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The Getaway God: A Sandman Slim Novel Kindle Edition
End times are here again
A half-human, half-angel with a bad rep and a worse attitude—we are talking abuout the former Lucifer here—James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has made a few enemies. None, though, are as fearsome as the vindictive Angra Om Ya—the insatiable, destructive old gods. But their imminent invasion is just one of Stark's problems, as L.A. descends into chaos, and a new evil stalks the city.
No ordinary killer, the man known as St. Nick takes Stark deep into a conspiracy that stretches from Earth to Heaven and Hell. Further complicating matters is that he may be the only person alive who knows how to keep the world from going extinct. He's also Stark's worst enemy—the only man in existence Stark would enjoy killing twice—and one with a direct line to the voracious, ancient gods.
“Once again, Kadrey shows us why he’s a voice to watch in the sarcastic first person dark urban fantasy genre (aka the First Person Snarker).” (Schulers Books Blog on THE GETAWAY GOD) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey has published nine novels, including Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha from Hell, Devil Said Bang, Kill City Blues, The Getaway God, Killing Pretty, Butcher Bird, and Metrophage, and more than fifty stories. He has been immortalized as an action figure, his short story “Goodbye Houston Street, Goodbye,” was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award, and Butcher Bird was nominated for the Prix Elbakin in France. A freelance writer and photographer, he lives in San Francisco, California.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00L192HCI
- Publisher : Harper Voyager; Reprint edition (August 26, 2014)
- Publication date : August 26, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1888 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 405 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #247,669 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The hero and narrator of these wham bam thank you ma’am supernatural thrillers is James Stark, aka Sandman Slim. He was wafted off to Hell while still alive, endured eleven years there as slave and gladiator and later enforcer, came back to earth and is now wreaking vengeance on those who originally betrayed him (and killed his girlfriend too) and then on any supernatural meanies who threaten little things like the Future of the Universe. The bad guys he fights are really, really bad –I mean capital letter BAD, how else can I write it? He ends up doubling for Lucifer for a short time but he’s not very good at it: his heart just isn’t in it. Along the way, he finds out why he survived one assault after the other in the gladiators’ arena in Hell: he’s not human. He’s half-angel and thus an Abomination (that’s what they call him) in the eyes of the more self-righteous of Heaven’s angels. He’s really only good at one thing, killing, but he’s very good at that and most of the time, he’s fighting the good fight. Most of the time. He’s got a new girlfriend, Candy. She’s a Jade, which is a scarier version of vampire, all claws and fangs when she manifests her Jade self to suck the life and soul out her victim. For now, she’s on a methadone-like substitution diet that keeps her need of human essence locked down (Most of the time.) Stark has an apartmentmate too, a man whose head he cut off in the first installment of the series. But he didn’t kill him, just separated head from body, and he feels a little bad he did it, so he and Kassabian coexist now, are almost buddies --they run a video store together that offers movie classics that were never made, along with a killer collection of porn and horror flicks. There are other friends and allies. A two-hundred-year-old man, Vidocq, a whiz with potions, who functions as a surrogate father to Stark. (Most of the time.) His great-grandfather, now in Hell after being back shot in a card game, the legendary Wild Bill Hickock. When he was Lucifer, Stark set Bill up in a bar in Hell and he visits there every so often to quaff a few shots of Aqua Regia and smoke a few Maledictions, Hell’s cigarettes and stronger than French Gitanes. Carlos runs the Bamboo House of Dolls in L. A. Stark likes to hang out there as do all sorts of non-human types good and evil. The stakes ratchet up from novel to novel in this peerless (of its own sort) series. Start hunts down the bad guys who sent him to Hell in the first place and wreaks vengeance on them (Sandman Slim, 2009); takes on zombies in Kill the Dead (2010); fights an insane serial killer and the demonic Kissi (think Nazi Storm Troopers with supernatural powers) in Aloha from Hell (2011); returns to Hell to take up the mantle of Lucifer, its ruler, in Devil Said Bang (2012); enters as haunted shopping mall to find a dead man’s ghost and win back a supernatural artifact that can end the world in Kill City Blues (2013); steps it up against a vicious killer named St. Nick in The Getaway God (2014); hunts for the man, or creature, that has just killed Death (with Dead dead, no one is dying any more) in Killing Pretty (2015); and returns to Hell (with his girlfriend Candy) to find a remedy for a black poison that has killed his best friend (Vidocq, but he’s dormant, not dead yet) in The Perdition Score (2016). The scenes of violence and bloodshed are frequent and graphic, but not stomach churning. The sex is handled in an off hand way –it’s part of Stark’s and Candy’s lives but not one that needs to be narrated in microsecond detail. The bad guys are really bad, really big, and really powerful. And at almost any moment, if Stark fails, something really bad will happen, ranging from the collapse of the barriers between Heaven and Hell to the destruction of the universe. It’s quality junk fiction, with no redeeming social value at all except that I loved it. I ate it up. I can’t wait for the next episode to appear.
Only he has no idea how to use it.
He has taken a temporary position with the Golden Vigil, a sort of "Men-in-Black"ish government agent whose purpose is to control supernatural threats to National Security. Here he gets to work on the 8 Ball with a 400-year-old self-mummified Buddhist monk.
In the meanwhile, it has been raining in LA. A _lot_. So much that sane people are clearing out. And in Stark's former home, Hell, it's raining angel blood.
But there is a more immediate threat. A serial killer called "St Nick" (because he nicks body parts and, well, it's almost Christmas) is wandering loose, chopping people up and making temples of their bodies.
Oh, and Stark's girlfriend appears to be going crazy.
It's almost enough to make a man long to go back Downtown.
Kadrey writes (and Stark narrates) with black, noirish humor and a clear voice. The plotting barrels along Apocalyptically, and there are twists and developments right up to the last page.
All in all, it's a Hell of a fun book.
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Liked this sixth volume in the series very much indeed. Lots of humour, especially involving a new character, the Shonin, a mummified oriental monk re-awoken after a few centuries of meditation and not in the best of moods. As ever, the dialogue is pleasingly scatalogical and wincingly sharp with countless references to everything from films to music. Recommended.
The slow but deliberate pace of the first half of the book, is replaced with a frantic rush towards a conclusion. While we certainly resolve a major plot line by the end, this book does have a number of threads running through it, that rather than future plot lines to be explored, feel like unfinished ideas which were thrown away and unused.
The ending itself was also all just a bit easy.
Having really enjoyed the previous 5 books I am slightly disappointed that the promising first half which had much of the feel of this series at it's best was let down by a need to deliver an ending.
It is, in my opinion, imperative to read all the preceding books in the series, to totally appreciate the Getaway God.
If you like the tv series supernatural, your going to love Sandman Slim and his friends.
Angels, Demons, Magic what else do you need.
Would recommend this series, but I would advise reading them in order as although the stories are standalone, your get more out it by following the characters development.
None the less another great book for the series ...