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The Fetch
The Fetch
Author: Laura Whitcomb
Calder is a Fetch, a death escort, the first of his kind to step from Heaven back to Earth.The first to fall in love with a mortal girl. But when he climbs backwards out of that Death Scene, into the chaos of the Russian Revolution, he tears a wound in the ghost realm, where the spirits begin a revolution of their own.
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ISBN-13: 9780547411637
ISBN-10: 0547411634
Publication Date: 10/25/2010
Pages: 384
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Graphia
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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fantasygonewild avatar reviewed The Fetch on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
It honestly took me forever to get through this book, and I'm usually an insanely quick reader (about 2 days per book max) that's saying a lot. The premise is really really good, just wasn't executed well at all. And the ending left a lot to be desired.

I was a huge fan of Whitcomb's first novel, A Certain Slant of Light, and was disappointed by The Fetch! I recommend reading it to draw your own conclusions though because I could see how this would be a good read to some.
GeniusJen avatar reviewed The Fetch on + 5322 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
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Throw out any notion you have of the scary, scythe-bearing Grim Reaper and replace it with The Fetch.

A Fetch is a death escort, a comforting guide who waits while the soul chooses whether or not to leave its mortal body. Upon choosing death, and yes, it is often a choice, the soul is led by its Fetch through a door into the afterworld.

Calder was young for a Fetch, only three-hundred-and-thirty. Had he been doing death scenes a bit longer, say a couple hundred years longer, perhaps he would have recognized the warning signs. As it was, Calder was too preoccupied by the attractive woman he'd left behind on earth during a recent death scene to notice the dangerous path he was embarking upon.

When Calder can no longer stand to be apart from the woman he's named Glory, he sets in motion a series of events that upsets a delicate balance and the consequences are felt throughout Heaven and Earth.

Set in the time of the Russian Revolution, the author takes us on a journey literally around the world in search of the one key that can open the door to align the two worlds again. Part historical fiction, part paranormal/fantasy, and part love story, THE FETCH is a beautifully written tale of mistakes made and lessons learned, both in life and in death.
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jamase83 avatar reviewed The Fetch on + 17 more book reviews
I liked this book, but I wouldn't say I loved it. It promises a love story that you don't even get an inkling of until 1/3 of the way into the book. It gets very boring and seems to drag on at parts. On a positive note I love the historical fiction part of it. It paints a clear picture of all the countries and the time period. There is a second one, I'm going to have to read the reviews before I consider reading it.
katiems98 avatar reviewed The Fetch on + 35 more book reviews
This was a fun and easy read. A new concept that I have not read about in books yet, which was a breath of fresh air. Great combination of history, mystery, and the quest for what the after life is like. I really enjoyed this book, though not quite as much as certain Slant of Light. This was still a good read, and I am hoping for a sequel.
dragoneyes avatar reviewed The Fetch on + 797 more book reviews
This book was a different twist on the Romanov/Rasputin story. I've enjoyed reading that part of history and figured I would love this book. While the book wasn't bad and wasn't terrific either. The ideas, setting and characters we enjoyable but the storyline itself had me a little bored. The book seemed to be mostly made up of riding on trains, boats, etc. The characters seemed to be spending more time traveling then doing much of anything else. I felt it was pointless to make up a story about them going in a circle around the world to be searching for something that is not there. Filling it in with little stories of what happens on their transportation destiny. I think the book would be much shorter if this was left out and found it unnecessary and just a lot of page filler. I think the whole story could have been left in Russia and made into something exceptional.