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'If there was ever a writer who could write in Technicolor, it's Guy Adams; his creations leap off the page at you and make you jump back in shock.' Graeme's Fantasy Book Review 'Guy Adams is just magnificent.' Fantasy Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Guy Adams is a no-good, pen-toting son of a bitch. Responsible for over twenty penny-dreadfuls and scientific romances such as The World House and the Deadbeat series. He has also worked with the Hammer Books Gang creating novelisations of their foul kinematographs and has been known to operate under the alias of John Watson M.D. writing novels featuring that pansy-ass detective Sherlock Holmes. He is wanted in several states and a reward is offered for anyone quick enough to slip a noose around his crooked neck. Further evidence of his crimes can be found on his Wild Western Waystation: www.guyadamsauthor.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Heaven's Gate Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781080895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781080894
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #981,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 1, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'll be honest here: I bought this as much based upon the cover, which is wonderful, as I did the summary, which was different. In a time when so many fantasies sound alike, this one sounded unlike anything I'd ever read. That's often a promise that ends up unfulfilled so I was doubtful, but this is truly an unusual book that I won't soon forget.

A brief summary of the setup: Wormwood is a city that appears in various places around the world once every hundred years for a single day. Supposedly inside it you can find a gate to heaven, so you can get there without dying. It's legendary, and draws every kind of person imaginable. The book gives us the journeys of three groups: a bank employee traveling to California for a job and the not-quite-human old man he falls in with; an eccentric British inventor and his daughter traveling with an adventurer and a group of monks; and a group of carnival sideshow folks traveling with a not so holy preacher, an ex-slave and the wounded soldier she loves. As they journey toward heaven they all have to face different hells that test their resolve, and not all make it.

The book is told from several different points of view, some more successful than others. Occasionally the prose is dense with description, mostly gorgeous but occasionally a little too much. I ended up thinking that the author is either a genius or insane for writing that way. Maybe both. His successful descriptions could give a scene or character a moment of clarity like those shots in movies where characters freeze and rotate and you can see them from every angle. His less successful made me stop in my tracks (and at one point had me yelling at my husband, "What does that mean? Has he ever seen cooling cooking grease?").
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave Wilde on March 7, 2014
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The Good, the Bad, and the Infernal obviously takes its title from the 1966 Clint Eastwood spaghetti western, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. It was published just in 2013 and perhaps has not yet achieved the recognition it should. On the surface, it is a Weird Western with shades of Steampunk thrown in. I don't think anyone can now claim that Westerns are boring. This one certainly is not.

But, don't let that throw you as this is one helluva good book. This is book one of a three book trilogy. The second book is Once Upon A Time in Hell and I read that one first. I don't recommend doing that as this book really gives you the background on the myriad of strange characters. As of the time of this review, the third book in the trilogy has yet to be released (who knows if Adams has even written it yet).

The premise is that for one day every hundred years a town appears that is a gateway to the other side. So if you get to this town, you can go to heaven without dying first and, of course, there are other places it might lead you to. Sometimes the town appears as a Tibetan village. Sometimes in a rainforest. This time, the town which appears about twenty years after the Civil War is Wormwood and its going to appear somewhere out west. For various reasons, there are an assortment of folks that would like to make journey.

The book follows three disparate groupings of people. First, there is Quartershaft, a famous adventure writer, who has been given the map to Wormwood by Alonzo. He is on the journey with a Lord Forset, a British inventor/scientist, and Forset's daughter Elizabeth, and for good measure an order of about a dozen monks of a peculiar order who see it as their mission to explore all questions about God and Heaven.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Clemo on June 22, 2014
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And I'll read more! Very fun writing style (and I've read the sequel and it holds up as well) and I look forward to reading more of Mr. Adams works.
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I finished the book some hours ago, and I hace to say, I am impressed. Unlike anything I've read recently, this story is unique. I was expecting a fast paced fantasy adventure, but I ended up with a steady paced, solid piece of literature and shifted between grotesque (in an interesting way) to gorgeous, and to wild again. Every character is different, and there are many.
The descriptions are gold. They let you live every thought, every movement of every person in the scene of action.
Although Guy Adams left a cliffhanger as big as the Great Canyon, it was a satisfying read and journey.
The desperation of mine when I was almost at the end of the book and there was no apparent closure ahead made me cling on what I had even more.

Brilliant read. Can't wait to get the second one.
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I have read this author before, with Mad House. Good novel (the first in the series), but not great. There were times that I wanted this one to be over. I just felt like I could not really make up my mind if I liked this or what. This had good character development, good introduction to new characters. In the end, this novel kept my interest enough to get book two of the series and delve into it soon.
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By Dkveragas on May 5, 2015
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this mash of genre's but was not disappointed. Very interesting characters and story line which makes me look forward to the rest of the series
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