• King Bullet

  • A Sandman Slim Novel (Sandman Slim, Book 12)
  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (846 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The incredible finale of the addictive, high-octane Sandman Slim series filled with an explosive ending and intense kick-ass action from New York Times best-selling author Richard Kadrey.

It’s been three months since Stark stopped a death cult and a potential ghost apocalypse, and he’s at loose ends. His personal life is a mess. His professional life isn’t much better. And the world...well, the world is going to shit. LA is gripped by a viral epidemic that has everyone wearing masks and keeping their distance from each other. But what’s even more frightening is the Shoggot gang and their leader, King Bullet, who revels in the city’s collapse. 

Who is King Bullet? No one knows. He seemingly came from nowhere with nothing but a taste for mayhem and an army of crazed killers who follow his every command. What king wants seems simple on it face: Chaos. Destruction. A city in flames. But there’s more to the king and his plans for LA, and what Stark discovers will change Heaven, Earth, and Stark himself forever.

©2021 Richard Kadrey (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Don’t expect to much

I was expecting a better ending to a series that started off as amazing story. In my opinion the author neutered his character throughout the series but really took it to a whole new level with this one. A monster that kills monsters, became Lucifer, slays army’s of kissi, defeats old gods, takes on hoards of the undead but meets his end like that. I was hoping for a more spectacular story but this seemed like a rush job just to get paid.

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Such a disappointing conclusion.

Jesus.... talk about anticlimactic. I loved this series from jump, even after the massive tonal change following Getaway God, but this.... I'm just sad. And not in a good way. I.... felt nothing about this finale, it didn't feel earned at all, and the fact that it all hinged on *Janet*? Come on. Suffice it to say... I don't be picking up another Kadrey book for a while.

Andrews still does a phenomenal job narrating, however, so if you're desperate for more of his work, and you've read the other books.... may as well finish the series.

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Disappointed ☹️

This is my favorite urban fantasy series. I love the religious and philosophical debates. There was none of the stimulating debates and insites into the universe in this novel. I love the fucked over, bug on gods windshield antihero. It just flopped at the end. His new love interest is boring and a little bit too sjw for me and im a liberal. Janet could have stayed a minor character, like it said at the end she never belonged in this world . I thought for sure that the opener of ways would have done more than letting his half brother out to torment Stark. She was so ominous with her dying message to Stark. I thought that she found a way to open the way for the angra om ya. I thought that the consequences would be on a universal scale, not Hollywood. The whole Im your brother thing was sad and not explained in any kind of detail. Also since when is Uriel such a bastard? Mabey a deadbeat dad, mabey like god is a but of a fuckup, but mating with a Kisi and then crucifying her? Way out of character. I can deal with a main character that grows as the series progresses. I can deal with some sequels being a little worse than others, but I cant deal with long series ending with a whimper. Its mostly tv and movies that reward decades long fans with rushed bullshit endings, not novels. I feel like the last customer five minutes before closing, when the employees obviously dont want you there and are intentionally giving you shitty service just to get the job done and get you out. I would have waited 5 or 10 years for the final book if that meant closing the series with respect to the characters, story, and the fans who have so much invested.

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Huge disappointment to a rather good series

Skip, it's not worth the time. A very weak ending to a series that started out really good.

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last two books are really bad

So, this is the end?! We went from a monster who kills monsters to a woke guy taking about masks and gender identity issues with his friend. I guess that's a good way to make sure you never have to write a book again for a character that the author seems to be bored of. Not even a big ended. Just kind of meek. You could have busted out Mason for a last good showdown but no. Us readers we got the short end of the stick on this one. At least I don't have to waste anymore time on thinking what comes next in the this series.

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way to destroy a series

feels like kadrey hates the fans of the series. pointless to bother with sandman slim the story died at least 3 books ago

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A bullet through my heart

The Sandman Slim series holds great sentimental value to me. To set the scene, my life was in shambles: a highly intelligent young man who put himself through college on scholarship and was raised in a military household with the expectation that I would join the Corps to pay for my post-graduate work, as military service is something of a family tradition.

They found cancer on my entrance physical, and I was kicked to the curb. No money, no health insurance, and my only actionable skillsets were those of a profession of violence. I'm not proud of the gigs that I took minding doors and collecting money, but I did it to survive. And since I was already a dead man walking, people didn't give me trouble in general.

Thing is, my oncologist was a quack, and I received chemo doses that would've killed a rhino. It left me with a lot of nerve damage, in constant pain, and disabled. So, I fell into a deep depression. For years.

I was walking by a huge second-hand store and went inside. No reason not to; nothing mattered. By that point I'd been fighting depression for 3 years and had finally set the date and means by which I was going to off myself. Two weeks from that day. So, I was kind of carefree. And I was bending down to reach for a book with an interesting cover (The Devil Said Bang) when I bumped into a woman.

She toppled, which was to be expected considering I was 6'6" and 250 lbs, a lot of it muscle. I was uncertain whether or not to help her up. I was wearing leather and chains, with Army surplus boots, black jeans with padding sewn into the knees, and I was openly carrying three friggin huge knives (with another 4 and a firearm concealed). I don't have the friendliest of faces, and my hair was a bit unkempt since I didn't care about cutting it.

But she just looked up at me with eyes shining, and actually smiled. I helped her up, and what began as a simple apology turned into a genuine conversation. She was a pragmatic Southern woman who understood that violence is a controlled thing, and was not threatened by me because I could not morally harm her, nor would I ever.

Picking up a Sandman Slim novel is how I met my wife, and how I got another chance at having a life. So, the book series is inextricably linked to the miraculous woman who saw the good in me and loves me for who I am; no one had ever done that before.

And so I got the audiobooks of the series and listened avidly to the passionate, wild skill of the narrator, who took a bonfire and threw in a gasoline tank with a maniacal laugh. And Macleod Andrews, with each book, sounded more mature. It was as if I got to watch a dear friend grow.

But this last book? It's not the end of the series; it's the midpoint at which the author should then see about tying up all the loose ends, starting with escaping from Heaven like he did Hell, and then continuing on his quest for an abomination who was never meant to exist to find his place in the universe. Instead, all the listener gets is a kick in the crotch after all the build-up to the finale, as if the author is telling the listener to screw off and figure out how the rest of the story is supposed to go for themselves.

If it were any other series, I'd shrug it off as the author being a jerk and move on. But this travesty of a book has forever tainted the wondrous memories of meeting the love of my life. It left me hurt, mad, and wanting to yank the author into a dark alley to use the violent skillsets I developed to stay alive one more time. Just one last time. As compensation for the destruction of something I held dear.

I've been shot before, but it was King Bullet that put a hole in my heart.

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Blah

You could of at least given the fans what they wanted and killed Janet off.

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If you need more Sand Man Slim, here it is.

There were a lot of small elements with Janet that were annoying in the previous novel that were easily overlookable because of all the awesome stuff. Here we are forced to stew in how much she just does not belong and disrupts the fun of progression. That plus the epidemic social commentary that is served up a tad too thick; there is a lot to not love. All this having been said, the performance is fantastic as always & this is the only closure we'lll be getting for the character, so might as well try to enjoy this final adventure.

I hate to say I'm mostly rather disappointed, but that's the truth. I hope others enjoy it more.

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10/10

Yet another great story with our favorite smart###. as long as Kadrey keeps writing I'll keep buying.

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