In the Books featuring Organ Reapers by Shay West

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Organ Reapers by Shay West.

On a world with medieval steam technology, a machine is discovered by the head priest of the ministry that allows them to send teams to Earth to harvest the organs their own people need to survive. The catch? Their Gods preach against defiling a corpse, so they kill the people for their organs.

Organ reapers

Despite the honor and opulent lifestyle being a Harvest gives them and their families, a few of their people don’t agree with the idea of killing others to save their own. This thought process comes to a head for Tani and Keena when they’re assigned to travel to Earth to kill a child. Wishing to find a way to stop future killings, they travel to Earth through their gateway to find help.

Murders are a fact of daily life for Detective Eli (He hates Elliot) Robins, but when people are found struck over the head and their organs expertly removed he finds even his excellent skills aren’t able to find the killer. Enter his new partner, Ava, who is his equal in every way and help to balance and bring him from the edge of despair.

Okay, I’m a sucker for anything with a fantasy angle and when you add in police procedural thriller there’s little hope I won’t read it. With that being said, is it any wonder I loved this book? The characters and story were well done and flowed smoothly.

The author captured the frustration of the police detectives perfectly, especially Eli Robins. There were times I honestly thought he would have an aneurism. Following a divorce from his unfaithful wife, he crawled into a bottle and only came out when he needed to work.

Ava has a dark side that only comes out in glimpses and made me wonder if there’s more to her story that needs to be told in another novel. While she’s Eli’s equal in many ways, she’s superior to him in her self-control and serves to ground him when he flails about in frustration. It’s fun to see their relationship grow from one of mistrust and anger to complete faith in one another.

As is often the case in life, Tani and Keena often seemed more than the teenagers they were, but the author did a phenomenal job of reminding us of their age by having their fears and weakness become evident when confronted with the unknown or people of authority.

The story itself was woven together seamlessly between the two worlds. The differences between the worlds were drastic and subtle at the same time. It’s like disappearing from one book and into another.

I’m not one to push, but I hope there’s a sequel in the works somewhere. No pressure, Shay. 🙂


About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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