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To Hell and Back: A Demon Squad Collection [Kindle Edition]

Tim Marquitz , Tyson Mauermann , Carter Reid
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To Hell and Back features the first three Demon Squad novels (Armageddon Bound, Resurrection, and At the Gates) alongside Betrayal (a lead in short to At the Gates) and the never before released Demon Squad short stories A Hell of a Way to Die (featuring the origin of Chatterbox ) and The Great Brain Robbery (featuring Frank in the Wild West.)

Frank “Triggaltheron” Trigg has lived in the shadow of Lucifer his entire life, but now that God and the Devil have abandoned Earth, Frank’s been left to his own devices, which is never a good thing.

The supernatural world’s punching bag, Frank must hold the line between mankind and the paranormal elements bent on staking their claim in the absence of divine rule.

Humanity is so screwed.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 713 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495980057
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  • Language: English
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Raised on a diet of Heavy Metal and bad intentions, Tim Marquitz has always been interested in writing, but it wasn't until about 1995 the urge became a compulsion. However, it would be many years later before the ability matched the interest. Fortunately, the two have reconciled...mostly.

Writing a mix of the dark perverse, the horrific, and the tragic, tinged with sarcasm and biting humor, he looks to leave a gaping wound in the memories of his readers.

A former grave digger, bouncer, and dedicated metalhead, Tim is a huge fan of Mixed Martial Arts, and fighting in general. Involved in the Live Action Role Playing organization, Amtgard, since he was fifteen, he derives great pleasure from bashing people into submission.

He lives in Texas with his beautiful wife and daughter.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BONUS - amazing stuff 25 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved all these books and there are MORE so get stuck in and have yourself a really good time reading them!!

Armageddon Bound:
Ok, so we have Demons & Angels warring it out; the normal Armageddon stuff!
However, thrown into the mix are some interesting "half-bloods", family complications, a Supa-Natural agency that is protecting us humans and, oh btw, God & Lucifer have gone on hiatus!
If you like fist fights, sword fights, gun fights, boiling blood and purulent boils.... this will tickle your fancy.
Bad points are the fight moves from a 500yr old Demon are a bit daft, plus he does seem to get beaten up alot, but that's basically his lot in life; this was also the Authors (Tim Marquitz) first novel so still learning his trade.
As a character he is honest, as a Demon can be! There are hints at a deeper psyche and definitely some history to be told, but in the most basic of matters he is a horny Demon with a good heart!
I note that there are a few more in this series and I was really looking forward to reading more about Frank and how he was chosen as Lucifer's favourite nephew!
My only real complaint is the nice tidy up at the end, far too clean for me!

Resurrection:
I really enjoyed the first book in this series Armageddon Bound (Demon Squad) but found the writing/fighting a little repetitive and some of the information a bit "raw"; however Tim Marquitz has certainly polished his writing skills and this second part of the series is just brilliant!

The same characters have become more rounded, with hints as to how they became who they are, this was very clever writing, I want more, yes I'm hooked on Mr Maquitz.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was 'iffy', though it sounded interesting... 2 Mar 2014
By james reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I was not disappointed. One of the best books I've purchased in a while, one of the very few that was not a complete letdown, I think it's safe to say I'm falling in love with these stories. In a manly way! (Whatever that means) Trigg is cool as s*** and as realistic as the Devil's nephew can be. Even the bad guys are cool and, best of all, BOOBS! *SPOILER ALERT* basically, I can relate to the protagonist so, therefore, he is awesomeness. Couple typos or whatever, who really gives a crap? A silly little mistake or few takes nothing away from a great story and, so far as I've gotten (half through book two), I can confidently say this is a great effing read. I'm in awe that I am still able to be in awe. Right the eff on, Marquitz.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introduction to Demon Squad... 22 Mar 2014
By Liam - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I got in on the ground floor with Demon Squad when Armageddon Bound was first released and sorta fell off after the second book, not because of the quality, but simply by the sheer volume of material on my reading pile (I've always been a heavy reader, but at that time, I was reviewing heavily, as well, so you might be able to imagine my struggle). I picked this up for book three and the shorts, but started at the beginning again to make sure I didn't forget anything.

The first two novels are as good as I remembered and the third was just as good. The shorts were equally entertaining--and two of the three feature supporting characters rather than Frank Trigg, the series' main protag. This is a trend I hope Marquitz continues, since Demon Squad's supporting cast (and villains) are all just as interesting as Frank. The third piece is a wild west train robbery story. These historical pieces are another twist I hope to see more of (there's also a Victorian-era novella out there, featuring Frank). Frank's voice is a bit different from the novels in this one, but that's to be expected, and with a 500-year old demonspawn MC, the possibilities for further shenanigans are endless.

In short, if you're looking for a new series, Demon Squad is it, and this omnibus is the best way to get your foot in the door (and if you get the paper copy, you can prop the door open, too...that joker is MASSIVE).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonus!! amazing 25 Feb 2014
By Vix Kirkpatrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved all these books and there are MORE so get stuck in and have yourself a really good time reading them!!

Armageddon Bound:
Ok, so we have Demons & Angels warring it out; the normal Armageddon stuff!
However, thrown into the mix are some interesting "half-bloods", family complications, a Supa-Natural agency that is protecting us humans and, oh btw, God & Lucifer have gone on hiatus!
If you like fist fights, sword fights, gun fights, boiling blood and purulent boils.... this will tickle your fancy.
Bad points are the fight moves from a 500yr old Demon are a bit daft, plus he does seem to get beaten up alot, but that's basically his lot in life; this was also the Authors (Tim Marquitz) first novel so still learning his trade.
As a character he is honest, as a Demon can be! There are hints at a deeper psyche and definitely some history to be told, but in the most basic of matters he is a horny Demon with a good heart!
I note that there are a few more in this series and I was really looking forward to reading more about Frank and how he was chosen as Lucifer's favourite nephew!
My only real complaint is the nice tidy up at the end, far too clean for me!

Resurrection:
I really enjoyed the first book in this series Armageddon Bound (Demon Squad) but found the writing/fighting a little repetitive and some of the information a bit "raw"; however Tim Marquitz has certainly polished his writing skills and this second part of the series is just brilliant!

The same characters have become more rounded, with hints as to how they became who they are, this was very clever writing, I want more, yes I'm hooked on Mr Maquitz.

New characters and creatures are fantastically explained, the details are gut wrenchingly disgusting, some serious thought (and research) has gone into this.

The whole story line is inspired from its slow build up to the tension, edge of seat finale; as for the cliffhanger ending.... I bought book no.3 within seconds!

Frank is a very flawed demon, but one you can't help but love. I would really like more back stories on the other characters and hope that Mr Marquitz also sees the "mileage" in this series.

However, my favourite chappy of all in this book was Chatterbox! omg so funny

At The Gates:
I am so annoyed, I am yet again addicted to Frank! Like a bad habit you want to break I keep going back for more, and LOVING it!

The not-quite Hero with some serious flaws; boobs and being a trouble magnet being just two of them.

I was elated to see that Chatterbox also plays a starring role, he is like the Kevin Smith of the book world; silent but a deafening presence.

As Heaven battles it out and the Tree of Life threatens to undo Creation this ragbag team from DRAC try hard to find all the clues, fight off werebears (I kid you not!), whack-a-mole vamps and Angels that don't seem to know they are supposed to be the good guys, to save Humanity. Mr Marquitz manages to weave myth, religion and fantasy into an exquisite mix of horror, humour and mystery.

I know I shouldn't be but I am astounded that the author, self-proclaimed metal-head, martial arts tough guy can write such intricate story lines, giving you all the clues but not quite letting you join the dots until the final few chapters and with such sensitivity.

He also manages to give you some awesome giggle moments, fantastic fight scenes and some touching heart melt moments without making you feel icky, not that you don't get that sensation in other areas of the book!

I now find I am having to pace myself before rushing to buy and read his entire catalogue..... food, work, social life and housework can wait til next month.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection To Start The Adventure 18 Feb 2014
By Mr. M - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I originally read these separately, having them all together is a great deal and an excellent way to begin the saga.

***The bonus stories alone are reason to pick up this series but here are my thoughts on the main storyline:

ARMAGEDDON BOUND
This book was a blast to read. It was a fast-paced novel of urban fantasy. I am not a huge fan of Urban Fantasy but, Armageddon Bound has become a favorite.

The character of Trigg was done quite well. As a half-demon, his inner monologue were dark and humorous. That was part of the appeal of the novel. Marquitz does an excellent job of writing dialogue. His dialogue is witty and keeps the story rolling.

Another reason I enjoyed the novel was the action. Armageddon Bound does not let up. While it is a novel, it reads as a movie. If you enjoy the Matthew Reilly's action-packed books than you will not be disappointed with Tim Marquitz's Armageddon Bound. The book reads as if it was an action movie. The character of Trigg does not take much time to get a second breath. He is constantly on the go and taking down the enemy whether they be demons or angels.

In the end, the book is a favorite, it isn't perfect but, if you want a entertaining read in an urban fantasy setting it does not get much better than this. The book is what it is, a breath-taking romp through heaven and hell. This is Marquitz's first novel, he promises more to come and I can't wait.

RESURRECTION
Resurrection takes place not long after the events in the first book Armageddon Bound. However, instead of giving the reader a lot of background and infodumping. Marquitz assumes that you already know the events from the last book and sets out to continue the adventures of Trigg. There are a few clues interwoven within the story to jog your memory but it is so well done that you really forget that it is there.

Many of our favorite, and not so favorite characters are back for round number two and we also have a few new individuals who enter into the story. Each character is well written and provide a new wrinkle in the mythology that is being created. The only real complaint that I have with the characters is Trigg himself. He does not grow much as a character. He also does not seem to learn from his mistakes. That said, it is a minor complaint and I hope that it is something that Marquitz thinks about when he gets around to writing his next novel in the series.

Without giving things away I will say that the story is interesting. The historical references are given a new twist and I think Marquitz had a lot of fun with the plot of the story and all of the characters we are introduced in this edition. The addition of zombies was also a nice touch and a great way to start the series up and build up from there.

Overall, there is very little if anything to complain about in this sophomore effort to the series.

Why this series has not been picked up by a major publishing house is beyond me. With every new short story and novel Marquitz continues to write interesting and compelling stories. It is hard to go wrong with anything he has written. If you have not read Marquitz then now just might be the time to start. Resurrection: Demon Squad is a long awaited sequel to a great Urban Fantasy series. Recommended.

AT THE GATES
there is a war brewing in heaven. It seems that with God and the Devil absent now is the time to take over Eden. With Heaven in peril it has repercussions everywhere, not just in Heaven and Hell, but Earth and other planes of existence also hang in the balance.

Frank Trigg is joined by a much larger cast of characters this time around. DRAC (Demon Resistance and Containment) have a much larger role in this book and we also have a better understanding of the world Marquitz has created as angels, demons, werewolves, vampires, and more all vie for a chance to control the Pearly Gates. We also have a few other organizations whose agendas are not quite as noble as Trigg's and DRAC's.

At The Gates, is an improvement to book two, Resurrection, the writing seems better and the overall story is tighter which makes for a fast paced read with plenty of action. Marquitz does an excellent job of setting the story up and then letting all hell break out (pun intended). Lots of actions and mayhem.

The Demon Squad series continues to improve and if you love action and want to read about an interesting character that evolves and improves in each and every new book in the series, look no further.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile investment for people new to the series and long standing fans. 17 Feb 2014
By Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Demon Squad books are some of my favourite books. I've been reading this series for a few years now, so I know I'm completely biased, but these books just appeal to me in a way that many other books do not. This omnibus includes the first three books, so for those who have never read a Demon Squad book, you are going to get value for your money. It also includes an old novella about Scarlett and two new short stories about Frank in the Wild West and the origin of Chatterbox, so even for long standing fans of the series this purchase is going to give you value for money. I might say a few words below on the two new short stories.

The Great Brain Robbery places Frank in the Wild West as outlaw gunslinger who, for some reason, cannot resist the temptation of reverends daughters. But it's not all fun and games, Frank is there on a secret mission for Lucifer, and there will be hell to pay if he messes it up. This was a fun and exciting story, full of action and that famous Frank charm. I raced through to the end and was left wanting more stories about Frank and his Wild West shenanigans.

A Hell of a Way to Die is the origin story for the zombie head ,Chatterbox. It explores his living life as a heavy metal groupie named Dave who is obsessed with the female form. This is a hilarious story about one of my favourite characters, and it shows that Dave / Chatterbox was not that much different when he was alive compared to how he is as a zombie.

So yeah, whether you are an existing fan of the series, or someone who wants to try these books out for the first time, I think this omnibus is a great investment for your money. I can't wait to add that monstrous print edition to my shelves.
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