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Hym and Hur by Phillip Frey
Synopsis: In this fantasy-comedy Hym and Hur are a young couple who never age and have been in love for more than a century. They also possess an array of magical abilities, two of which are either to play pranks on humankind or to perform good deeds. Enacting both at the same time is now what gets them into trouble, especially since it’s the character of Death they must deal with to bring their plans to fruition.
The prank Hym and Hur have come up with must first be agreed upon by Death, who happens to be an unruly, difficult character. Once agreed upon, the prank is set in motion. But then Hym and Hur discover Death had tricked them into a contract with dire consequences for all of us.
During their attempt to break the contract, Hym and Hur try to save the relationship of an earthbound couple, knowing they are truly meant for each other. A good deed that will bring Hym and Hur even more trouble.
- Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0073IWJBU
- Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hym-and-hur-phillip-frey/1108486686?ean=2940032996293
- Apple: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781452449258
- Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/lp7w73h
- Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/book/193731767/hym-and-hur
- Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/25453
- Author website: Phillip Frey at: http://www.phillipfrey.com/
Phillip Frey grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he performed as a child actor at The Cleveland Playhouse. The day after he graduated high school he moved to Los Angeles and performed in local theater. He then moved to New York where he performed with The New York Shakespeare Festival, followed by The Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center.
With a change of interest Phillip wrote, directed, and edited 3 short films, all of which had international showings, including The New York Film Festival.
With yet another change of interest he returned to Los Angeles to become a produced screenwriter. And now more recently, Phillip Frey has turned to narrative fiction with the books “Dangerous Times” and “Hym and Hur,” along with a collection of short stories. Phillip’s website is http://www.phillipfrey.com.
Review (of the eBook via Kindle’s text-to-speech facility)
From the beginning of the story, I enjoyed the rapport between the two eponymous characters where they decide to be mischievous but then kind. When they put the idea forward to Death (who’s having ‘one for the road’ in a bar), but he naturally isn’t keen so they agree a plan, and Hym and Hur go on their way.
Because Death is involved, things don’t go to plan, and we follow another couple and how the ‘plan’ affects their lives and relationship. As Hur points out, Death likes to collect, and we find out how, a brilliant example of good vs evil.