THE HUNT HAS LASTED TWO HUNDRED YEARS.....
Vince is tired. His body may not age, but his mind is weighted beneath centuries of passing towns and changing faces. Moments of happiness are fleeting; overwhelmed by the sharp, sickening pain that arises every time new bodies are found. Vince can feel himself getting closer, but the conquest is bittersweet. The killer he seeks is his childhood friend and the only person in this world who might still understand him. In a game of life or death only one winner can emerge, but Vince will soon discover that the rules are about to change.
The Rat Collector is the first of three books in the Age of End series. The trilogy explores themes of life, death and everything in between. With a colorful cast of villains, including a self-proclaimed freedom fighter, and a powerful monarch, our heroes are pushed into constant peril. Will they live long enough to see the end?
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Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite The Rat Collector by Chris Yee is book one in the Age of End series. It opens with one man standing barefoot on an ice-encrusted cliff, looking out over a snow covered plain, waiting for the approach of his childhood friend Saul. His name is Vince and he plans to put an end to his friend’s life, but when Saul finally makes an appearance, his attempt is aborted when he falls from the cliff. Fortunately, he is rescued by a local villager and returned to a small hamlet for treatment. But almost as soon as he arrives, events in the village take a sinister turn when folk start to disappear. Vince believes that Saul is behind the disappearances and, in order to convince the residents to help to hunt him down, he relates to them a series of incredible events which started when he and Saul were boys. Vince and Saul had grown up in a small, poverty-stricken provincial town, and one day while exploring the local wood, they met a stranger who presented them with an astonishing proposition. For no charge whatsoever he would administer a small injection which would give them both eternal life; naturally shy and suspicious, they try to run away, but Saul is ensnared by the stranger, and this sets off the chain of events which, 200 years later, brings Vince to the nearby cliff top in order to try to ambush his childhood friend. Convinced by Vince’s story and determined to rescue one of the kidnapped villagers, they agree to help and set off on an even more astonishing journey. The Rat Collector presents several intriguing scenarios and there are plenty of twists and turns in its multi-layered plot. Chris Yee has developed some interesting characters and settings in a dystopian world where nothing is quite what it seems. An engaging first installment in what promises to be an entertaining science fiction series.
Really enjoyed this book - read the first one and couldn't get hold of the rest of the series fast enough. Good writing, good characters, good scenarios made it fun to read. No sex and (unnecessary) violence, bad language, etc. Someone said: the storyline is unrealistic, how stupid - it's a book of fiction that entertained me and I would recommend to everyone.
I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA