James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriend’s murder, and saved the world along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It’s a depressing gig, but it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always get worse.
Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard. Sandman Slim has to swim with the human and inhuman sharks of L.A.’s underground power elite. That’s before the murders start. And before he runs into the Czech porn star who isn’t quite what she seems. Even before all those murdered people start coming back from the dead and join a zombie army that will change our world and Stark’s forever.
Death bites. Life is worse. All things considered, Hell’s not looking so bad.
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©2010 Richard Kadrey (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Profane, intensely metaphoric language somehow makes self-tortured monster Stark sympathetic and turns a simple story into a powerful noir thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
Stark, our monster killing, bounty hunting Nephilim purged from hell to do Lucifer’s bidding; for a price of course, we all have to live and pay bills. In this volume Lucifer heads to Hollywood for a movie to be made of his life. In human form Lucifer needs a body guard and Sandman Slim fits the bill perfectly. Stark hates the work, but Lucifer pays well and as said we all have bills to pay. While in Hollywood Stark meets porn star Brigitte Bardot and has a very rewarding experience. After eleven years of celibacy it’s real rewarding! Things don’t continue to go well though. Zombies appear on the scene and unfortunately Brigitte and Stark are bitten. The reaction to the bite for Stark is not so pleasant. It’s killing his human side and the angel side is getting quite grim and treacherous. Stark naturally feels less conflicted. The doc, Kinsky offers to help Stark, but he’s not so sure he wants help. How will this turn out? Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion.
Richard Kadrey strikes gold with good story progression, a cast of some shady characters who still manage to save our little planet with style and panache.
If you liked the first Sandman Slim book, here's more of it!
This by-the-numbers detective-noir story based in a Los Angeles overrun with supernatural elements also extends and deepens the character and Hell of Sandman Slim, while also throwing a bunch of zombies at us.
I hear tell that the subsequent books increase the punch of the stories themselves, and I look forward to that.
The real star of this audiobook is MacLeod Andrews, who is given plenty of scenery to chew, and obviously has a grand time chewing it.
I loved the character development of this book! It wasn't as much about the events as letting you get to know the characters, and it was a great time.
I think this is a terrific series so far. I love the voice of Sandman Slim from MacLeod Andrews. He makes him come alive with that throaty Jack Nicholson voice. He also does the other characters very well, as I can easily tell them apart even when not identified in the writing.
And speaking of the writing... for this genre, the writing is superior to most.
I'm also totally enjoying all the Los Angeles locales. They're authentic!
On to the next book.
Kill the Dead is not quite as strong as Sandman Slim, but Kadrey does a solid job here and continues to build the folklore and mythology of his Los Angeles. Stark become even more remote this time around and it unfortunately pulls some of the sting out of his mounting losses. There is enough here to keep me on board for a third installment, but when the closest thematic link is to Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden, the (perhaps unfair) expectation is for some strong character development. His growing band of allies elevates that expectation.
122 titles and counting i really should review more!
this is a great series, but you have to have a dark sense of humor. the narrator is excellent he really gives stark his voice.
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