Dirty Eden [NOOK Book]

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The Devil gives Norman Reeves an ill-fated mission he has no choice but to accept: Find the center of Eden and reverse the Fall of Man.

Thrust into a place called Creation, Norman’s task is plagued by unimaginable people and events. He must unravel impossible clues to free the Three Trees and keep himself ...
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Dirty Eden

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Overview

The Devil gives Norman Reeves an ill-fated mission he has no choice but to accept: Find the center of Eden and reverse the Fall of Man.

Thrust into a place called Creation, Norman’s task is plagued by unimaginable people and events. He must unravel impossible clues to free the Three Trees and keep himself out of Hell at the same time.

On this surreal and humorous journey, Norman discovers many things better left unknown: the shocking secret lives of people close to him and the other unthinkable reason he was brought here.

But should Norman fail, like all visitors to Creation, he will forget everyone and everything he has ever known, becoming part of the madness that was once the paradise of Eden.
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Editorial Reviews

Author C.L. Stegall - C.L. Stegall
Redmerski writes blasphemy in the most potable manner I could imagine. Controversy is the spice that livens up this feast of twisty-turny adventure.
Bob Milne - Beauty In Ruins - Bob Milne
I was delighted to discover a climax worthy of the story that precedes it, an action-filled, suspense-laden, treacherous piece of storytelling that pulls together all of the various characters and themes into an entirely satisfying resolution. More than that, I have to applaud Jessica for a final twist that is as glorious as it is unexpected.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015616163
  • Publisher: J.A. Redmerski
  • Publication date: 3/10/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 238,421
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

J.A. Redmerski, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of THE EDGE OF NEVER lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC's The Walking Dead.
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  • Posted September 26, 2012

    If Neil Gaiman were a woman...

    Dirty Eden is a complete breath of fresh air on a virtual shelf overcrowded with formulaic dreck that seems to have taken over the industry. This is intelligent contemporary fantasy done right, and exceptionally well.

    In our protagonist Norman Reeves, we have a somewhat affable fellow who hates his job and trends toward self-deprecation. But he soon finds himself staring into an alley where his fate changes with the help of the Devil, portrayed throughout as not so bad of a guy.....except for when he is. And like the Devil, the denizens of Creation, which isn't quite Heaven, and isn't quite Hell, have many sides.

    Never is a character wasted, as even the most seemingly miniscule encounter is imbued with rich characters and dialogue. Indeed, Redmerski is particularly strong with writing dialogue, and the conversations between all of the characters are realistic and flow effortlessly. Each character is well defined and their quirks and mannerisms play out exceedingly well. You can't help but fall in love with and care about these characters and you will not soon forget them, right down to the tiniest mouse or foul-mouthed bluejay.

    Ultimately, what Redmerski has done is to create a complete and complex world from scratch, filled with a multitude of characters who have only previously occupied our own mythologies (the signs of the Zodiac are not who you think they are) and religious creation stories. She has somehow taken one of the biggest stories of all (The Garden of Eden) and wrapped everything around it and made it all her own.

    I highly recommend this book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    I liked the book but...

    Did anyone else have a problem with the last page not turning on the nook app/online...or does it really end with..."and so one day I presented a deal to God"?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

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    Fascinating and fearsome, gorgeous and grotesque - hooks you from the first page

    Dirty Eden is a book that hooks you right from the first page, somehow managing to inject a little discomfort into the boring banality of an office commute. All it takes is a glimpse of a stiletto-heeled stranger to shake Norman's routine, and a stranger's offer of $500 to go back and talk to her is more than enough temptation to derail not just a commute, but a man's entire life.

    That stranger is, of course, the Devil . . . and what he expects from Norman is far more than just your typical 'selling your soul' type of mythological transaction. As we soon discover, there are big stakes involved, with the fate of all Creation ultimately resting upon the shoulders of an otherwise unremarkable man who dared to ask himself "What can it hurt?"

    Before long we find ourselves accompanying Norman on an underworld journey which echoes those of Odysseus, Dante, and Chris Nielsen, but which adds its own unique spin on not just the journey, but the mythologies that overlap and combine to approximate the truth of our reality. It's a journey that's as fascinating as it it fearsome, through a landscape as gorgeous as it is grotesque. I think it was the moment that the naked, seductive fairy emerged from the forest, volunteering to have her wings ripped off as the price of Norman's passage across the Field of Yesterday, that I realized there was no escaping this book until I saw how it all would end.

    This is a very dark book, and one that doesn't shy away from the darkness inside us all. Whether Norman is being confronted by the truth about himself, his family, or society at large, we're invited to bear witness to the worst acts of which mankind is capable - rape, murder, incest, adultery, theft, etc. There's not a lot of hope to the story, but there is a redeeming quality to Norman's personal growth that propels us along. It's also a very complex book, and one that is equally capable in delivering twists in plot as twists in mythology. Nothing is quite what it seems here, and the worst mistake you can make in reading the story is to assume you know what the Devil, Norman, or the author truly intend.

    Having dreaded a literary betrayal, fully expecting a typically biblical end to the story, I was delighted to discover a climax worthy of the story that precedes it, an action-filled, suspense-laden, treacherous piece of storytelling that pulls together all of the various characters and themes into an entirely satisfying resolution. More than that, I have to applaud Jessica for a final twist that is as glorious as it is unexpected.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    I managed to read the whole thing.

    What a strange little book!

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  • Posted October 4, 2012

    Down the Wicked, Evil Rabbit Hole We Go!

    Another wonderful entry from J.A. Redmerski, that DEFINITELY appeals to a more mature, dark minded audience!

    From the opening line of this book, you immediately have that page-turning feel that accompanies a well written story. There were times I couldn't wait to read the next part, I felt like I wanted to skip ahead and cheat to see what happens to the characters. When I had to stop at the end of the night, I felt the need to get back to finish it. This was not a good thing when you have to work in the morning.

    The book has a whole "down the rabbit hole" feel to it, which was a refreshing feeling when you consider the mythology it was dealing with. You were able to get lost into a story that you had never heard before, and which was completely original - despite incorporating characters such as The Devil, which can be an absolute hit, or a horrific miss when you incorporate him into ANY story. This portrayal, was definitely a refreshing hit! Deceitful, vindictive, wicked - all rolled up into a pretty, evil package.

    The main character of Norman was relatable, which was good, even though I personally didn't really feel that I liked him. At least not until the end... but I won't talk about that as I don't want to spoil anything for you. The side characters which accompanied Norman in his trek was really what made this book to me. Each character had such depth and personality to them that it made me wanting more when I got to the end. The final situations that each character ended up in left a yearning in me to know more... What about Tsaeb, Sophie, and Taurus!?!?!?

    The writing and the imagery in the entire book was beautiful, and could really paint pictures in my head which is something that I look for in a good book. "Dirty Eden" was definitely a wonderful book, and the ending had me on pins and needles hoping there is more to it all! It's an ending hook, that I hope is not just a tease!

    Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who is of a more mature mind; are not offended by vulgar acts; disgusting situations; or themes some may consider "blasphemous". A GOOD READ!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 30, 2012

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