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Deep beneath the Ural Mountains, in an underground city carved out by slave labor during the darkest hours of the Cold War, ancient caverns hold exotic and dangerous life-forms that have evolved in isolation for countless millennia.Cut off from the surface world, an entire ecosystem of bizarre subterranean species has survived undetected—until now.

Biologists Nell and Geoff...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Tor Books (first published February 16th 2011)
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Kacunnin
Warren Fahy's new novel, PANDEMONIUM, isn’t really a “new novel” at all – Fahy released a self-published Kindle version in February of 2011, after he and his publisher came to a parting of the ways. I was one of the ones who got a chance to read the novel back in 2011, before Fahy pulled it from circulation in favor of a 2013 hard cover release through Tor books. I enjoyed FRAGMENT, so I was expecting to like PANDEMONIUM (after all, it’s the sequel!). Fahy certainly has a real knack for creating...more
Willy Lorenz
*********SPOILER-FREE REVIEW************

The first book in the series, Fragment, presented a very unique and original storyline that dealt with an offshoot or "fragment" of evolution by explaining, through real science and speculation, what could happen if a land mass was isolated and allowed to evolve undisturbed for 500 million years. In Pandemonium, Warren Fahy brings us another untouched world deep in the Ural Mountains.

Pandemonium wastes no time jumping right back into the story from where t...more
Rick Fisher
Warren Fahy again invites us into his demonic world of Henders Island. Only this time, the setting is a cavernous city deep beneath the Ural mountains.
I am on the fence with this sequel. It is mainly just a rehash of "Fragment". There are a few redeeming differences, thus the three star rating.
Mr. Fahy has incorporated some new and enjoyable characters into this outing. Most notably spoiled yet lovable young Sasha, American military hero, Abrams and Russian scientist Nastia. These, along wit...more
Cheryl
Nell and Geoffrey Binswanger barely survived Hender’s Island. However what they found on the island has made them celebrities. All Nell and Geoffrey want is to get some rest and relaxation. They are heading to Hawaii for their honeymoon. Before they can make it, they get an offer they can not refuse.

Russian billionaire, Maxim Dragolovich offers them a chance to research some new subterranean species. Nell and Geoffrey agree. Nell and Geoffrey are about to learn what hell is like.

Pandemonium is...more
Ezri
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Matt
The long awaited sequel to 2009's FRAGMENT was worth the wait. I really enjoyed getting back into these characters and seeing the odd creatures that Warren Fahy has in these books. The new creatures were great (and i liked the illustrations in the back of the book) and I enjoyed how he had the creatures from Hender's Island show up too. Even with the big gap between books they pick up right after and it's not hard to pick up where you left off from FRAGMENT.

Overall a fun book and I really enjoy...more
Dan
May 04, 2014 Dan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
Probably not as good as it could've been. The author did better with his first book, 'Fragment' which was scary and intense (for a book!) and since this second book is a sequel, I think anyone would have problems with it - because really, the first book didn't demand a sequel and should have been left alone completely. But obviously the author felt he had a story to tell, with some unique ideas up his sleeve. Not sure there was enough there to sustain an entire book, though. If you didn't know,...more
Danna
Another win for the Big Dumb Fun category! Weirdly, this story seemed so very familiar, I thought it might be a forgotten airport bookstore discovery from long ago, but it was just published in 2013. It's possible that I might have read his first book, Fragment, and that says something about the quality of these books: fun in the moment, not all that memorable over time. (It's definitely not necessary to have read Fragment first. There was enough retelling of the events leading up to Pandemonium...more
Mike Shoop
Decent follow-up to Fahy's nonstop sci-fi horrorfest FRAGMENT, but not nearly as exciting or as fast a read. Set in present day in a subterranean city in Russia owned by a revenge-seeking kook who brings in scientists and others under the guise of checking out the environment, and low and behold, there are creatures down there that no one's seen before--and lived to tell about it, anyway. Plus, some of those nasties from FRAGMENT managed to escape Hender's Island and now they have invaded a sepa...more
Cynde
This book is off the chain , fantastic. Warren Fahy has the best imagination for making up creatures!
The book involves a newly-wed couple who have just finished a project on Henders Island, where they discovered a new species of sentient beings that have lived unnoticed for millions of years on earth. the creatures learn to speak english and socialize with humans. The beings also help protect the scientist from the other more lethal creatures on the island. The couple are about to take their hon...more
Steven
It may be time for Fahy to write a fresh new story. I think Fragment has run it's course. But pandemonium was entertaining, those who enjoyed fragment won't be disappointed.
Bill1971
A fun read, I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't LOVE Fragment. The visual descriptions were fantastic though.
Tim
I really enjoyed Fahy's earlier work, Fragment, a adrenaline-soaked romp full of science, blood, and gore, so I was looking forward to this one. And to some extent, it met expectations. Thrill ride? Check! Imaginative science fiction? Check! Cardboard characters? Check! Blood and gore? Check!
But wait... most of the thrills in this novel are simply recycled from Fragment... SPOILER ALERT... with a dash of James Bond supervillain thrown in for good measure.

Fahy creates a whole new biological wonde...more
Mark Smiley
Not as good as his first book in this series. The first broke new ground while this gives us the same scenarios, just a different setting. Yes, there are different obstacles and denizens, but still the same. I opened the book and read the first few pages then began figuring out who would live through the adventure and who would be picked off one by one. It went from a keen scientific book in the first to more of a horror story in the second book.

Glad I read it, but it was hard to get excited ab...more
Vanessa
There was a canyon where I lived in Utah with a species of flowers that grew on both sides of the canyon, and over time the ones on the south vs. the north sides diverged in their taxonomy. This happened over a matter of decades, the main culprit being how much light they got. PANDEMONIUM by Warren Fehy takes that concept to the depths of the Earth: completely separated from the surface and its influence for millions of years, how would subterranean species evolve?

In terrifying ways, apparently....more
Kara Jorges
After barely escaping the dangers of Henders Island in Fahy’s debut novel “Fragment,” newly married scientists Geoffrey and Nell Binswanger are just about to embark on an idyllic honeymoon in Hawaii. It isn’t hard to convince them to postpone it, though, when a Russian billionaire, Maxim Dragolovich, offers them each a fat paycheck to come and work in his underground city, identifying previously unseen species. Ever curious, the scientists are whisked off to Pobedograd, a city originally built b...more
J.F. Penn
Full video review http://mysterythriller.tv/pandemonium...

I’m justifying this as a thriller because of the fast-pace, violence and suspense but it’s also definitely speculative fiction. Basically, the back story is that Henders Island was discovered – on planet Earth – but somewhere remote and protected. It had a unique ecosystem that was basically destructive to everything and the way the creatures lived was just so different to humans. This island was destroyed when humans found it, but some...more
Ray Palen
The first thing that hit me was the opening cover blurb --- "Like JURASSIC PARK but scarier". I expected great things as a result --- especially since I so enjoyed Fahy's first nove, FRAGMENT.

Though intimately detailed and highly imaginative, PANDEMONIUM is no FRAGMENT and not nearly worthy of Michael Crichton. After spending his previous novel on Hender's Island --- the land that time forgot --- this time around Fahy takes right into the earth's core itself. Buried beneath the Ural Mountains a...more
Brian Clopper
Okay, I love fantastic creatures and killer ecologies. Jurassic Park is still one of my all-time favorites. Fahy's Fragment is also one of my favorite killer ecology books.

Pandemonium is really a follow-up to Fragment. This time, Fahy swaps a hostile island with a lethal underground world and adds a crusty Russian villain who doesn't do much.

A few years back, my reading diet consisted of Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston, and James Rollins. Relic and Subterranean are two of my faves. I was itching...more
Kevintipple
It's been a few months since the events depicted in Fragment and the survivors who escaped from Henders Island as well as the human race in general are struggling to adjust. It hasn’t been easy for anyone. The “Hendros” are quarantined in Area 51 for their protection while the world argues as to their status. What it now means to be human is just one of the many issues facing mankind on the wake of the discovery of this separated evolutionary tangent. Henders Island no longer exists, but for Bio...more
Chris Bauer
I was a big fan of Fahy's first work, "Fragment". The pace was brisk, the action scenes were really well done with ample tension, suspense and over the top imagery. I appreciated his nod to science and some of the more radical theories of biology and similar hard science topics.

"Pandemonium" delivers even more of the same. I was also impressed to notice a number of allusions to the prior work with strict attention to continuity and detail.

PROS:
- Rapid fire action scenes with plenty of tension
- V...more
Nathan
I will tell what I think without talking about any plot points because I hate spoilers of any kind!

This is a sequel to Fragment, if you have not yet read Fragment, be sure to read it first.

I really liked this book. It is science fiction based on some factual and theoretical science. I loved exploring the theories presented in this book. It is the kind of stuff that really gets me thinking. This book also explores humanity from a point of view that was pleasantly surprising. Although it is a work...more
Bogdan
в качестве фантастического романа читать эту книгу практически невозможно – несмотря на все составляющие, более приличествующие фантастике, чем экшну. в качестве боевика – такое не читать, а смотреть надо. в качестве крипто-конспирологического творения – нет, слишком уж бедно и скудно получится. всех составляющих в книге вполне достаточно, чтобы составить неплохой литературный боевичок, практически по всем параметрам уступающий джеймсу роллинсу – и который после серии «сигма» читать достаточно с...more
Don Massi
A super intense science fiction/horror/action/thriller. I didn't think I could enjoy any Warren Fahy book more than "Fragment" but I enjoyed "Pandemonium" even more! I didn't know how much of "Fragment" would carry over to this book but Fahy brings all the best stuff. We get Nell and Geoffry Binswanger, the biologists who survived Henders Island, the intelligent Hendros who were taken off the island before it was nuked and we have the incredibly lethal species of Henders Island that somehow have...more
Victoria
This book initially appealed to me because its synopsis sounded reminiscent of one of my favorite thrillers - Jeff Long’s The Descent. As I waited for it to arrive, I decided to pluck Fahy’s debut novel off my shelves and read it. And wow - am I ever glad that I decided to do that! Though not publicized as such, this novel is a direct sequel to Fragment, Fahy’s 2009 release. Though the novel does summarize events from the previous book, for full enjoyment of both, I would recommend reading this...more
Joseph
Let's see ...

1. Cool setting: Check. A secret Soviet-era underground city that abuts on a gigantic cavern filled with creatures that have evolved in isolation for millions of years.

2. Cool critters: Check. Some are returning favorites from Fragment, the previous book; others are natives of the aforementioned cavern. No details; finding out is always half of the fun.

3. Cool villains: Check. Russian gangsters and various other factions of unsavory humans to serve as monster chow.

4. Fast pace: Chec...more
Jeff Sitko
Pandemonium proves a spectacular read and worthy sequel to its predecessor. Warren Fahy builds superbly upon the first book and continues his hypothesis for the existence of intelligent, sentient life in a perpetually dangerous ecosystem. He opens another doorway in the imagination, allowing new hordes of his hellish menagerie to pour in unabated. While I'm reticent to make comparisons, think of a Fragment/Pandemonium transition similar to the transition from the movie "Alien" to its sequel "Ali...more
Nicole Del sesto
I will start out by saying that these are NOT my kinds of books. I read them occasionally, and generally enjoy them but they aren't something I necessarily seek out.

That being said, this was a fine book and an adequate revisit of the monsters from Fragment, if you needed more time with the monsters from Fragment. I really didn't. That's not to say there weren't some new creatures, there were.

This time around, the characters were on my last nerve. Honey, Sweetie, Husby, etc. Barf. I didn't like t...more
Jenifer Mohammed
Well-written with a lot of exciting subplots, encounters with characters who may or may not be as trustworthy as they seem, dangerous creatures-most animal but some human, and potential ecological apocalypse/terrorism. Amidst all this excitement, Geoffrey and Nell, the same ethical and curious characters from Fragment, explore the depths of Pandemonium. As usual, the sels provide the beneficial long-term perspective; Hender is as interesting and philosophical as ever, what humans aspire to be an...more
Jason
Jurrasic Park in a cave. Fun read. Deep beneath the Ural Mountains, in an underground city carved out by slave labor during the darkest hours of the Cold War, ancient caverns hold exotic and dangerous life-forms that have evolved in isolation for countless millennia. Cut off from the surface world, an entire ecosystem of bizarre subterranean species has survived undetected—until now.

Biologists Nell and Geoffrey Binswanger barely survived their last encounter with terrifying, invasive creatures t...more
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Author of the New York Times bestseller FRAGMENT, nominated for a BSFA and the International Thriller Writers Best First Novel Award, the sequel PANDEMONIUM and his latest book, the epic fantasy CRIMSON. Yes, I was born in Hollywood. Please don't hold it against me. (I had nothing to do with it.)
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