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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.

Hardcover, 309 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Atria Books (first published 2011)
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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
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.

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
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
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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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Unlike other reviewers, I read this book without any knowledge of its prequel. Therefore, I am judging this book in a different perspective. I noticed that almost every reviewer who has read The Gates prior to reading this book were very disappointed. However, I have found The Infernals to be an amusing book on its own.

The author's footnotes and side comments may be distracting to readers who prefer reading a continuous story with no interruptions, but humorous to readers who don't mind the inte
Samuel Johnson, they young boy who was the hero of The Gates, returns in this follow-up story. The arch-demon from Hell, Mrs. Abernathy, is nursing a grudge and wants revenge against Samuel and his dog Boswell. Naturally things get out-of-hand and four truculent dwarves also get involved. This is fun, funny stuff complete with footnotes and can be read very quickly. Still, The Gates is much better. Still again, I'd read a third installment in a heartbeat.
So far I have loved everything I have read by John Connolly, and The Infernals is no different! His writing style is cheeky and eloquent, and his use of footnotes is hilarious and spot-on. I also loved this book as a sequel to The Gates, and I look forward to (and hope for) more books in this series... the characters are wonderful, and the continuity between stories is awesome.
Even though this book is meant for young readers, I enjoyed every bit of it!
An "enjoyable romp" through Hell with Samuel Johnson and his little dog Boswell, the heroes of The Gates who have been dragged into Hell by the evil Mrs. Abernathy. Plenty imps, demons and drunken dwarves the keep you entertained as Samuel and his friends try to find a way back out of Hell. A very enjoyable read!
This book is the second in a series and I read it without reading the first. I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
A portal has been opened between hell and earth by the electron collider machine and a demon in hell (while trying to bring a boy to hell) accidentally brings the boy, an ice cream truck, a truck full of dwarves and a police cruiser with two policemen.
The story is easy to read, funny and I enjoyed it completely.
John Wiltshire
Well, this is an odd one. A kids' novel. Not something I usually read. However, John Connolly is my favourite author. His Charlie Parker series is just superb--dark, beautifully written, original, scary as all hell, but captivating. So, when a teenager in my writing classes said I should read his Samuel Johnson series (The Gates; The Infernals; The Creeps) I overcame my reluctance to read something pegged for YA and gave the first one a go. I'm so glad I did. The Gates is genuinely something new ...more
Kathy Davie
Second in the Samuel Johnson vs the Devil urban fantasy series for kids and revolving around Samuel and his dog, Bosworth, who aren't in Biddlecombe anymore.

Technically, I know The Infernals (first published in the U.K. as Hell's Bells) is aimed at children, and adults should not allow this labeling to prevent their enjoying the Hell out of it!

My Take
This was great fun, although not as fabulously funny as the first one, The Gates . Still, it's the book to read when you're feeling low and need a
A trip through hell that is both savagely gripping and oddly mirthful. The whole Samuel Johnson series is like an odd combination of Stephen King and P.G. Wodehouse - some distressing and horrible images of life in Hell as described by proper Englishman who are both charming and enjoy a sort of hysterically clueless detachment. The hellish Mrs. Abernathy tries to exact revenge upon Samuel Johnson and Boswell for defeating her plans to open Earth to the Great Malevolence in Book 1, but the interv ...more
Leigh Terry
I like this kind of young adult fiction so much more than your "Hunger Games" and "Divergent." It's clever without being smarmy. It's warm without being pedantic. It's smart without being obnoxious. It's genuine in all the right spots.

In a continuation from "The Gates," Samuel Johnson and horde of familiar characters join up with some fresh allies to combat enemies new and old. This time, the battleground is Hell itself.

This is wonderfully quick and fun read, and the series seems like it's got
Oct 31, 2011 Laci rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: to-buy
Fun read. Some of the glib footnotes made me laugh out loud, which is rare for me when reading. I thought this was a very well-rounded finisher for Samuel's story.
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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