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Hell's Super [Kindle Edition]

Mark Cain
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"If you're a fan of Christopher Moore, Terry Pratchett or Tom Holt, you'll love HELL'S SUPER ... Hilarious!"

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

Hell is … well, hell, and Steve Minion is the guy who has to keep it all going with devils and demons - and, as it turns out, not a few of its inmates - stacked against him.

His assistant, Orson Welles (yes, that Orson Welles) could no doubt manage such an enormous production far better than Steve, but he would thereby enjoy himself, which would break one of the fundamental rules of Hell – that nobody gets to enjoy themselves. Should you even feel a glimmer of hope, you know that within minutes all Hell will literally be breaking out all around you.

Then there is the gorgeous, almost saintly Flo, who, unlike any of the other inmates, 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 rather likes him, too. But romance in Hell? Surely that could never be.

Nevertheless, when Hell’s Escalator looks like it has been sabotaged by subversive forces and Steve is called in to investigate the problem by Satan himself, maybe he can earn himself a little wiggle room.

Or maybe not.

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 fantasy comedy 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
>Satire and Humor
>Fantasy Comedy
>Hell Fiction
>Devils and Demons
>Comedy Fiction
>Fiction Humor
>Comic Fantasy

Product Details

  • File Size: 980 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • 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: #345,177 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 $2.99, 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
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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
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 Five Stars
Very funny! Reminds me of Christopher Moore
Published 3 months ago by Shannon Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was a fun read. Kept me interested till the end and I would expect sequels.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Some jobs are hell, and some jobs are in Hell
Published 4 months ago by JoAnnW
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious and smart
What a fabulous read. Just open your mind and enjoy the world of hell with so many laughs and fun. I think I hurt my side from laughing!
Published 5 months ago by mrpak
4.0 out of 5 stars I love how the inmates of Hell get hit in the ...
What a hoot. I love how the inmates of Hell get hit in the face with a pie whenever they forget where they are and do something nice. Good silly stuff. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Julie Yekel
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 9 months 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 months 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 9 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago by AmberL
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More About the Author

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, is ready for publication and will be published in late Spring of 2015. Volume three, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, will follow a few months later.

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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