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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.

©2010, 2014 David R. Beshears (P)2014 David R. Beshears

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A very unique take on the hell paradigm

This was a story I've had in my library for quite a bit. I first purchased it when I went through my "hell fiction" phase several years back, and now I wish I would have binged this one sooner. What an interesting take on the whole hell paradigm. I knew there had to be a catch early on, especially given the length of the story, but I just couldn't place my hand on what it would be. Sure, hell can be slow and the "screw up" would likely take centuries to fix, but this one took a turn I didn't expect.

Very nicely done!

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highly entertaining

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.

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Great start, bad ending, ok effort.

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".