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Hell's Super [Kindle Edition]

Mark Cain
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Book Description

How can one damned handyman keep all Hell running when everything’s always breaking, devils and demons plot against him … and he sucks at fixing things?


Steve is Hell’s Super, its handyman. Being Mr. Fixit to the Underworld is not only his eternal damnation; it keeps him and his assistant, Orson Welles (yes, that Orson Welles), pretty busy, since things go on the blink all the time down there.

No malfunction has ever created so much inconvenience, though, as the breakdown of Hell’s Escalator, which leads from the Pearly Gates to the depths of Hades. Everyone is upset, from St. Peter, who is having a crowding problem on Gates Level, to Satan himself, who sees a public relations disaster in the making. What’s worse: the breakdown of the Escalator looks to be sabotage, and if not fixed, all Hell could break loose.

Steve and Orson must fix the Escalator, find and stop the insurrectionists, and rebuild the Stairway to Paradise as a backup. Along the way, the guys must contend with a variety of Hell’s inhabitants: Management, magical creatures and famous historical characters. To complete his tasks, Steve must traverse the Circles of Hell, from One (a gated golf community) all the way down to Nine.

The Devil and his demon underlings have given Steve an impossible assignment, but it has one benefit: the job lets him spend time with the gorgeous, almost saintly Flo. Unlike any of the other inmates, she is working in Hell by choice because she cannot bear the suffering and must help alleviate it, whatever the personal cost. Steve adores Flo, and maybe Flo likes him too. But love and romance in Hell? Surely that could never be. Maybe, though… or maybe not.

But satire and humor in Hell? Most definitely.

Hell's Super Is the first volume in the new comedy fiction series, Circles in Hell. It has been compared to other works of comic fantasy including The Screwtape Letters and Good Omens and to the fiction of Tom Holt, Christopher Moore and Douglas Adams.

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Comedy Fiction Book Categories
>Comic Fantasy
>Fantasy Comedy
>Fiction Humor
>Satire and Humor
>Comedy Fiction


Product Details

  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492903167
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mark Cain and Associates; 1 edition (June 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L3EKY3U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By T. Hall
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One of the funniest books I've read in any genre, by any author. Somewhat reminiscent of Mark Twain twisted with Gary Larson, Cain's satirical approach to the subject of Hell is sharp, witty and has no limits. Anybody and everything can be and may be a target of Cain's delicious, irreverent sense of humor.

How anyone can take duct tape, a broken elevator and a Super with the ever present knowledge that nothing can ever be fixed because ... well ... it is Hell and to fix something would make it right ... which can't happen ... in Hell ... I laughed and laughed.

Cain's knowledge of high tech and theology make the road through hell smooth and untroubled by annoying things might cause experts in either to be distracted. No distractions here; and no mistakes. It's perfect entertainment and I would have paid a lot more for joy of the hours spent with this book! At $.99, this book is practically a give away.

Mark Cain: I want a BOOH! Thanks for writing this. Can only say, I await your next work eagerly!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously dark. October 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was fortunate enough to read a copy of this many, many months ago, so when I saw that it was published I One-clicked my way to a happy place and read it again.

Mark Cain is an exceptionally funny writer, whose characeters stole my heart. Sure they are in hell, and are bad, but he writes them all with such captivation that I couldn't help but love them. I think that shows true talent.
Not only did he have the skill to make me like even the baddest of characetrs--erm hello, Satan anyone! But he did it with hilarious finesse, that had me laughing out loud.

Every scene is so well thought out, with well-placed giggles along the journey of a brilliantly witty storyline. If you reaad Terry Pratchet and like world-building, books that create a bubble of laughter that you can't hold inside, and clever characters then you should read this.

I can't wait for book two!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that is literally funny as hell! October 7, 2013
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Hell's finally funny!

In Mark Cain's novel about Hell's handyman, we quickly learn that the Devil has an amazing sense of humor. Unfortunately that element of Satan's personality is lost on most of the characters in this book.

Given the power to duct tape things incredibly well, Steve is set up as the guy who fixes everything that breaks in Hell. Considering the fact that everything does, in fact, break in hell, he's got quite the job on his hands. His ever-present sidekick, the infamous Orson Welles, is no help either.

Cain's novel runs the gamut of comedic elements, from literal pies in faces, to subtle puns, to the constant sarcasm of the protagonist, to Satan's ironic punishments for all who are brought to his realm. Somehow Cain manages to put all these pieces together into a whole that will keep you laughing and wanting more.

And when Hell does finally break loose, we're all left to wonder if Steve will have enough duct tape to fix it this time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Having a Hell of a day? December 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Take a moment to envision Hell. Odds are, if you're the product of a Judeo-Christian upbringing, you're picturing a nasty subterranean scene with lots of reeking brimstone, plenty of fire, and an assortment of demons wielding pokey instruments, grinning as they prod the helpless damned.

This is different. Sure, there's a little brimstone and a demon or two, but it's a more subtle take on Hell. What if Hell were a Monday...just the worst Monday you've ever had, going on ad infinitum? It's a Hell in which the eternal torture is just that nothing goes well for you. Ever. And the coffee sucks.

While that sounds like it might make for dreary reading, nothing could be further from the pleasure of reading Hell's Super. It's funny right from the get-go, and the story progresses so briskly that you'll find you don't want to stop at the end of a chapter. Steve Minion (yes, he's really a Minion) and the other characters are believable, and likable - you'll find yourself growing quite fond of a giant demonic bat. Hell is populated with quite a few folks you wouldn't expect to see there: Orson Welles, Thomas Edison, and Florence Nightingale, to name a few. The author resists the temptation to write people into Hell that you'd rather like to see there (say, Hitler or bin Laden), and I think that's an excellent choice, as that would have added too much darkness to the light and breezy comedy.

Cain's writing style and sense of humor will appeal to fans of Terry Pratchett and Christopher Moore, and there's a hint of Douglas Adams-like irony as well, but the overall story is fresh and original, and the ending will leave you looking forward to the sequel, and to more stories from this talented author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome book! December 17, 2013
Format:Paperback
Great job Mark. I loved the story and the mix of characters. Great choices and combinations in your story. I look forward to the sequels. It is a neat combination of story, facts and people that fit into the puzzle really well. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to all. Thank you.

Toby Singer
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine a personalized Hell December 17, 2013
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Slyly humorous view of the true meaning of personal Hell. Thomas Edison doing pick-and-shovel work. Florence Nightingale -- what's she doing here? Lots of clever references. You have to pay attention. Very enjoyable read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious and serious at the same time
This is one of the rare books which are seriously funny. Above all, it's a great laugh, while at the same time it deals with issues like human nature, religion, faith and hope. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Angelika Rust
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read
Enjoyed every moment! Looking forward to the next one in the series. More than worth the price for the entertainment offered.
Published 9 days ago by lunabelle
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved the concept and can hardly wait to get there
I loved the concept and can hardly wait to get there. Serious review of my life indicates that is where I shall end up !! Read more
Published 25 days ago by brian dixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Hell's Minion is damned entertaining
A fun read. A witty perspective of Hell and the damned souls we will meet there. And there's a sequel!
Published 1 month ago by Heather Roach
3.0 out of 5 stars Never read anything like this before
Strange book. Never read anything like this before. It was interesting
Published 1 month ago by AmberL
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and well-written!
This is a funny and well written tale. It does not revolve around paranormal stuff like vampires and satanic rites, etc. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Asian Mind
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very funny. waiting for the sequel
Published 1 month ago by toolman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Author Made an Eternity in Hell Humorous- Well Done!!
It takes a good writer to make spending an eternity in hell humorous, but Mark Cain pulls it off. The punishment for famous people throughout history is an extra funny touch. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jo Cranford
5.0 out of 5 stars but kind of scary for those of us who are really not good at the DYI...
We don't Need No stinking tools! This would seem to be the policy in Hell as nothing works even if you did have the tools to make the repair. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Three Bears
5.0 out of 5 stars This was one of the most original and fun books I have ever read
This was one of the most original and fun books I have ever read! Pick it up and see for yourself
Published 2 months ago by Laurie Whelan,
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Mark Cain is a writer and musician living in the Austin, Texas area. His third novel, the satire HELL'S SUPER, was published in Fall 2013. It is available as a Kindle eBook. HELL'S SUPER is volume one of a new series, CIRCLES IN HELL. Volume two, A COLD DAY IN HELL, will be published in 2014.

HELL'S SUPER has been variously described as satire, comedy and comic fantasy in the spirit of Christopher Moore, Terry Pratchett, Tom Holt and Douglas Adams. The entire CIRCLES IN HELL series, including A COLD DAY IN HELL, takes the everyday frustrations of modern life and expands them to Hellish proportions. You never know who you will run into in Cain's cracked Inferno. You might encounter a great inventor, a movie star and, of course, more than the occasional devil and demon.


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