For the most part those were the only downfalls. Steve knew something was wrong as soon as he saw the dead girl in the Wintergarden food court. Then the momentum swept me away again and all was forgiven. The story is well written with some dark humour as Jamieson provides the reader a strong grounding in his world before he takes you down the rabbit hole. I had absolutely no empathy for him. This is fiction, however, and what I enjoy is a good story with a bit of action, humour and romance. For Tim, Steven's cousin, I've always imagined a mate of mine, , a Brisbane based stage actor with tremendous range.
I definitely want to know what's to come. And even more wonderful for the juxtaposition of death with corporation. Steve is in the family business - pomping the dead. The world that the author has created is thoroughly believable. He's a Pomp -- tasked with easing spirits from this dimension to the next after death. This means killing all of the current Death's staff.
To view it, 4 Stars Death Most Definite is a fun trip into the land of the dead. Steven de Selby has a most unusual career, he helps spirits pass to the underworld, and stops Zombies stirrers walking the earth. With a light touch, subtle humour blended with introspective dialogue, the story just sweeps along at a hectic pace especially the second half and even before a third of the novel is done, just about everything possible has been thrown at the poor guy. But to do this he must stay alive. Except for the epic ending, the characters are also rather lacking in woo-woo super powers which also adds an interesting twist.
Part two is where the story really kicks in to gear. Then a mysterious entity kills everyone in the Sydney and Melbourne offices of Mortmax, and the beautiful ghost of one of Steven's colleagues warns him that he and the other Brisbane Pomps are next. I cannot wait to see what Steven does as Death in the next book. Pomping is a serious business, and Steven works for the big Australian Pomp agency, Mortmax in the Brisbane offices. And I did have to focus in places a little more than I like.
Pomps pomp the dead, we draw them through us to the Underworld and the One Tree. Also great for classic film fans! As for the plot, it didn't feel like a mystery, just char Just a quick review. This means killing all of the current Pomp necromancer he ever knew has been killed, Steve is left to make a reluctant stand. I can only think of 1 other female character we see enough to actually get an idea about her, but Sam is extremely capable, apparently intelligent and skilled. His job is to guide the restless dead to the underworld but now his clients are his own colleagues, friends, and family. I really only skimmed through it, and I didn't find it very memorable at all. Steven works for Mortmax Industries the company with the market share on pomping in the Australian region.
And if humor is involved I'm downright giddy. The blurb made the story looked like it would be something I would like and I was actually interested in the background and the universe that it described. The hero is a reaper who falls in love with a dead girl in the first few pages of the first chapter. D's his boss after all-but when a dead girl saves him from sharing her fate, he finds himself on the wrong end of the barrel. Brisbane, Australia to be exact. With the aid of the soul of a beautiful recently killed pomp, Steve has Set in Brisbane where I lived for five years so I was familiar with much of the settings , it's a horror novel with some wit. She may have been incorporeal but she saves Steven many times and is the voice of reason and planning when he is rather flailing around in a panic.
But to do this he must stay alive. This is also partly just my fault, what with my inability to even remember what I ate for breakfast this morning. He guides the spirits of the dead to the afterlife. Worse, the Stirrers are coming through in greater and greater Steven is a Pomp. Even before we have a chance to learn about him, his work or his world. Even before we have a chance to learn about him, his work or his world.
I tried to read this novel a couple of times and ended up putting it to the side. Jamieson is currently writing a duology for and the third novel in the Death Works series. Steven suspects that Stirrers are involved, who pretty much do the same thing as Pomps, but hunger for both the living and the dead, creating pain and havoc wherever they strike. His Regional Manager is missing, and Morrigan, family friend and higher up at Mortmax, can barely contain the sudden violence. I knew what was coming only in the last chapter or so and even then I thought there would be a slightly different resolution. It's a bit like watching a good film the second or third time, you get more chance to notice the details which are well fleshed out, you get a really good sense of life in Australia and a healthy back story with plenty of world building.
I'm thankful to the book for that and it will always resonate with me because of it. His world is in shambles, his family dead, Australia is on the brink of Apocalypse and the guy doesn't act. I have really come to love so many books that have Death as a main character or subject. I'm not trying to knock the writer. The blurb made the story looked like it would be something I would like and I was actually interested in the background and the universe that it described. The dynamic between the two was great, the two sharing both highs and lows.
Someone has started killing off all the pomps in Australia in a bid to become the new 'regional manager' a. Things I didn't like as much: Although the women were strong and equal, all the positions of power were held by men except for one near the end that was mentioned in one sentence. D's his boss after all-but when a dead girl saves him from sharing her fate, he finds himself on the wrong end of the barrel. Jamieson has created an intricate and fascinating supernatural world revolving around death. I look at this book and realized I'd rather do anything else but pick it up and read it.