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“Death Calling … Please Hold,” a Comic Novel about a Guy Terrified of Death Who Gets Stuck Working as a Funeral Director


How’s this for a comic novel, a very funny book: Imagine a guy terrified of death who finds himself stuck working as a funeral director.

That is the quandary in which Harry O’Toole, the protagonist in “Death Calling … Please Hold,” finds himself.

After some terrifying childhood experiences, Harry vows to have nothing to do with the family funeral business. Unfortunately, Harry goofs off in college, something author George Berkin can relate to. With no other prospects, Harry finds himself stuck in exactly what he always dreaded.

It’s not all bad news. His college sweetheart, whom he marries, is a delight. And the death biz has its moments: Russian mafia bosses come to honor their deceased, organ collectors seeking premature donations, strangely attired young women who insist on kissing corpses. And the wedding chapter.

Plus, a healthy dose of pointed satire. Don’t worry, if your idol gets skewered, just wait. The novel is an equal opportunity offender.

But to the fear of death. Nobody wants to die, of course. But the fear of death, that great unknown which stalks every one of us, is something different.

And so: Every novel has something the protagonist wants: a quest, a goal, a desired outcome. Harry battles that fear of death. A crafty and unscrupulous opponent. Watch as our protagonist battles one setback after another before achieving or failing to achieve his goal, conquering that fear of death.

Get your copy at

Death Calling… Please Hold: A Comic Novel
Author: George Berkin
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09RJTDJ93
Publisher ‏ : ‎ George Berkin (January 31, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985432404

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 Fear Of Death
 Comic Novel
 Russian Mafia
 Funeral Business
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