Hell's Pawn

Hell s Pawn John Grey is dead and that s just the beginning Purgatory should have been a safe haven for souls that belong neither in Heaven nor Hell but instead John finds himself in a corrupt prison one bereft

  • Title: Hell's Pawn
  • Author: Jay Bell
  • ISBN: 9781463513467
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Paperback
  • John Grey is dead and that s just the beginning Purgatory should have been a safe haven for souls that belong neither in Heaven nor Hell, but instead John finds himself in a corrupt prison, one bereft of freedom or pleasure Along with his decedent friend Dante, John makes a brave escape, only to fall straight down to Hell and into the arms of Rimmon, a handsome incubuJohn Grey is dead and that s just the beginning Purgatory should have been a safe haven for souls that belong neither in Heaven nor Hell, but instead John finds himself in a corrupt prison, one bereft of freedom or pleasure Along with his decedent friend Dante, John makes a brave escape, only to fall straight down to Hell and into the arms of Rimmon, a handsome incubus John is soon recruited as Hell s ambassador, visiting the afterlife realms of other cultures to enlist an army strong enough to stand against Heaven As interesting as his new job is, John s mind keeps returning to Purgatory and the souls still trapped there Somehow John must stop a war he doesn t believe in and liberate Purgatory, all while desperately trying to attract the attention of an incubus whose heart belongs to another.

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    1. This was odd, different, strange and bizarre. But all in a good way.John has just arrived in Purgatory. He’s going through his orientation and all that good stuff when his “welcomer” put the other new arrivals under a weird trance. John was able to break out of this and explore Purgatory on his own. In doing this he meets some super fun residents of Purgatory, namely, Dante.Purgatory is a lame ass place to be. There is nothing to do there, except play the little game they have for their re [...]

    2. I admit I was skeptical. While I enjoyed the heck out of "Language Lessons" and "Something Like Summer," they're both realistic stories, and I had no idea what to expect from something titled "Hell's Pawn." I'm not much of a fantasy guy, perhaps because fantasy can so easily slip into cliche. And a novel about the afterlife -- with talking gods -- would seem especially susceptible to silliness. Well, not in Jay Bell's hands. He needed less than a chapter to knock me on my butt. Right from the st [...]

    3. This Is Not MM-RomanceFirst things first, this book isn't a paranormal romance; it's urban fantasy. There's a love interest and a few sex scenes but ultimately the dude is in unavailable because Rimmon is still in love with his ex-boyfriend. Or current boyfriend depending on your interpretation; since that interpretation would mean the love interest is cheating and John, the protagonist, is the "other man," I don't apply to this interpretation.I thought the love interest deluded himself that he [...]

    4. Having read the previous book by this author, Something Like Summer, I was keen to read another book by Jay Bell. Hell's Pawn has a completely different feel to it, as it's a fantasy rather than contemporary, but the same great writing and characterisation are present.The opening of the book finds our hero John, standing looking out across the fog at the Golden Gate Bridge. He has no memory of how he got there but soon realises that, since his last memory is of driving his car into a tree, he mu [...]

    5. I choose Hell’s Pawn based on the author and the incredible cover art. The story lives up to both as a somewhat epic jaunt through afterlife complete with visitations from just about every major religion. This is perhaps the one hiccup to the story in that the philosophy of religion, belief, faith, and the afterlife is thoroughly discussed. The story doesn’t try to advocate one faith or belief system over any others but it does examine the concept of faith from many different angles and may [...]

    6. I've often wondered what will happen after I die, where my soul would travel, but the myriad of choices presented in Jay Bell's book 'Hell's Pawn' made me rethink the whole idea. John Grey takes an amazing journey beginning in Purgatory and ending in Heaven. During his traveling, he has the privilege of visiting several versions of the afterlife which he portrays in vivid detail. John has a special sort of energy which allows him to do things on the other side that others can't, and this is his [...]

    7. Everyone should read everything that this new author, Jay Bell, has ever written. Simply amazing and it won't be long before the entire world hears of him!

    8. This was quite a story to read. It definitely deserves 4.5 stars.(view spoiler)[The reasons why I didn't give this 5 stars were because I wanted John to somehow end up with Rimmon, despite all odds, and not have an anticlimactic return to his body to live the rest of his life with a certain Scott, reliving his adventures only in his mind. And because as interesting as it was, the story could not capture me 100%. With that said, everything else was amazing about the book. The intricate and wondro [...]

    9. Jay Bell continues to surprise with his literary prowess.Hell's Pawn is an incredible work of fantasy fiction. A roller coaster of a ride that dives head first into mythology and religion in its many guises and forms. Bell uses the differing constructs to weave a story that is both engaging but also, whether intentional or not, an education in its own right. Bell has a commanding grasp of his chosen subject matter and the research he has done in this field is obvious.The story centres around Joh [...]

    10. Weird, strange, addictive. I really got into this. Writing was awesome and I felt like I was on a bizarre and awesome adventure. Definitely got a bit of a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy feel as I read it. Dante made me snigger and I liked how naughty he was, Bolo was the best dog, Rimmon had me most upset because he was in love with someone other than our main character John, who was simply, a very likable guy, who stood up and made a difference. If there'd been a romantic ending to this book, [...]

    11. This book was really quite extraordinary. The theme of multiple pantheons dueling it out in the afterlife is not new, and is hard to do well. It requires skill to write in different voices, knowledge to do justice to the subtle differences and commonalities in the various religions, and imagination to come up with an original approach. The auction of Hell in Sandman's Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman is a wonderful example, and this book compares favorably with that work (and Gaiman is on of my id [...]

    12. Exceptional bit of storytelling. Original, inventive, engrossing and imaginative. One of the best things I've read in a while.

    13. I believe without a doubt that besides the Something Like series, Hell's Pawn is my next favorite of all of Jay Bell's books. There are so many reasons why so having to squeeze it all in here is torturous. Well first of all, even though there are hints of a romance that we've all come to expect, it wasn't the predominant theme throughout the book. It wasn't even a romance in some aspects but more like unrequited love that I am unfortunately all too familiar with. It was unconventional in its del [...]

    14. One of the most unique stories I’ve ever readWarning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS. Rating: 8/10PROS: - Bell is a good descriptive writer. The imagery he uses caught my attention immediately (specifically with this sentence: “Only the two towers of the Golden Gate Bridge jutted out [of the fog], like enormous shark fins stripped down to the cartilage”), and his descriptions throughout the book of a variety of supernatural/mythological settings are spectacula [...]

    15. I am absolutely stunned by this book. At first, the book went at a very slow pace and I wasn't too keen on the whole concept (I'm don't typically find fantasy books appealing for me). After a couple of chapters, however, the book really picked up and had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. It was a very cerebral read-lots of big words and concepts that made me think. Lots of history and mythology. I found myself teary-eyed at some parts and sobbing at the end. (vie [...]

    16. I think this wasn't quite what I expected going into the book. I read Something Like Summer last year and quite enjoyed it, so I guess I was expecting more of a romantic element to this novel. I wouldn't actually classify the book as male/male romance at all. It was more of a theological fantasy with a gay lead. The first third of the book was very intriguing to me, and I had trouble putting the book down. However, after that point it really started to drag for me and I begin to question whether [...]

    17. If you are looking for a MM romance, then this is NOT the book for you. If you are looking for a fun, unique urban fantasy then read this book. Basically, John Grey finds himself in a strange place and discovers he has died but he is not in either Heaven or Hell. He is in Purgatory. It's the place you go when you are not "good" enough for Heaven but not "bad" enough for Hell. To John, it's a prison. John is not like everyone else in Purgatory. He is can to do things that others are not able to d [...]

    18. What an incredible fantasy! This story is so rich with life and details that I had trouble keeping up with the amazing imagination of Jay Bell. There was a gradual build to the characters that kept me from growing too attached too quickly. But it also allowed me to really get into the details of the story and keep me interested in what's happening with each pantheon. Twists and turns? Yuppers. Sexy demon scenes? Yuppers. Happy ending? Yuppers, (depending on your views). There was a cameo of a ch [...]

    19. Somehow, Jay Bell's books are always more than I expect them to be after reading the blurb. This book one more example of how it doesn't matter what ideas you use, but the way you execute them. And here they were executed exceptionally well!On a side (fangirling) note, one thing that particularly had me squealing in delight is when (view spoiler)[John went to Heaven and met Jace the pilot, and I realized that Jace the pilot is actually Jace, THE Jace from the Seasons series and Samson was there [...]

    20. An amazing work of dichotomies. Words cannot even suitably describe it.It's simple, yet strangely complex. It's straight forward in such a way that you can understand it, but there are also hidden depths that take much more thought and that one can get glimpses of on a cursory inspection. I've put it in my favorites, but I'm not quite sure if I like it, and for that, I like it all the more. It makes me think of a lot of things and brings up a lot of philosophical ideas that really have no answer [...]

    21. Re-read for the Re-Romancing Favorites Challenge and I loved it as much as I did the first time I read it.Originally read Jan 27-29, 2012This book is wonderfully written with a very interesting cast of characters and oh boy, what an awesome adventure John goes on. I loved this story! Jay's vision of Purgatory, Hell, Heaven and the Pantheons of the different Gods kept me glued to my Sony reader from beginning to end. The epilogue brings John's story to a sweet completion. This is one of the few b [...]

    22. Allah was playing chess with the Holy Spirit. Jehovah was siting up in bed and reading a book while Jesus was waiting by the window. Directly in front of them Yahweh was holding a tray laden with a humble tea service.Boring story but i like the setting. All gods in mythology is present in the story, unfortunately why the mother of Mary not present in the story?

    23. Purchased it when was first released, but abandoned it shortly after I concluded there is no romance here as supposedly should have been according to the book's tags on Smashwords. Felt a bit cheated! No matter how good the book is I will not give it another chance.

    24. highly recommended for all of my omni-theo-pagan brethren (those of us who choose to place our faith in the grey areas where the faiths of the world overlap, as opposed to the black and white areas where they conflict). A moving adventure of self-awakening across the greatest pantheons of history.

    25. Amazing! A convoluted plot of epic proportions. I was sure Jay was high on something at the beginning, then bit by bit, the tapestry came together. I had tears of joy and sadness by the end.

    26. I was calmly reading the next book in my list of "Something Like", the anthology volume 1, when I stumbled upon a short story based on this book. Obviously I'm not going to just read it out of context, so I went ahead and purchased it. Well done Jay Bell, great way of bringing attention to this side story.That being said I probably would have not read this book if it wasn't for this. I wish I would have enjoyed this book as much as the Something Like series, but it's just too much to take in. We [...]

    27. A nice difference from some of this Authors larger works (the Something Like. series), this book made for good, easy reading.A theme of exploring how different faiths populate the afterlife with mythical and religious denizens is not original, but it can give the author licence to demonstrate his mastery of character description. It can be difficult to flesh out the personality of the characters though, and with out a doubt there is a two dimensionality to these characters that makes it shallowe [...]

    28. I recently read Jay Bell's The Cat in the Cradle and liked it very much. Now that I've read Hell's Pawn, I can say that Jay Bell is a good and talented author, who has his own voice. He writes good and entertaining fantasy with gay characters for adults.Hell's Pawn is an entertaing gay fantasy book, because the author has an ability to write about feelings, love and sexuality in an engaging way. There aren't many authors, who are able to write this kind of gay fantasy. I'm sure that several read [...]

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