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  • Title: The Plot Against Heaven
  • Author: Mark Kirkbride
  • Publisher: Omnium Gatherum on October 3, 2020
  • Genre: Dark Fantasy
  • Pages: 79
  • Format: Kindle and Paperback
  • Rating: ?/5

Many thanks to Blackthorn Book Tours and mark Kirkbride for providing me with a digital ARC copy of The Plot Against Heaven in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Trigger Warnings: Violence, Some religions may balk at the content

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The Plot Against Heaven Blurb

Death doesn’t stand a chance against love.

Hell-bent on confronting God after the death of wife Kate, Paul gate-crashes heaven. With immigration problems and a wall, heaven turns out to be nowhere near as welcoming as expected. Both heaven and hell are modern, militarized, and the cold war that exists between them is about to heat up, with him in the middle of it. Caught on the wrong side of heaven, Paul faces an impossible choice if he’s to have any hope of seeing Kate again.

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My Review

Mark Kirkbride delivers a mighty punch in The Plot Against Heaven. This novella is mysterious and heartbreaking, yet packed with so much story in its scant 79 pages.

I felt terrible for the main character. I could feel the turmoil of the struggle as Paul contemplated what is right and what is necessary. Some of his actions disgusted me, but they were understandable in his moment of torment.

There is a huge twist that I did not see coming. It caught me right in the feels. My eyes welled up, and tears threatened to fall. But, it all turned out, not okay, but satisfying.

I was able to finish this gem in a little more than an hour. It was an enjoyable way to while away an afternoon.

I am happy to award The Plot Against Heaven 4 out of 5 stars. Anyone who likes a short read that is off the beaten path will enjoy this novella.

About the Author – Mark Kirkbride

Mark Kirkbride lives in Shepperton, England. He is the author of The Plot Against Heaven, Game Changers of the Apocalypse and Satan’s Fan Club, all published by Omnium Gatherum. Game Changers of the Apocalypse was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards 2019. His short stories can be found in Under the Bed, Sci Phi Journal, Disclaimer Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine and So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. His poetry has appeared in the Big Issue, the Morning Star, the Daily Mirror, Sein und Werden and Horror Writers Association chapbooks.

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