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The Perdition Score: A Sandman Slim Novel (Sandman Slim Series, Book 8) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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From the Back Cover
Sandman Slim returns in a stunning, high-octane thriller filled with the intense kick-ass action and inventive fantasy that are the hallmarks of New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey
Thomas Abbot, the Augur of the Sub Rosa council, wants James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, to investigate the disappearance of a young boy—and help uncover council members who might be tied to the mysterious Wormwood organization. But Stark’s mission changes when he meets a dying angel who gives him a vial of a mysterious dark liquid. Known as black milk, the substance could tip the balance in the ongoing war between loyal and rebel angels over human souls’ access to heaven. When one of Stark’s closest friends is poisoned with it, Stark and Candy have to go to the only place they might find a cure—Hell.
But standing in their way are the damned souls who, even after death, still work for Wormwood. The secret deal they’ve struck with the rebel angels will determine the fate of the world and every soul in it. Stark has to find a way to break the stalemate in the angel war, score the Perdition cure, and make it back to L.A. in one piece . . . where an old enemy waits to finish him once and for all.
--This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Richard Kadrey, a New York Times bestselling author, has written a number of novels, including Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, and Kill City Blues, as well as more than fifty short 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 his novel Butcher Bird was nominated for the Prix Elbakin in France. Kadrey lives in San Francisco.
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At about the 25% mark I find myself actively engaged in the story, though, and enjoying it. I love the characters (Stark is actually my least favorite.) and the universe is just mad enough that it remains intriguing. I get to the denouement, and often feel a little cheated, as if there was too much build-up and not quite enough pay-off. But by the end, I'm usually pretty satisfied. Enough so that I know I'm going to read the next one. I believe Kadrey has said that the next book will be the last Sandman Slim, though, and frankly I'm glad. I'm not sure how much more he can wring out of this universe.
As for the particulars, Perdition Score has the usual cast of characters: Stark, Candy (now known as Chihiro) Kasabian, Vidocq and Allegra. The plot revolves around the chaos in Hell now that Lucifer has left. Nearly everyone wants to get into Heaven, but in spite of Mr Munnin's promise, the gates of Heaven remain closed thanks to a war between the angels who want to open Heaven and those who do not. A group of both living and dead magicians known as "Wormwood" are trading in a mysterious substance called "black milk," and when one of Stark's friends is poisoned with it, he is forced to go back to Hell and try to track down the one thing he believes will save his friend.
In the end, though we've been here before, the story is satisfying. It ends on an oddly disturbing note, but I'm assuming that will be resolved in the final novel. And yes, I'll read it. I may have reservations about the series, but now that I know it's a finite one, I'm willing to ride along to the end. Bottom line is that Kadrey has never disappointed me even if I find later books to be a little repetitive.
this are wild, unpredictable, and unusual people, and events. this is great escapism, you will not put these books down (unless you have to get off the plane or train).
for this genre, it is a five star book. these are complex, dark and funny.
I would have to classify them as fantasy-horror books
DO NOT START THE SERIES HERE. Do yourself a favor and go to the beginning and work to this novel. If you start here you're going to both be lost and miss out the complicated story arc.