M. K. Theodoratus - Doom Comes For a Sold Soul: A Tale of Andor

Sunday, June 11, 2017

24. Doom Comes For a Sold Soul: A Tale of Andor by M. K. Theodoratus (2015)
The Tales From the World of Andor Series Book 3
Length: 15 pages 
Genre: Short Story 
Started/Finished: 11 June 2017
Where did it come from? From Amazon
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 19 May 2017
Why do I have it? I like short stories and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.

The residents of the world of Andor live in a parallel realm very much like our own. However, the major difference between our world and that of Andor - is that the curtain between the physical world and the supernatural one is much thinner than we would think. As a result of this, the residents of Andor are quicker than most people to ascribe a supernatural or magical motive to everything that happens.

Grant Highgrim is a struggling reporter looking for his next story - not necessarily a Pulitzer Prize winner, although that would certainly be terrific - he's just searching for the type of story which will give him a chance to pay his rent on time and occasionally eat a proper meal. He definitely doesn't expect to stumble upon the type of career-making story that his adsheet publisher dared him to try and get. According to the publisher, Dr. Henry Allsdipp is a Nobel Prize winner in Economics; he is also the oldest man alive and a confirmed recluse who has steadfastly and consistently refused all previous attempts to interview him. So, Grant's chance to reclaim his faltering dignity is on the line.

Only this assignment won't be quite as simple as just interviewing some cranky old man for his secrets to living a long life. Unfortunately, Grant has arrived at the nursing home on a particularly difficult day: the day when a demonic horde of flame-eyed beetles has come to claim the feisty doctor's soul. Suddenly, finding out the secret to Dr. Allsdipp's longevity takes a backseat to Grant's lifelong phobia of beetles and other creepy crawlies. Now the down-on-his-luck reporter must overcome his overwhelming revulsion to insects in order to conquer this malevolent infestation - and not only save his interviewee, but also his career, and their lives.

I must say that I really enjoyed reading this book. I was definitely expecting the story to involve the collection of souls in some way, I just wasn't sure how that soul would actually be taken. Having said that, the form that the demons took seemed plausible for the storyline. I would give this book an A!

A! - (90-95%)

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