Grim Reaper: End of Days
Patrick “Shep” Shepherd was a promising major league rookie pitcher on September 11th, 2001. Shaken by the attacks, Shep was driven to enlist in the armed forces even if that meant leaving behind his soul mate and their newborn daughter. Eleven years and four deployments later, Shep finds himself in Manhattan’s VA hospital. His left arm is gone, his wife and daughter are g...more
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It was for the most part an intriguing read, if the concept of Dante's Inferno rewritten into a modern context sounds interesting to you. On the downside, there were far too many characte...more
In Alten’s novel, “Grim Reaper: End of Days“, death walks the Earth, or at least Manhattan, when a manufactured strain of the bubonic plague is taken from a government laboratory and unleashed on the city in the form of a modern day Typhoid Mary. As the death toll b...more
I won't comment on the religious preachiness of this book. It's there. It's heavy handed. I expected that. What I struggled with was the...more
Grim Reaper End of Days by Steve Alten is at the very least a roller coaster ride through hell. The main character's wife, Patricia loves Dante's Inferno and as the main character, Shep (Patrick Shepherd) goes through his trials throughout the book he goes back again and again to the passages in Dante's Inferno.
Most of this book is about spirituality, although you wouldn't know it while you learn about bio terrorism, conspiracy theories and war...more
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Steve Alten takes us on the classic journey of good versus evil, transformation and redemption.
The story is set...more
I am at a loss of words on how to even begin this review other then by saying that this novel was scary as Hell! Grim Reaper: End of Days by Steve Alten is the debut novel in a new series that perfectly mixes fact and fiction until all the lines are blurred making it was impossible to tell the truth. This novel is a chillingly plausible tale about the end of days that will leave you hiding under your bed.
The facts Alten selected to use within this novel we...more
It is an okay read that gets a bit religious at times. It's references to Dante's "Inferno" keep the reader wondering how the book will continue to hold true to the poem, but that is not a worry as it is not trying to be a revision of the original.
The military and governmen...more
It's basically a man made plague...more
I am not one for too much religious overtones in my stories, but this one was just about right. I believe it was more preachy than The Stand, but then you have to remember that this is the Inferno. I happen to be reading another series about dystopian future of NYC, and it fits...more
I started it on May 4th and finished it that night.
My opinion: Well.....I have to say this is the best book I've ever read. This story makes you think,cry,and laugh. There are plenty of relations between Dante's Inferno and this book,because each part of Manhattan that Shep is going through,represents a circle out of Dante's personal hell.
there is a storyline of an american vet in hospital - desperate to reunite with his wife
there is lots of mysticism and Kabbalah doctrine and a defination of spirituality...that has nothing to do with religion.... related to positive and negative feelings and being capable of changing darkness to light
there is a chemical weapon unleashed and miracles really do happen