The powerful Lord Sargatanas, Brigadier-general in Beelzebub's host, is restless. For millennia Sargatanas has ruled dutifully over an Infernal metropolis, but he has never forgotten what he lost in the Fall. He is sickened by what he has done and what he has become. Now, with a small event - a confrontation with a damned soul - he makes a decision that will reverberate through every being in Hell. Sargatanas decides to attempt the impossible, to rebel, to win his way Home and bring with him anyone who chooses to follow...be they demon or soul. He will stake everything on fighting all the abominable forces of Hell arrayed against him, when the prize is nothing less than redemption.
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"Fascinating.” (Guillermo del Toro, Director of Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth)
“Scary stuff? Maybe. Gross and hideous and disgusting? Now and then. There’s also hope and loyalty and internecine plotting—politics as usual and unusual….Hopes, fears, escapes, affections, acceptances all roil in the ashy smokes above and around the characters.” (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
“A fierce and stout narrative that echoes certain other fantasy classics even more so than it does the canonical authors Milton and Dante, while retaining a splendid novelty of conception….given all these inflowing currents into the mighty river of Barlowe's own imagination, the book attains a weighty magnificence.” (SciFi.com)
Wayne Barlowe deserves praise for finding an interesting way to retell a classic "sword and sorcery" story. While it's not a perfect work, it's absolutely worth a listen to see how the biblical backstory is woven into the tale. If these characters had been another batch of Tolkein-esque elves and orcs in a forest I would have been bored. Thankfully Barlowe went another route and it really paid off.
Audio note: I would recommend downloading the maximum quality audio if your device supports it. On the lower quality setting the narrator can seem a little flat at times, but I found with the higher quality the nuances in his voice came through.
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Get ready for a wild ride Because Wayne Barlowe is going to take you on a fantastic trip to HELL! The thing the most stands out about this novel is the sheer scope of the imagination of the author. This is really a great book I recommend you give it a shot.
A different kind of fantasy story that may not be for everyone as it has some dark descriptions of hell. However if you are not bothered by the storyline its a great book and held my attention all the way to the end, I would reccomend to anybody who finds the premise interesting
I really wondered if I would enjoy God's Demon. I read the reviews and decided I would give it a try. It was the most complete writing for me on hell. I know it is fiction but it gave me a lot to think about. To think of being separated from God and to be surrounded with such darkness, is painful. The story was well written, required my absolute attention or I missed something and had to rewind. The battle to get back to heaven and once again feel the power of His presence and the beauty of God was sometimes painful but powerful. I plan to read again because I am sure I missed some things because the story was so intense.
What I liked best was the war that was waged in hell to escape hell for all the right reasons.
The narration was great. I was able to follow. There was just the right tone and voice.
Yes, the description of what was done to the souls and the cost of rebellion was deep.
I had a hard time following this book. A number of the characters had unusual names that all sounded the same to me. I usually only listen to only 30 minutes a day and became very confused as to who was doing what. I decided it was not worth my time to finish the book and quit long before the end.
I was excited to listen to this book, especially after all the reviews I have read about it from other sources. I only wish someone had written a review about this narrator before I purchased. The sample did not give him credit, on his...... lack of skills or feelings when reading. I feel like banging my head against the wall and now know how the tormented souls feel in the book when I hear his voice. I have tried and tried to listen and keep interest, but I cannot muster the strength and will power. I have yet to not listen to a book all the way through, but there is always a first, and I fear it may be this one. I think listeners would be better off buying the book or waiting for a new narrator.
Not quite my cup of tea, not sure how I expected Hell and demons to be portrayed really but something didnt sit right for me the way that they are portrayed here. I suppose being a borderline atheist / agnostic I really should not have chosen this book in the first place, but it seemed an interesting listen and I would say it was that. If you do have religious beliefs however, I expect this book my come close to what you would call blasphemy and you may not enjoy it, so I am not really sure who would find this book an ideal listen.
If you are into "hell in a semi christian setting" this is brilliant. He builds a hell that is truely evil and believable. The plot is not too complicated and is pretty easy to predict, but thats not the major element of this book in my humble opinion, its the setting...and it does that truely well :)
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