Aloha from Hell (Sandman Slim, #3)
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Aloha from Hell (Sandman Slim #3)

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Supernatural fantasy’s greatest anti-hero goes back to hell!

In Sandman Slim Stark came back from hell for revenge.

In Kill the Dead he tackled both a zombie plague and being Lucifer’s bodyguard.

Once again all is not right in L.A. Lucifer is back in Heaven, God is on vacation, and an insane killer mounts a war against both Heaven and Hell.

Stark’s got to head back down to his...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 438 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Harper Voyager (first published January 1st 2011)
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4.5 Stars

“When you're born in a burning house, you think the whole world is on fire. But it's not."

This has been one of the most enjoyable series to read for me, and I really was looking forward to reading this one. I love the small horror subgenre of Christian horror. Kadrey does a fabulous job at trying to bring as much real Christian religion into these fiction horror novels.

James Stark, also known as Sandman Slim is the ultimate antihero. He is after all, Lucifers private body guard. If yo...more
Stinkerbelle Stormborn
*Warning: May contain spoilers!*
This one was by far the best in the series. Unlike the other two books, there was not a single moment where I questioned my picking up the book.
So here we go again with James Stark and a new chapter of his story. There isn't much 'stage' time for his sort-of sidekicks Kasabian, Vidocq and Candy, though. They are present predominantly till mid-novel and then they are only mentioned here and there, while the plot mainly focuses on Stark, who, by the way, gets sent t...more
Sandman Slim is the man Mike Hammer wishes he could be. Slim is so hard-boiled he's practically stone at this point, and the baddest shut-your-mouth since Shaft graced the screen.

"Aloha From Hell" is the book you go to when you want a non-stop ride of snappy dialogue, gruesome characters, and L.A. the way we always knew it was deep down. Fresh from saving the Earth from High Plains Drifters (that's zombies to you uninitiated folks - and if you ARE uninitiated, go pick up the first book in this...more
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Aloha from Hell is the third book in the Sandman Slim series, but above all accounts it can be read stand alone. There are many references to the previous books, but important details are explained so you won’t be lost. The book follows Sandman Slim, a man built with a bad attitude stuck between heaven and hell,who acts as a sort of detec...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Love the beginning, caught me up in the action very quickly. His past is coming back to haunt him in a big way... this is one UF series that really requires starting from the beginning. I liked the characterization quite a bit. By the end of the book, I felt Kadrey had almost captured (view spoiler)
Maggie K
This series is actually really fun-I was worried I would find it too violent, and while it is violent, it doesn't really seem gratuitous under the circumstances, more action-packed. And Sandman has certainly learned the hard way that showing mercy to demons just never ever works...
In this addition, Stark finally gets his chance to go after Mason--but what will be the cost? Will it change the whole balance of heaven and hell? Will Stark lose everything he has fought for? and will it really even h...more
J Edward Tremlett
After the hellish events of Kill the Dead, it’s understandable that Stark — also known as Sandman Slim — just wants to take it easy.

The Devil’s back in Heaven, his inner Angel’s behaving (mostly), and things are finally coming around with Candy the bloodthirsty monster (on the wagon, we hope). He’s not having to bust his ass as much anymore. It’s been so long since he killed someone he can’t even remember when it was, or why. Heck, even his dead girlfriend’s ghost is telling him to quit mooning...more
I really love this series. If you are looking for a great UF; look no further than Sandman Slim...I love the characters. I love Kas, Lucifer, Mustang Sally, Jack the Ripper, and especially Candy. I like that the story is angsty and full of action. Plus, all kinds of great quotes! "I'd bet the Pope's red shoes," is my favorite of this book. This installment has Sandman Slim going back to Hell to try and stop a war that will destroy both Heaven and Hell.... After all the dust is settled, Aelita is...more
Loved the first book. Enjoyed the second book and then got very bogged down in this one.

After taking a break from it for a while, I returned to it and enjoyed the second half a fair amount more. In the end, I didn't like where the story went or the ultimate resolution. It's not a bad read, but I'm not going to recommend it like I would the first in the series.
Tracy Rowan
Sep 02, 2011 Tracy Rowan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tracy by: Amazon Vine
I love the Sandman Slim books, I purely do. Richard Kadrey knows how to tell a story; his prose is as smooth as a 35 year old single malt, full of violence, cheerful vulgarity and extreme smart-assery. "Aloha from Hell" is no exception. It's a rough, funny novel with an awesome body count just like the first two.

In this third book of the series which picks up fairly soon after the end of the second book, Stark figures that killing all the zombies on earth should earn him a little bit of a rest....more
Tabitha (Pabkins)
WARNING - There are SPOILERS in this review! Don't read it unless you really feel like reading a rant of poopy pants-ness.

I have to start out that I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, so this being book three I was expecting great things. I know some people will probably be shocked that I have such a low opinion of it.

The entire reading experience to me this time around was completely lackluster. The entry action scene of Stark and Vidoqc robbing a house for an item that really e...more
Sandman Slim is back for a third outing. However if you haven’t already read the first two books in the series do so before you read this one. You will get confused if you don’t

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 re...more
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Stark isn't a nice guy. He isn't polite, he isn't considerate, he doesn't play by the rules. He is continually pissed off, he goes through a LOT of destroyed clothing, he hates almost everyone, and he loves to steal cars.

What's not to like?

The Sandman Slim books aren't perfect, but author Richard Kadrey has managed to create a great character in James Stark. Stark repeatedly refers to himself as a monster, and he is an efficient killing machine -- yet he is also intensely loyal to folks like hi...more
Kevin Farrell
OH man, I wanted this to be a 5 star book. I really did. This one is third in a series by Richard Kadrey. If you don't know about the Sandman then you must start with Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey. Like most series, the first is the best and the rest are trying to keep up with that first book.

I loved this book because it is filled with what Stephen Sullivan would call kickassitude. The humorous dialogue is perfectly on the edge of being over the top. The book is funny in a very dark way. Our ma...more
What can I say, I was on a Kadrey kick.

I did not enjoy Aloha from Hell as much as I hoped I would. Part of this comes from my own expectations. I was looking forward to more interaction with the earthly (read: alive) characters, especially the relationship between Stark and Candy. While there is a little of this, a good deal of the book takes place after Stark return Downtown to once again exact revenge upon Mason, the current ruler of Hell.

All right, I get that Stark is still pissed that Maso...more
there are several interesting pop cultural tidbits, little details about LA, brief moments of really sharp dialogue or a striking description of some scenery or something. some of it's very creative, and I'm sticking with this series because I appreciate that.

having said that though this is a book about a dude who doesn't care what you think so he's going to remind you every five minutes that he doesn't care what you think. he's got a bad attitude! he's a monster, and so's his girlfriend! he's...more
I loved Sandman Slim and was a little disappointed in Kill the Dead because it lacked that je nais se quoi that made the first book so very much fun to read. The good news is that Kadrey reclaimed that certain something in this book, the third in the trilogy.

Aloha from Hell starts off with Stark still in LA, sharing a hotel room with Kasabian while the video store is rebuilt. When he's goaded into taking a job against his will, it starts him down the path to finally kill the man who sent him to...more
Tim Hicks
Maybe not a pure 4 in its own right, but as #3 in a very interesting series, sure.

I am too old to be part of the video game culture, but still I reckon this would make a very interesting movie if made with videogame techniques.

Fantastic is piled on fantastic here, and the special effects/CGI budget would be way over the top. Not to mention the R rating - which if violence was considered as alarming as sex would be an XX, no parents allowed without teenagers.

Stark/Slim regresses in some ways h...more
This jumps right back to action after Kill the Dead ends, which is both terrific and a little confusing. I didn't (and still don't) remember why Stark has an angel in his head -- and how he can let it in and out of control, so I was kinda lost with one of the major threads of the book. Still, momentum dragged me along too fast to worry about the backstory.

I loved the new characters in this book, especially Mustang Sally, goddess of roads. I hope she comes back. I loved LA as Hell, literally. I l...more
Richard Guion
3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed the heck out of the first 2 Sandman Slim books because of the crazy LA vibe mixed with monsters, cocktails, & old movie references. I picture Stark as a David Duchovny type on steroids. This one goes off track with a trip to Hell which I didn't find that great, although it is kind of neat how it resembles LA. Some plot elements dangling from the earlier books are resolved by the end. I just read that Kadrey has signed on for three more books in this series--I hope he g...more
MontiLee Stormer
It's nothing like what I'm used to, but that's what makes it a good series.

Stark is destructive, a jerk, and the kind of guy you'd cross the street to avoid, but he's not a bad storyteller and his antics are amusing. I like the mysticism woven throughout and it's a little thrilling that Kadrey doesn't bother explaining half of it. He doesn't take his audience for idiots, and that makes for a quicker pace.

I do have a nitpicky needle that happens towards the end, and I'd like to have someone exp...more
Sarah Kate
I think I'm addicted to antiheroes.
For some reason, this book didn't pull me in as much as the last two. I wasn't in such a rush to finish it. There was a lot more investigative work in this book. Stark keeps growing. However, the book was very good. I enjoyed the plot line and it was satisfying to see Stark get some revenge. We also got to see a lot more of Hell in this book than the previous two which, given the title, makes sense. Events in this book set up an important story line for the rest of the series, with some very sta...more
I didn't love this one as much as the other Sandman Slim books, but it was still good... even if Stark did get sort of screwed over. Parts of it felt more abrupt than the previous books, and I kind of missed Max Overdrive, but I'll certainly be picking up the next book.
Satisfying and funny, as were the previous two books in this series. I'm definitely interested in continuing this series once Kadrey finishes writing them. :) (Not sure I want to live in this world, but that's why it's escapist!)

Much more interesting to me than PNR, for sure!
Although this is the weakest of the three books it's still among the best urban paranormal I've read. The journey to Hell took far longer than I would have liked and I'm starting to agree with other reviewers that the obsession with his clothes is getting old.
So much better than book 2. I was about to give up on this series. Now I can't wait to see what book 4 has in store for us.
A really satisfying conclusion to the whole 'mason' arc. I can't wait to see what Kadrey has for us next!
Not as good as the first two in the series, unfortunately. Kind of a mess. But still worth reading.
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Richard Kadrey is a freelance photographer and writer living in San Francisco. He photographs under the name Kaos Beauty Klinik. His new novel is Sandman Slim (Eos, 2009).
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