Tanja reviews Hell For The Company (Brimstone #1) by Angel Martinez (Published by Mischief Corner Books ;December 31, 2013)
Why I read it: This book was offered to the RGR for an honest review. Since I like this authors writing style, I jumped at the chance to read it. Thank you Angel Martinez for this story, it was an enjoyable, fun read.
Shax, the Demon Prince of Thieves, has reconciled himself to exile. He has a grand time careening around the galaxy as a high-end, intergalactic purloiner of pretties. Everything’s going just fine, thank you very much. All right, fine, the anti-gravity cows are a bit problematic and some of his buyers are bad for his health, but he manages until he comes across an injured angel in a psychedelic alien jungle.
He only rescues the wing boy for his golden feathers, but what Shax doesn’t know about angels could fill an intergalactic encyclopedia.
This story has a space cowboy feeling to it and takes itself not so seriously. I enjoyed it a lot.
Shax, the Prince of Thieves and captain of the spaceship Brimstone travels through the universe with Ver, the demon of Impatience and pilot of the ship, in order to do legally and not so legally businesses. Well most of the illicit things, so at least seems, does Shax.
Shax is funny, sexy and drawn to shiney objects – his pretties!! Of course, due to that he finds himself in one hell of a situation after another and Ver has to repeatedly rescue him. Good god, I laughed so much-those two were funny as hell. Ver is brooding, loses his patience rather fast but has a kind heart. He has ram horns and claws, but I imagined him like a bull from comics, shortly before it starts running toward the red flag :D.
Did I mention the antigravity cows??? Yes, you read that right-awesome, isn´t it? Imagine flying cows on a spaceship, and if you know cows, the toilet is where they are standing, in this case flying – hilarious scenes included.
Now Shax and Ver needed food for the cows, which brings them on a planet. There, Shax stumbles upon an unconscious angel. Since this angel has those shiney golden feathers, Shax just couldn´t not help him. Umm, Ness, the angel, is not so impressed waking up and being in the company of a demon, because you know demons=evil 😉
“Pfft. Evil´s overstating the case. We´re moarally dubious, but not evil. Not like my cousin Abbadon. Now there´s pure evil.” Shax pointed to himself with both thumbs. “Besides, how could a face this handsome be evil?”
Those three travel further on to deliver the cows, which is one of their legally businesses. Of course on the way, Shax has to do some illegally things as well, disaster included. That´s when we get to see Ness in his full bloom, what he is capable of supported by his voice of doom…it cracked me up.
The love story: I liked that the author told us Shax background regarding his love life – who his first love was, namley Till E., avoiding spoilers here, so I can´t say the whole name. Don´t know if Till is known outside the German-speaking countries but it had me nearly rolling on the floor laughing. Altough the romance part between Shax and Ness felt, on an emotionally level a little too rushed in contrast to the intimate moments, I liked those too as a couple.
In the course of the story you also find some serious notes regarding religion and politic, really well interwoven with the story. All in all this is a fun short read and I will read the next one in this series.
“Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company”.
7/10 pots of gold
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Quick author’s note about Till – he’s a very North German folk hero and my mother is from Schleswig Holstein. We had the most beautifully illustrated collection of Till stories growing up, so he’s always been with me. True stories? Probably not most of them, but he does seem to be based on an actual person. The trickster hero will always be my favorite 🙂