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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Jackson Armstrong is blessed with an extraordinary memory and a young son who loves him. He is also cursed with a compulsion to gamble that has cost him nearly everything. While chasing another big win, Jackson is killed in a car theft gone wrong and finds himself trapped in Pandemonium, a hellish, urban netherworld where demons rule over man.

Before long, Jackson begins
Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Published September 9th 2018
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Ian Miller
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jackson Armstrong is not a particularly pleasant person and his family have left him. He is a gambling addict and a loser. He steals a car to place a bet, gets chased, kills a girl, crashes and dies. His behaviour sends him to Pandemonium, which is modeled presumably on purgatory. Life in Pandemonium is just plain awful, but there is always the threat of Soledad, hell, which will be worse and is eternal. Apparently, though, there is a way out for the one who is given the vision of what it looks ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

When I started reading Pandemonium, I wasn’t sure exactly how I would like the book. From the blurb, I assumed that this was going to be a retelling of Dante’s Inferno. Yeah, about that. It isn’t. Instead, I read a book about Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, demons and one man who wants to go back to Earth. I did like the book but there were some parts that made me go “WTH“.

Pandemonium is the story of Jackson Armstrong. Jackson is a felon with an amazing memory and a gambling problem. He is sen
Galen Norman
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
In Sean Farley’s Pandemonium he traces Jackson Armstrong’s journey from a gambling deadbeat father and ex-husband to an alternate universe realm hero. The theme of this story caught my attention but the description of the alternative universe—or afterlife—is what convinced me to read it.
The story unfolds with Jackson casing a slot machine in a casino, swindling money out of a pawn shop to go back and play said slot machine, blowing all his money, then selling a priceless gift from his only child
David Styles
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, this was a book that kept my attention hooked from start to finish, and did make me invested in the fates of the various characters involved (something that isn’t easy to induce in me).

One reviewer found Jackson’s frequent memory flashbacks jarring. I didn’t. They’re typically a few lines long, presented in-line in parentheses as an explanation of how he knows something, while also taking the opportunity to deliver feelings to the reader, since the majority of Jackson’s presented memori
Melissa Hernandez
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, for-review, own
Pandemonium is about Jackson Armstrong, who happens to be blessed with amazing memory, is killed in a car crash. He's sent to this place called Pandemonium - think of Dante's Inferno here - not hell, but close you could say. Jackson isn't a good guy (he's done some bad things in his life), so he's sent there. However, he has visions of being able to escape Pandemonium and return to Earth, and he follows his visions. He comes across Lilith who also wants to leave, and so we see both work together ...more
Andrea Thompson
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy
This was another random pick off a list and I didn’t remember what I had signed up for. I’m SO GLAD I picked this one! It’s a very Mad Max re-telling of the overarching Bible notions – Man, Angels, Purgatory, Heaven, Hell, but without actually saying that.
Main character Jackson is not overly likeable. I’m not sure we ever really get past this about him, but he’s interesting and feels quite real which makes him a good protagonist. Lillith is similarly an unattractive personality, but you can tell
Mandy Parmenter
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Jackson Armstrong is a gambling addict with just 2 advantages in life - an amazing memory and a young son who loves him no matter what happens. However life suddenly changes for him when he is killed in a car accident and finds himself in the strange world of Pandemonium where demons rule and he is trapped in a dystopian world. Then he starts to have visions that convince him that he will get back home to his son and he forms an alliance with the demon called Lilith. Can they stay in front of th ...more
Shanell Meek
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced horror/fantasy full of twists and turns.

Pandemonium: A Dark Fantasy Adventure by Sean Farley is an intense and fast paced horror/fantasy story. The story revolves around Jackson Armstrong a man who is full of vices and gambling addict but has a talent for remembering anything and somehow ended up with a son who adores him. Jackson ends up being killed in a car accident and finds himself stuck in the depths of pandemonium. After awhile Jackson starts having visions of a portal and bel
Julius Blitzy
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was amazed and shocked in a good way by how cool the idea of this book, written by Sean Farley. There are still disputes about the existence of something after death, and there are no facts confirming this, so for everyone it is a mystery and a personal view of it.
The author decided to tell us his view of this theory about the existence of heaven and hell, so his main character Jackson Armstrong falls into a dark world, into a world where people made sins during their lifetime. According to th
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Be prepared to be drawn into Pandemonium while Sean Farley takes you down a dark path with Jackson Armstrong. His many wrong choices ended when he walked out on his young son, Joshua, to pursue his next big win. The only problem was he needed ready money to put up on this bet, just as an old acquaintance contacted his about pulling a job. Jackson has choices, but he will find these choices can easily be taken away, finding himself in a place much worse than the county jail ever was.

Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
The plot is well crafted and engaging. The characters have depth and aren't just stereotypes. The main reason for 3 stars instead of 4 is that the descriptions of "hell" (where the story takes place) are overdone. You get the point early on, but the author keeps describing every little detail of how awful it is until the revulsion you are supposed to feel becomes annoyance. I think the author would have done well to replace some of this attempt to be gory with more background on one of the main ...more
Katherine Hebert
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting but main characters are totally unlike able

Pandemonium is the story of how one man finds himself in this hellish afterworld and his journey to get out of it. Jackson, the man character, is quite frankly an unlikeable human being but his saving grace is the love between him and his son. This love gives Jackson the motivation to fight to get back to him.

On his journey, he meets Lilith a demon with an agenda all her own. Neither character is one you really want to root for but you find
Jimmy Jefferson
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fantastic journey through hell

Jackson Armstrong is killed in a theft gone wrong and finds himself in pandemonium, a hell where demons roam the land and incite fear in man. Jackson soon discovers Lilith and they hatch a plan to escape this evil realm and return to the living world where Jackson has a son and Lilith has other motives. The characters are developed and relatable and the story will keep you interested from the first page. If you like supernatural genre with demons and fast paced t
C. Gonzales
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This was a fantasy novel that really made me think on a deeper level than most others of its genre.

There is a lot going on and a lot to understand since you are diving into a new world. I think that Sean Farley really managed to keep his readers up to speed by giving them just enough along the way without making them feel lost or bogged down with information.

Fun, addictive, and full of surprises. There wasn't any time to have my mind wandering. From the get go, there was lots of things happeni
R.K. Emery
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The plot flowed nicely and the action kept me guessing and flipping pages. What a clever story.

Sean Farley has created a novel in which the main character shows growth. For me that is always something I look for in my favorite main characters. I liked flawed characters and if they can overcome things, it really speaks to me.

This was a quick read for me. I felt like the words and plot just flowed long effortlessly. I found myself flipping page after page, laughing, and guessing the whole time.
Beyond The Covers Blog
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anselma
Pandemonium is a paranormal book based on unbelievable demonic characters that have not been fully developed. This leaves the reader unable to visualize the characters fully and get into the book. The main character Jackson struggles to finds his way out of the chaotic universe that has been created for those who are not worthy to go to the garden.
The read was long and I found it difficult to get through.
Margarita Rose
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jackson is a person you love to hate. He is raised to be selfish and only to care for one person and you do not like him. He dies and goes to hell. He meets up with Lilith and they attempt to escape hell. He runs into his father which helps change your perception of Jackson. He makes some unpredictable choices. It's a fast moving violent and gross rollercoaster of horror. You want to put it down but can't. Fasten your seatbelt it's a bumpy ride.
Kaili (Entertainingly Nerdy)
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, fantasy
I wasn't 100% sure if I was going to like this book or not because I could see it going either way but I thought it was really good. It actually kind of reminds me of a more mature version of supernatural. The two main characters have great growth through the book. Sean Farley has a great imagination when it comes to a new world!
If you would like to read my full review you can check it out here:
Gina Stamper
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I found this novel to be wonderfully written and full of vivid descriptions and emotion.
Jackson is a wonderful lead. I liked that I didn’t always like him and his decisions.
There are plenty of twists and surprises along the way that kept me flipping pages and invested in the storyline.
The addition to the genre of DARK is just that. There are darker moments and darker elements throughout!
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
He is a loving father with a great memory but he has one problem he is a gambler. He is killed by a car after chasing a big win. Now he is trapped in pandemonium and he wants to escape to get back to his son. Will he be able to get free? See how he will get on

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Adrian Wagstaff
Mar 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
I didn’t get it

I’m sure some people will enjoy this but it didn’t do it for me. It starts off fine, but then just goes dreamlike. Perhaps it’s meant to be horrific, but I just lost interest when the story fell apart.
Tai Wong
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding yarn

Superb, compelling writing and remarkably well developed characters. What a pleasant surprise with a nice twist at the end. A sequel or prequel would be welcomed
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