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Most authors will choose to deal with only one subject for a book. Not Jason Beymer.

In Nether we have demon Lords, a very stubborn zombie, politicians, cannibalism, soul theft, betrayal, theft, murder, death, destruction, sweepstakes, baseball, jealousy, abandonment issues, serial killers, car theft, car accidents, why you should wear a seat belt, very bad parents, divorce, dismemberment and (of all the surprises) in the end, love. Plus a few I haven't listed here, but you will find them. All I can say is "surprise!"

Because there is so much going on, it is a little tricky (at first) to keep track and make sense of the story line, but it is worth the effort. It doesn't seem possible, but Jason Beymer manages to take all the disparate themes and tie them together into a cohesive picture of the world as it could possibly be (especially if you like conspiracy theories).

This is a book that I will definitely keep on my bookshelf. Not sure what category it belongs in, so I might just have to file this one alphabetically.

Good job Jason! You managed to surprise me, while keeping the internal logic of the story intact.

Book Blurb for Nether

One suburban night. One stubborn corpse. One golden opportunity.

Burklin had it all: a spacious two-story house, a shapeshifting wife, a wide open future. That is, until his father ripped out his soul and trapped it inside an opinionated dachshund. Now he's lost everything, leaving him a slave on mop-up duty for a homicidal teenage demon. His father is sleeping with his ex, the possessed dachshund won't stop talking, and the cleanup jobs keep getting messier. Burklin would give anything to have his life back--even if it means turning against his manipulative father and destroying their chance of winning the Nether's Demon Lord Sweepstakes.

Opportunity knocks with a dead woman's hand. When the demon's latest victim won't stay dead, the rules of life and death change. Freedom lies within Burklin's reach, but to get it he'll have to defy his father, the ex-wife he still loves, and the Nether itself.

Just how far is he willing to go?

Warning: This title contains sex, violence, human cuisine, a smart-ass dachshund, teenage demons, and fun with corpses.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2011 4.50