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The powerful Lord Sargatanas, Brigadier-general in Beelzebub's host, is restless. For millennia Sargatanas has ruled dutifully over an Infernal metropolis, but he has never forgotten what he lost in the Fall. He is sickened by what he has done and what he has become. Now, with a small event - a confrontation with a damned soul - he makes a decision that will reverberate through every being in Hell. Sargatanas decides to attempt the impossible, to rebel, to win his way Home and bring with him anyone who chooses to follow...be they demon or soul. He will stake everything on fighting all the abominable forces of Hell arrayed against him, when the prize is nothing less than redemption.

©2007 Wayne Barlowe (P)2010 Audible, Inc

Critic Reviews

"Fascinating.” (Guillermo del Toro, Director of Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth)
“Scary stuff? Maybe. Gross and hideous and disgusting? Now and then. There’s also hope and loyalty and internecine plotting—politics as usual and unusual….Hopes, fears, escapes, affections, acceptances all roil in the ashy smokes above and around the characters.” (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
“A fierce and stout narrative that echoes certain other fantasy classics even more so than it does the canonical authors Milton and Dante, while retaining a splendid novelty of conception….given all these inflowing currents into the mighty river of Barlowe's own imagination, the book attains a weighty magnificence.” (SciFi.com)

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  • Berserk
  • 10-05-2012

Pretty epic

Get ready for a wild ride Because Wayne Barlowe is going to take you on a fantastic trip to HELL! The thing the most stands out about this novel is the sheer scope of the imagination of the author. This is really a great book I recommend you give it a shot.

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  • Jason
  • 26-01-2011

An interesting spin on the classic epic fantasy

Wayne Barlowe deserves praise for finding an interesting way to retell a classic "sword and sorcery" story. While it's not a perfect work, it's absolutely worth a listen to see how the biblical backstory is woven into the tale. If these characters had been another batch of Tolkein-esque elves and orcs in a forest I would have been bored. Thankfully Barlowe went another route and it really paid off.

Audio note: I would recommend downloading the maximum quality audio if your device supports it. On the lower quality setting the narrator can seem a little flat at times, but I found with the higher quality the nuances in his voice came through.

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  • Andreas Henriksson
  • 10-01-2016

Post-ironic hell in artistic rendering

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When I read that Barlowe is an artist who has worked for films, things clicked for me. This is a text full of images. Barlowe describes a hell that is stiff, stiff to the point of becoming a series of panoramas.

In a sense, this is a post-ironic novel. It might as well have been written hundred years ago, although I doubt authors of that time would have had that much material from popular culture to draw upon when describing hell. Barlowe's demons don't joke. They take on dramatic postures and deliver Shakespearian lines. They are more like Greek Gods than creatures of the pit, albeit Greek Gods with deformed exteriors.

Yes, the novel's cosmology bears resemblance to those found in books like Gaiman's Sandman and Ennis' Hellblazer. But again, the irony is entirely gone. As is, interestingly, the cynicism. Barlowe is a very anti-modern author, who also seems to take his created world very seriously. The best comparison is perhaps with Tolkien, who was similarly devoid of distance to his subject matter.

Now, does this make for a good book? Yes, I think it does. Firstly, it is beautiful to the extent that hell can be beautiful. The book conjures up strange, hellish landscapes where the souls of the damned suffer under the yoke of their demon lords, but where the latter also indulge in aesthetic pleasures and have millenia to perfect their arts and their cities. Secondly, it is an unusually hopeful book that might even be described as anti-cynic. Thirdly, it has a nicely structured drama at its core, that is easy to engage in and follow.

The book reads as a classical tale of empire. I was reminded of the Chinese Romance of the Three Kingdoms. This worked fine for me. However, I suspect it is not a book for everyone, and that some readers may find it slow-paced, dry and demanding. Structure is a keyword. If you are a reader that can discern and enjoy complex structures in the novels you read, you will enjoy Barlowe's work. If you only read what is on the present page, I suspect you will not.

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  • José J. Amador, Phd
  • 06-03-2015

Strange And Just Slightly Entertaining

I really wanted to like this book - it had the sense of something new and different - unfortunately, I was left wanting.

Although the story is interesting and puts a sci fi twist to the biblical "Fall", it just didn't really grab my attention or keep me even mildly interested. The narrator was certainly good, but had one of those voices that I just couldn't get used too - it started to grate on me. Thankfully, I finished the book before I had to give up on it.

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  • James
  • 01-11-2011

An Enjoyable Book

A different kind of fantasy story that may not be for everyone as it has some dark descriptions of hell. However if you are not bothered by the storyline its a great book and held my attention all the way to the end, I would reccomend to anybody who finds the premise interesting

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  • Elizabeth A Laposata
  • 28-05-2017

Unique ideas, but mediocre writing

Barlowe is one of the most gifted sci-fi illustrators working today. A look through his Inferno paintings will blow you away with the quality of his painting and the strangeness of his ideas - all the horror, beauty, sickness, and sexiness of his fleshy hell is brought to life by his unique mind and skill.
The paintings make you want to know more and so I gave this book a try, not expecting too much from a first-time novelist...and it's about what I expected. Unlike the startling originality of his paintings, Barlowe's pros rely heavily on fantasy cliches and one-dimensional characters. Readers are meant to love the sexy Lilith, admire the noble Sargatanas, root for the brave underdog Hannibal, and hate the vile Beelzebub. No surprises.
It's fun to learn a little story to go with the images in Barlowe's Inferno, but don't expect to be overly entertained reading this book.

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  • C. Daily
  • 04-11-2016

Well Worth your time

I don't re-watch movies or audio books, except this one. The beginning is rich with imagery and moves onto plot without retreading over descriptions of the atmosphere and characters unless it is relevant.

The topics the author brings up are well thought and articulated.

The narrator is great and has made me look up other books he's performed.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-06-2016

Dark and Honorable

A different and intriguing look into Hell that humanized the main characters and scared you wonderfully.

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  • Dr. Mary
  • 01-04-2013

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What did you love best about God’s Demon?

I really wondered if I would enjoy God's Demon. I read the reviews and decided I would give it a try. It was the most complete writing for me on hell. I know it is fiction but it gave me a lot to think about. To think of being separated from God and to be surrounded with such darkness, is painful. The story was well written, required my absolute attention or I missed something and had to rewind. The battle to get back to heaven and once again feel the power of His presence and the beauty of God was sometimes painful but powerful. I plan to read again because I am sure I missed some things because the story was so intense.

What did you like best about this story?

What I liked best was the war that was waged in hell to escape hell for all the right reasons.

What about Adam Verner’s performance did you like?

The narration was great. I was able to follow. There was just the right tone and voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, the description of what was done to the souls and the cost of rebellion was deep.

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  • Quinn Orr
  • 15-01-2021

Meh

I'm a few months removed, but honestly it was just fine. Their are better reviews out there, but honestly it didn't scratch my itch and descended into battle porn with too much detail to make me care. Remember those scenes in ASOIAF that describe all of the meals? It's like that. Except demons in hell with no meaning.

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  • Stefan
  • 25-06-2011

Fantastic reading

If you are into "hell in a semi christian setting" this is brilliant. He builds a hell that is truely evil and believable. The plot is not too complicated and is pretty easy to predict, but thats not the major element of this book in my humble opinion, its the setting...and it does that truely well :)

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  • Richard P S
  • 15-02-2021

good story narrator ok

the story is interesting, and kinda rare, fallen angels in hell who have become Demons , some try regain what they were, others have given into evil , the story lacks any humour at all ,and is not an easy read , the narrator doesn't help much, slow and serious, I had to put him on 1.20 speed , it's graphic at times but not really horror well not what I would expect for a book about hell , slow but we'll written, and thoughtful and occasionally disturbing

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  • Blaire Rimmer
  • 12-01-2021

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A small piece of constructive criticism and my only one; I’d love to hear the voices of the characters in the books but with effects , maybe pitch shifting or some kind of odd plug-in effect possibly? It would enhance the experience from my point of view .

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  • Martin
  • 06-01-2012

interesting idea.

Not quite my cup of tea, not sure how I expected Hell and demons to be portrayed really but something didnt sit right for me the way that they are portrayed here. I suppose being a borderline atheist / agnostic I really should not have chosen this book in the first place, but it seemed an interesting listen and I would say it was that. If you do have religious beliefs however, I expect this book my come close to what you would call blasphemy and you may not enjoy it, so I am not really sure who would find this book an ideal listen.

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