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
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
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
The series keeps pace with a storyline that keeps you interested in the next book I hope the next book will be soon coming I am hooked
James Stark is and his cast of characters around him make the story stick together
You have got to love Mr Andrews performances, I have listened to him many times and he is always right on
Alot of laughs and yes some sad parts but a good story
Mr. Kadrey please keep writing you can't just leave us hanging in HELL
Well, Starks in the middle of it again and the shit is on!
As usual McLoud dose a smashing job!
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