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Aloha from Hell | [Richard Kadrey]

Aloha from Hell

In Sandman Slim Stark came back from hell for revenge. Once again all is not right in L.A. Lucifer is back in Heaven, God is on vacation, and an insane killer mounts a war against both Heaven and Hell. Stark’s got to head back down to his old stomping grounds in Hell to rescue his long lost love, stop an insane serial killer, prevent both Good and Evil from completely destroying each other, and stop the demonic Kissi from ruining the party for everyone. Even for Sandman Slim, that’s a tall order. And it’s only the beginning.
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Publisher's Summary

In Sandman Slim Stark came back from hell for revenge. In Kill the Dead he tackled both a zombie plague and being Lucifer’s bodyguard.

Once again all is not right in L.A. Lucifer is back in Heaven, God is on vacation, and an insane killer mounts a war against both Heaven and Hell. Stark’s got to head back down to his old stomping grounds in Hell to rescue his long lost love, stop an insane serial killer, prevent both Good and Evil from completely destroying each other, and stop the demonic Kissi from ruining the party for everyone. Even for Sandman Slim, that’s a tall order. And it’s only the beginning.

©2011 Richard Kadrey (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Don’t compare Kadrey’s prose with Stephenie Meyer’s, or even Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Those works are mere fluffy soap operas next to Kadrey’s writing.” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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    Teri 11-18-13
    Teri 11-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Sandman Slim!"

    If you're a fan of the Sandman Slim series, then Book #3 will not disappoint you. I'd read about four or five other audiobooks between Books #2 and #3, but it didn't take long for me to become enthralled again by the Sandman. If you're familiar with the Joe Ledger series, then you'll know what I mean when I say that just as Ray Porter is the one and only Joe Ledger, so is MacLeod Andrews the one and only Sandman Slim!

    Each book flows one to the other and some of the plot twists have actually caused me to rewind by 30 seconds or more just to be sure I heard what I heard because it had taken me by surprise. The characterizations and narration is always spot-on. Casabian is a real hoot. Lucifer, who we met more fully in Book #2, sounds exactly like I would expect the Devil to sound, so silky smooth-like, he'd have you happily signing over your childrens' trust funds, handing him the keys to your house and your car, and thinking it was all your own idea.

    All in all, I think everyone should have a little Sandman Slim in their lives. Do right by him and he'll do right by you.

    Well, I'm off to Book #4 now.

    Happy reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andre 11-03-13
    Andre 11-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Very disrecpectful towards god(s)"

    In this book, Sandman Slim basically pukes on god and tells us what an idiot he is...if you are sensitive to this, go read someone else, but if you enjoy a no holds barred, uncensored, very creative and action packed story this is it.

    I loved this book and the series so far.

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    Benjamin Silver Spring, MD, United States 10-10-13
    Benjamin Silver Spring, MD, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2010

    Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.

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    "More of the Same"

    As an individual episode, this book is just OK. Sandman Slim spends another novel being a tough guy, treating his friends like garbage, referencing movies, beating up monsters and cracking one-liners. That leitmotiv remains strong. Unfortunately, there is no deepening of the narrative or development of the characters. Throughout the previous book I'd thought it was going somewhere. Jim was learning about his dual nature and hinting at a growing maturity in solving his complex problems. Kadrey appears to have scrapped that sort of character development. It makes this book feel like empty calories. It has some good fight scenes and it has a well described Los Angeles qua Hell setting that will probably appeal to people from that area, but the characters are just meh.

    I understand the whole "root for the bad guy," anti-hero protagonist narrative. These novels are missing two important elements of this. The anti-hero is usually rebelling against a system or a prevailing authority of some sort. For that protagonist to be an anti-hero instead of merely a villain, that system has to be corrupt somehow justifying his or her antithesis. In this series, there is no such system or authority. There are lots of powerful individuals, but there is really no "man" to stick it to. Also the anti-hero has to have some redeeming quality for the audience to admire. Jim is mean, dishonorable, selfish, sociopathic and not particularly smart. He has a lot of power, but he uses it to harm innocents for his own convenience and rebukes those that show him kindness all while failing to grow up.

    He's a thug. There is little to redeem him. I am back to rooting for him to lose. I think this will be the last book of this series for me unless I get really bored.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    gardener97 Atlanta 07-11-13
    gardener97 Atlanta 07-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "awesome - gotta love Sandman Slim"

    Get the first two books before you start this one: Sandman Slim is book1 and Kill the Dead book 2 and then also get Devil Said Bang - book 4 as you will want to dive right in after this one which is book 3. BTW: Kill City Blues - book 5 - is due out on 7-30-13. If you have ANY doubts about these, go over to amazon and read the reviews. Fantastic series and really well read too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Sunmonu 11-17-12
    A. Sunmonu 11-17-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Entertaining"

    I waslooking for a new author, so based on the reviews of the book, i got Aloha from Hell.
    I was pleasantly surprised and vastly entertained!

    I particularly liked the "kick-ass" attitude of the characters, as well as the blurring of lines between good and evil (definitely refreshing!) and the moderate-to-fast pace of the dialogue.
    Can't wait to get my hand on the next one in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Berndorf, Austria 11-15-12
    Barbara Berndorf, Austria 11-15-12 Member Since 2008
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    "trapped in a genre"

    unfortunately, not everyone who strings together magic and PI is able to hold a candle to Harry Dresden. Please correct me if I am injustly prejudiced, in as far as I started on "Aloha from Hell", which is the third(?) of the series, and maybe I just lack the immersion that the first story captures you in. But really, I find it quite tedious. The narrator does his best, and he is very good. But for the rest, well, let me say, it seems to be something for the initiated only. If you like that kind of genre, as I do, you're far better off with Simon R.Green`s "Nightside", or you might like to check out Benjamin Jacka (don`t know if he`s on audibe yet). Have fun!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tak-Ying Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-04-12
    Tak-Ying Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-04-12 Listener Since 2008

    Tell us about yourself!Woof, woof woof ( I love audible, chasin and killin defenseless kittens and eatin em...yummy ). I luv dem thriller stories, and dream of J.D. Robb & yours truly doggy style, howl! Anyway, I is jus kiddin bout the kitties with peace, good health and lots of happy readin y'all!

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    "Cool as hell"
    If you could sum up Aloha from Hell in three words, what would they be?

    Insanely Hell-acious dudes!...this ain't your preacher writin' this Shiite. And this definitely is positively Not your mama's version of Lucifer's digs.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Aloha from Hell?

    Every town has a Mustang Sally, and for Sandman Slim all it takes is a trip to one of the countless mini-marts where he stocks up on greasy burgers, chips, candy, donuts and smokes, of course...for Sally is not only the queen of the roadways, she is also Slim's ticket into hell...cost?...the road marts treats, and Slim bitin it on a messy James Dean head on...ouch!


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    With a name like Sandman Slim, and burdened with an angel inside him, a roommate he has decapitated and a monster as a lover,hmmm...yeah it is definitely Mr. Slim.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Hey! Go to Hell...you just might like it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn charlotte, NC, United States 11-10-11
    Lyn charlotte, NC, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2015
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    "meh..."

    I loved the first two books in this series, however this one dosent measure up. Characters are two dimensional and what was sharp cynical wit in the first two books, comes off as belligerent ranting in this book.

    The narration and performance is very good making this disappointment more tolerable.

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    C. L. Turner 10-28-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Aloha from a rushed deadline"

    Oh, woe unto us who suffer through jumped sharks and nuclear fridges...

    All the careful setup and delicately stacked cards that Richard Kadrey has placed went to hell with Sandman Slim in this last installment. Contradictions (I thought the Fallen were disarmed when the were cast down?), poor direction and editing errors make this almost as much of a disaster as the lazy depiction of Hell itself.

    I wish I could get my Credit back...but I don't think there's a "Sucker" option in the Reason pulldown.

    At least the narrator makes this all worth while.
    That and one of the funniest one-liners I've heard in some long while.

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    Amanda Larsen 01-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love Sandman Slim"

    LOOOOVE THIS SERIES. The narrator is a little meh, but the sheer fun and dark humor of these books more than makes up for it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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