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.
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.
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.
🌺 Lover of Amazing Stories 🌺
This series is incredibly frustrating, entertaining, exciting, fun, brutal, and addictive!
In some ways I hate Sandman Slim but in other ways I love him. I love that he is pure evil but only to those bad guys who deserve to have their heads ripped off.lol
I absolutely hated every female in his life except for Alice. For some reason, seeing parts of his relationship with Alice that wasn't based on sex seemed more authentic.
Elegra (black chic) was always pissed at him and ridiculously judgmental about every thing he did unless he could do something evil to help her out of a bad situation.
Candy (Jade chic), I just never warmed up to her. Then she made some stupid comment about not waiting for him if he didn't return again. I'm thinking, "B*****...you didn't wait for him last time!" -roll my eyes-
Bridgette (Czech chic) was just ewe and completely pointless in every book. Although I would have enjoyed to see more of a development between the Priest and her. Ha! A Priest and a porn star.
The only friends of Slim I liked was a Vdoc and Carlos! They were the only ones who truly seemed to except Slim for the good and the bad. Well, except for Vdoc betraying him in book one. That was messed up especially after the betrayal that sent him to hell. But Vdoc and Carlos' laid back personalities and their non judgmental attitude's towards Slim made me like them even more.
I honestly wish the words monster, abomination, and Fairy would completely disappear from the next book. I swear every time someone called poor Slim that I kept thinking, " Well, if it isn't the pot calling the kettle black." Lol
Poor Slim has saved the world over and over again and every time all he gets in return is assassins trying to kill him, friends judging him, and don't even get me started on God, the Devil, and Angels. Oy Vey!!!
Anyway, the best part of this series is the 😍 narrator 😍. -gushing sigh- I've fallen in love with Mr. Andrews voice. He is so versatile with his voices. And with how beautiful he is I'm surprised he not on a TV series or in movies. He honestly brings this series to life!
Looking forward to Book 7, it's time to meet Death.
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!
Let me start out saying I love this series and Sandman Slim. Every single book, till this one I would give 5 stars all the way. This book wasn't "bad". The take down of the old gods just seemed way to easy and the battle between our god against the old gods just seemed way to anti climactic. I expected more of a blowout and more magical demon fighting and whatnot. But still I think Richard Kadrey is a great author.
Yes, he is a great voice actor. I sometimes will give a book a chance simply because he does the voice work.
I thought it was an okay read. But I mean it was god fighting Old gods! I expected more fire and brimstone and lightning and magical weapons and spells. I mean its gods fighting each other here. Now the ending. The storyline that goes off into makes me very excited. I hope he does follow up on that.
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.
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.
It took so long to get here and the trip was so, so good. I just wish the end would have been a bit longer. Just a bit more bite.
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