Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device by James Aquilone audiobook

Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device

By James Aquilone
Read by Eric G. Dove

Blackstone Publishing 9781946346001

The Dead Jack Series: Book 1

5.05 Hours Unabridged
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Pandemonium: a twilight dimension of nightmare creatures, mythical beings, the undead, and everything in between. To Dead Jack, it’s hell sweet hell. In the first book of the series, the tortured, drug-addicted detective stumbles upon his most dangerous case yet, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Can the zombie PI and his associate, the homunculus Oswald, save the day? It won’t be easy. The duo must face rogue leprechauns, ghost pirates, a sex-obsessed shark woman, sycophantic ghouls, an insecure fire demon, and a goateed maniac who calls himself the Duke of Pandemonium. Good thing Jack’s getting paid in a ton of fairy dust!

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Summary

Summary

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of Books to Read before the Movie

Pandemonium: a twilight dimension of nightmare creatures, mythical beings, the undead, and everything in between. To Dead Jack, it’s hell sweet hell. In the first book of the series, the tortured, drug-addicted detective stumbles upon his most dangerous case yet, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Can the zombie PI and his associate, the homunculus Oswald, save the day? It won’t be easy. The duo must face rogue leprechauns, ghost pirates, a sex-obsessed shark woman, sycophantic ghouls, an insecure fire demon, and a goateed maniac who calls himself the Duke of Pandemonium. Good thing Jack’s getting paid in a ton of fairy dust!

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In the more-fun-than-scary novel Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device...the wisecracking Dead Jack lends humor to the story’s fast pace while the spectacle of the wild setting begs to be seen on screen. That may not be far off, as Aquilone’s noir dark fantasy has been optioned for film. Tony Eldridge, producer of the Denzel Washington Equalizer films, is attached to the project.” Kirkus Reviews
“Whimsical, witty, and full of adventure…An exciting supernatural experience…A beautifully crafted, character-driven tale propelled by past trials and deep bonds.” Geeks of Doom
“Delivers thrilling action, excellent humor, a look into Jack’s insane past and a gut-punch ending that has me wanting a sequel yesterday.” PopHorror.com

Reviews

Reviews

by Rayman1313 5/20/2018
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

If Lovecraft had written Evil Dead while high on smack

. . . .this book would be the result. Dear lord, there are wild and weird books, and then there are oddly weird and insanely wild books; and then you get something like Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device. Seriously. The book is campy, funny, silly, scary, thoughtful, and more. I almost feel like it has supernatural powers, and if I had it in print instead of audible, then I would certainly think that I had gotten whammied by the text. Come to think of it, just playing a recording of a reading was enough to call forth the candarian demons from their slumber, so maybe that's what happened here. Either there is some funky magic or the writing is to incredible to be believed.

When I say the book is funny, I mean you will find yourself laughing out loud no matter where you are. So, it is beast to listen to this one while you are alone. The characters are all incredibly fleshed out, with the lead being a drug addicted zombie detective, and his "partner/sidekick" who happens to be excitable marshmallow, er, homunculus. Oswald stole the show for me, but believe me when I say that every character is fully fleshed, three dimensional, and full of vibrant life (even the undead). Aquilone knows how to pen a tale. He has mystery, danger, action, suspense, and humor sprinkled liberally throughout the book.

Dove comes through the narration duties like a champ. He really got Aquilone's style, and made it sound as natural as him having a conversation in the shade. He really has great comedic timing. like I said, I found myself laughing out loud all the time. Dove really drive the humor home with his voice, adding an inflection here and change of intonation there in just the right spots. The voices he crafts for each character comes across naturally, as if that is the only way they could speak. I really got into his style and voice. I will most assuredly start looking for more of his work.

Can I also say what a great cover the book has? It is wonderfully rendered, and catches the eye like a stripper on a flaming pole. You know exactly what kind of story it is going to be before you ever look at the blurb or open the book, and that is what a cover is supposed to do. I would put this up on my wall if it were a poster.

I cannot easily convey how good this book is. It is one heck of a ride into a world where every creature you can imagine resides. A place that is like a black hole, sucking you in slowly until you realize that there is no going back. Get this book now, and revel in its whacky humor, pulpy goodness, and overall fun. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and honestly, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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Author

Author Bio: James Aquilone

Author Bio: James Aquilone

James Aquilone was raised on Saturday-morning cartoons, comic books, sitcoms, and Cap’n Crunch. Amid the Cold War, he dreamed of being a jet fighter pilot but decided against the military life after realizing it would require him to wake up early. He had further illusions of being a stand-up comedian, until a traumatic experience onstage forced him to seek a college education. Brief stints as an alternative rock singer/guitarist and child model also proved unsuccessful. Today he battles a severe chess addiction while trying to write in the speculative-fiction game.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 5.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English