Gabriel & Mr. Death

Rated 5.00/5 based on 9 reviews
Gabriel is a coon hound with an unusual gift: he can see Mr. Death. He doesn’t think too hard on it until one Christmas Eve when Mr. Death comes for the person Gabriel loves most. He can’t let that happen, no sir, no way. A touching story about a dog’s love and loyalty and the healing power of family.

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About Susan J. Kroupa

Susan J. Kroupa has a degree in music theory and has worked as a music reviewer, arts feature writer, and freelance journalist. She has published feature articles on topics ranging from Hopi Indian culture to environmental issues in The Arizona Republic, High Country News, and American Forests. Her fiction has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Bruce Coville's Shapeshifters, Age of Reason, Bones of the World, and Beyond the Last Star. She is a first place winner in the Writers of the Future and the Deep South Writing Competition contests, and has also won awards in the Frank Waters Writers of the Southwest, Writers at Work, and the Utah Arts Council contests.

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Review by: David Wittlinger on Nov. 22, 2015 :
I bought this because I liked the concept and I generally enjoy dog books. Kroupa gives us a pleasing short story with a likeable narrative. It reminds me of a much shorter version of "The Art Of Racing In The Rain" which is high praise. My only wish is that it were longer!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Falcon Ridge Publishing on Dec. 2, 2011 :
I loved this story. This is another one that I had downloaded months ago but only read last night. Despite the subject matter (I mean, c'mon, it's in the title) the story is about life and love and miracles. All of it written in the hound's "voice". What a great job Susan Kroupa did. I sighed. I smiled. I wanted Gabriel the Hound to come live with me. A wonderful story at any time of year, but so perfect for Christmas time.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
Review by: Gerald M. Weinberg on Feb. 5, 2011 :
If you've ever faced death, or ever had a dog, you'll understand Susan Kroupa's story—as told by Gabriel, Sally Ann's black-and-tan hound. And you'll cry, as I did—tears for what was and tears for what might have been. But also tears for what is, and what is to come.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: gypsyldy on Jan. 24, 2011 :
Ever wonder what your dog is thinking? In "Gabriel & Mr. Death," author Susan Kroupa tells a sweet story from the point of view of Gabriel, a black-and-tan hound dog.
Gabriel's voice is clear, his understanding (and lack thereof) of his human family's situation charming. And when Gabriel finds himself trying to protect his owner from a threat she doesn't see -- Mr. Death -- you'd better have the tissues handy, or you won't be able to read through your tears to find out what happens!
A wonderful story for any season.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Elaine Farley on Jan. 7, 2011 :
I so enjoyed this story from the first page to the end. It made me laugh,cry,and once again realize what a great gift a pet can be. Pets show us unconditional love and help to make each day happy and fun! Susan Kroupa is now a favorite author!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Mary Ann Whitley on Jan. 1, 2011 : (no rating)
I loved this story. It gave me goosebumps and a lump in the throat all at the same time. Sue Kroupa is a friend whose writing I hadn't read in quite awhile. She has a wonderfully lyrical way with words. I love how she stayed within the dog's viewpoint in this story and how Gabriel talked with a "Southern hound dog" voice.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Eleanor Kubicek on Dec. 17, 2010 :
My daughter turned me on to this author. I'll be thanking her.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jack B Nimble on Dec. 17, 2010 :
This was a very good story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Matt Charleson on Dec. 16, 2010 :
I am quickly becoming a fan of Susan Kroupa's writing!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Kendra Kubicek on Dec. 16, 2010 :
This was a beautiful story written with a unique perspective. Thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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