Rip Cooper kills ghosts. Unfortunately for him, ghosts can kill him just as dead. While that's bad news for our hero, it does make for some amusing scenes where the poor guy is getting his ass kicked by invisible fiends. Or yelled at by his dead guardian angel.
Sherrier takes a rather simple premise (think "chosen one" archetype) and layers on much humor, wit and originality. The writing is brisk and easy to breeze through and the very un-flat characters actually make you want to read one more "act" before bed..
Speaking of "act," using that instead of the typical "chapter" gave the book more of an episodic feel. Each part (there are four) do really feel like a complete, self contained episode while building the overall arch, same as shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. do.
Although the book stars member of the life-impaired, it is not a horror. With Rip's journey to save the world (or at least Sidwick), Choices After Death plays out more like an action/adventure with a hint of romance and even a pain in the ass sidekick/teacher (who admits she doesn't have all the answers).
So go on and give this book a shot. I don't think you be at all disappointed..
Ghosts are people, too, but not all ghosts choose to be good people.
Rip Cooper must overcome his fears and kill dead people to prevent them from corrupting the living. This young loner learns he can perceive ghosts with his five senses as if they were flesh and blood, and he’s just as solid to them — pretty much the only solid thing, in fact. He works alongside an impure “angel” and his ex-best friend’s ex-girlfriend as they teach him how love can lead to strength.
RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death features the first four novelettes in this coming-of-age and redemption story: “Touch,” “Alone,” “The Crazy Line,” and “Point B,” plus the short story “Strength.”
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Daniel Sherrier is a writer based in central Virginia. This is the guy who writes the Earths in Space and RIP series, which you’ve doubtless heard much about. Occasionally, a play he’s written gets performed somewhere. He graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2005, where he earned a degree in the ever-lucrative fields of English and Theatre. Recently, he achieved his black belt in Thai kickboxing. And there was that one time he jumped out of an airplane, which was memorable.
Learn more about him on his website, Facebook and Twitter.