SPA-F: The Tribe of Ishmael (Afterlife Chronicles #1) by Heather Heffner

March 7, 2014 ebook, Fantasy, Reading, self published, series 0

The Tribe of Ishmael

There are no heroes. Only villains…

Ishmael Abajian has always been a play-by-the-rules kind of guy, so when he stows aboard a train to escape from dangerous pursuers, he figures his guardian angel will overlook it. Except each train car appears to represent one of the Seven Deadly Sins. And the demon conductor informs him that he is no longer alive, deepest condolences. Not to mention the accidentally-going-to-Hell part—tough break. Too bad there’s no better luck next time.

Now trapped in a dark authoritarian world embroiled in power struggles and dreams of liberation, Ishmael teams up with a girl who may-or-may-not be a murderer in order to recover their lost memories and escape. However, as a free soul condemned neither to Hell nor Paradise, Ishmael is something that some demons have been waiting for, while others will stop at nothing to destroy: change.

The first installment in a brand-new epic fantasy series, THE TRIBE OF ISHMAEL is a dark metaphysical adventure containing hellhounds with nasty frost-bites and lots of adult content.

Welcome aboard the Sunnyside Express.
Next stop: the Afterlife.
Whatever you do, please don’t abandon all hope.
That wouldn’t be as much fun.

Amount Read: 3.5 Chapters

What did I think…

Well, so far the book is very readable – if that makes any sense. It took me no time to reach chapter 3 with this book. In comparison Wrona makes the reader work a little harder. The writing flowed easily and I only noticed a couple of editing errors.

I also took a few notes/highlights with this one – but the ones that stick out to me now is the negative portrayal of all the women I’ve been introduced to thus far. I’m assuming more female positive characters will show up later. I have to admit that was really turned off by the repeated references to a woman the MC nicknamed “Saggy Tits.” It felt harsh and unnecessary to any of the action that was taking place.

The Tribe of Ishmael starts with Ishmael already on the sin train – for me this introduction was like getting a bucket of cold water tossed on me. The “deadly sin” car Ishmael started in appeared to be racism or rage or something like that. So the first few interactions the MC has are very aggressive – the MC is 1/2 Italian and 1/2 Middle Eastern – the MC gets a racial slur yelled at him and basically accused of being a terrorist. Have to say, wasn’t quite what I was expecting.

When I originally planned to add this to my SPA challenge, I *thought* I’d picked up a copy of this while it was free. Later I realized I had not – probably because the book was only being offered at Amazon at the time and it’s a brick. I don’t own a kindle. I borrowed a friend’s copy but I had to read it on my phone…and this is a rather large book. There’s no way I was reading 600+ pages on my phone or my desktop. I’m getting older and my eyes aren’t what they used to be. *sigh*

IDK if I will ever get back to this book. I think – for me, at least – format puts this book at a disadvantage. It’s an easy page turner but when I put it down in ebook format it was also easy to not pick back up. I think that a hardcopy would be more “in your face” (if that makes any sense).

I can say that – if the rest of the book reads in the same manner – the book should be a pretty decent page turner.

Note: This book is marketed as a “dark” fantasy with adult content.

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