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Hell In Heaven (Dead Man Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

William Rabkin , Lee Goldberg
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Learn About the Dead Man Series
The Dead Man series blends the horror of Stephen King with the action of classic men's adventure pulp fiction to create short novels that are thrilling to read. See the whole series, available on Kindle.

Book Description

Matt Cahill was an ordinary man leading a simple life until a shocking accident changed everything. Now he can see a nightmarish netherworld that exists within our own. Now he's on a dangerous quest for the answers to who he is and what he has become...and engaged in an epic battle to save us, and his soul, from the clutches of pure evil.

The sign on the exit reads "Heaven." What better place could there be for a dead man to visit? But when Matt takes the ramp, he finds a banner welcoming him by name to a tiny town that has seemingly been left behind by the 21st century...and is in the grip of an unspeakable horror. Cast as an unwilling savior, Matt comes to their rescue, but soon discovers that evil has more lethal forms than he ever imagined...and that they can't all be defeated with courage and an expertly-wielded ax.


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Q & A with Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin creators The Dead Man series

Lee Goldberg
Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
William Rabkin

Question: How did The Dead Man series come about?

William Rabkin: It started with a TV pilot script and 12 storylines that Lee and I wrote twenty years ago. The TV series didn’t sell, but we never stopped thinking about Matt Cahill… about what happened to him and what sorts of adventures he’d face. Finally we got sick of thinking about it and decided we’d write it ourselves as a series of books. Shortly after that, we had the idea of inviting some of the wildly creative, brilliant authors and screenwriters that we know to write books in the series as well…

Question: You are both avid fans of the “men’s action adventure” genre. What made you think The Dead Man could revive the genre?

Lee Goldberg: It has all the elements of the classic men’s action-adventure series….a rugged hero, an open-ended mission, a clear enemy and the potential for lots of violence … but with an occult edge that allows us to imbue a dated genre with more surprising twists and darker humor. We felt by embracing the supernatural, and the traditional elements of the men’s action adventure genre, we opened the door to story- telling that would push the envelope a bit. More importantly, though, we adopted a voice, and an approach to the material, that we think is more character-based, more self-aware, and perhaps more wise-ass than most of those series were back in the day (with the possible exception of “The Destroyer”).

Question: You both love horror novels. Is there an author that you particularly admire?

William Rabkin: Stephen King, of course. He marries the human and the horrible so brilliantly that he transformed the genre forever.  In terms of writers who can carry a single character over a long and constantly exciting set of adventures, I’d love to see us compared to Lee Child.

Question: How do you two write your books together?

Lee Goldberg:  So far, the way we’ve done it is that one of us writes the first draft and the other one does the revisions (or suggests revisions that the other writer does). But we talk to one another throughout the process. I won’t tell you who wrote the first draft of which book…you’ll have to figure that one out for yourselves. But it won’t be easy. Bill and I have written together in television for so many years that we’re very good at creating and maintaining a shared voice, though this is the first time we’ve collaborated on books.

Review

Hell in Heaven is the best so far in an already splendid series and is super rush of a read with plenty of sharp twists and turns and some truly smashing lines. --Paul D. Brazill

If you haven't read The Dead Man books you are certainly missing out on some terrific reads --Man-Eating Bookworm

This series has kept me rapt from the first page [...]these authors are the Jamaican sprint team doing the 4x100m relay, each stage just gets better and better. --Right What You No

Hell in Heaven is a direct spiritual descendant of the sorts of awesome pulp action adventure tales that the greats like Robert E. Howard loved to write. --Post-Modern Pulps

For anyone who has not taken up the world of Matt Cahill yet, you are missing out on some truly crowd-pleasing fun. --Bookgasm


Product Details

  • File Size: 227 KB
  • Print Length: 87 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (October 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SZZYLC
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jump on the bandwagon and try to hang on. May 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I have no idea what adventures Matt Cahill will be experiencing in the next books, but I do know that I want to ride shotgun until the end--I'm hooked I tell ya.

I love reading horror, mystery, suspense and humor. The Dead Man books encapsulate all of that, and then some. I know I'm gushing, but seriously, I've not been this excited about a series since The Green Mile. Thankfully, these are being released quick enough that I don't have to wait too long for the next one.

"Alive, dead, alive again" Matt is my favorite (of course), but the supporting characters are equally fleshed out and believable. One, in particular, stands out in this installment: Mouse. She is memorable to me because that was my daughter's nickname when she was little...but let me tell you, she'd have been taken out back to the wood shed if she'd shared any other qualities with the 11-year-old Mouse in Hell in Heaven. Oh, and the names of the other characters? Awesome! I had almost as much fun saying the names out loud as I did recapping the story to my husband.

Goldberg and Rabkin are a great team, I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! February 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Traveling across northern Washington state on a motorcycle, Matt decides to stop off for a bit in a small town called Heaven, where the people live simple lives with simple pleasures - there is no TV, to internet, no franchises or big-box stores, and the people wear simple, sturdy clothing that is built to last and easy to work in. He is befriended by a woman whose son is due to come home from the war, only she is worried - something about her son has seemed off in his letters home, and she asks Matt so stay and meet her son, also named Matt - well, what else can he do? What is the mystery of this town that time forgot?

In this book, Matt continues to seek the meaning behind his resurrection, and wonders if maybe Heaven and its problems was the purpose. While he tries to figure out what is going on here, he is also working to understand what his purpose should be. An interesting episode in the life of The Dead Man - recommended for fans of dark suspense/thrillers and horror.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hope the rest of the series gets better December 10, 2011
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This book is really disappointing. I really like the series and the premise but this book, I'm not a fan of. The main thing that I didn't like about the book is the feuding families part. Just seemed very stale. Next, the town they lived in, was it there or not? Finally, now he can only see the evil in people when they are being evil, not when they are not actively being evil? This book just didn't have the same feel as the first two and I am hoping the fourth is better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely creepy! July 31, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
With this third installment, series creators Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin continue Matt Cahill's journey in search of the mysterious Mr Dark. Here, he finds himself in a small town that seems to be isolated from the rest of the world, under the malevolent influence of some oppressive force. Matt eliminates the source of the town's problems, but only unleashes more in the process. Can Cahill bring a violent, unending feud to an end before the whole town wipes itself out?

What I'm loving about the Dead Man series is that while they are intended to be an updating of the men's adventure series concept, they also wholeheartedly embrace the bloody, visceral, violent horror genre. So far, the two regular series installments I've read (after the opening origin story) are very visual, cinematic stories that look, in my mind, like the gritty low-budget horror films of the 70s and 80s. They aren't coy about the horror elements or the violence, and those elements are never gratuitous or forced.

Because the Dead Man books are relatively short, they can afford to be as dark and violent and over the top as they are, because they don't overstay their welcome. Matt shows up, he encounters whatever the problem this month is, and he deals with it, with fast-paced action and suspense, but without unnecessary complications. It's like a great supernatural TV series, and I look forward to reading the next story (and the next, and the next...).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet! May 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The third part of Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin's whipcracking new cliff-hanger horror /thriller serial, The Dead Man, is another gripping winner.

The hero of the series is Matthew Cahill, an ordinary man who was buried alive after an avalance and was miraculously brought back to life with a mysterious supernatural gift.

In Hell In Heaven , Cahill ends up in a town called Heaven which seems like it was trapped in amber in another century.But, of course, all is not as it seems and Cahill is once again caught up in the war between good and evil.

Hell in Heaven is the best so far in an already splendid series and is super rush of a read with plenty of sharp twists and turns and some truly smashing lines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THE DEAD MAN SERIES! May 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This series just keeps getting better and better!

If you haven't treated yourself to reading THE DEAD MAN you ought to have your head checked. I can't wait to see where Matt Cahill goes next in THE DEAD MAN: DEAD WOMAN.

For a more indepth review check out THE MAN EATING BOOKWORM blog.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Series!!! May 6, 2011
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This is book #3 in the series and I loved it just as much as the first two. The main character, Matt Cahill, is finally fully realizing that he is dead and he's taking on the role of saving the world quite well. In fact, he glories in the power a little bit in this installment and the result of that is endearing and funny. I love this character because he never seems to realize quite how good he is, and watching him struggle in an effort to do the right thing makes for great entertainment. How these authors created such a likable, out to save the world, good-natured character who also happens to be going down on women, whether in remembrances of things past, or in the present, in almost every book I'll never know. It does make it interesting and I'll admit it's done well. It's smoothly weaved in without mushy or overly sexual scenes. What can I say, these boys know how to write!

So Matt finds himself in a town called Heaven in this installment. It's exactly what it sounds like as it's the last stop for many. Matt is stuck in the middle of a feud that he must fix before he can continue on his mission of scouring the country to find the people who can shed light on who he is and his greater purpose. Once again, between a cyst filled evil, intestine leaking woman, and men fighting with animistic-type power, there are more than a few bodies left in Matt's wake, which after all, is why we're reading this to begin with. It's graphic in a good way and has just enough adult humor to make it a perfect mix and a perfect supernatural thriller in this reader's opinion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars High Pain Drifter
Hell in Heaven is the third novelette in the Dead Man series (looks like I’m on a roll here). Matt Cahill, the simple man who died and was resurrected three months later is still... Read more
Published 7 months ago by TimothyMayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short stories
If you are looking for a quick, fast paced read that deals with the supernatural and some interesting and eccentric characters this is your book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by JBWES
4.0 out of 5 stars Each Entry is like a good TV series
Continuing the Dead Man Series, this is the goriest and initially, most traumatizingly horrific story so far for me. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Zombitologist
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Thriller In The Series
So far, #1-5 are excellent horror stories. The theme in all are exceptional making the series tied together perfectly...Watch out for Mr. Dark......
Published 15 months ago by Edward S. Schackman
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT SO GOOD
I was disappointed with this chapter of the story. This science fiction fantasy version was overly descriptive and tedious not to mention boring. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Benben .
3.0 out of 5 stars Dead man series
The first book in the series was an excellent set up for the story to follow-----but the second book strayed from the story line and by the time I got to this third one I was... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Deseret Rider
4.0 out of 5 stars So Far So Good
So far so good! Just started it but I am sure I won't be disapointed. I have a feeling I will be reading them all!
Published 18 months ago by Christine Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Ehhhh...
Ok, I liked this book, I liked the potential of the book, but for every one good thing there was an equal portion of poorly conceived story. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Larry
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Man series doesn't disappoint~
Once again Matt is at it in this odd twisting story. New characters, new twists. Had to read it from start to finish in one sitting!
Published 19 months ago by D R Hinshaw
4.0 out of 5 stars To me it was like a twilight zone movie in a book I couldn't put it...
Awesome read looking forward to reading their next book.
If it is as good as hell in heaven I will be sure to read them all
Published 21 months ago by Patrick Duffy
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