- File Size: 817 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Solaris (December 23, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 23, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HI04MZE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,673,729 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
|Print List Price:||$7.99|
Save $1.00 (13%)
Your Memberships & Subscriptions
Once Upon A Time In Hell (Heaven's Gate Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The setup here is that a gateway to the afterlife has opened in the desert of the American southwest. The gateway appears as the town of Wormwood, which looks just like an old time wild west town. A multitude of people were called to Wormwood and a large and diverse array of misfit pilgrims have made it. (Book One covers that part of the tale.) Once Wormwood appears and the gateway opens, what will each person find? The gateway only opens once every hundred years, and we don't know if it leads to heaven, hell, or something else.
There are several dozen characters who are identified in the first chapters, and we focus on about a dozen of them as the story progresses. Some are lost, some are found, some are good, some are bad, some are evil. Some are otherworldly in a demon/creature sort of way and some are ordinary Joe's. If there is any character you aren't crazy about or interested in, well another one will enter on the stage shortly.
The strength of this book, to me, is the very different voices of the characters. Some are funny, some are sad, some are hard, some are lost. The author gives each a distinct voice and personality, and this is one of the few big cast books that works. We are helped by the fact that the narrator for the first part of the book, (a sort of meta-author who also comments on the book as a book), soon gives way to an everyman character, Elwyn, who is observant, funny and pretty much resigned to go with the underworld flow.
As our characters work their ways through the afterlife obstacles set before them we get to see a wildly inventive author having fun with a wildly inventive premise, and there are some set scenes and bits of dialogue or business that are priceless. None of it is cute or precious and the author never tries to out-clever or deep-meaning the reader. (For that, read a modern Dante translation.)
I don't know where this trilogy came from in terms of Book One, and we don't know ultimately where it will go, but if this is the middle, and middles are traditionally sort of lame, "Heaven's Gate" will be a trilogy to reckon with.
Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
In many ways, this is the strangest book you will ever read. The dueling first person narratives don't help. Nor do the innumerable stars. It's a weird western and the concept is that Wormwood appears for one day every hundred years and it's worth risking life and limb to get to because it's a doorway into heaven and hell. Welcome to your tour of the afterlife and the phantastical creatures you will find within.
Angels and devils galore. And a battle is to begin that just might lay the universe to waste.
At one point, Elwyn's company consists of a succumbus with tentacles, an age old card cheat, a giant dog, a talking tree, and an invisible man.
At first I found this book confusing especially as it switched between narratives, but once the story crossed into the other side and memories and lives are bet at the card table, the book was one I couldn't put down. Can't wait for part three of the trilogy.
He's one of the most creative authors and comes up with brilliantly written characters and incredible story lines.
(I was hooked after reading his World House and Restoration, which I highly recommend.)
This trilogy takes a group of misfits, from all walks of life on a pilgrimage to Wormwood, a town which appears out of nowhere and allows access into the afterlife, or heaven as some believe.
It is written in several first person accounts, which I think makes it more personal for each character, though some say that confuses, I didn't find it so. My only gripe was that the ending comes at you quickly and leaves you wanting the next book in the series to be available, like now!
Guy Adams may be an acquired taste but for those who enjoy the strange, weird and the very different he really delivers very well written and satisfying novels.
Can't wait for his next.