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Hellbound (Hellbound Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tim Hawken
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“You look very confused when I say I’m just trying to help these lost souls make their way to Heaven,” he said. “The reason you’re confused is that you think I’m speaking metaphorically. Well, my dear friend, take it very literally. You see, I may have introduced myself as Asmodeus, but let me run off a few of my more well known aliases. Now, let’s see, we have Mephistopheles, Beelzebub, Bafomet, Iblis, The Fallen One, Lucifer, The Morning Star, Lord of the Dark, The Devil, oh and my favorite; Satan.”

Face to face with Satan, Michael has awoken in the bowels of Hell with no memory of who he is, or why he has been damned.

Hell, however, isn’t what he expected. Rather than the fires of torment, he finds a hedonistic city of gambling, sex, murder and revenge.

With the Devil as his guide, Michael embarks on a quest of self-discovery and self redemption. But will he get a second chance at salvation? And why is Satan helping him?

Hellbound is a contemporary view of Hell, exploring today’s idea of sin and religion, through witty dialogue and bursts of descriptive prose.

Dark, funny and philosophical.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 365 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0956427634
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EBT4IK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #433,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh 13 Jan. 2011
Hellbound: A Novel is the first fictional book to be published by the independent publisher, "dangerous little books". As Tim Hawken's first novel, this captivating read casts a fresh interpretation on the concept of Heaven, Hell and the Creator of the Universe.

Our main character, Michael, finds himself in the depths of Hell in the company of Asmodeus (aka Satan), his guide to the underworld and mentor in escaping this purgatoric prison. The rehabilitation process proves to be a torturous reliving of the sinful memories of life, brought on by The Guilt.

When Michael discovers the true cause of his death an inner rage proves too strong for him to resist making a deal with Asmodeus. Asmodeus is only too willing to bargain with Michael, giving him the key to resurrection on Earth in order to get his vengence. Asmodeus's only wish - to discover the weakness of one and only unjust God so he can anihilate him.

The novel's beauty is in it's very poetic message in that the concept of an Omnipotent God is a misnomer. The novel's chapters are short and fast-paced, making it a help-I-can't-stop-reading-this kind of novel!

On all counts, this novel is by far a must read for all with a cynical fascination with the spiritual and the religious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hellbound (a novel) via my Kindle 16 July 2011
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As a non religious person, (though I do 'worship' my husband), I was surprised to find myself really enjoying this thought provoking, funny, shocking, explicit world of Satan, God, Hell and Heaven. What poor Michael, (the main character) had to live and die through was amazing reading. The description of the underworld was so precise, I can still picture it now; not to mention the almighty himself, so I won't. I have always said 'revenge is sweet' but now I am not so sure.

You really should buy Hellbound by Tim Hawken, it is reading with Hummph. You will not want to switch your kindle off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My idea of Hell 24 Sept. 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. It follows the journey of a man named Michael, who arrives in Hell and is given the grand tour by Satan himself. Suspicious? Definitely!

You know your usual Christian theories, like why God created Man.. etc.? Hawken puts some impressive twists on these conventional theories. I found these theories easier to stomach than the traditional ones. The way that Hell was presented was so believable and original I could actually imagine being there myself. To be honest, it didn't sound all that bad, besides "the guilt"...

It was religious without being fanatic. You didn't feel preached to at any point; I would've stopped reading if it got too preachy. I don't have any religious beliefs so it was easy for me to pick up and take it as it was: an enjoyable story.

Overall, I liked all of it. The ideas, the story, the characters were all brilliantly plotted and written. I went and bought the second part straight after finishing the first part!

I actually got this book for free, but I would've paid for it if it wasn't.
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3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and thought-provoking 22 Jan. 2013
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Well that was interesting. I didn't really know what to expect when I got into Hellbound. I'm happy to say it isn't a proselytical text. In fact I imagine hard-core Christians would set up picket lines outside of Hawken's home if the book ever gained any traction. But then that's probably why I like it. It presents an interesting take on the relationship of God and the Devil, the purpose of Hell, and the existence of the afterlife. I won't call it groundbreaking, but it made me think.

I did find both God and Satan's characters to be a bit trite at times, Satan the Joker and God the bumbling omnipotent. Michael came up with some convenient help on more than one occasion, like a parade passing and practically giving him the answer to a riddle he needed to solve. Though I suppose I could read divine intervention into this. And I kind of wonder where all of the women in Hell were. Surely they couldn't all be prostates, right?

All in all it was an entertaining, thought provoking read. I look forward to seeing what Hawken's comes up with next.
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