Bell is the penname of Joshua Gaylord. He is a teacher at a prep school in NYC and a part-time lecturer in Literature and Cultural Studies at a New York college. He specializes in writing young adult horror literature. He is married to a bestselling mystery writer.
Book reviews of The Reapers are the Angels are unanimous in their praise for this book. It delivers on two fronts – it provides the reader with an engaging story and a satisfyingly different perspective on the whole zombie apocalypse situation. Well, the difference is that although the setting is your typical zombie epidemic, the story is more about the people who experience such an invasion and how this can make them the real villains in the story.
The author intuitively knows that the reader does not need yet another description of the zombie invasion setting so he makes it secondary to the main character’s real challenges which are the enemies within her.
When we meet Temple, the world has been immersed in a Zombie invasion for a quarter of a century already. For this reason, Temple, a teenager, has been alone and a fugitive all her life. She has lost her childhood innocence far too soon and committed crimes that haunt her. Now, she is trying to escape her past and a killer who is trying to track her down.
Her life and memories have been dominated by the Zombie invasion and she needs to be decisive about her movements if she is to find a sanctuary for her mind and body. The Zombies have become part of the background to her life and the “white noise” that surrounds her.
But it’s what’s going on inside her head that is the real danger to her. Temple is, however, a strong, self- reliant character and readers find themselves rooting her on in her quest to find her own place in her desolate world. Temple’s story is the backbone of this novel and we hope that she succeeds against all the odds.
Be prepared to be inspired. Be prepared to be sad and be prepared to end the book with more questions than answers.
The Reapers are the Angels book is rated as one of the best Zombie books because it is about the people in the Zombie setting and gives readers an emotional and relatable reading experience. Although this is not a long novel, the crafting of the story and the characters is both rich and yet economical at the same time. Every character deserves its place and has value and the plot carries you along rather than having to grit your teeth to make it to the end. This has the hallmarks of great literature.