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Calling the Reaper (First Book of Purgatory 1)

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The time of the Unity has ended. Now, the realm of man is stranded between Paradise and Purgatory. The Valkyrie and Reaper battle over the fate of all who pass from the land of the living and into the afterlife.
Eight mortal spirits from vastly different worlds tread the same, inevitable path toward their last, crucial decision. Within them all exists the defining conflic
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Kindle Edition, 191 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Rambunctious Ramblings Publishing Inc. (first published September 26th 2015)
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N.W. Moors
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Calling the Reaper is the initial book in the First Book of Purgatory series. The concept is that the realm of mankind lies between Paradise and Purgatory. Valkyries hold sway in Paradise, ready to collect the souls of any person who qualifies for heaven by the choices they made in life. The Reaper collects the souls of those who made the wrong choices.
Here we have eight separate stories where a man or woman is confronted with a decision at the end of their life. I liked very much how the storie
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Kayla Krantz
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Spread across a variety of cultures and time, Calling the Reaper is an amazing novel that shows the results of the seven deadly sins - death. When each of the characters in this piece meet their end, they are taken from their world to Purgatory, a place of eternal hopelessness, by the Reaper. I'm excited to see where the characters go from here, and I eagerly await for the next book in this series! ...more
N.O.A. Rawle
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
(I was given a proof copy for review purposes)
Calling the Reaper, Jason Pere’s debut novel, is a work of epic fantasy at its best.
The Valkyrie and the Reaper are gathering souls to fight in a grand tournament in Death’s court, like the gladiators of old. This is the story of how those souls come to end up in Purgatory. The stories of Captain Dante Ramos, pirate and swordsman extroadinaire, who defies Queen Isabella to seek an impossible cure, Aristo, the undefeated Preatorian Legionary, headstro
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Liz Gavin
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great start of a new series

** I received a copy of this book in Exchange for an honest review**
In the name of honesty, let me start by saying I’m not a fan of the fantasy genre per se; although I’ve read and enjoyed authors in the genre like Tolkien or Marion Zimmer Bradley. However, I don’t rate stories based on my personal preferences because that wouldn’t be fair to the author. It would be the equivalent of rating Romeo & Juliet because I don’t like the fact the main characters die in the end
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Nancy (The Avid Reader)
In Calling the Reaper we have eight different tales with each character fighting battles of their own choosing. The Valkyrie and Reaper are both fighting to get their hands on each character. Each of our characters thinks they are making the right call in their decisions. They are doing what is right for them. They believe they are making the right call for themselves at that time in their life. The choices and decisions they make will determine if they will end up in paradise or purgatory.

Each
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Katrina June
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What is this book about?

Calling The Reaper is a full array of short stories covering different cultures and times, all existing in a world not too far from our own. Through the fantasy of eight characters, subtle connections exist among the narratives which develop set-ups for other stories to build from. The protagonist is moving to their inevitable death through plenty of well-written action scenes, creating page-turning anticipation.

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 of each story; they each have somethi
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Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a brilliantly written first book, for this Purgatory series. The author has done a wonderful job to give us a very unique story, written in an even more unique way. He gave us a series of tales that mingle with each other, but all ultimately end in death, which is only the beginning of a much bigger journey.

The stories looked at life events and decisions that that we can all relate to. The basis of the book also sets itself in an area that a lot of people believe in, the existence of a hea
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Christy Nicholas
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, creepy read. I truly enjoyed the symbolism and weaving together of the tales, the semi-historical fantasy settings and the disparate personalities within each story. Mr. Pere has done a lovely job.
Jordan
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
A valiant first effort. Check out my blog for a review, coming soon!
Brent Harris
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Calling the Reaper is not for those seeking story-book endings. As the title suggests, bad things happen and sometimes, bad things happen to good people. It all comes down to choice, and even good people are subject to make bad ones. The story follows vignettes, or snapshots, of 8 different characters as they navigate the treacherous waters of sin and dark choices. A Praetorian soldier survives torture and desperate battle, where his fellow soldiers did not, only to find solace in his survival f ...more
Domoni
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
War is human nature. Men and women have waged wars in every culture in every time. The strongest warriors all eventually die. When it is their time, they shall meet the Reaper.

Calling the Reaper is a difficult book for me to review in the manner I normally do so. Writing up a paragraph that gives a broad sense of the book has been a struggle today. This book was pitched as a fantasy that covers various realms of the world, and it is. However, essentially this is a book of short stories that at s
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Laurie Gardiner
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
******SPOILERS******For the most part the book is well-written and I enjoyed the writer's style. As is the case with many fantasy novels, I found it overly descriptive at times. Each character has a distinct voice and each setting is unique, but I found myself wanting more. I think more dialogue and internal thoughts would have given better insight into the characters and made me feel more connected to them. As each character's story is told, the suspense builds toward the inevitable battle in P ...more
Samantha
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I will admit that I found the back cover a bit misleading as I thought it was going to be more fantastical than it was. Perhaps that comes in the second book. Once the initial disappointment of not having actual Purgatory, Reaper, and Valkyrie throughout I found myself invested in the culture and history involved.
"Calling the Reaper" takes eight different characters from different cultures and ties them with the one unifying trait we all possess: our inevitable death. Based on what I can rememb
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Brooke Banks
Beware: Colonizer perspectives calling natives barbarians and locals.

Basically: Decent, entertaining read though I was really confused. It sets up the world slowly to keep you guessing and the ending has me very excited to continue the series.

Calling the Reaper opens with a pirate tale and I’ll admit I was initialing confused. I had no idea why I was reading about that given the blurb. Soon enough I went “ohhhhh” in realization.

After my initial confusion and the second story, I sped along enjoy
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Teresa
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit I don't usually read books of short stories but I was really surprised by this one. I set down with this book and could not put it down. I read late into the night, went to bed, got back up and read some more then finished it the next morning. All of the stories were very interesting. They were quick stories. There are 8 stories in the book. Each story was about a different person in a different time and land. How they lived and what led to their deaths. In just the few pages of ...more
Becky
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Calling The Reaper is a book of short stories of very complex characters who make the choice of right and wrong. The Valkyrie collect souls of who choose the right and the The Reaper is to collect for wrong choices made in life. Each story has it's own time, place and character. I enjoyed the stories, but for me not the writing style. At times it was difficult for me to read because of how descriptive it was and how the author used metaphors. I enjoy the straight up kind of talk. I'm also somewh ...more
Jessa Julian
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had a hard time putting this down! See my full review at http://www.msjmentions.blogspot.com ...more
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Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This isn't the type of book that I would normally pick up. Though, I will admit only a few pages in, I thought, I would love to be a pirate. Not the point... The characters that each story revolves around are so different and yet so engaging. I finished the book in less than two days because they kept me hooked. Each story is tragic and so well thought out. It reminded me a little of Cloud Atlas, which I loved, not because the stories are similar but because these stories are linked in some ways ...more
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Jason Pere is a born-and-raised New Englander. He always had a passion for the arts and creative storytelling. At the age of thirteen, Jason took up the craft of acting for film and theatre. He pursued that interest for over a decade until refocusing his medium of expression into writing.

At first, Jason took a causal interest in writing, starting with poetry and journaling. Over time, he honed his
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