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The Gates of Hell (Heroes in Hell #2)

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Out of the underworld and into your heart! Rumor has it that there is a way out of Hell, through tunnels. Of course the rumors could he disinformation direct from the Father of Lies; all the Heroes of Hell who have assembled for the adventure know that. Though they do not know what hideous dangers they will face once they forsake the sanctuary of Julius Caesar's palace in ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published October 1st 1986 by Baen (first published April 15th 1986)
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A.L. Butcher

I picked this up in print, intrigued as I loved Rogues in Hell and I am trying to get through all the Heroes in Hell books. Gates of Hell is the second of the series – and a novel not an anthology. It is a lot of fun.
Where else would one find Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Machiavelli and a whole host of characters from ancient times, medieval times and modern times trying to escape together from Hell, armed with tanks, ancient weapons, Uzis and cavalry? The ancient and modern se
Whenever I see a book that says "By Famous Author - with Some Guy You Never Heard Of" - I assume that the guy you never heard of did all the writing and Famous Author just put their name on it. Or maybe offered some ideas over coffee. Call me cynical.

In this case, I hope it's true, because much of the magic of Cherryh's Heroes in Hell is gone. There are battles and chases galore in this book, and yet nothing really happens. I felt like the author had some plot in mind, but never revealed it. Als
This novel is fun, filled with adventure, intrigue, and nods to Dante's 'Inferno,' 'Paradise Lost' and other, more intellectually-heavyweight Hell-based stories. The narrative did seem to be missing some threads: I could usually tell which sections Cherryh wrote and which Morris did, and I noticed inconsistencies between them. But still I found this an enjoyable book, and I recommend it to fellow diversion-seeking nerds and literati.
Mark Smiley
This was the second book in a series..

I did not read the first and was a little lost. This was in the bargain bin and I should have left it there.

War fought in Hell and if you die, you et reanimated after a while. So why fight and wage war?

Maybe it was explained in the first book which I will not read.

Just not interesting.
I picked this first one up on a whim just because it looked interested, and it was. Just for pure entertainment, it was good. Nothing monumental though. I read the second and third for the same reason.
Inventive looks at famous personages thrown together in Hell for some interesting and amusing reasons.
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Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J. Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. She is the author of more than forty novels. Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating: she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track. She began ...more
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