After being brutally murdered by classmates, Jason finds himself in Hell’s waiting room. Literally. This story follows him as he is unceremoniously promoted to Devil and subsequently strives to keep the demonic legions in line, aided by his comedian advisor/sidekick Gus.
But keeping the demons in order is a lot harder than it sounds when it seems that all of them are vying for your job. Imagine a world where demons mostly seem to work in office buildings, assigned to various departments, such as the Department of Transportation, or the Department of Torture. Add the fact that demons are now using technology such as computers and cell phones. And, for good measure, throw in newly-bestowed magical powers. Oh, and apparently demons shun clothing. This is Jason’s life now.
At 52 pages, the story is a quick read; but it’s equally fast-paced and full of action. I don’t know how the passage of time works in this Hell, but all of the events seem to occur on the same day. This works for the story, considering the length, but there is very little downtime in the narrative.
Overall, I did enjoy the book. It is well-written and is not littered with spelling and grammatical errors. It was short, but it was humorous; Gus the comedian was my favorite character. It contained violence, but not gratuitously. There were sexual references, but the main character is a 17 year old boy.
I would recommend this book to persons age 17 or older who enjoy reading fantasy, paranormal, or sacrilegious fiction. This book is NOT for younger persons or for persons who are devoutly religious. While the book does take an overall light tone, there are terse descriptions of brutal murder, references to rape, violence, torture, and the use of strong language.
I would have rated higher if the story was longer (1 star), and if there was more character development (1 star). That said, I am looking forwards to reading Volume 2.
(review of free book)