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Dante's Journey

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  66 reviews
A flash of light and Detective Joe Dante steps through. No longer on the cobblestone streets of 1961 Boston, Joe finds himself in a horrifying new world-Hell itself. Joe was in hot pursuit of his family's killer, drug lord Filippo Argenti, when both were killed, and isn't about to let a little thing like death slow him down. So, with a healthy dose of New England stubbornn ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 22nd 2010 by Star Publish
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Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, I don't want to mislead anyone with the five star rating. I'm the author of Dante's Journey. I'm just learning about GoodReads.

But, now admitting to being the author allows me to recommend the book guilt free. :-)

Dante's Journey is an updated version of the original Divine Comedy (kind of like Smallville is to the Superboy story). Most of the characters are contemporary versions of the originals (Dante is a detective, Beatrice is his wife, Argenti is a drug dealer, Minos, Hector, Socrates,
3.0 stars. First off, I must say that I really liked the ending of this book which, oddlyenough, is the one significant deviation that the author took from an otherwise updated, but pretty straight-forward, re-telling of Inferno. Without giving away any spoilers, or maybe only a very minor one, I am referring to the character of "Virgil" and his ultimate role/indentity in the story. I thought this was brilliant and very well done.

That said, the rest of the book was enjoyable and I thought the au
Rick-Founder JM CM BOOK CLUB
"A flash of light and Detective Joe Dante steps through. No longer on the cobblestone streets of 1961 Boston, Joe finds himself in a horrifying new world-Hell itself." From a teaser like that, the reader is hopes for an original take on a classic Dante's Inferno. JC Marino, a master storyteller with a sharp wit, succeeds and does so in a way which not only references the original work, but makes it a key character. Everyman Joe Dante finds himself in quite a hot place! What more- he is in the mi ...more
Sep 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
I can honestly say that in reading the story of Joe Dante it opened up some personal introspection about the way in which I go through life, the book made me laugh in delight at some of the old fashioned repartee and outdated language of the early 1960's.. I was fascinated with the scope and span of time that the author skillfully interwove into Joe's journey when he came across people along the way from different periods in history who were condemned to Hell..
Throughout the story we are given f
E.J. Stevens
A hard-boiled trip to Hell.

J.C. Marino deftly brings a new voice to the urban fantasy genre. Have you ever picked up a book and enjoyed a character from the very first page? That was my reaction to Joe Dante. I was grinning from ear to ear at the witty dialogue that flowed every time Joe opened his mouth. Dante's Journey has all the twists, turns, and suspense of a mystery thriller, the bones of a philosophical classic, the nightmare creatures of science fiction and fantasy, the grit of noir, an
Aug 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: no-longer-own
This is going to be one of my odder reviews to date because of how I ended up comparing it to the previous book I just reviewed, Homecoming by Jason Garrett. I don't want you to think that this was a work of Christian fiction because from what I can tell, it's not. What I will say is that I felt this book talked more about redemption and God's forgiveness then the book that was supposed to talk about it. The best part was that Dante's Journey wasn't preachy or over the top with that aspect, it j ...more
Apr 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, arc-review
Awesome book, definitely worth giving a go and highly recommended. Full review. ...more
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is going to be a hard one to explain, there are lots of layers, many different ways to approach it. Hmmmm, even a brief synopsis is challenging...

The story is basically about a Police officer, who's family has been murdered, seeking vengeance for those heart-wrenching crimes. In his obsession to wrest justice, he ends up in hell and must travel through the seven "rings" that inhabit that kingdom, before he can escape. It is his journey to enlightenment and understanding.

The most striking
Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
"In every journey comes a moment, one like no other, and in that moment, you must decide between who you are---and who you want to be." (p. 254)

Alternating between his descent into Hell, and his life while still on Earth, we follow Joseph Dante's journey in this intensely imaginative novel by J.C. Marino. Ostensibly, Joe is fighting the drug lord, Filippo Argenti, who murdered his wife and daughter and with whom he finds himself in the dark recesses of Hell. But the guide for his journey appears
Roy Phillips
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
I have to read a lot for work, so I'm very picky when I read for pleasure.

There is a cardboard box next to my desk, full of half-read books that are definitely going to the used-book store for trade credit. Most of these books have been on the NY Times bestseller list.

I only mention this, because I want readers of this review to know that most of the books that I begin to read, end up in the recycle-box.

"Dante's Journey" is not the typical Clancy, Grisham, Patterson pabulum.

Dante's Journey is
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
HAving always been attracted to Dante's Inferno, yet unable to really set myself down to read it, I decided what better way to learn than through another's interpretation. JC Marino has done a wonderfully, entertaining job of this timeless classic.

Joe Dante is a hard-boiled Boston cop hellbent on vengeance for the man who he perceives killed his family and through death, follows Argenti through the 9-circles of hell. During Dante's journey, he is learning about the irony of hell, from Limbo (the
Diana R.
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
JC Marino takes us to Dante's Journey that might end up being our very own. In this novela you'll fina lots of action, some suspense y a little bitabout ideas of existance and function of Hell, which was really the most interesting part for me.

But as we are amazed by the great picture of Hell itself, we are told the story about Dante and in flashes about the past we get in touch with the situation that lead him to a thirst of revenge that keeps him going through Hell itself searching for Argenti
Julie Davis
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dante

You have to understand that in 1961, Boston PD was very much a family affair. If you were Italian or Irish, you were pretty much guaranteed a slot. I was half of each, so I was practically assigned the badge at birth.

The irony--I loved being a beat cop. Beatrice was the ambitious one. She wanted me to advance faster in the department than I had in mind. It took an SOB like Argenti to bring me closer to my wife's wishes and our higher income. So, in some twisted way, we could curse Argenti for o
Jul 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, review-copy
A flash of light and Detective Joe Dante steps through. No longer on the cobblestone streets of 1961 Boston, Joe finds himself in a horrifying new world - Hell itself. Joe was in hot pursuit of his family's killer, drug lord Filippo Argenti, when both were killed, and isn't about to let a little thing like death slow him down. So, with a healthy dose of New England stubbornness and the help of a mysterious guide, Virgil DiMini, Joe must evade angry demons and search ever-lower through the rings ...more
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

I'm pretty solid on wanting to give this a 2.5, but I can't decide whether I should upgrade or downgrade that. Right now I'm going with an upgrade because, well, two reasons, really: 1) I'm almost always more charitable with a book when I've just finished it (and charitable to indie authors in general) and 2) I did like the twist about Virgil. (But this may change at any time so if you're reading this and it's 2-stars, that's why.)

So, anyway...

Boston police detective Joe Dante dies and goes
May 14, 2010 rated it really liked it

Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: This book is a re-imagining of the poem Dante’s Inferno and like the original poem; it is about the journey of the narrator and main protagonist Joseph “Joe” Dante.

The story begins with Joe Dante remembering a white light and finding himself awakened in a strange world. He apparently does not remember how he got here but he remembers his home circa 1960s Boston, his job as a police detective, his family and his nemesis drug lord Fili
Melissa Hayden
May 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Joe Dante is a Boston PD who is hot on the trail of a drug dealer, Filippo Argenti, whom Joe feels is responsible for the death of his daughters and wife. But, finds himself in Hell, or is told so by a man named Virgil. Virgil tells Joe he is there to help Joe through Hell and hints that he does not belong here. But Joe thinks Virgil must be a little crazy for thinking they are in Hell, as he is hot on the trail of Argenti. Joe goes to the ends of Hell, seeing different sins and the torment of t ...more
Jul 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Dante's Journey is based on Dante's Inferno from the Divine Comedy if you haven't guessed by the name. It's an updated version which takes you through a sci-fi version of hell. One with demons who are simultaneously trapped themselves while they run hell and keep the souls in their punishments. Joe is lead by Virgil as in the original version, but there is a twist. Joe doesn't immediately trust him or anyone else at that time. We also don't know Virgil's true reason for ushering Joe through hell ...more
Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Dante's Journey, by JC Marino, is the story of Detective Joseph Dante, a Boston police officer who has suffered the tragic loss of his family in the early 1960's. In his pursuit of justice, Joe Dante chases the man he holds responsible for the murder of his wife and children, Filippo Argenti, right into the bowels of Hell.

While searching for Argenti through the many layers of Dante's Inferno, Joe Dante finds himself learning many secrets, and having to struggle to do the right thing. Coming face
Shawn Remfrey
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
After Detective Joe Dante's family is murdered, Joe will go to any lengths to catch the murderer and find justice, even if that means following the killer into the depths of Hell.

In 1961, Joe steps off the streets of Boston and into the first circle of Hell. A mysterious tour guide, Virgil, attempts to get Joe to realize he's dead and take him where he belongs, but Joe is hell-bent (literally!) on finding Argenti, the murderer of his family.

Dante's Inferno has been one of my favorite books sin
Ashley Dawn
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed this book! It is based on Dante's the Inferno but is a wonderful new story! Joe Dante is a 1960s cop who is after the man who murdered his family. When he wakes up in Hell, he believes neither that he is dead nor that he is in hell but Virgil leads him through the layers. He meets people, helps them, and does battle along the way as he seeks revenge on Argenti and goes through the levels (or layers) of hell he is changed...
I liked the fact the author didn't make this a doom a
Sarah Coulsey
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book will scare the daylights out of you!!

I was unsure what to expect with Dante's Journey, but boy is it a great, scary page turner!!

Joe Dante "wakes up" to find himself in a desert. Not knowing how he got there, he follows a set of foot prints in the sand. After awhile he comes across a man named Virgil, and all Hell breaks loose (pun intended!!)

Joe comes to realize that he is literally in hell!! He feels that he needs to find the man who killed him and his Family.

Joe ventures through
Jenn Baker
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Dane's Journey follows the same story arch of Dante Alighieri's poem Inferno. Joe Dante travels through all nine circles of Hell to discover who he is and to reach an understanding of who murdered his family.

J.C. Marino does an excellent job of telling the story. He masterfully broke up the chapters about Joe's journey with a back story as to how Joe ended up where he was and how he know some of the others he comes across.

I feel that if I knew the poem better, I might have enjoyed the story more
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I received 'Dante's Journey' by J. C. Marino as a First Read Giveaway from The book has an attractive cover and the book itself is a good length. It is written in everyday language and held my interest throughout.

Dante's Journey, much like the book it is based on (the classic, 'Dante's Inferno, The Divine Comedy, Volume One - Hell' by Dante Alighieri; first published in 1313.) is an allegory of a man who goes to Hell. In his journey through the different levels of Hell he converse
Andrew Ian  Dodge
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
As a critic you are supposed to be critical about a book you review, hence the name. Dante's Journey by JC Marino is one of those books that makes the task rather hard.
It was enjoyable from start to finish and I can find little to criticize. My normal irks, about a book being too long and turgid, don't apply. The characters are full of life and make you want to see them to the end.
Dante's Journey reads as if were a script to a computer game, a clever computer game that actually poses questions a
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all my friends, family, coworkers
Recommended to Semaj by: a friend of mine
It was very difficult to put this book down, and for the first time ever I was tempted to go to the end of the book because I was so curious about some things (don't want to put any spoilers in here so I won't mention details). I was able to push that temptation aside and continue reading the book as it was meant to be read. This was a great book and I would love to see it turned into a motion picture and even a game. The action in the book made me think of Indiana Jones and Star Wars (Episodes ...more
Cathy(The Crazy Bookworm)
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Dante's Journey is a retelling of The Divine Comedy. It doesn't take long to get sucked into this book and be completely enthralled by the story. Dante's Journey is a visually haunting page-turner! Although the setting and the journey through hell is quite scary-it's easy to understand Joe's motive. He will go to any lengths to get justice for his family.

I have never read the original story(Divine Comedy) so I can't compare, but this book definitely peeked my interest for it. Like I said earlie
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Detective Joe Dante steps through a flash of light and finds he is no longer in the familiar Boston of 1961, instead he is in the Hell of the original Dante's Inferno. We follow Dante's journey to find justice for his wife and daughters as he descends into the depths of Hell, guided by the enigmatic Virgil DiMini.

A well written adventure, with plenty of shocks and twists along the way, JC Marino updates the original classic poem for a modern audience. There are demons and monsters aplenty both o
Dec 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Quite simply, this book blew my mind, from beginning to end! It is breathtaking in its pace with at times very uncomfortable, and even frightening imagery that really makes one think about many things. But the characters really make it all come together and made me care about them and what happens next, which is something I find lacking in most books that are this action packed. JC Marino has taken this classic tale and put a contemporary twist on it without sacrificing the timelessness of it. I ...more
Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Dante's Journey - A journey I hope I don't have to take!

I have to confess I did not read Dante's Inferno. It wasn't required reading for me back in my high school years, thus I didn't read it. But after reading Dante's Journey, I will definitely read the original story.

I enjoyed this book very much. It's non-stop action. Joe Dante is an interesting character, and I enjoyed seeing the changes that came over him while never losing his tough guy-ness. Sometimes he seemed like a bratty, stubborn te
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Originally from Boston, JC has several degrees, including Criminal Justice, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, and Creative Writing. He's written several screenplays that were optioned and/or made advanced placement in both the Nicholls and Austin Screenwriting Competitions. JC's background and experiences include Security Specialist while serving in the USAF/USANG, Knowledge Engineer ...more

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