Monday, December 5, 2011

"Aloha From Hell" Book Review

“Aloha From Hell” by Richard Kadrey:

The title alone makes you speculate about what in the hell this book is about. It’s a Sandman Slim novel that takes you from Earth to Hell to Heaven and back around again.

Sandman Slim is half mortal, half something. Some say monster, others say angel. I’ll let you be the judge. The major players are Sandman Slim, of course, Lucifer, God and many other evil beings all trying to make Heaven into Hell and vice versa or just eradicate everything. Sandman Slim has his own agenda. First, save his ex-lover Alice from Hell. She was brought there from Heaven by a villain named Mason to entice Sandman Slim to go to Hell to get her. And he does more than just save Alice. That’s the second part. For me to simply saying he wants to kill Mason is not near adequate. There are no words for what Sandman Slim goes through to accomplish his objections. You really need to read the book in order to understand.

Full of action, wit and suspense, this grabbed a hold of me and wouldn’t let go. Kadrey is a master storyteller (overused, I know, but very apt) and he will have you rooting for him in Hell and on Earth.

Reviewed by Starr Gardinier Reina, author of “Deadly Decisions,” published by Suspense Publishing, an imprint of Suspense Magazine

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