Book Review: Second Chance by Michael David Matula

25745506Title: Second Chance (Try Not to Burn Book 2)

Author: Michael David Matula

Genre: Horror

Publication Date: May 29, 2015




A second chance.

That’s all Brandon Morales ever truly wanted: the opportunity to make up for his past crimes and redeem his soul. Along with a pair of women, Samantha Reiss and Jane Calrin, he managed to escape from the first level of hell. Unfortunately, the most difficult leg of his journey still lies ahead. In order to find salvation, the group will first need to walk through rivers of fire, break through an army of the damned, and overcome demons from their past.

The road to hell might be paved with good intentions, but the road out of hell may be paved with bodies.

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I read Try Not to Burn a while back and couldn’t wait for book #2 to come out. In fact, when I saw that it had been published, I contacted the author and offered to review this one as well. He was gracious enough to send me a copy. 

Second Chance begins where Try Not to Burn left off, with Brand, Sam, and Jane having just entered the 2nd level of purgatory. There are six levels they must overcome, each increasingly difficult, before they can get their Second Chance. They know what they have to do because Clarence, the only person who ever made it through all six levels, has explained what they need to do to make it to the next level. 

I liked the main characters, Brand, Sam, and Jane. They complement each other as far as their skills and personalities go. It really seems like the 3 of them can make it if they stick together. But what if they don’t?

I like Michael David Matula’s writing style because it’s easy to follow and his descriptions aren’t lengthy but they’re still detailed enough that I was able to picture where the characters were.

I definitely recommend Second Chance but I also recommend reading Try Not to Burn first. 


About the Author

6536141Michael David Matula is a novelist and short story writer from Chicago. His first novel, Try Not To Burn, was released by Post Mortem Press, and is inspired partly by a brush with death he experienced as a child. His short fiction has been published in magazines, anthologies and online by DarkFuse, Sci-Fi Short Story Magazine, Sekhmet Press, and Hermit Studio. Michael is currently working on the sequel to Try Not To Burn, when he’s not finding new and exciting ways to napalm his free time.

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