Book Review – The Getaway God by Richard Kadrey

The Getaway God by Richard Kadrey

The Getaway God by Richard Kadrey

The blurb apocalypses:

End times are here again

A half-human, half-angel with a bad rep and a worse attitude—we are talking about the former Lucifer here—James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has made a few enemies. None, though, are as fearsome as the vindictive Angra Om Ya—the insatiable, destructive old gods. But their imminent invasion is just one of Stark’s problems, as L.A. descends into chaos, and a new evil stalks the city.

No ordinary killer, the man known as St. Nick takes Stark deep into a conspiracy that stretches from Earth to Heaven and Hell. Further complicating matters is that he may be the only person alive who knows how to keep the world from going extinct. He’s also Stark’s worst enemy—the only man in existence Stark would enjoy killing twice—and one with a direct line to the voracious, ancient gods.

At this point I think the biggest problem with this series is its baggage – there are so many characters and so much history that this book spent a good percentage of its time just reminding the reader who everyone was and why they were wherever they were.

The other problem is that this book contains the climax of the past few books’ buildup, so I wasn’t sure what’s left for Sandman Slim to do in the next book but this one ends on a “next time on…” which basically tells us.

Having said that, if you liked the previous books you’ll like this one – everyone’s just being who they are.  As usual there are several fun similes and some snarky, clever wordplay.