Review: Terminus – Joshua Graham

Paperback: 406 pages
Publisher: Redhaven Books (April 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984452648
ISBN-13: 978-0984452644
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Nikolai – A fallen angel.
Hope Matheson – A woman with a broken past.


How far must an angel fall to find his destiny?

Having witnessed one too many senseless deaths, Nikolai, a disillusioned Reaper 3rd Class, resigns his commission with the Angel Forces after a tedious century of gathering souls.

Immediately, another division recruits him with the promise of a more rewarding career, and issues his initial assignments: To bring down a few very dangerous threats to the human race. In the process, Nikolai falls in love with one of his targets—Hope Matheson, a woman who will lead thousands astray.


What would you sacrifice for someone else? Throughout mankind’s history, there have been those individuals willing to give up everything in their lives for their fellow man. In Terminus, by Joshua Graham, he tackles that question through the character of Nikolai. Nikolai is basically a grim reaper. His job is collect the souls of the dearly departed. But when he has to collect the soul of a young girl, and see the broken spirit of her mother, he decides he no longer wants to continue as a Reaper. He takes on a job for another division and is given three simple tasks. However, as he becomes involved in the lives of the 3 people involved, he finds the tasks harder and harder to accomplish.

Mr. Graham has taken stories of old and given them a new spin. The fallen (or disgraced) hero who must decide between his job and what he feels is right. The reader can feel Nikolai’s emotional turmoil as he finds himself struggling between the two goals.

The characters are richly developed and while the reader at first sees each storyline evolve separately, they eventually reach a point where they are all integrated into one major plotline. The situations are real, or at least as real as you can get when writing about fallen Angels in the modern world, but they are real to this world. You get to watch the characters grow and change as they are exposed to the possibilities for their lives. And you get to see how each of them would answer the question.

I would recommend this book for any fan of paranormal fantasy. While there are some religious undertones, Mr. Graham is never the type to beat one over the head with proselytizing. For an age group I’d say ages mid teen to adults due mainly to subject matter and some of the storylines. It seems that Mr. Graham left the door open for more stories within this world, and I for one look forward to it with eager anticipation.

About the Author

#1 bestselling author Joshua Graham’s award-winning novel DARKROOM hit 3 bestseller lists on Amazon the night of its release.

CBS NEWS described DARKROOM as a book with “action, political intrigue and well-rounded characters…a novel that thriller fans will devour.”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY described BEYOND JUSTICE as: “A riveting legal thriller…breaking new ground with a vengeance…demonically entertaining and surprisingly inspiring.”

Suspense Magazine listed BEYOND JUSTICE in its BEST OF 2010, alongside titles by Scott Turrow, Ted Dekker, Steven James and Brad Thor.

His short story THE DOOR’S OPEN won the HarperCollins Authonomy Competition (Christmas 2010.)

Many of Graham’s readers blame him for sleepless nights, arriving to work late, neglected dishes and family members, and not allowing them to put the book down.

Josh grew up in Brooklyn, NY where he lived for the better part of 30 years. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree and went on to earn his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. During his time in Maryland, he taught as a professor at Shepherd College (WV), Western Maryland College, and Columbia Union College (MD).

Today he lives with his beautiful wife and children in Southern California. Several of Graham’s short fiction works have been published by Pocket Books and Dawn Treader Press.

Writing under the pen name Ian Alexander, Graham debuted with his first Epic Fantasy novel ONCE WE WERE KINGS, an Amazon #1 Bestseller in multiple categories and Award-Winning Finalist in the SciFi/Fantasy category of The USA “Best Books 2011″ Awards, as well as an Award-Winning Finalist in the Young Adult Fiction category of The USA “Best Books 2011″ Awards, and an Award Winner in the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards in the Teen/Young Adult category. ONCE WE WERE KINGS is available in ebook and hardcover editions.

For Film Rights Josh is represented by UNITED TALENT AGENCY. Please use the CONTACT button on his website for all inquiries.

Connect with Josh on:

Twitter: @JoshuaGraham

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Joshua at for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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  2. Kim Blanchette Says:

    Loved Beyond Justice! Can’t wait to read his next book. He knows how to bring the characters to life. I loved how he was not afraid to share the gospel.