Rated Reads

The Ferryman Institute

by Colin Gigl

Rated: High

Charles Dawson is a Ferryman. Like the mythical Charon, Charlie’s job is to send the souls of the dead to the afterlife. In 250 years, he’s never failed an assignment, which is why he is a legend among Ferrymen. But the stress of dealing with death every day is driving Charlie over the edge, so when the president of the Institute gives Charlie a choice, he decides to save a girl instead of watch her die.

When Inspector Javrouche of the Internal Affairs Division hears about the incident, Charlie is in a world of trouble for breaking Institute rules and endangering mankind. Charlie, though, feels right for the first time in centuries, and he’s not going to give up without a fight.

I had high hopes for this book. I thought the plot was really original, but it sort of degenerated into an action-adventure script. The second half of the book was full of car chases, hand-to-hand combat and inventive ways to hurt people. I also thought the profanity was distracting, and I wished the author had gotten a little more creative with language than just resorting to the F-word all the time. I did enjoy the ending, though, so I will probably remember this book with some fondness, but I don’t really care to read it again.

Rated: High. There were 105 instances of profanity, including 57 F-words.  (Yes, that’s right. Fifty-seven.) There was one description of nudity, and lots of violence, including descriptions of people being maimed, shot, tortured, crushed and having limbs chopped off.

— Reviewed by Niki Bissell

Niki is an Ohio mom raising four children. Though her first love is fantasy, she also reads biographies, YA fiction, science fiction, LOTS of children’s lit, and whatever her book club buddies have chosen to read this month.

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  • The Ferryman Institute
  • by Colin Gigl
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Fiction
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