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.