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Highway to Hell
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If you like horror (graphic horror), then this book is definitely to be read. But be prepared; the author can write VERY graphic scenes. These are the kinds of books I love to read, ever since I was little. My parents let me read whatever I wanted, and I chose horror, hands-down. :-)
I didn't find this book slow at all. It was nicely paced, and fun to read.
I can't wait for the next book of this up-and-coming writer.
This story reminds me of bumper to bumper traffic. At points, it begins to move and then subsequently stops to introduce yet another character.
While some of the imagery is FANTASTIC - demons, landscapes - the author's attempt at describing things falls short. The use of "like" becomes overly repetitive.
I was more interested in the demons and landscapes and hierarchy of hell then the characters introduced, but perhaps that is because new characters kept being introduced and not given the option to develop.
It was a fantastic attempt that was not fully realized.
I support independent authors and wish this one well, as a sequel is clearly set up.
The book starts out with us meeting Marcus, Becky, Richard, Helen, Sammy and Graham--people who have just passed away in whatever form or another. Marcus is a cop who was trying to help Becky and her baby to get away from her pimp, and Richard was a player who just wanted women for sex and nothing else. Helen worked in a salon, Sammy was in an accident with his girlfriend and Graham was just old. Even though they were "good" people, regrets and past mistakes have brought them to a bad place...a place no one would ever go to willingly.
As they are tortured day after day (or what feels like years to them) by their own demons, they realize the errors of their ways, admitting that they had done wrong by others, and even by themselves.
Each of the people are in their own separate Hell's, but somehow get out of their Hell's. Marcus, Becky and Helen meet up in a room, Graham and Sammy end up in another. The first question you ask yourself is, will they ever get out of these rooms? And what is the purpose of their meeting up with each other?
As the story progresses, Marcus, Becky, Helen, Graham and Sammy end up togther. They meet some archangels who send them on a quest.
What is this quest that they need to fulfil? Where is Richard in all of this? Will they redeem themselves, forgive themselves and be forgiven enough to be sent somewhere a little nicer?
Although horror isn't exactly my personal favourite, this one I did enjoy. It was very, very dark at the beginning, mellowing out a bit half-way through it, although the darkness continues/remains. What the individual's demon is brings a new darkness to the story for each person. I can't imagine being in any of their Hells.
Each of the character's story's at the beginning of the book could have been made into individual short stories, an anthology of sorts. Each person had died with their own demons to bear, but somehow manage to find each other. Why? And, how? You'll have to read the book to find out.
There were a lot of spelling/missing words throughout the novel, however it read well. My only beef is that the book didn't end, meaning that there is a follow-up book to this one...meaning, you'll have to wait to see what happens next.
If you like the dark and are not afraid of torture and Hell, then you will enjoy this book. 5 stars!
Here I started to fear that this might be a confusing book to follow with so many characters introduces in such a short span of time.
My fears were unfounded.
The reader is taken into hell with some of these characters, literally. Their stomach turning torture is devised and each individual goes through torture that no living person would survive, good thing they are dead. This part of the book is really dark and deeply disturbing and I really liked the dark edge to the story even if it got to be a bit drawn out for me at times. Here is the first really funny irony. Every time I got to the point where it got to be a bit much for me and too drawn out the author managed to bring me back to reality and make me see that these poor protagonists is actually physically suffering through this day after day, night after night for decades at a time. So in this aspect the author did a brilliant job in getting some of the true tribulation through to the reader.
Then the torture is over, at least the type the protagonists and the reader have come accustomed to. A new set of torture is introduced. We find two of our protagonists caught up in a maze with no idea of where they are heading or why. But go, they must, as they navigate the maze to a destination unknown they meet up with others and by the end of this section the reader is left with six main protagonists! The second irony, 6 people are saved from Hell, see where I am going with this?
These types of hidden ironies can be find everywhere in the book and really adds substance to the story.
Then enters the Angels. The beings of hope and love and promise of light, but they are not all they seem to be and they saved our six protagonist to go on a quest for the lines between good and evil is no longer clear, enemies once were brothers and little is as it seems.
The cliff hanger ending to this book ensured that I will definitely read the next book, I need to know who they need to find and why....
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What a horror story! I was pulled in from the very beginning and when these group of people went though hell literally I was...Read more
Maybe, we should learn to care.
The characters in this novel: Marcus is a police officer.Read more