
Oct 06, 2013 Stephen rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The last thing I remember was dying.

The opening line grabs you, right? Want to read what's next? Damn right, you do.

Starting just minutes after The Wrong Goodbye ends, we meet up with Sam at the grave of fellow Collector Danny. If you don't remember, Danny was the Collector in the last book who wanted to perform a ritual to free himself from his Collector contract. The ritual was performed by a group of nine Collectors thousands of years ago and produced the Great Flood (you know...the story o
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