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Publisher's Summary

In a future uncomfortably close to the present day, the apocalypse has surpassed all expectations. Hideous demons roam the streets in an orgy of terror, drawing pleasure from torturing humans as sadistically as possible. Ira, a young San Francisco artist, becomes involved with a strange group of scientists and philosophers desperately trying to end the bloody siege. But the most shocking revelation is yet to come.
©2002 John Shirley (P)2002 Fantastic Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Exciting, vigorously original¿" (Publishers Weekly)
"The narrator delivers his tale of a demonic invasion of our world with masterful power. Moving at a breathless pace, he evokes all the terror of that event..." (Booklist)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Laurie on 06-28-04

Tedious and not what I expected

Ira, an artist, has just had his world ripped apart. Demons have invaded and are gleefully ripping humans to shreds one by one.

I listened to this as an Audible downloand and, apparently, this book is two books in one. Book 1 tells Ira's story and his battle with the Demons. This story began with a rip-roaring start but petered out somewhere mid-way when Ira, the woman he's in love with and a group of men who belong to a secret society attempt to figure out how to defeat the demons and reclaim their world. I lost interest midway as the story got bogged down in a lot of metaphysical talk and seemed to skip around too much for my liking. It also wasn't as "horrific" as I'd anticipated considering the plot. The ideas are all there (and are indeed frightening) but the telling of the story just didn't do it for me.

Unfortunately, Book 2 wasn't any better of a read for me. It takes place some nine years later and this time a group of greedy, power hungry folks foolishly thinking they're gods bring the demons back to life but not before the book goes into horrifying details about the evils these people are doing the environment. Ewww, for me it was a thoroughly unpleasant (and often boring) story. Not helping matters out any is the overblown reading by one of the male narrators who gets so worked up and gasps for breath so many times during his reading I thought he was surely going to expire from the effort.

I much preferred John Shirley's book "New Noir" over this one.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Tony on 04-08-04

Waste of time

The description of the book does not reflect well in the story. It reads like an abridged version of a poorly told story.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Helen on 08-25-12

Couldn't even finish it

I've never read anything before by John Shirley but I thought this sounded good, (I like horror/ghost stories) but I really didnt like this one, I'm not sure if it was because of the narrating or because of the story.... Listen to a bit of it before you buy. I may give it another go when I have nothing else to do....

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2 out of 5 stars
By Steve on 12-02-09

Such a disappoinment

I had big hopes for this book, it sounded very interesting, and for a large part it is... however it feels a bit bodged together, inconsistent, and actually too short

The beginning of the audio file, there is a message saying how this is actually two books written a few years apart, that's no big deal... however it *really* shows, the first one ends too quickly and I thought the second one went off in very different directions for the most part, and didn't have room to tie things up well enough

I came up with an analogy that I am quite proud of :) Think of the movie Alien, and the follow up Aliens; both good movies, both very different but following on, and made years apart... now imagine instead of 4+ hours total runtime, the movie makers had tried to fit both movies into 2 hours, that's what Demons is like

If the author ever 'rebooted' the book like hollywood does I would give it another go, I didn't hate it

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I also thought it was a bit too wishy-washy-spirtitualism in some crucial plot elements. Though maybe that we just me.

And did I miss the tanks? Did they really give up trying to kill the demons after a swat team with small arms didn't have an effect??

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