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What in Hell is up with Heaven? [Kindle Edition]

Christopher David Petersen
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Religious Satire: A humorous tale of the Gods of Heaven and Hell.

Satan has a problem. He has come up short on his quotas for collecting souls and he is none too pleased. With the help of his loyal and trusted companion, Grim Reaper, the pair orchestrate a natural disaster that will balance the “books”.

With an undertaking of this size, the two will need to hire some help. They outsource the work to Jesus, Hercules, Mary and Joseph, right under the nose of God. The plan is doomed from its inception, but Satan is a determined little demon and will stop at nothing to succeed. With Jesus’ drinking problem, Hercules’ steroid addiction and Mary and Josephs marital troubles, could Satan’s plan really have a chance?

Follow the long cast of immortals as they manage to turn their celestial world upside down.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OYTF4A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 99 Cents Well Spent November 10, 2011
By JoelR
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One of the great things about Kindle is that you can buy books for 99 cents. Because of that, I've found several authors I might not have taken a chance on otherwise and, by and large, it's worked out well. That's not the case when it comes to this book, however. Oh, not that I didn't enjoy it; it was a lot of fun. What I mean is I probably would've paid more than .99 for it. I love snarky, smart-a** humor and it doesn't get more snarky and smart-a** than Chris Peterson did here. It's silly, irreverant (God farts) and funny, all of which make for a good read. Not to say it's perfect, however. There were a couple of what I thought were theological errors, but that could be personal belief thing. One thing that threw me for a bit was the way Peterson handled time. Sometimes, it seemed things were happening in the present day, then it would skip back a couple of thousand years, then forward a few hundred. After a bit, it dawned on me the story takes place in Heaven and time doesn't work the same way there. Once I figured it out, I thought it was a neat touch. All in all, Peterson has done a pretty good job here. Is it a great philosophical tome about Heaven and Hell? No. Is it the Great American Novel? Definitely not. Does it pass the time and make you laugh? Most definitely. If more authors did those two things half as well as Petersen did here, the world might be a better place.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't remember when I enjoyed a book so much July 4, 2011
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If you are offended by religious parody,this book isn't for you. But I have always loved religious parodies and since I'd read other books by this writer, I was curious. I loved it!

I don't want to give anything away as I want you to have the impact of discovering, as I did, all the clever "inside" humor.

I laughed out loud in so many places as this is just great stuff. I particularly loved the funny friendship between Satan and his acolyte, the Grim Reaper, whom he just calls "Grim."

I highly recommend this. I've read other religious parodies and I think this outdistances all of them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised March 9, 2011
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I downloaded this book not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. It's not Pulitzer but it is well worth .99 cents. The story is a bit off the wall, but ended well and kept me smiling throughout the whole book. I am definitely recommending it to others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irreverent, funny, satirical - my cup of tea. January 24, 2012
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Chris Petersen has crafted a terrific story about God, Satan, Jesus, Hercules, Jeffrey (Jesus' brother) and an entire celestial cast of characters that will have you laughing all the way through. It has the smart-aleck sense of humor that I just love, set in a "not your ordinary Heaven" where the major characters are anything but what you expect. If you like satire, you are in the right place.

I can highly recommend this work and will be taking a look at other entries by Chris Petersen. Go ahead - indulge that evil imp inside!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly Funny! January 21, 2012
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In this totally irreverent and snarky read, Chris Petersen sneaks a peek at the private lives of some of the more famous celestial beings and what he finds is shocking! Petersen reveals his thoroughly deviant sense of humor in the story line, but especially in his character development - my personal favorites are Grim and G, although Red is pretty funny, too.

Had me giggling and laughing out loud in places, particularly when God goes `commando'. Highly recommended if you need a chuckle!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny in parts, unique idea July 24, 2012
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Ok - I waffled on whether to give "What In Hell is Up With Heaven" three stars or four and I settled on four due to the ending. Overall this was a cute book with some laugh out loud moments, but some of the dialog struck me as repetitive & strained when it didn't have to be. It grated on me enough that in the middle of the book I was thinking "3 stars at best", but by the last quarter the pace had quickened considerably and there was a tiny twist that worked very nicely. Now having said all that - I did like this story and it was definately a new idea out there that was worth reading. I really enjoyed the idea of God & Satan having a relationship outside of "work" - things like Poker Night at God's place cracked me up! I think I will pick up the author's other book, Tear in Time and give it a read too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A very funny religious satire!
This 300 page irreverent romp among the immortals was very clever and very funny. I often found myself wearing a smile on my face and chuckling at some of the antics of such... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark Abrams
2.0 out of 5 stars silly
Didn`t much care for it. I expected something a little different. I guess it wasn`t the type of humor I expected.
Published 23 months ago by Frank S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Devil with a blue dress...
My first 26 years on this planet was spent in abject terror of God's wrath. And while the Screwtape Letters were fairly risque reading for me in my early 20's, nothing prepared me... Read more
Published on September 20, 2012 by Peter T
5.0 out of 5 stars And God said "Take it easy Red"
I love how this book shows a human like side to God and Red (aka Satin). This book brings a different perspective to the issue of God as well as Satin that I love. Read more
Published on July 8, 2012 by Alana
4.0 out of 5 stars Poking fun at God and the Devil
I finished this book today and really enjoyed it! It made me laugh in so many places. It's a really funny look into Heaven, Hell and a whole range of characters in between and... Read more
Published on June 13, 2011 by Crash 86
4.0 out of 5 stars Irreverent and funny
An irreverently funny take on what goes on between God and Satan. (Or as G calls him, Red.) Chris shows you the "seedy" side of Heaven, angles and even God Himself. Read more
Published on June 12, 2011 by Kennhoss
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More About the Author

Christopher David Petersen (1963 - 20??). Born and raised in Connecticut. As a child, I was always daring and reckless. Never one to let common sense stand in the way of a great adventure, my bold feats of stupidity were legendary... Huckleberry Finn would have been proud.

"Surprisingly", that same spirit carried over into adulthood, as I sought out entertainment that included: scuba diving; ski Mountaineering; mountain biking; Rock, Ice and Mountain climbing; flying planes; golf, motorcycles, the stock market and of course, experimentation with various alcoholic refreshments.

Later in life, writing became an extension of my deep desire to experience "new and exciting worlds". I have written several books, but none have been published through any formal channels... I've heard the process is long, painful and laborious, the thought of which sickens me. My foray into e-publishing came after a friend suggested my works could fetch dollars instead of dust inside my sock drawer... a righteous observation. My recent publications are the result of this advice. Further adventure/suspense novels are soon to be released.

An engineer by trade, I have worked all over the U.S. and usually write in my spare time... that is when I'm not enjoying a bottle of Scotch and a quality cigar. I am a naturally long-winded individual, so writing is what happens when I can't get anyone to listen to me anymore...

I love all kinds of genres but gravitate more towards suspense. There is nothing like the build up to a great climax... What a rush!

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