John Smith is the first person ever sent downstairs due to a mix-up in the paperwork. While this is sorted out, he is assigned to work at Hades' local television station, where he must deal with strange characters and stranger programming. All the more bizarre, he arrived just in time for Founder's Day.
KHDZ by David Beshears is an entertaining tale of what happens when red tape and ill completed paperwork in Heaven happens. John Smith is sent from Heaven straight to Hell. Although he repeatedly submits requests pointing out the error, he is doomed to spend some time in the hottest place on earth. As a result of the mistake, Smith is assigned to the Hades television station. Here he meets characters that are unique and obviously strange both in appearance and personality. On top of this he is forced to deal with programming that is anything but fun, it is boring, nonsensical and annoying – after all he is in Hell … no one is supposed to enjoy things there!
Founder’s day and the fear of pleasing Mr. Horn is overwhelming. All the Founder’s day games and activities are geared to make Mr. Horn happy. A record amount of lost souls in the parade and the paperwork error bring Mr. Horn to the station – first time in 4 or 5 years! Smith thought his time in Hell was bad? Wait until he meets Mr. Horn aka Nicolas Cage look-alike.
This presented quite a different take on Hell; highly entertaining. Michael Bradley did a great job of voicing the characters. It was light, frivolous and fun. Bradley didn’t hinder the fun – he kept it going.
I had no issues with production.
Audiobook provided for review by the author.
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As the book started out, I thought I was going to love it. Similar to Neil Gaiman in style the story was original and entertaining. As the story carried on, the characters were developed nicely and I was still enjoying the book when... it abruptly ended. It seemed like the author was in full stride when the publisher called and told him "times up".