Sandman Slim returns in a stunning, high-octane thriller filled with the intense kick-ass action and inventive fantasy that are the hallmarks of New York Times best-selling author Richard Kadrey.
The request from Thomas Abbot, the Augur of the Sub Rosa council, couldn't come at a better time for James Stark, aka Sandman Slim. For a man who's most recently met Death - and Death's killer - a few months of normal life is more than he can handle. He needs a little action, and now Abbott wants Stark and Candy to investigate the disappearance of a young boy - and help uncover council members who might be tied to Wormwood's power brokers.
Stark's plans change when he meets a dying angel who gives him a vial of a mysterious black liquid that could be a secret weapon in the ongoing war between angels who want to allow human souls into heaven and rebel angels willing to die to keep them out. When one of Stark's closest friends is poisoned with the black liquid, Stark and Candy have to go to the only place where they might find a cure: hell.
But standing in their way are the damned souls who, even after death, still work for Wormwood. The secret deal they've struck with the rebel angels is darker than anything Stark has encountered. The fate of not only the world hangs in the balance but also the souls of everyone in it. Stark has to find a way to break the stalemate in the angel war, score the Perdition cure for the black poison, and make it back to LA in one piece - where an old enemy waits to finish him once and for all.
©2016 Richard Kadrey (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
I have listened to all the books in this series and always look forward to the latest installment. This one started slow and stayed there most of the book. There are action moments reminiscent of the previous books but they are fewer than in the past. The regulars in the series are there but the interaction is predictable and uninspired. The ending leaves a question if this was the final installment. I hope not, I would hate to see Stark go out with a whimper instead of a bang. I will look forward to the next book and hopefully we will be treated to the Sandman Slim we enjoy instead of the Stark we saw in this novel.
IMO, a great book series is being ruined by blatant commercialism. The cliffhanger ending of the book was unexpected and out of character, it literally popped up right out of left field. The story was left unfinished and the death of Sandman Slim at the end was obvious diversion and cheap trick to keep reader’s interest in the next book installment. As the series has apparently gained in popularity recent installments have evolved into short novelettes at higher prices. If future audible books in this series are novelettes with unfinished endings, I can wait for them to appear on audible’s discounted book list.
Richard, your books are too good. You can't go ending a book like that and just leaving me hanging. it is downright inhumane. And never get rid of your narrator. He is amazing.
I love this series. I have since book one. but the way the author ended this one has me at a loss. I wonder why he would do that to us. don't get me wrong overall the book is great and funny. but the ending just damb
This depression that the main character is getting ridiculous. You can't support a guy constantly kicking his own butt...Okay, Spiderman. But that's IT.
Other than the unending mentions of "the room of thirteen doors", the book was moving along well. Then it just fell off the rails with a long string of deus ex machina moments. There were so many it was laughable and they were all capped with a cliffhanger ending ripped off straight out of an Al Pacino movie. Even the setup for it was almost "copy and paste". Very disappointing book.
Yes, but only because this is a lousy way to end the series. If he pulls this crap again though, I'm done with this author.
I've already seen it. The ending at least.
As always a performance on this was perfect. Gritty but so easy to understand. The writing is always dark and humorous at the same time. If you've read the rest I suggest you to continue. A real unknown addition to the horror and thriller urban fantasy genre that more people should read
hey wasn't too bad he left us in the typical Cliffhanger that we used to see all the old shows I'm hoping that this is going to end this Sandman slim I hope something else is up to come but thank you for such a great story
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
The book had a different tone then the other books and opened up the door for a lot more characters and villains. This is good but Sandman Slim seems to have lost his shine in this book. Plus he still have not come to terms with the power I think they will exploit in the next books. Which is frustrating. They hinted to it in other books and it seems like they keep doming him down. but it is still a great story and fits well in the whole Sandman Slim series
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