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{June 12, 2011}   Nether, by Jason Beymer

From Goodreads: 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.


I really enjoy Beymer’s writing.  I find his stories hilariously crude and interesting, and his characters never cease to amaze me.  Beymer’s characters tend to be the extreme—overweight, whiney, witty, horny—and I love them all.  The extreme that these character represent adds to the off kilter humor within the novel, and it makes me giggle aloud as I read.

Yes, there is sex, and yes, a lot of the aspects are crude, but it’s no different than watching a new comedy in the theater, and to be able to transfer that same wit and hilarity from the big screen to a novel is rare—or at least, I rarely laugh when I read books, but Beymer gets me every time.  The background to his stories is always interesting as well, and the Nether sweepstakes and murderous demon kept my attention as I read.  With Beymer, you never know what is going to happen next, and I love the fast-paced action that takes place within this novel.  Beymer has a wonderful imagination and his writing is captivating.  Read it.  You won’t be disappointed!  Three stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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