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Dante's Journey

por JC Marino

Outros autores: Matt Stawicki (Artista da capa)

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A flash of light and Detective Joe Dante steps through. No longer on the cobblestone streets of 1961 Boston, Joe finds himself in a horrifying new world-Hell itself. Joe was in hot pursuit of his family's killer, drug lord Filippo Argenti, when both were killed, and isn't about to let a little thing like death slow him down. So, with a healthy dose of New England stubbornness and the help of a mysterious guide, Virgil DiMini, Joe must evade angry demons, and search ever-lower through the rings of the original Dante's Inferno in hopes of finding justice for his wife and children. However, Joe will soon discover that behind every sin lies a secret and each secret revealed could land Joe in an eternity of hot water... VERY hot.… (mais)

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I very much enjoyed this book! It is based on Dante's the Inferno but is a wonderful new story! Joe Dante is a 1960s cop who is after the man who murdered his family. When he wakes up in Hell, he believes neither that he is dead nor that he is in hell but Virgil leads him through the layers. He meets people, helps them, and does battle along the way as he seeks revenge on Argenti and goes through the levels (or layers) of hell he is changed...
I liked the fact the author didn't make this a doom and gloom book, there is quite a bit of humor! Joe is completely focused on finding the man responsible for his family's murder and it is almost to the point of obsession (ok so it is to that point) but that is what makes it so good. His passion! I also liked that he didn't just reuse the exact same characters as the original book, when they were used, they were 'modernized'. It does make you think and reflect, with some religious aspects, but there isn't anything preachy about the book, it just 'tells it like it is'. Also, I like that it isn't just a straight forward Hell and nothing else, it flashes back frequently to his life. The imagery in the book is incredible and you can easily see what is going on!
Dante's Journey is a 5/5. I enjoyed it greatly the reinvention of an old classic and it's going to be reread by me soon!

Thank you to the author/publisher for providing the review copy. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine. ( )
  ashleywintters | Nov 3, 2010 |
Joe Dante is a Boston PD who is hot on the trail of a drug dealer, Filippo Argenti, whom Joe feels is responsible for the death of his daughters and wife. But, finds himself in Hell, or is told so by a man named Virgil. Virgil tells Joe he is there to help Joe through Hell and hints that he does not belong here. But Joe thinks Virgil must be a little crazy for thinking they are in Hell, as he is hot on the trail of Argenti. Joe goes to the ends of Hell, seeing different sins and the torment of the sins and even helps a few people along the way while trying to find his family's killer. While on his journey for vengeance, Joe helps a few people learn of and how to help themselves. On this journey Joe starts to think on the sins he sees and in talking with the ones he helps, starts to see or learn...

Dante's Journey is based off of the classic, Divine Comedy. I thought, at first, some of the sins where not really sins to justify what the people had to live with for eternity. Then I reminded myself how this story is in a different time, 1960's, and the sins where different then. Boy have things changed. I also realized as Joe talked to these people and went through his journey, that it wasn't necessarily what they did as it was how they felt about it and not admitting to the guilt that placed them where they were. And even though Joe is from 1960's he is told repeatedly that time moves differently in Hell. You start to see that time is moving faster in the "real world" as opposed to Joe's time in Hell because the author uses many major events in American history - both distant and closer past times - to bring the story to us.

You get the current story of Joe going through Hell and learning many things. But you also learn of the past, what ended Joe here in Hell, through memories and flashbacks. As the journey in Hell moves forward from where Joe starts in Hell, you also get the story of Joe and his family before he died through to where he dies. It is almost like two stories that meet in the end.

The journey is a straight forward one that I enjoyed, I didn't have to keep notes and I enjoyed that. This read is not a lot of action but more a journey to find one's true self and even beliefs and faith. I have to say I Loved the irony in all the torments in Hell with the relation to the crimes. At times I thought Joe was a little narrow minded or childish-like, BUT I do understand he had one thing on his mind, and well if the same person kept showing up as being the one the fingers pointed to as the killer of my whole family. Well, I would probably track him down in Hell as well with nothing but sweet revenge on my mind.

In the end, it was a fun read and I do have to say I liked how the journey made me think on what we do to others and ourselves. And Virgil... I was suspicious of him through the book. Why was he to help Joe through Hell? I just wasn't to sure about him, but in the end I enjoyed the way his character played out. There was usage of religious thoughts along with some sensitive issues of the past years. I think there is more to the book than just a quick read and be done with it. This is also a read that is different from my other fantasy reads. It's not a story with magic, good and evil. This is a different angle through Hell. ( )
  MelHay | May 30, 2010 |
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To my buddy, friend, long-suffering cohort and just a plain overall great person, Jim. If it were not for Jim's great motivational words, this book would never have been written. Jim inspired me to move away from the bustling city of Boston, from the bone chilling weather of winter and the sweat drenching humid days of summer, towards the nice sunny weather in California. It was Jim's haunting words that inspired and motivated me to write Dante's Journey. I will never forget his inspiring words when I mentioned that I wanted to write this book, "Nahhh, that's another thing you'll never do!" Thank you Jim, I will cherish those words always.
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A flash of light and Detective Joe Dante steps through. No longer on the cobblestone streets of 1961 Boston, Joe finds himself in a horrifying new world-Hell itself. Joe was in hot pursuit of his family's killer, drug lord Filippo Argenti, when both were killed, and isn't about to let a little thing like death slow him down. So, with a healthy dose of New England stubbornness and the help of a mysterious guide, Virgil DiMini, Joe must evade angry demons, and search ever-lower through the rings of the original Dante's Inferno in hopes of finding justice for his wife and children. However, Joe will soon discover that behind every sin lies a secret and each secret revealed could land Joe in an eternity of hot water... VERY hot.

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