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Kill the Dead Audiobook

Kill the Dead: Sandman Slim, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

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.

More mayhem? Try another eerie earful of Sandman Slim.

©2010 Richard Kadrey (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Profane, intensely metaphoric language somehow makes self-tortured monster Stark sympathetic and turns a simple story into a powerful noir thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

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    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 11-30-16
    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 11-30-16 Member Since 2009

    word man

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    "Lucifer needs a body guard"

    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.

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    Kenneth Maloney 11-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "James Stark, a hellion who's human."

    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.

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    Andrea 10-22-16
    Andrea 10-22-16
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    "Really gritty & tons of fun."

    Who ever said that sequels can't deliver? This one did and then some. Fantastic narrator as well!!

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    Amazon Customer 10-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great second in a series."

    Terrific story and performance. Enjoyed the surprise development of characters. On to the next one.

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    Mark Berlin, MA, United States 09-29-16
    Mark Berlin, MA, United States 09-29-16
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    "What I Wanted From a Sequel"

    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.

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    Emily 09-12-16
    Emily 09-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "If you liked the first book you'll love the second"

    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.

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    Grant Benoit 08-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "lots of fun, love the characters. "

    Voices of characters change a bit but definitely enjoyed. F you Mason! That guy is such a dink.

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    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 12-27-14
    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 12-27-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Second Book"

    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.

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    Rick Kintigh Chicago, IL USA 05-27-14
    Rick Kintigh Chicago, IL USA 05-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Strong second outing for Sandman Slim"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    wayne 04-02-14
    wayne 04-02-14 Member Since 2015

    122 titles and counting i really should review more!

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    "really loving this series"

    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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