H E L L ' S B E L L S (UK)
T H E I N F E R N A L S (US)
Samuel Johnson is in trouble. Not only is he in love with the wrong girl, but the demon Mrs Abernathy is seeking revenge upon him for his part in foiling the invasion of Earth by the forces of Darkness. She wants to get her claws on Samuel, and when the Large Hadron Collider is turned on again, she is given her chance. Samuel and his faithful dachshund, Boswell, are pulled through a portal into Hell, there to be hunted down by Mrs. Abernathy and her allies.
If you thought demons were frightening, just wait until you meet Mr. Merryweather's Elves...
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Published in the US by Simon & Schuster, October 2011. Published in the UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. by Hodder & Stoughton, May 2011.
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Live appearance and photos from Portland's Great Lost Bear!
"[A] joy to read . . . Despite the terrors of Hell, this highly enjoyable, often funny adventure is buoyed by optimism and the possibility of grace."
"Brilliantly funny, often touching, with enough action to keep adventure fans on the edges of their chairs, this novel combines top-notch writing with cutting wit."
"First of all, I just want to start off with my rating: A+ times INFINITY! I'm not even joking; this is one of the best books I've ever read! It's way up there, I swear! Now, to get serious.
I got this book about, ehhh, 2 or so weeks ago. I have another book to read for an English book project. Guess which book I felt I needed to read first? Yep, this one.
Hell's Bells is a perfect mixture of science, fantasy, and, well, demons. Hell's Bells and The Gates, another book by John Connolly, are the only two books I've read with captions on the bottom of the pages, and I love them! Some have to do even with things that happened during ancient times, some just 100-ish years ago. The captions are unpredictable, yet it doesn't really matter after the humor works its way in. Some start off with science-y stuff, then at the end have humor that, well, A) Explains the science-y stuff, B) Relates the science-y stuff to the book, and C) make you fall out of your desk during English Class laughing, earning you weird looks from the whole class. I speak from experience.
During the book, Samuel Johnson has another "happening." He ends up in Hell, fighting the forces of Mrs. Abernathy. How he gets there, what he meets along the way, and all of the occurrences that happen are secret. Read to find out! Overall, a great book (See what I did there, I kept it short and simple)."
—Kyle, 12, US