Brachman’s Underworld-Vlad Vaslyn

Brachman’s Underworld

Vlad Vaslyn

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Jun 10 2012, $17.13

www.createspace.com

ISBN: 9781463698911

 

Raging Delilah Brachman visits Lowell General Hospital to see her dying father the colonel; whom she has not seen in twelve years.  He apologizes for pushing her away when she was twenty, but Del tells him to stuff his too late at being there for her.  Still she gives him hope that she forgives him but sarcastically dashes it with euphoria that he is dying.  Del leaves only to get caught with a little boy in a crossfire between cops and a felon; she shields the child with her body.

 

When Del awakens she learns the only decent thing she did in her miserable life has given her temporary in-betweener status with six days to find a way to avoid oblivion.  Her ticket is to ride the Tuesday Train while awaiting judgment.  In her take no prisoners style Delilah battles Noc the diabolical lonely demon and Honest Jack the torturer.  Combating this pair and other hellish, heavenly and outside entities is child’s play for acerbic Del who holds all with contempt as she rips asunder horns and halos by tearing away their veneer.  However, Del faces internal strife when she meets Lucy who offered her friendship and is attracted to Kevin as her manta is the only good relationship is no relationship.

 

Sarcastic Delilah brings freshness to the afterlife in Other Lowell and Lowell with her attitude towards others humans, demons, believers, etc. as she makes Don Rickles seem more like Mother Theresa.  Readers will surprisingly go from believing Del gets what she wrought to empathizing with her as her emotional defense mechanism in life and death is hammering others.  The acrimonious protagonist makes Brachman’s Underworld a unique reading experience.

 

Harriet Klausner

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