Hell's Pawn

Hell's Pawn

by Jay Bell
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Hell's Pawn by Jay Bell

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781463513467
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/27/2011
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 741,017
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Jay Bell never gave much thought to Germany until he met a handsome foreign exchange student. At that moment, beer and pretzels became the most important thing in the world. After moving to Germany and getting married, Jay found himself desperate to communicate the feelings of alienation, adventure, and love that surrounded this decision, and has been putting pen to paper ever since.

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Hell's Pawn 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to preface this review by saying, on the whole, I enjoyed this read. Given the subject matter, Bell dealt with it in a light, fun manner. I liked Bell's use of various mythologies to flesh out the world Bell creates and unique incorporation of elements from The Divine Comedy. Unfortunately, I felt that it moved too fast-- I rarely ever identified with the protagonist, John Grey, because the plot was pushed through so quickly, there wasn't much room to explore John, Rimmon or Dante with any real satisfaction. The romance left a lot to be desired. The ultimate resolution didn't bother me, but John's thoughts about his situation didn't seem genuine. Lastly, the writing was....inconsistent. Sometimes it was great, but other times I felt I was reading the work of a 14-yr-old. I'm sorry but describing characters as 'smoking hot' and fresh from a model shoot left a lot to be desired. For a quick, fun read I highly recommend this, but don't expect to much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HARD TO PUT IT DOWN. LOVED ALL THE DIFFERENT MYTHOLOGICAL ASPECTS IN THE BOOK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book contained so many things I like: romance, mythology, phylosophy, adventure, mystery, humor, and a gay man as the protagonist. I especially liked the end and the message it delivered regarding religious belief. A very enjoyable read.
ericpgh More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot, the plot was well constructed, didn't take unexpected, unexplainable twists, and the characters were engaging, well-formed, and sympathetic. It kept my attention so much that several times I ran over my lunch hour reading it. I would put this at a 7 out of 10, which is strong praise from me. I reserve 10 for something I probably haven't read yet..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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As a homosexual person who is God believing, this novel is an interesting read on what possibly happens after physical death, and the tie on all thought processes on god's, God, etc....
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Not jay bells best in my opinion but it was worth the read! I love all of jays books and this one is kind out there so be prepared to use your imagination!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit of everything. Love, loss, friendship, and a healthy dose of ... well, that would give it away....
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Don't judge the book by it's cover! It's much better than I ever expected. Yes some of the writing is uneven, but it was imaginative, strangely believable, and very enjoyable. My first Jay Bell book, but it will not be my last.
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RandomAsADD More than 1 year ago
Jay Bell has quickly become one of my favorite authors. EVERYTHING about this book and all his others are astonishing!
niven More than 1 year ago
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 John Grey, or more precisely his soul, caught in the no man's land of Purgatory, neither being Heaven nor Hell. All is not right in this world however John manages to escape only to find himself in Hell. Here he meets Rimmon, an Incubus who is sent to seduce John in order to win his favour in support of a task that Hell requires of him. His task is to amass an army, rallying the Gods of other realms and religions to join the Legions of Hell in attempting to bring order back to Purgatory, however it soon becomes apparent that Purgatory may not be the final goal of Hells plan. Those who are already familiar with Bells work, will find the style and pace of this book as equally familiar, however it is obvious that he is growing as a writer, and Hells Pawn is as polished a piece of writing as I have read from any commercial author.