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Posted October 6, 2012
I was very intrigued by the both the cover and the brief blurb of "The Substitute" after I had first met James on Facebook, so I decided that his book would be on the top of my short list for books to acquire once I had gotten an e-reader.
"The Substitute" started off in first gear, just like any good book would, with the basic background on how Miss Havana came to be a resident of Sulfur City. And just like the movie I compare this to, it quickly accelerated, hit top end and stayed there.
Just like John Milton in the movie, Miss Havana was one not to be trifled with and through the entire book, the frenetic pace kept me on the edge of my seat right to the very end.
In "The Substitute", James presents us with a real modern world take on Hell, complete with just enough touch and flavoring of the medieval classic of Dante to make it easy for anyone to understand the traditional workings of Hell.
If you're a fan of the movie "Drive Angry", then this literary equivalent of the movie is definitely for you. It keeps you turning the pages (and it definitely did for me as I managed to devour it during two weeks of lunch breaks) to see what kind of nasty surprises and turns both Lucifer and Miss Havana had in store.
I so thorougly enjoyed this book that for only the third time in one and a half years, I give it a five star rating.