A kidnapping, a dangerous new devil: Steve and Orson confront another mystery, involving their closest friends, while Satan tries to recruit Steve to the Demon Corps.
Steve, Hell's Super, and Orson, his trusty assistant, are back in another comic romp through the Underworld!
The Lord of Hell has a staffing shortage; there aren't enough devils and demons to torment the ever-swelling ranks of the eternally damned. Satan thinks Steve is an ideal candidate for the Demon Corps. He's smart, tenacious and able to dish out punishment when the need arises. But as Old Nick tries to recruit Hell's handyman in chief, Steve gets distracted by a more pressing issue: Florence Nightingale, his on-again, off-again girlfriend, is missing, possibly kidnapped.
With a little help from his friends, like BOOH, the storied Bat out of Hell, Steve must solve the mystery of her disappearance, manage Hell's unending flow of maintenance requests, while fending off an aggressive devil chief of police ...not to mention a succubus who is determined to steal Hell's Mr. Fixit away from Flo.
Deal with the Devil is the third volume in the fantasy comedy series, Circles in Hell. It has been compared to other works of "Hell Fiction", including The Screwtape Letters and Good Omens and to the paranormal humor of Tom Holt, Christopher Moore, and Douglas Adams.
©2015 Mark Cain (P)2016 Mark Cain
"Oh No, Where Is Flo?"
Imagine a world where everyone is assigned a job they have the least amount of talent for, and you have found Mark Cain's version of hell and the continuing adventures of hell's only superintendent Steve Minion and his assistant Orson Wells. Of course what would a Circles in Hell novel be like without a supporting cast of famous and not so famous people and creatures from throughout time and imagination, and a great opening tune.
This time Flo has gone missing and Steve and Orson suspect foul play. To further complicate things Satan is still after Steve to become a demon. So off on the adventure go our fearless protagonist with duct tape, WD-40, a ladder from hell, and their imagination in tow.
As always be on the lookout for Steve's movie and television shows references. The one from a famous Abbot and Costello skit caught me off base (snicker).
Master narrator Michael Gilboe is again the incredible voice of this series. He has come up with the perfect voice and emotional depth for each character, even BOOH (Bat Out Of Hell). I would swear there was more than one person narrating.
This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
"even better than the first two"
( Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.)
Even though I got the punchline early on in Steve’s story this time, I still wanna know what is going to happen to him in the next book. (Unashamed begging Mr. Cain to bestow another audio upon me when the next one is available.)
I’m not gonna tell the ending here. I never like reviews to contain spoilers and avoid them at all costs in my own meanderings. I have to say even though this is third book my appetite is suitably whetted in curiosity for what the hell happens next.
By now, we know the world Mr. Cain has invented for us and none of the details should surprise us, i.e., the name droppings, the descriptions of the levels of hell, etc. The surprises come in the story itself. The chuckles come from knowing what’s going to happen and finding out character reactions.
Other reviews of the previous two installments have lamented on the tedium of the storyline, how random bits of description or the fact that Steve has to do his “job” rather too frequently. If you’ve read the first two and are thinking of reading the third, but are put off by this occurrence, do not let it keep you from reading this one. Mr. Cain has streamlined the events in book number three to carry the reader/listener seamless through to the end. Just about every single scene is essential even if most of them oh so subtly reinforce and foreshadow the ending.
I know I’ve appreciated Michael Gilboe’s narration in other reviews. I believe that this one highlights his talent for entertainment. I think his narration of Deal With the Devil is even better than the first two books of Circles of Hell.
In my opinion more people need to read this and drop some reviews (either positive or negative, both are usually helpful). I do not feel as if enough of those who would appreciate this type of humor have even heard of this series. So into the swarming abyss of the internet my words go.
"Gaimen, Pratchett and Adams couldn't keep better company"
The 3rd installment of the circles of hell was spectacular. Minion, wells, satan, boo, nightingale, shemp, Pinkerton, and the crew are back with a host of new characters as well. Twists and plot turns and comedy abound. Not for kids but for those of us adults who like a good chuckle this is for us. I thoroughly enjoy this series. The narrator is Amazing. I couldn't imagine anybody else voicing these characters at this point. Great evil laughter. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review.
"Tried Too Hard to be Clever"
I generally like books in this vein, but the plot has to be there. This book was simply trying so hard to be funny that the plot was overlooked. I didn't care about the characters or what was going to happen. It was well-read, but that wasn't enough to keep me going until the end.
To be perfectly fair, I gave up after only about 3 hour. If it got better after that, I missed it. There was potential here. If you're just looking for some laughs, it's ok. I will not be trying another book in this series.
No. It's a fun story. Once the P.C. machine in Hollywood gets ahold of it they will ruin it.
If you liked the first two, go for it!
"Just Keeps Getting Better!"
Flo is missing and there appears to be an even larger conspiracy in the works that must be solved! Be prepared to explore many more regions of the circles of hell as our hero is taken all over eternity. This is the best of the series yet with an ending that I did not see coming!
"Another hit for Mark cain the"
Michael Gilbone is fantastic as the narrator for all of the books in this series. I love how he brings the characters alive.
I giggled and laughed all the way through it.
This book is part 4 of a 4 book series. I would recommended reading them in order. You won't be disappointed.
"Such a fun series! :)"
Deal With The Devil is the third book of the series, and was just as great as the other two. This author has created such a fun series! You can't help but to laugh throughout the whole book, and I absolutely love that. All the characters we have gotten to know were included in this story as well. I really enjoy how each book has a different mystery that needs to be solved. There was a great twist at the end of this story! Micheal Gilboe was the narrator of the audiobook, as well as the rest of the series. He does a fantastic job with all of the voices, and does quite a few different ones. I can't wait to see what Steve does in the conclusion to the series! I hope to get the final book very soon. I highly recommend this series to anyone that likes a funny mystery, with great characters.
**I was provided this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in any way
"Another great book in the series"
This is a great third book in the Circles of Hell series. It is light and moves at a quick pace. Though I think that each book stands alone, as anything from a previous book is given enough details that one doesn't feel like they are missing out, I prefer reading the series in order because the entire series is great. I love the characters and the situations they get themselves into. I listened to the Audible audio version narrated by Michael Gilboe. I can't picture any other narrator pulling this off so well as Gilboe. His character differentiation, pacing, voices, and effects can't be beat. He is truly a great narrator and is quickly becoming one of my favorites. If you enjoy satire, I highly recommend giving this book (or the series as a whole) a try. You won't be disappointed.
"Hell IS super but I wouldn't want to live there"
This series is hard to describe, but I like it. It's funny, heartwarming, bittersweet . . . just interesting to listen to. I've listened to all 3 books one after another and I've become familiar with and invested in the characters. Good narration, great story and now I'm flipping out because book 4 isn't available yet! THAT'S some torture right there, especially since this book sets up the next in a big way. Far more engaging than any audiobook I've listened to so far, if you are into quirky, definitely give it a go.
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