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And the Devil Will Drag You Under Mass Market Paperback – June 12, 1982

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Asmodeus Mogart was not a bad fellow, as demons go. Having gotten in trouble back in the home office, he had been assigned to duty on Earth. There he toiled, doing the kinds of things demons do and turning into something of a drunk.
Then a rogue asteroid threatened to crash into Earth and destroy all life on the planet -- demons included! There had to be a better way.
Mac Walters and Jill McCullough, holding a private wake for their world in a Reno bar, were more than startled when a strange-looking little drunk told them they could save the world.
All they had to do was enter five alternate universes and steal a demon-guarded jewel in each. Clearly, the man was crazy.
But they had nothing better to do than go along with the gag. Then they each found themselves, naked and alone, on a hostile alien world! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey (June 12, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345305043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345305046
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,428,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of my all-time favorite books. An attempt to mine a passing asteroid has gone wrong, and the 'roid is now headed for earth (and this was written long before the current string of things-heading-for-earth disaster movies). As Earth prepares to die, a drunken demon summons two people to a bar in the middle of nowhere, and sends them on a series of impossible quests through alternate planes, in a desperate attempt to save the planet. But. . .it's always dangerous to make a deal with the devil. . . .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first recieved this book as a gift when I was 6 or 7 years old. The cover of the devil scared me and I put it away in a drawer and forgot about it. Years later, as an early teen-ager, I read, and reread and reread it so often, I wore out the cover.
Its a great sci-fi story about populating different worlds and energies, interesting characters, and humourous situations. This is the one that got me into pop sci-fi. I think its his best, but that may be because it was the first one of his many I read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brad J Guenther on January 16, 2012
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Bought this book brand new in a bookstore when I was 15. Wore it out. Found another copy in a used bookstore when I was 30. Lent it to a friend and didn't get it back. Bought another copy on Amazon when I was 45. I'm getting older, but this book isn't. Timeless story and a great read. If you buy it, you will finish it in one sitting and then start it again. I imagine I'll be buying another copy at 60!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Woodcock on April 5, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book a long time ago (1980) and thought at the time it was one of the best I'd read. I recently came across it again after a move and decided to see if it still held up.

I'm glad to say it did that and more. This is a fine fantasy-ish adventure in which one Asmodeus Mogart, who is basically a magical being who inspired the various Devil legends around the world, recruits two people to help save the world. You see those pesky humans thought they'd pull an asteroid into Earth orbit to mine the thing, there was an accident, and now it's going to smash into the Earth--UNLESS these recruits can help Asmodeus steal enough Gems to be able to deflect it.

Along the way these two hop from dimension to dimension, strange worlds which parallel the Earth we know but in which things are very "different". In one world an Islamic/Catholic religious society STRICTLY enforced (you literally cannot sin without instant and immediate punishment). In another vampires roam free and magic works to a degree, but electricity was never discovered--everything is a sort of "advanced steampunk" construction. In yet another ghosts exist, demons can steal your soul, and anything you can imagine can be conjured into existence--if you can keep your will firm and steady that is. Very imaginative and different settings all.

The ending is a bit predictable and a tad abrupt, I thought, and that irregularly bothered me both times I read the novel. I had the impression that there might have been a larger, longer ending originally but it got trimmed or cut--it does seem as if things are wrapped up a bit too tidily. But that's a small quibble for the fun the novel delivers.

I loved this book the first time around when I read it in 1980, and I loved it again the second time (not always a sure thing). VERY recommended as a bit of a different fantasy novel or if you're a Jack Chalker fan--just watch for the abrupt ending.
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