who am I?
I kept thinking, "Oh, I've jumped into a book in the middle of a series, and I don't know the backstory." I googled around and found that no, this IS the first book in the series. The backstory is explained along the way. Interesting concept, unlike anything I remember reading. I've since read (listened to) a couple of others in the series.
Sandman Slim...a magician and an assassin who has spent some time in Hell. He has some trick weapons and interesting skills, including that he is very hard to kill.
There is some deep rooted religious undertones. If you are easily offended about your Christian faith then this isn't a story you would enjoy. However, if you can handle the heat Sandman hates Heaven and He'll equally. He just uses all the old clishays about Christianity and Hell and it could be offensive to some.
Sandman was tricked by an old friend and drug into hell where he spent the past 11 years. While there he was passed between Satan's generals and made to fight in a kind of Roman style arena. This is where he learned to be a warrior and found out he was hard to kill.
Using a magic key given to him in Hell he escapes back to earth. He is now dead set on getting some revenge on those of the magic circle he was in who helped to send him to Hell. Chaos follows Sandman.
Great listen. I will be purchasing the rest of the series!!!!! Don't pass this one up.
I like science fiction and fantasy. I get regular recommendations from a librarian. I have converted all my "reading" almost exclusively to audio-books because of my vision. I am very particular about the sound of the reader/actor's voice. My profession is quality analyst; make of that whatever you wish, but the fact remains, I know of that which I speak.
Yes. It moves fairly quickly, so repeated listening will very likely reveal previously missed nuances in the narrative. Plus, it is a good story.
The introduction of the na'at into Stark's arsenal, because it came with both a flashback and a present moment description of its affective uses.
When Stark goes to rescue his friends with Candy.
Yes, it really makes you want to "binge-listen" to the entire story.
I'm buying book two right now. I am hoping for another great listen.
In the beginning, there was a thin veil of noir. It burned off quickly and once it was gone, I found myself mentally checking to verify that I wasn't listening to a YA novel.
Part of the problem is the narrators voice, which is high and reedy and a bit irritating. The "hero" (who ultimately, and in a totally nonsensical way, comes to be known as Sandman Slim, but that is another issue...) is supposed to be a big tough guy seasoned by 11 years as a gladiator in hell. Yet he is written with the personality of a 19 year old, his age when he went to hell. It seems as if the author really couldn't decide whether he wanted his dually-named hero to be a teenager or a gritty tough guy. He ends up with a mish-mash of the two that he rationalizes with an assumption that a 19-year old would not mature after 11 years of torture in hell. It's confusing.
My other criticism is for the author's apparent lack of geographical knowledge of Los Angeles. This was really distracting. I can excuse the re-working of certain neighborhoods to suit the grittyness of the story but Beverly Hills is not, and never has been, anywhere near Laurel Canyon. And to travel in any way other than through Sandman Slim's magic doors between Beverly Hills, Laurel Canyon, and Hollywood would take most of the day. One way.
The upshot is an unevenly written book that tries for noir but does not succeed and gets caught somewhere between a comic book and Preston and Childs novel.
This was not only a great work of fiction but a great theologic parody. I truly enjoy when both good and evil, (God, the devil, demons Angels etc ) get pros bashed for their epic fuck ups! Especially when there is Sandman Slim there to mediate the situation and kick some ass.