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Hell On $5 A Day by Greg Bulmash

When you truly love someone, you'd go through Hell for them. 

Alain Beaudreaux, a vampire, loved a mortal woman for 64 years. Now she’s in Heaven and he’s determined to join her, but he’ll have to go through Hell to do it.

Kurt Grey, a junior copywriter, hit on the wrong woman at the wrong time. Now he’s been thrown through a portal into Hell and has an angry vampire hot on his heels. He must find his way to Heaven if he ever hopes to get home.

Two men, one amazing journey, and the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.

Note: this story has a sequel: Sodom All Over Again.


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Listed: Dec 18, 2008

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Great Appeal

By Miladysa, editor, author of Refuge of Delayed Souls

Jan 10, 2009: I have Jim Zoetewey’s review to thank for introducing me to this story. I probably would not have discovered it otherwise. From the title I had the idea that it was about the credit crunch or something.

I shot over to the site hot on the heels of Jim’s review and read the eleven chapters posted so far in one sitting. According to the author’s calculations we are only about a quarter of the way through the story and if there was more to read I would still be there.

The characters are one of the strong points. I took to one of them in under one chapter and I do not normally bond so easily.

The action scenes are gripping and there’s a real sense of adventure. I normally have a good sense of where plots are leading and I am pleased to say the author was able to surprise me.

When I visited the site the chapter links took me directly from one chapter to the next so I suspect the author has addressed any site issues referred to in Jim’s review.

Although the main character is a vampire I would not necessarily describe this as a ‘vampire story’. I think that it has the ability to appeal to a cross section of readers.

Ladies and gentlemen I think we could have a new kind of hero. Fingers crossed!

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I’d Been Waiting for Hell to Show Up…

By Jim Zoetewey, editor, author of The Legion of Nothing

Jan 10, 2009: I decided to wait until at least one character had entered Hell before I reviewed. It seemed fair to the author.

As I write this "Hell on $5 a Day" has entered its eleventh chapter.

The premise is that Alain, a vampire, needs to go to Hell, not just for the reason mentioned in the listing information (reuniting with his wife), but also because of issues relating to how he’d been turned.

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By Scribbler, member

Mar 7, 2009: Reading from the beginning, you follow the story of one of the main characters, Alain, during World War II. We spend quite some time learning about Alain during this time, establishing his relationship with his fellow vampires and later, his soon-to-be wife, Marie. In large part, these chapters are flavor text; they’re meant to give us a connection to Alain’s character before we get into the meat of the story. While they certainly accomplish that, the story feels somewhat disjointed – at least for a short time -when we jump [more . . .]

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A very good tale that is well written.

By Xirena, member

Aug 3, 2009: I found this story to be a very good story with elements of the supernatural, good vs. evil, lost love, redemtion and unlikely hero saves the world with a few laughs thrown in as well. It is very well written with lots of reference links that are not intrusive yet there if you wish to use them. It is written very cleanly, I found no errors at all, this author seems to take great care in his work. I would be very suprised if we do not see published professional [more . . .]

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