A short novel that packs an awful lot in, Escape from Hell is a metaphysical fantasy recast as a Hollywood blockbuster, and packs a powerful punch.
The central thesis is one that is restated several times in the book itself - "nobody deserves to be here". Not even a killer deserves to be tortured for all eternity.
To this end you find yourself cheering on cold-hearted hitman Seven as he breaks his bonds of punishment and runs rampant through Hell, collecting a group of others who also don't deserve to be there.
Apart from Seven, who we learn was offed by his employers after defaulting on a hit, we find in the prologue a range of characters who deserve nothing but our sympathy - Eli, a suicidal tramp tormented by an undisclosed episode in his previous life as a university professor, Matthew, a gay teenager beaten to death by a bigoted mob, and Belle, a heroin-addicted prostitute who is, as we later learn, little more than a child herself.
All are consigned to Hell, in this book envisioned as eternity in the worst situation of your life - forever. Their fates in the first section of the novel are so horrible that you'll be cheering them on as they escape, shoot guards, blow up helicopters, all that good Michael Bay stuff. And there's a kicker of an ending too. I'd love to see the sequel.
In short - well worth your time. And if you don't like it, well, it is quite short.
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