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Friday, July 22, 2011

Review: Two and a Half Dead Men + GIVEAWAY!

What Book Is That Giveaway Carnival!

Two and a Half Dead Men(For fans of Jim Butcher and the TV show Supernatural) (The Grym Brothers)
Title: Two and a Half Dead Men
Author: Jason Krumbine
Page Count: 665 KB (Kindle format)
Publisher: One Stray Word
Genre: urban fantasy
Copy for review provided by the author in anticipation of an honest review


Synopsis:
People die every day. 

But not all of the souls can or want to move onto the afterlife. 

That’s where the brothers Thane and Mort Grym come in.

Thane and Mort are bounty hunters for dead souls. They inherited the job from their father and they’re two of the best in town.

But when there’s a double homicide at the Kirkland Motel the Grym brothers end up with more than they bargained for. In a world without vampires, zombies or the undead, one of their bounties might not be as dead as he’s supposed to be.
*****
For those joining us late, there are a ton of great indie urban fantasy stories out there, and today's offering, Two and a Half Dead Men, is just the latest example of that extremely happy trend.  If you like snarky narrative, hilarious sibling rivalry, and an interesting story with lots of one-liners, then you've definitely come to the right place.


Thane and Mort Grym are the the kind bounty hunters you'd get if Jake and Elwood Blues had to finally find new jobs.  One does the thinking, one does the drinking, and somewhere in the middle each manages to not completely irritate the other and occasionally wrangle a reluctant soul into the afterlife.  This time, they're after (how apropos) two fully dead guys and one...half dead guy.  There's a new reaping agency in town, too, that's trying to muscle in on the market, and that just makes things complicated for our two leading dudes.


This story was the perfect length to not only get the ball rolling and wrap up the story in this volume, but also to make me want to read future installments.  What's up with Mort and Thayne's dad? Did their mom and dad really play favorites?  Will Mort ever remember Jeanie the stripper's phone number?  How are things going to turn out with the fancy new reaping outfit from LA?  I'm totally on board with future installments in this series after finishing volume one.


The deadpan tone and supremely quotable text make this a story I'll definitely come back to, as well.  Check out this gem right off the bat from the first chapter, when Thayne and Mort are trying to convince a recently departed guy that he is completely living impaired:
“You’re saying I’m dead?” he asks again. 


“Buddy,” Mort cuts in again, “you’ve got your legs violently separated from the rest of your body. I can see parts of your entrails on the fireplace. It is not possible for you to get any deader.”
 Further evidence that, as they say, reapin' ain't easy.  I mean, I'm not sure who exactly "they" is, but you get the idea.


*****
Jason Krumbine has graciously offered up two digital books for one lucky winner here at the carnival- a copy of Two and a Half Dead Men as well as a copy of the second book in the series, The Dead Couple!  This is a winner take all giveaway, so one person will win both books!  To enter, simply fill out the form below.  Don't forget to comment on the Why Read Indie Books? post from July 1st saying you entered the Two and a Half Dead Men giveaway for an added shot at the $25 Amazon gift card!  Make sure you leave the comment in the correct place so your entry can be counted.  
 
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