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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (21 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330439987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330439985
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,212,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An entertaining and original read'
-- South Wales Argus

'hugely enjoyable page-turner of a read, Endgame never runs out of steam...great fun, silkily written and very thought provoking stuff.' -- Death Ray

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At a cocktail party to launch his latest creations, called Adam and Eve, God is challenged to a bet by the Devil (who crashed the party). The fallen angel, unimpressed by the Boss's new toys, wagers that, far from being the custodians of Earth that God has created them to be, mankind will instead destroy itself. God, a golfing enthusiast with a fragile ego, can't refuse in front of all his guests, and so accepts. If Satan wins, he gets his place back in Heaven and control of what's left of the Earth. If he loses, he will retire into outer darkness and never bother Him more. But the key momentum of this story is the relationship between Martin Gray, a simple dentist whose life is unravelling, and the angel Gabriel, a mack-wearing Danish pastry fan, and their attempts to stop the Devil laying waste to the Earth. In which they are aided by Martin's son Luke, the angel Michael, and by Luke's sometime friend Henry, thrash-metal fan and conspiracy theorist. ‘Secombe occupies his ground with confidence and never lets logic get in the way of his plot’ Guardian ‘Terry Pratchett, beware’ Brighton Argus --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I read this in a day and enjoyed it enormously. Basically God and the Devil make a bet at a cocktail party to launch 'Man'- if the newly created Man destroys the world within a certain time, the Devil gets to return to God's right hand. No interference is allowed, but that hasn't stopped the Devil before - cue a suicidal dentist, angels, soul collectors, a broken escalator, a golf playing God and some (brief) nasty torture.
This just twigged with my sense of humour and I am looking forward to trying another book by him. It's a really easy read and suitable for reading at bed-time (nothing to give you nightmares!) and I loved the situations and that angels can be just as grumpy as the rest of us if they get stressed...
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Vicary on 2 April 2007
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A really funny read, haven't read a book this quick in ages and laughed all the way through.
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Not bad, but could be better. 4 Sep 2011
By Skylark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In 'Endgame', God and the Devil wager the Earth in a bet, and it falls on an average English family to ensure that the world isn't plunged into World War 3.

I found this book to be a nice, everyday diversion, which sits squarely in the middle of the quality spectrum of books. For a comedy, I didn't find it particularly funny, but the plot was full of action and it was easy to read.

However, it really fell down on character development. The main character, Martin, is not very likable, and remains unlikable throughout the whole story - and he was the most developed character in the book! It really annoyed me how he treated his parents-in-law like scum for no justifiable reason, and assaulted his coworker (who hadn't done anything wrong) and got away with it. I was also annoyed at the highly derogatory tone employed towards many of the other characters such as the parents-in-law and gamer geek Henry, who was portrayed as a sad and deranged loser throughout the whole book despite the fact that he did more to help save the world than Martin did.

The other thing that disappointed me was the fact that the characters were overwhelmingly male, and the few females there were didn't get to do much except nag the men and slap people on the cheek - oh, or be rescued by the brave hero (the dislikable Martin) and fall head over heels in love with him for no other reason than that he saved their life. It's hard to get any more stereotypical and one-dimensional than that.

So overall, not a bad book, but not one I'd read a second time.
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