Following his savage murder in a London vicarage, Reverend Ulysses Drummond embarks on an epic odyssey in the afterlife, wrestling with his conscience and misguidedly spurning the obvious advantages of a free ticket to Paradise.
His ten-year-old son, Henry, is left to muddle through life, encountering school bullies, big-hearted benefactors and cold-blooded killers on his passage to adulthood.
Will Henry find love, success and happiness in his life – or will he suffer the cruel and agonising death that was foretold?
‘Funny, frightening and touching, this audacious combination of fantasy and real-world evil is a novel like no other. Make sure you don’t miss it.’
Karen Holmes, editor 2QT
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4.5 Stars “If you only knew in your own heart how many hardships you were fated to undergo before getting back to your country, you would stay here with me and be the lord of this household and be an immortal.” —Homer Henry Drummond is one of the main characters whose story intertwines with others, and it is his story that begins more or less begins as his tenth birthday arrives, the same day that his parents are murdered, an act that will colour the rest of his days. ”I’d urge you to remember that the two most powerful warriors in earthly existence are love and understanding.” With enough humour to keep you smiling often while reading this imaginative story, as well as enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes, and enough sinister touches to be glad of the light, I loved this story! ”It’s a veritable mélange of all that is great in a story. It’s allegorical and it’s pulse-pounding.” Ansbro’s imagination is abundant and on display, and despite the pulse-pounding, darker moments, this left me with more of a feeling of joyfulness overall. I loved the pace of this story, which took off from the first pages, following a few intertwined stories, and I loved the references to various authors and philosophers, the classics, and how clearly the author’s distinct voice was felt while I was reading this, and feeling the somewhat Sherlock Holmes meets Charles Dickens essence to this. At its heart, this is a good vs. evil story, and as such it does have some scenes that has some violence, but the violence is not gratuitous or overly descriptive. It is a reminder that bad things do happen, and I felt that Ansbro conveyed the line between right and wrong brilliantly. I loved that early on I became familiar with each character’s quirks and idiosyncrasies, their individual personalities coming more to life as I read on. While not all of the characters were equally lovable (some not even likeable – but interesting? Oh, yes!), overall I loved the journey that this story took me on, and the glimpse of Paradise which was revealed to me.