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The Good the Bad and the Infernal (Heaven's Gate Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – March 26, 2013

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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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Guy Adams is the author of the fantasy novels The World House and its sequel Restoration, as well as the Deadbeat series coming soon from Titan Books. He has also written two Torchwood novels, The House That Jack Built and The Men Who Sold the World for BBC Books; and The Case Notes of Sherlock Holmes, a fictional facsimile of a scrapbook kept by Doctor John Watson. This was published in 2009 by Carlton Books in association with the Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the writer’s birth. The first of two brand new Sherlock Holmes novels, The Breath of God, was published by Titan Books late in 2011 with The Army of Doctor Moreau to follow. Guy has written three novelisations for Hammer Books: Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter, Hands of the Ripper and Countess Dracula, the latter of which sees the story updated to thirties Hollywood and is just like Singing in the Rain but with a few more dead virgins.

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4 of 4 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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1 of 1 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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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathan S Karpinski on September 5, 2014
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A book should be able to stand on its own, whether it is part of a series or not.

Compared to other "first in a series books" (most recently for me: Night Angel, Black Prism, Old Man's War) - after this book gets through the setup and introduction of all the characters, it ends. It did not feel like a complete story on its own to me.
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