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.
"Profane, intensely metaphoric language somehow makes self-tortured monster Stark sympathetic and turns a simple story into a powerful noir thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
Let me get something out of the way, I don't like zombie stories. I really like this book though. The zombies are used in a great way as to carry the story forward without spending a ton of time on killing or drama about having to run away from them. The main characters get futher depth in this book as the added characters bring their own to the overall story.
A real shiny part of this story is the protrayal of Lucifier. There is a joker-like quality to this Lucifier. I won't spoil anymore, go read for yourself.
I liked the first book in this series, but LOVED the second book and am downloading the third. The first book was action packed and fun, but no real character development. This book was much better and I am really excited for this series. Funny, witty, never boring and clearly moving into new stories - not just the same story told over and over with slightly different flavors. Definitely try this series.
Herr Wölfe F.S.:
It's great from beginning to end
The manifestation of the Gladius.
I laughed some
I loved this book so much!!! It bounced around just a bit thats why I only gave it 4/5. Other than that you gotta pick this one up! You have to read the first book first tho. So many people try skipping books (drives me crazy on these ratings). I cant wait for the next one or for the movie they are working on!!!
The second book of the Sandman Slim is filled with as many if not more twist and turns that will keep you plugged in till the end. Even after the book end it will you still wanting more.
R.K. is a great storyteller and has a great way to keep you in the moment. This book picks up six months after the end of book 1. Giving you a feeling of picking up right where you left off from book one.Sandman is forced in to looking for answers to questions that he really does not want to know. Things are going to get bad, but is he ready?
My only complaint about the book is that, I fear R.K. will take another year to write the next book. He has me chomping at the bit for more.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
An escapee from Hell half angel is hired to be Lucifers body guard while he spends some time on earth. I thoroughly enjoyed the first of this series but found it hard to keep my attention on this story. There are plenty of monsters and zombies. I'm not really a zombie story fan, so I'm sure that's probably why it was not for me. The writing and story is good if this is up your alley. I was excited when I bought it as a Daily Deal.
I'm half way through the second book. It has a good story thus far, however it is literally dripping with sarcasm. Everything that comes out the tough guy hero is sarcastic which gets a little annoying. I will however continue to listen and most likely will continue the series.
Yes. I like his story line and most of his characters. His views on Heaven and Hell are interesting. However PLEASE ease up on the sarcasm....I understand the hero was dealt a bad hand in life, but its hard to imagine anyone holding a conversation with him for more than 5 seconds.
The narrator does fine job bringing the characters to life. He portrays the character well and has a strong knack for the accents.
I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!
First, this reader is superb. He gets what he's reading...just enough irony, a smattering of boredom, and that clueless guy thing...PERFECT! I love the reluctant, abused character that just keeps coming. I like the support characters, adore his French best friend and his eternal endless pursuit of something resembling a fair shot. The whole heaven/hell discourse is just worldly enough to give me a giggle over the politics. Worth the credit, I bought the first one on sale...the next two full price and can not wait for the fourth!
I don't know if was just better production or the narrator was better this time, but it was better than the first book. That is pretty rare, but the book was very good. Definitely worth a credit.
Kadrey's protagonists are fairly sophisticated characters that you can really get behind, despite (or because of) their huge flaws. The antagonists don't really stand up in the same way. In order to portray traditionally
He's solid. Andrews did a great job.
All of the angelic characters as well as the Kishi need to be reworked. It just was not happening.
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