Sandman Slim must save himself - and the entire world - from the wrath of some enraged and vengeful ancient gods in this sixth high-octane adventure in the New York Times best-selling series.
Being a half-human, half-angel nephilim with a bad rep and a worse attitude - not to mention temporarily playing Lucifer - James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has made a few enemies. None, though, are as fearsome as the vindictive Angra Om Ya - the old gods. But their imminent invasion is only one of Stark’s problems right now. LA is descending into chaos, and a new evil - the Wildfire Ripper - is stalking the city.
No ordinary killer, The Ripper takes Stark deep into a conspiracy that stretches from Earth to Heaven and Hell. He’s also the only person alive who may know how to keep the world from going extinct. The trouble is, he's also Stark's worst enemy - the only man in existence Stark would enjoy killing twice.
©2014 Richard Kadrey (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
Let's put it this way: I will buy every single Sandman Slim novel in audio AND kindle that Richard Kadrey writes. Writing is excellent, the stories wonderfully imaginative, and lines so funny and/or thought provoking you actually have to stop and re-listen and ponder. Well edited and I have fallen in love with the Extremely Talented Mr. Andrews, as narrator.
Note to Mr. Kadrey - please, NEVER use a different narrator as MacLeod Andrews is perfect. Can't say perfect about too many things in this life.
What other compliments, accolades or glowing tributes can I bestow upon this author and the narrator? I love these books! Okay, this review is not fancy, but straight to the point.
I love the terrific writing, everything from the film and literary references to the deep and deliciously dark internal musings of Sandman Slim about the world and the universe. And the wonderful sarcastic humor!
I love the side characters, all the gods, demons, angels and especially his group of friends---all so inventive and unique.
I love the wonderful twist ending to this book.
I love, love MacLeod Andrews! Others have said it here perfectly---he IS Sandman Slim. His performance has made the character come alive.
I am so heartened to hear that there will be another book. YEAH!
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
First, let me say I love this series. I really appreciate the way Richard Cadrey can crete such a creepy atmosphere in his stories. He is probably one of only two authors (the other being Harry Connoly) who can truly capture the horror and madness of cthulu/outside monsters. Using the mythos has become trope and sanitized down from sanity shattering terror to mildly scary but beatable.
This book is fairly light on action. That is ok by me as the real weak point in the character is not in battle but dealing with his personal life. This book moves the meta-plot to a satisfying conclusion. He ties up most loose ends and leaves room to continue the series.
The problem, as said in the title, is the book almost completely lacks focus. It just kind of rambles along with very little direction. The series has suffered from lack of a tangible strong villian since he offed his Mason Faim. The author had a great opportunity to have a great villian in this novel but pretty much wasted it on a Hannibal Lector knock-off. I'm not saying the character use wasn't clever, but so much more could have been done.
This novel is your typical transition book. Transition books follow the pattern of wandering around aimlessly then hitting you with a bunch of changes and a big bang at the end. This is exactly what happens here. The last 2 chapters of this story basically set the series up for a complete reboot. I am worried that the series has lost its punk edge which made it cool and may be going to a more traditional Dresden-esque template.
That being said Kadrey is a great author and hopefully will surprise us all in new and inventive ways in the next book. The bottom line is if you like the series you will like this book, but probably not as much as the previous ones.
Category 5 bookworm
You can't go wrong with this series. Start with Sandman Slim and work your way up.
You won't regret it. It's time very well spent.
You'll be an addict like the rest of us in no time.
Fantastic resolution to story arcs started many books ago. Macleod Andrews remains the perfect voice for Stark and Richard Kadry retains his Favorites Shelf position in my library.
Herr Wölfe F.S.:
It's my favorIte bedtime story.
I listen to it every night before bed.
The narrator is excellent.
Sandman slim always into something and he does it like no other,I love this charter and all of his friends are interesting to boot. I have enjoyed everyone of the sandman slim books and the narrator is amazing he's definitely the right man for this book,there's twist and turns in all sandman books A very unique series you will love it!!
I have M.S. And vaso Vagal. So sitting around or laying down are pretty much my thing. Audible has been a godsend for me. Prices are great.
Where as the book itself is fantastic,I feel that if McLeod Andrews were not the narrator the book would suffer for it. Mr. Andrews is amazing with voices. So this series is narrator driven for me.
I started listening to this series at the recommendation of my father, as something to do when I worked overnights at a diner. Since then, I have been listening for pleasure and in every spare moment since. The Getaway God was no different, and I couldn't put it away until I had it all finished within 24 hours, despite the slight sacrifice of some sleep. If you've been with Stark and the gang this far along, definitely don't stop now.
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