Llyrica sent Edgar to Hell: Hades Penal Colony on the forbidden moon Callisto. Now Edgar must escape to save her.
Edgar has awoken in Hell--or more specifically, in the Hades Penal Colony on Callisto, moon of Jupiter. The year is 2175, and interplanetary freighter captain, Edgar Kent Cordell, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder he didn't commit. He was framed by his best friend and business partner, Edmund Reagan, his ex-wife, Llyrica, and Edgar's cargomaster, Georgie "Goner" Cornwall.
Hades is a hellish place, populated with murderers and rapists, the worst of the worst--all of them male. There is no warden. There are no guards. All sentences are for life. There is no reprieve, no appeal, and no escape from Hades. No ship ever lands there--it is forbidden and illegal. Prisoners and necessary supplies are dropped from orbit. A brutal gang-lord rules--a man who calls himself "Lord Lucifer."
Within an hour of his arrival, Edgar is savagely beaten and raped. Within days, his face is disfigured and his throat is cut. But Edgar survives.
No ship ever lands on Callisto... that is, until a shuttle crash-lands. There is only one survivor--Llyrica, Edgar's ex-wife, the one person in all the solar system Edgar hates most--the only woman Edgar has ever loved. No woman can survive on Callisto. There is a plague on the moon that kills all females. When the colony was originally settled, all the women and girls became sick. 80% of them died before the colony could be evacuated. And then there is the danger from the prisoners themselves.
Edgar must find a way to protect Llyrica from the other men, get her off-world, and escape from Hades. Llyrica is blinded in the crash. Edgar, with his scarred voice and face, is unrecognizable to her. She has no idea who her protector is. And Edgar isn't about to reveal his identity. He assumes the persona of mad Tom Bedlam (his "prison name"). Edgar will save Llyrica, he will protect her, but he desperately needs to know why she betrayed him... and what she was doing on the forbidden moon Callisto.
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One of the things I love about David Belt's writing is how well he portrays the power of redemption to change a horrific situation into one of greater beauty and light. Much like in the real world, where we struggle from day to day in an effort to deal with the effects of the sometimes evil choices made by others, the main character's life has been completely destroyed through no fault of his own. Tossed aside by society without so much as an afterthought, he struggles to understand why, while at the same time facing some of the most evil and depraved "monsters" that exist. In such a situation, one has two choices. Lower one's self to the same level as those that perpetrate the evil in order to protect one's self, or stick to one's core values and principles even if alone in the effort and considered crazy by everyone else. The author doesn't pull the punches. The full spectrum of what men can do to one another is represented to the point that even the reader would be sympathetic if the victim just crumbled under the weight of it and lashed out in fury to destroy those that prey upon him. Much of modern entertainment portrays this very thing, and people love it. But in this book, Mr. Belt shows a better way. And it's beautiful. This book is about rising above the filth that we get thrown into. It's about overcoming one's self in spite of the evil that pushes us down and calls to us to give up. And it's about the glory that awaits those that succeed in transcending the baseness and wickedness that have plagued our world throughout all of time. A very worthy read.
Murder, Mystery, Drama, Intensity…these are just some of the characteristics in this “gleck’in” thriller by David Belt. He has a talent for keeping you on the edge of your seat at the end of each chapter and you might just find yourself being plagued by lack of time so you can find out what happens next!
David Belt masterfully builds suspense as he weaves his story around difficult situations and topics. Edgar is betrayed by someone that he loves dearly. He is falsely convicted of a crime that he did not commit. He is banished to a penal colony that runs on lawlessness and tyranny. He is utterly powerless, in deplorable circumstances, yet hi greatest desire is to somehow save the one person who betrayed him. Was her judgement tainted from deception or coercion? Or, was she actually someone different from who he thought she was? If, against all odds, he should escape, he was going back to save her? Was he crazy? But that thought consumes him as he fights against all adds and against immense opposition. This is truly a hero’s story full of grit and absolute determination in the face of failure and an impossible goal.