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Hell Can Wait

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  30 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In a bid to claim his soul, an angel and a demon argue over the fate of an ancient Roman soldier. The decision is made to bring him back to life, not in Ancient Rom, but in modern day Colorado. Here he must complete the seemingly impossible challenges laid out before him, under the watchful eyes of the celestial duo. Without a sword and shield to protect him, the warrior ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Edge (first published September 15th 2009)
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Dec 03, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing
Another excellent and thought-provoking book by Judson. I have read three of the four published novels and can heartily recommend them all. In 'The Martian General's Daughter' and 'Fitzpatrick's War' he tells stories of Imperial Rome in more modern settings, both in the near future. In this one, a soldier of Imperial Rome has a chance to change his eternal home by how he does . . . 1800 years later in suburban Denver CO. Judson gives an incisive, critical look at modern life through the eyes of ...more
May 14, 2011 Patricia rated it it was amazing
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Hell Can Wait
by Theodore Judson
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy; 1st edition (October 15, 2010)

Have you ever wondered what happened to Maternus, a Roman soldier who led a failed rebellion against the Emperor Commodus in 186 AD? Well, neither have I, but fortunately for readers Theodore Judson did and has written a brilliant, humorous fantasy about the bonds of friendship and the eternal nature of love.

Maternus has literally gone through Hell. A bureaucratic screw up kept him in this most undesir
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Jun 03, 2013 Christopher Munroe rated it liked it
...this is an interesting review, since i'm really quite disappointed in this book in ways that don't relate to the book itself.

Hell Can Wait is charming, and Judson's voice is in no way dulled since last I read him. It's brisk, and charming, and likeable, but it's not what I'd expected from the author. Fitzpatrick's War and The Martian General's Daughter set me up to expect wide range and scope as the author's knowledge of ancient Roman history was writ large across a huge, exciting science fic
May 01, 2011 Paul rated it it was amazing
This modern-day fantasy story is about a soldier from ancient Rome who has been given a second chance.

Maternus (mentioned in Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire") has spent the last 1800 years in Hell because his file was lost. When it is retrieved nd processed, he gets a chance to prove that he is not just a killing machine. When he was alive, there were a number of instances where Maternus would kill only those who deserved to die, and spare the innocent. But Mr. Worthy, and angel,
Nov 29, 2010 Shauna rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, a tale of a Roman soldier destined for hell who is given a chance to redeem himself in the modern-day world. The ending wasn't as satisfying as I expected, and he completed his assigned tasks mostly through chance and reliance on his friends. Still the book is worth reading for the dialog and for humor of watching Maternus trying to navigate 21st-century America.
Jan 13, 2013 David rated it liked it
Enjoyed it, I suppose. But I really enjoyed his book Fitzpatrick's War a lot more. This book is lighter, with some amusing moments, but does still feature some of the philosophical bent that he worked into his other stuff. And though I was fairly sure before, Judson is revealed here as a bit of a romantic.
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