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Paul Kohler does it again!
January 18, 2016
Paul B Kohler is one of my favorite indie authors. His stories have never been a let down and Borrowed Souls: A Novel is no exception.
The afterlife is not at all what Jack Duffy had expected.
A failed suicide attempt launches him into a world that continually tests his ability to forgive and forget. With each new soul that he’s entrusted to collect, he learns more about himself and his horrific decisions in life.
Through the tutelage of his befriended trainer, Jack will be compelled to make decision after decision about who gets to live and who will lose their soul.
The Borrowed Souls concludes when Jack comes to a crossroads: continue on with his eternal commitment, or forfeit the tremendous power that has been bestowed upon him.
Kohler is an author I found out about on October 30, 2014. I won a copy of the original Borrowed Souls story. When I first received the story I did not know what to expect. The cover was interesting, it might have scared me a little. I am not too big on horror stories and for some reason this cover had that feel to it. The story summary intrigued me but the cover kept me at bay for a few days. This is the original story summary:
519aYkJb09LJack Duffy is average. He lives an ordinary life with a mediocre job. He is a distracted husband, lives in a comfortable apartment, and is married to an extraordinary wife. That’s how he would explain it.
At the end of an unusually bad day, his life is turned upside down. The only thing that can catch him from falling is the soul collector.
Will he be allowed to keep his soul? Or will he have to give it back?
A few days after I received the book I decided to start reading it. What a mistake that was. I could not put the story down. I have never written a story before, besides the stuff you have to write in elementary school or middle school, but I wanted the story to continue. Kohler and I had chatted online a few times and once I finished reading I sent him a message about the story, I needed to know more. If he wasn’t going to continue the story then I wanted to write in the world. He told me that he planned on writing more in the Borrowed Souls world and that excited me.
From the middle of August to the end of December 2015, Kohler released the seven parts of The Borrowed Souls series. He changed the cover and I love the new cover. The park bench plays an important part in the story and I love how he incorporated that into the cover. I could not wait to read this series that I had started nine months before. I enjoyed the first story so much that I knew I would have to wait until all seven parts were out so I could read them as fast as I could. Borrowed Souls is like finding a new show on Netflix and binge watching the whole thing, I knew I wouldn’t be patient enough to wait for each part to come out. Speaking of Netflix, Borrowed Souls would be a great mini-series, you could make it a seven episode or fourteen episode show.
As you can tell from both summaries, Jack has a really bad day and attempts suicide. While reading about his bad day, I felt every emotion Jack was going through: anger, betrayal, sadness, loneliness, regret, love, forgiveness, compassion, etc. In fact, Kohler has a way of making you feel them as the character is feeling going through them themselves.
The story is fast paced and a constant page turner. One of the things I love about this book are the chapter lengths. The chapters are short enough that you don’t feel guilty about reading one chapter before bed, but several chapters go by and you lose track of time before you realize that you will be tired at work the next day.
There were two things I would change if I could:
1.) The story ended with two story lines left open. One of the story lines is a major one in my opinion and I hope that Kohler has plans on returning to the world to wrap it up. The other one isn’t a major story line but would be interesting to see what happens.
2.) I felt like the Epilogue wasn’t necessary, but yet it was. I still debate on if he could have changed it or left it out all together.
Besides these two things, this story is a great read. I am so glad that I have discovered Kohler and I love seeing how he keeps growing as an author. I have never been let down by any of his stories and Borrowed Souls is no different.
Leighgendary Rating: 8.5/10 Stars
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