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Hellbound (Hellbound Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 229 pages

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  • File Size: 365 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0956427634
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EBT4IK
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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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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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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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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. I think I should turn this into a criterion after which I rate my reads – how many times I had to pick up the book until I finished it. If I read it in one or two sittings, then it deserves a 5-stars review. More than three sittings… oh well. It might get difficult with books that have more than 400 pages.

Back to “Hellbound”! I liked it way more than I expected to like it. By the end of it, I realized I liked it more than I had expected to like it after going through the first half. It was just getting better, and I loved how everything was wrapped up. Let me try to explain. First of all, Tim Hawken showed a lot of imagination and creativity in building his vision of Hell. I must admit I was a bit concerned at first that Hell would end up drowned in clichés, but it didn’t happen. I liked the author’s idea of Heaven, Hell, and the Creation. The fact that Hell is a place destined to the rehabilitation of corrupted souls was interesting and unique. The “system” the author imagined made every bit of sense, and I liked that my questions about it were answered in the end. The Devil’s city is the perfect image of fun, sin, debauchery, and total freedom to do as one pleases. It’s not a surprise that many souls fall even deeper into sin, surrender to it, and become demons. However, the Devil has a weapon that helps him make sure Hell doesn’t become overcrowded: The Guilt. Every hour, the souls are torn apart by their guilt, and are forced to remember the terrible things they did on Earth. This torture makes them regret their sins, obtain forgiveness, and eventually go to Heaven.
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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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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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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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