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Hellbound (Hellbound Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tim Hawken
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Book Description

“You look very confused when I say I’m just trying to help these lost souls make their way to Heaven,” he said. “The reason you’re confused is that you think I’m speaking metaphorically. Well, my dear friend, take it very literally. You see, I may have introduced myself as Asmodeus, but let me run off a few of my more well known aliases. Now, let’s see, we have Mephistopheles, Beelzebub, Bafomet, Iblis, The Fallen One, Lucifer, The Morning Star, Lord of the Dark, The Devil, oh and my favorite; Satan.”

Face to face with Satan, Michael has awoken in the bowels of Hell with no memory of who he is, or why he has been damned.

Hell, however, isn’t what he expected. Rather than the fires of torment, he finds a hedonistic city of gambling, sex, murder and revenge.

With the Devil as his guide, Michael embarks on a quest of self-discovery and self redemption. But will he get a second chance at salvation? And why is Satan helping him?

Hellbound is a contemporary view of Hell, exploring today’s idea of sin and religion, through witty dialogue and bursts of descriptive prose.

Dark, funny and philosophical.

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  • File Size: 365 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0956427634
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EBT4IK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in show! January 27, 2011
Hellbound is one of the most enthralling and energetic books that I've ever read. On a whim, I bought this book and ended up being completely unable to put it down.

The plot is delicious, the characters are so delightfully varied and robust, but they all pale in comparison to the imagery which this book illicit.

Be prepared to be swept away into the underworld... then finding out that you love it!

As a lover of philosophy and anthropology (with several years of Catholic school thrown in) I found this book to be an utterly liberating take on the traditional story of heaven, hell, god and satan.

If you haven't already, do yourself a favour and buy this book... or steal it and become Hellbound!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's one of those books/// December 5, 2011
I read this book a great while ago and forgot to leave a review. Shame on me! Recentlly the film Tucker and Dale vs. Evil played a genius little twist on the cliche settings of its genre.

Mr. Hawken is a master of misdirection and a natural story teller. If this book were made into a movie I can only hope someone with serious talent gets involved. I found the dialogue very pulpy and witty. I want to read it again so I can go back to hell one more time. Going there with Hawken isn't so bad.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hellbound - Kindle Review December 18, 2010
By Dave
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Hellbound is a fast-moving, interesting read. I recognize some of Dante's and possibly Niven's/Pournelle's influences in the descriptions of Hell, but the general atmosphere is actually more visceral, with the link to a Vegas-like setting. I like the twists and turns of the ending, but found it almost moved too fast at the very end - I wanted more. I'm looking forward to a sequel.

Overall an enjoyable read and definitely a book I'd recommend to anyone with a taste for fantasy/sci-fi/philosophy/action writings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell of a Book January 2, 2011
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I loved this book! It a non-stop rollercoasting page turner that doesn't let you up for air until the end. Set in Hell, this book is like Dante meets Tarantino. I found myself completely engrossed in the city of Hell, the landscapes, the details and the characters.

The thing that I most enjoyed was that it makes you think. In between action scenes there are these wonderful insights into religion, philosophy, life and sin.

A quick read at around 220 pages, I would recommend this to anyone over, say 16, who isn't afraid to have their eyes blown open.

I can't wait until Hollywood turns this into a dark and twisted movie!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eagerly awaiting a sequel January 5, 2011
By Carrie
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Hawken writes in a way that is wonderfully descriptive, without long paragraphs of waffling like so many writers include, and has you guessing right up until the last page. Hellbound is witty, detailed, fast paced and packed with great characters. It's rare to find a book these days that challenges ideals we have accepted for centuries and to actually make you question your own beliefs. It will make fantastic dinner time conversation. What if Hell isn't what we've all been lead to believe? The best way to describe how much I enjoyed this book is to say that I finished it in two days. I couldn't put it down. Bring on the sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Awakening January 5, 2013
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Tim Hawken is going to become a very important writer (he already is to many). The description can tell you about the story, but from the first page I had a movie rolling through my head and couldn't put it down.
So many "aha" moments, laughing, and tears. Michael and "Lotte" is the most bittersweet story you'll ever read...The end had me counting down the days and watching Tim's twitter account for updates on the continuation!
I'd go as far as saying I even had a bit of an awakening...
Thank you, Tim.
Read this book!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book from a new author! November 29, 2010
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I started reading this via Authonomy where Tim is a member and was sharing early looks at the book. Watching the book evolve to what it is today has been amazing. It is truly one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time, it sucked me and kept me reading and reading.

His ability to create the environment in your mind when reading is astounding, the detail to everything, even down to the littlest points make this book a great read. Will be interesting to see if this makes the leap from small time author to film fag... Good luck to him..

Def recommendation.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywoodbound July 14, 2012
One man's fight for freedom, from within the depths of his new-found domain: Hell. Michael, a modern-day warrior, flawed in life, takes on The Almighty with none other than Satan as his empathetic ally. Reborn, armed with supernatural abilities, he has a score to settle with Heaven. The stakes: freeing his angelic life love from an eternity in Limbo.

....Sounds like a movie? ...Hold your breath.

Strap in, we're transcending.... Hawken's take on the factional dynamic of Heaven, Hell and Earth is unique, lest genius. Seamlessly fusing action, drama, romance and comedy, he takes us on a surreal journey thru the afterlife from the POV of a man; damned, but with a chance for recompense. The philosophical undertones to this filmic and brilliantly non-linear tale gives everyone something to consider, without confusing what is a multi-dimensional thriller of epic proportions.

It's a pleasure to be working with you Tim.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
I read this book out loud on a road trip with my husband. Excellent read! It led to much thought provoking conversations. Any book that can do that is worth the time. A must read.
Published 11 months ago by Steph
5.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise!
Now… why did I wait so much time to read this novel? I read it in two sittings, which says a lot about how much a liked it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Oana Ilasi
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story
I found this story to be entertaining. It is definitely a different twist on the battle between God and the devil.
Published 16 months ago by Gray L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Very creative and original book. I highly recommend it.
I will read his other books. If you're looking for something to read that is entertaining and thought provoking read... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Victoria N.
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable blend of horror, theology, and philosophy with a twist of...
Hellbound introduces us to Michael, one of Hell's newest residents. Michael finds himself in the company of Asmodeus (also called Satan) without knowing or understanding how he got... Read more
Published 17 months ago by T. L. Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Interesting twists, a smattering of Judeo-Christian mythos and apocryphal...tacked onto a Stephen Seagal movie. Worth the read for at least three thought provoking questions.... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dannette Elaine Calderin
4.0 out of 5 stars More than a Tour of the Lake of Fire
As I started reading Tim Hawken’s Hellbound, I half-expected it to end up being a retelling of Dante’s Inferno. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Shannon L. Yarbrough
3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by a friend
Interesting story line, never quite thought of Satan that way, could have been a brilliant story with more fill and it finished quite abruptly.
Published on February 8, 2013 by Ruth Green
3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and thought-provoking
Well that was interesting. I didn't really know what to expect when I got into Hellbound. I'm happy to say it isn't a proselytical text. Read more
Published on January 21, 2013 by Sadie Forsythe
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well done
nice, tight, direct storyline that poses some very interesting questions about the nature of the relationship between god and the devil

good stuff - worth your time
Published on August 31, 2012 by Jamieson B. Taylor
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