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The Reapers Are the Angels | [Alden Bell]

The Reapers Are the Angels

For 25 years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can’t remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her off on her personal journey toward redemption.
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Publisher's Summary

For 25 years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can’t remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her off on her personal journey toward redemption. Moving back and forth between the insulted remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond, Temple must decide where ultimately to make a home and find the salvation she seeks.

©2010 Alden Bell (P)2010 Blackstone Audio

What the Critics Say

“Bell (a pseudonym for Joshua Gaylord, author of Hummingbirds) has created an exquisitely bleak tale and an unforgettable heroine whose eye for beauty and aching need for redemption somehow bring wonder into a world full of violence and decay.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Aaron 05-16-13
    Aaron 05-16-13
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    "Post Apocalyptic (with a zombie here and there)"

    Matthew 13:

    "His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

    He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and THE REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS..

    “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear."

    Not sure what this title has to do with the rest of the book. ?

    Other than an occasional nod to Christianity, this book is in no other way representative of Christ or Christians. Honor killing/revenge seem to be the underlying emphasis, while the primary thrust of the story seems to be only to survive in a messed up world without losing one's moral compass; The problem I have with that idea, is that the two main characters who illustrate this notion, have their own individual idea about morality. The dichotomy of Individual morals and Christian morals seems irreconcilable. If the author hadn't insisted on creating a connection to Christianity, and then departing from it, it might have carried more weight.

    Performance was Tai Sammons solid and entertaining.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    michael king LINCOLN, NE, United States 07-10-12
    michael king LINCOLN, NE, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2006

    prefers the darker side of fiction

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    "alden bell pulls it off!"
    Any additional comments?

    Reapers is well written and unique, thrilling and provocative. the characters are engaging and absolutely human. proof there is still some bite left in zombie fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Criss United States 06-25-12
    Criss United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Summer Reads"
    Would you listen to The Reapers Are the Angels again? Why?

    I think a second reading of this book is a must. I did follow the whole plot the first time around, but by the end I was wondering if I missed some clues for the ending.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the premisses of the story, from the point of view of one that have only know the world with zombies and not real history of what was before.


    Which character – as performed by Tai Sammons – was your favorite?

    Temple was my favorite character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There no crying in Zombie books. Some parts were sad but not crying.


    Any additional comments?

    Someone, anyone, should have explained how the world got infested with zombies. I want to know what to look for before the world get eaten by all the zombies. Though the survival techniques were very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-29-12

    A Dog lover & Amature Trainer

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    "The REAPERS are..........AWESOME!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Reapers Are the Angels to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Tai Sammons was perfect casting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them


    Which character – as performed by Tai Sammons – was your favorite?

    Too hard to choose only one


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What are you gona do........eyeball me to death!


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah it's a zombie novel but the voice and writing style transcends the typical zombie novel. And yes the lead character is 15 but there is nothing YA about this book. The prose is, well.....beautiful. It feels weird saying that about a YA zombie novel, yet it fits. You get gore & poetry all at no extra charge, I can't recommend it enough!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. Heard 04-23-11
    P. Heard 04-23-11 Member Since 2009

    I am a Christian, husband, father of two, and amateur photographer. I heart audio books. A lot.

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    "Excellent Post-Apocalyptic Story"

    Meet Temple, the butt-kickinest 15 year old girl you'll ever see. If Cormac McCarthy, Max Brooks, Charles Portis, and John Steinbeck were gene spliced into one author, this is the book they would write. Definitely not your average zombie apocalypse story, this is the very deep and stirring journey of a girl who became a woman at a very young age. Born 10 years into a dystopian America, Temple sees a world filled with both devastation and beauty. I am usually a bit skeptical about shorter books, this was only about 7.5 hours long. However, there was a lot of depth and feeling poured in, making it very satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meghan 08-09-10
    Meghan 08-09-10
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    "horrible"

    This is the worst audiobook I've listened to since joining audible. If you are looking for a zombie tale, don't get this book. If you are looking for a suspensefull thrill, don't get this book. If you are looking for a harrowing story that examines the human condition, don't get this book. If you are looking for stong characters and a cohesive story, don't get this book. I hate to be so harsh, but this is the first time I have reacted so strongly to having wasted a credit.


    The story line is so thin that it should be condensed into a short story. The world of the story is not fleshed out at all, almost no details about how the world has changed since the zombie uprising. The fact that the story takes place after the apocolypse seems to be an afterthought. The characters are incredibly flat and boring, there is no internal conflict whatsoever. The pacing is slow and monotonous. And the dialogue was stodgy, and clumsy.


    Not only is this book poorly written, but the narration is horrible, almost laughable at times. I kept thinking, 'Am I supposed to be taking this seriously?' The narator read with no feeling whatsoever, and her dialect work was atrocious, if not insulting. I don't expect narrators to be dialect experts, but, at the very least i expect them not to make one demensional characatures of the characters they are supposed to be protraying. And what's worse, every character sounded the same, she made no effort at all to distinguish them. She did an incredible diservice to a novel that was already in trouble.


    I was expecting an exciting zombie story, with an unusual heroine. Instead I got not only a wasted credit, but a wasted 7 hours and 25 minutes. If I could give this less than one star I would.

    9 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Louis Cypher 05-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Better to read book than to listen to it."

    The story was good, but I didn't like the narrator. I didn't like the voices she used and the main character did not sound believable. I know the main character was supposed to be 16 but she sounded 10.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 07-01-13
    Emily 07-01-13

    I am an avid reader! (Zombie and YA mainly) I am pretty much depressed if I don't constantly have a good read lined up!

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    "Main character ruined it!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Ok I have to get this out of my system....why does she talk like a hillbilly!!! You can make people sound uneducated without making it torture to read!! Anyways she doesn't talk much thank goodness. I like that she is a firecracker loner and a young girl lead. If you have a weak stomach and/or want believability this book is not for you. Did I mention it's torture how Temple speaks?!?! Ok good. I like that she kicks male butt and takes names. It is true there is not much Z action but I actually enjoy that just as much. I'm split down the middle with this one. If you love Temple, the female lead, you will love this book. Never mind she just started talking a ton she is annoying, stupid and rude. I don't know why anyone would risk their safety for her she is a crazy person! When she is not talking things are much better! I'm pretty sure she calls a mentally challenged man Dumby the whole book as well. She is a complete idiot who is loose and I'm not sure what is appealing about her to men.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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