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Hellbound (Hellbound Trilogy Book 1) by [Hawken, Tim]
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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Format: Paperback
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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Hellbound introduces us to Michael, one of Hell's newest residents. Michael finds himself in the company of Asmodeus (also called Satan) without knowing or understanding how he got there. He doesn't remember his life. He doesn't remember his death. Michael's story isn't as simple as "Once upon a time, I woke up in Hell because I was very bad." The readers aren't treated to book that chronicles Michael's downfall until he hits the point of irredeemable. Michael's story begins in Hell.

Asmodeus, who is a glib devil always ready with a retort, ushers Michael around Hell introducing him to what his domain has to offer. This presentation of Satan as a charming deceiver isn't a new one. He is supposed to be tempting and likable in order for people to trust him and do his bidding. I liked that Hawken explored this wittiness, though. He made Satan likable, even though you know something malicious is lurking there. Satan is equally forthright and vague. Yes, he'll admit that he's using Michael to his ends, but Satan twists his stories in his favor and omits what doesn't suit his current purpose. Sometimes, it feels like it's not so much of him twisting the truth than this is how he's interprets the events. That whole two people getting two wildly different meanings from the same event, if you will.

Hawken's concept of Hell is one that's explored in universal reconciliation. Universal reconciliation asserts Hell isn't a place for people to suffer endlessly, that all souls will be reconciled with God. Some souls may have to endure suffering in Hell for their sins for a while, but after the appropriate penance has been paid, they will enter Heaven. However, there is a major difference in Hawken's version of this reconciliation.
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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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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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Format: Paperback
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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