- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager (5 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007460996
- ISBN-13: 978-0007460991
- Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 3.4 x 19.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 565,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Aloha From Hell (Sandman Slim, Book 3) (Sandman Slim 3) Hardcover – 5 Jul 2012
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Praise for Sandman Slim:
“The best B movie I’ve read in at least twenty years. An addictively satisfying, deeply amusing, dirty-ass masterpiece, Sandman Slim swerves hell-bent through our culture’s impacted gridlock of genres…it’s like watching Sergio Leone and Clive Barker co-direct from a script by Jim Thompson and S. Clay Wilson.” William Gibson
“If Simon R. Green wrote an episode of Dog the Bounty Hunter, it would read much like Sandman Slim – violent, vivid, non-stop action of the supernatural kind. I couldn’t put it down.” Charlaine Harris
“The most hard-boiled piece of supernatural fiction I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. … all confident and energetic and fresh and angry. I loved this book and all its screwed-up people.” Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother
“Paced like greased lightning (watch out for friction burns on your turning finger), blend the movie-ish delights of tough guy noir and such smart-mouthgore-fests as “Reanimator” and “Army of Darkness”, seasoned by soupcons of Gaimanian romanticism and Koontzian sentiment.” Booklist
“Nicotine and octane in equal parts might come close to the high-energy buzz from Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim. Crisp world building, recognizable and fully-realized characters, and a refreshingly unique storytelling style make for an absorbing read. Sandman Slim is my kind of hero.” Kim Harrison
From the Back Cover
All is not as it should be in the City of Angels. God is missing, Lucifer is back in Heaven, and a psychopath has declared war against both Heaven and Hell.
It soon becomes clear that Stark must leave L.A. and head back downtown to his old stomping grounds in Hell if he’s to rescue his long lost love, thwart a deranged serial killer, prevent both Good and Evil from completely destroying each other, and stop the demonic Kissi from ruining the party for everyone.
Even for Sandman Slim, that’s a tall order. And it’s only the beginning.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Aloha From Hell is the third Sandman Slim Novel and once again Kadrey doesn't disappoint his fans. The book picks up after Stark embraces his nephalim heritage and discovers that Archangel Uriel is his father. His assistance is sought in a botched exorcism and during the investigation he learns that Mason is amassing troops to invade heaven which would mean the end of the world. In the meantime Lucifer is back in heaven and having abdicated his role, Mason has stepped in to lead the troops. Aelita tries to draw Stark into the war by plucking Alice from heaven and hiding her in an asylum in hell. The only thing Stark can do is save Alice and stop the war by using one of the Hellion Generals that's been killed and is stuck in Tartarus (a sub-hell where murdered hellions and double damned souls are sent). No one has ever escaped Tartarus and Stark's plans seem hopeless. Along the way he meets God (or rather part of God) and he gets to save the girl, the General and the universe. There's a final showdown between Stark and Mason and Stark's human form dies. His angel half separates from him and decides to go back to earth as Stark. Stark's other half is left in hell and is now the new Lucifer.
I love the Sandman Slim series purely because of its great story line, the humorous dialogue and über gory scenes. If like me you have a great imagination, it's very easy to immerse yourself neck deep in the Hellion life. The pace is quite reasonable but really picks up towards the last 20 % of the book. I was starting to worry that the author may have lost his edge and that I needed to shelf the series, but the ending really got its talons hooked into me. I'm off to read the next book in the series, Devil Said Bang.
Does it work? Yes.
Did it progress the story arc? Definitely!
Did I enjoy it as much as previous books? Strangely no.
I think one of the things I have most enjoyed in earlier books in the series, is Kadrey's ability to combine Theology, LA culture and cynicism. This book dumps a lot of those, and takes us on a tour of Hell and Purgatory. Of course, they are surreal, but without LA, it feels like something is missing.
I wonder what is coming next?
Stark is as ever the extremely violent, darkly humorous hero of epic proportions. The book starts with a lull in his violent life after the events in book two that's making him feel "stabby", and looking for violence. Which all too soon he finds in spades. A botched exorcism by an excommunicated priest leads him to the revelation that his arch nemesis Mason, who he finally killed condemning him to hell, is now leading hell in a preparation for war against heaven. Lucifer's apparently gone off back to heaven leaving a power vacuum Mason's been quick to fill. But Mason wants Stark and more importantly his key to the room in the centre of the universe so he's kidnapped Alice, Starks old true love and is holding her for ransom in Hell and if Stark wants her back he'll have to go to hell to fetch her.
So Stark has to sneak into Hell, a Human amongst demons, trigger an obvious trap, and save the girl. To start off with. Then all he's got to try and stop a war between heaven and hell that would mean the end of the world. To do that he has to rescue the only Hell's general who stood against Mason, however he was Killed in Hell and therefore sent to Tartarus, which is kind of a Hell below Hell where those already dead, who are then killed again go. Oh and of course no one has ever escaped from Tartarus, so its just another day in the life of Sandman Slim.
Along the way he meets God, well parts of him, apparently he had a mental break down and splintered into many parts, and some deites from the older religions as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am totally hooked on this series and can't wait to read the next one which I have already purchased. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gooner J
I can't put this series down and now I hear they're making a film? Excellent! I can't wait to watch it.Published on 14 Jan. 2014 by Stu Brooks
Damn these books become cooler and cooler as you read them! Kinda want jack back though he had massive cool potentialPublished on 18 Oct. 2013 by jonno7452
Started with the first book in the series and now I'm hooked on the Sandman Slim stories. This is not at all my usual kind of thing, but these books are really well written. Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2013 by BillyFrenzy
The series is now picking up speed
Great stuff going on in Hell and the plot is tightening up - playful stuff with the denizens of all domains with anarchic and snotty... Read more
What can I say that I haven't already said, like this character who always seems to be in trouble but comes out well in the endPublished on 12 Aug. 2013 by Mrs FM Scott