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The Infernals (Samuel Johnson vs. the Devil #2)

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Samuel Johnson is in trouble. Not only is he in love with the wrong girl, but the demon Mrs. Abernathy is seeking revenge on him for his part in foiling the invasion of Earth by the forces of evil. She wants to get her claws on Samuel, and when Samuel and his faithful dachshund, Boswell, are pulled through a portal into the dark realm, she gets her chance.

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Hardcover, 309 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Atria Books (first published 2011)
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Brandon
Dec 14, 2012 Brandon rated it liked it
In the preceding novel, The Gates, Samuel Johnson and his beloved dog, Boswell, managed to stop the invasion of Earth from the mighty forces of Hell. The defeated leader of Satan's army, Mrs. Abernathy (a sexless demon with a fondness for women's clothing), is desperately trying to get back into the good graces of The Great Malevolence while also planning her eventual revenge on the young boy and his meddling dog.

Despite Connolly leaving the ending of the first book pretty open ended for a poten
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Stephanie Swint
Oct 26, 2015 Stephanie Swint rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Samuel's success at closing the gate to Hell didn't leave him quite in the position one would hope for. Instead of being hailed a conquering hero for sussing out the plot and rallying people to the cause, they quietly believe he bears some responsibility. They have done all they can to forget that demons descended on Biddlecombe. When they see Samuel, however, they remember. This makes him partially to blame in their thoughts. If you have not read 'The Gates' it's the wonderful start to the tale ...more
Melki
Dec 30, 2011 Melki rated it really liked it
The following message is brought to you by Spiggit's Old Peculiar. Now proven to cause only TEMPORARY blindness. Ask for Spiggit's - The Beer with the Biohazard Symbol!

Yay! Mrs. Abernathy is back! Her teeth are still sharp and pointy, her tentacles still drip with slime, and she burns with a passion to destroy the one who kept her from taking over the earth for her master, The Great Malevolence.

After a failed attempt to open a doorway from Hell using that Large Hadron Collider thingy, the crew o
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Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Excellent follow up from The Gates. Sam & Boswell still have it to survive Hell and to get out of the clutches of death sort of speak. Loved this and looking forward to the last book in this trilogy.
Mike (the Paladin)
I know these are considered YA but I really have reservations about giving these to a very young person. As I often do I suggest that parents read this first. Then they can decide if the8ir "youth" is mature enough for the book.

Okay that said, this is a humorous book. I don't think I appreciated as much as I should have as I was a bit depressed. There are some very funny sections here. (As in the first book, the footnotes are among the funniest parts).

So, follow up to the attempted invasion of e
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Lea

This continuation of the story begun in John Connolly's The Gates finds young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, once again fighting the legions of hell. This time, Samuel and Boswell have been pulled into hell itself by the demon Ba'al, who now lives as Mrs. Abernathy (having taken a liking to doilies, flowers and kittens while living as a woman on earth in the previous book).

Mrs. Abernathy has fallen out of favour after having her plans thwarted by Samuel and his friend, the demon Nurd
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Jim
Jul 05, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, humorous
The Infernals: A Samuel Johnson Tale is the second in a series of tales aimed at what I guess is the Young Adult audience. Well, I'm an old adult [64 years young] and I enjoyed the Hell out of this book. It probably would help if you read the first volume - The Gates - because, thankfully, many of the characters are back. In this outing Samuel and his dachshund Boswell are pulled into Hell by Mrs. Abernathy, who also manages to snag two police officers, an ice cream man and his truck and four an ...more
Libby
2.5 - I enjoyed The Gates and was hoping for improvement in the sequel but was disappointed. Connolly is a highly imaginative and skilled author but this book was just okay - it wandered around too much. I did appreciate the idea of revamping Dante's journey through Hell for a young boy - and I still love the main character Samuel Johnson and his dog Boswell.

I listened to the audio edition of The Gates and The Infernals and would recommend both for a fun and quick distraction type read. The narr
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Jason
Feb 02, 2014 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2014
3 Stars

The Infernals, book number two in the Samuel Johnson vs. the Devil series is a great continuation to started in The Gates. A young boy named Samuel and his faithful Dachshund Boswell must once again fight to keep the horde of Hell from invading our home.

This book is different from the first in many regards. It takes place almost exclusively in Hell. There is very little character development. The cast is much smaller. The world a bit bleaker. It is also filled with some cool demons. Scary
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Gatorman
May 29, 2012 Gatorman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant sequel to The Gates, this time following Samuel Johnson as he gets sucked into Hell by the evil Mrs. Abernathy along with four elves, two policemen and an ice-cream truck driver. Very funny and plenty of intense moments, with the usual pitch-perfect writing of Connolly. Looking forward to the next one. Highly recommended.
Paul Pessolano
Dec 20, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it
“The Infernals” by John Connolly, published by Atria Books.

Category – Fantasy/Science Fiction

This book is an excellent change of pace for the adult reader and is definitely a great read for those who like Young Adult books.

I would suggest that you read John Connolly’s “The Book of Lost Things”, and the first in this series, “The Gates” before you read “The Infernals”.

If you have read “The Gates” you will remember that young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, became involved in opening th
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Book Him Danno
I think we can thank JK Rowling for making the youth literature market a viable option for authors by proving that kids will buy books, especially ones that tell a compelling story that doesn’t stoop to the lowest commoner denominator for laughs. Following the path of great mystery writers like John Grisham and Carl Hiassen, John Connolly has entered the market with the intrepid Samuel Johnson and his ever faithful dachshund Boswell as they battle the forces of evil embodied in cranky Mrs. Abern ...more
Mike
Oct 17, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it
The Hell warming story of a boy named Samuel and his Dachshund Boswell. Both are trapped in purgatory located in another dimension which happens to be Hell. Samuel ends up in a rather hilarious segment of perdition entitled The Mountain Of Despair which happens to be ruled by the one and only The Great Malevolence. In recent history Samuel and Boswell foiled plans that were constructed by the evil Mrs. Abernathy and her cohorts of demons. Now she has learned to require an enormous amount of ener ...more
Brooke
Oct 08, 2012 Brooke rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
I'd given the first book in this series (The Gates) three stars and concluded that it was a fun, fluffy diversion from Connolly's Charlie Parker books. I'd picked this sequel up at the library not being entirely committed to it, but now I'm glad that I read it. It was a lot of fun and very clever, and I enjoyed that all of the footnotes were science-y (in keeping with the theme of the Large Hadron Collider being responsible for Samuel Johnson's misadventures, I suppose). Overall, The Infernals w ...more
The Flooze
I remember when I first read The Gates. I was thoroughly delighted by its unique brand of humorous horror, completely charmed by its brave hero and his lovely little dog. At the time, I didn't realize it was the first of a series. It was certainly strong enough to stand alone.

Looking back, it seems this is the opposite of First Book Syndrome. While becoming reacquainted with Samuel, Boswell, and Nurd was a pleasure, I'm not entirely confident that we needed the story to continue. But since we we
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Joseph
Jan 05, 2015 Joseph rated it it was amazing
Blake's Reviews

The Infernals by John Connolly (aka Hell's Bells Samuel Johnson vs the Devil Round II)

So, I was not recommended to read this book by anyone. If you must know, I was at Book-a-Million, browsing through the bargain bin. You know, the unloved books that all seem to be a combination of worn and pink? I don't know why they are pink, all I know is that they are...

Well, I did not know this at the time, but it was the second book in a series (The Gates will be one of my next reviews, as I
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Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 14, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I know these are considered YA but I really have reservations about giving these to a very young person. As I often do I suggest that parents read this first. Then they can decide if the8ir "youth" is mature enough for the book.

Okay that said, this is a humorous book. I don't think I appreciated as much as I should have as I was a bit depressed. There are some very funny sections here. (As in the first book, the footnotes are among the funniest parts).

So, follow up to the attempted invasion of e
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Kristal
Apr 28, 2016 Kristal rated it liked it
We first met Samuel and his faithful dog Boswell in The Gates, where we learned that the two of them, along with a demon named Nurd, defeated the evil plot of the Great Malevolence and his lieutenant Ba'al, who now prefers to be called Mrs. Abernathy. But demons have very tender feelings and Mrs. Abernathy isn't forgetting Samuel anytime soon, so she snatches him and Bowell back into Hell to finish what she started. But her plan backfires as a few other humans are sucked back also, and together ...more
Harj D
Jan 05, 2016 Harj D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read 'The Gates' some time ago, I was really looking forward to the second installment of Samuel Johnson's adventures with his trusted spaniel Boswell against the demon Mrs.Abernathy and it most certainly did not disappoint. Once again, John Connolly delivered quick humor and wit whilst still weaving an imaginative, if not slightly dark, tale of good vs. evil and I was hooked from start to finish.

There's not much more I can say without completely ruining the story, but this sequel with it
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Connie (hoot reads books)
OMG I love this sequel! Everyone is back including Ms. Abernathy, Nurd (no longer the scourge), Wormwood, and even Spigott's Peculiar makes a come back. There are also new companions including a group of mischievous elves or dwarves and an ice cream man. And of course Samual and his trustworthy dog, Boswell. After the terrible aftermath of the Earth invasion from demons, Hell breaks loose again (literally). But this time with an epic battle between demons and a lesson about portals and multivers ...more
Cheryl
Apr 24, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it
This is a YA book, but very, very funny. John Connolly's hero is Samuel Johnson and his dog Boswell, whom have upset Mrs. Abernathy, one of Hell's most fearsome demons in a most profound way. Just the names of the boy and the dog, made me chuckle right away, never mind that one of the locations is Shirley Jackson street, heheh. Connolly is extremely fond of footnotes which can be found liberally peppered throughout the book. Do not skip over them, as they are some of the funniest parts of the bo ...more
Chris
Samuel Johnson has a problem. He asked a post box out. It didn't answer.

But on the plus side, he still has his faithful Boswell, and he's alive.

But, on the negative side, he is alive in Hell.

But there is a silver lining. He and Boswell are not alone in Hell. There are two police officers (bobbies), Dan the Ice Cream Man (and his truck), and four elves . . er dwarfs . . . er midgets . . . er vertically challenged men.

Actually, the last four are homicidal manics who scare boy bands.

(Honestly, wha
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Elizabeth Ellen
The Infernals is a surreal adventure billed as YA, and it reads well that way in many aspects. The multiple-plotline style is said (by writing experts) to be difficult for YA readers to follow or appreciate, which could be distracting to readers who prefer a story to remain sharply focused on the protagonist.

This is BOOK TWO of a series. I did not realize this when I picked it from the library shelf, but the expertise of the author in cluing in a reader to book one was well-handled and didn't in
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Sora91
Nov 19, 2011 Sora91 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Segunda aventura de Samuel Johnson. Han pasado unos meses desde la acción de "Las puertas del infierno" y Samuel vive tranquilo en su ciudad con su perrito Boswell, su madre y las apariciones de la Sra. Abernathy en los charcos de agua u otras superficies reflectantes de vez en cuando. Pero ya se sabe que la tranquilidad en los buenos libros no dura para siempre y menos cuando tenemos un colisionador de partículas con tendencia a abrir caminos hacia otras dimensiones de nuevo en funcionamiento.
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Albert
Nov 17, 2011 Albert rated it really liked it
I first read John Connolly in The UnQuiet and fell in love with the ultra dark and ultra violent paranormal mysteries that would become the Charlie Parker stories. If you choose one of these start with Every Dead Thing which is sure to leave you disturbed and looking around the corner for what evil may lay there. Human or not.
So imagine my surprise when I picked up the little novel called The Gates, a whimsical young adult tale about demons and hell coming to earth and the little young boy who m
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Victoria
What a fun follow-up to The Gates! I really enjoyed reading this book! Who would have expected that a trip to Hell could be so entertaining? It really made for an exciting, even at times nerve-wracking, read. Connolly, an author who is so gifted in balancing his books, alleviates the anxiety he causes with a solid dash of humour and his wonderfully (and in the cases of the demons, surprisingly) real characters.

This book falls in the Young Adult market, and Connolly does a wonderful job of not on
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Miss Bookiverse
Ich wollte das Buch wirklich mögen. Der Vorgänger war so gut (5 Schweinchen), aber teilweise hat es sich nicht mehr nach dem selben Autor angefühlt. Hier und da blitzt der alte, clevere Humor durch, aber die meiste Zeit ist es eine Kindergeschichte, die nur auf dem Unterhaltungslevel eben dieser funktioniert. Ellenlange Schlachten zwischen Dämonen (die ich alle nicht auseinanderhalten konnte), zu viele wissenschaftliche Einschübe (vielleicht auch nichts für jedes Kind?) und alkoholabhängige Rüpe ...more
Melumebelle
Feb 27, 2016 Melumebelle rated it really liked it
This was a quick, easy, fun read. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first - I feel the story would have been better as a stand alone than with a sequel, but it was nice to hear from some familiar characters (especially my favorite, Nurd).
Doreen Dalesandro
Genre: YA, horror
Rating: 3.5
I listened to this book.

The Infernals, the sequel to The Gates (which I absolutely enjoyed) was a bit disappointing. That may be because I had high expectations. Again, I love the way Mr. Connolly introduces scientific concepts into his story. I imagine it makes science fun for kids; it makes it fun for me! I will definitely read the sequels.

Tim Gerard Reynolds narrates. He does a good job, but I much prefer Mr. Cake.
Sharon
Feb 03, 2014 Sharon rated it it was ok
Listened to the first one but read this one. It took me FOREVER to finish reading this; I realized at some point that I was finding other things to do instead of reading. Much of this book takes place in Hell, and it reflects the dark and dreary atmosphere. Bleak. Hell coming to Biddlecombe, England, is a lot more fun than Samuel & his little dog Boswell being stuck in Hell with four alcoholic dwarfs and two bumbling Keystone cops. War in Hell just... dragged.

Unsure if I'll pick up the thir
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John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper ...more
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