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Burn in Hades by Michael L. Martin Jr.
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Michael J. Martin takes his reader into an epic journey with Cross through Hades, hell, underworld or similar concepts come into mind: Burn in Hades. Michael L. Martin Jr. is an author of fantasy who believes magic should always be magical because it’s, well, magic. It’s Martin Jr. first book in The Life After Death Trilogy. Martin combines names and ideas about devils, demons, torture, first and second death, Charon, punishment to create his version of hell. Cross never forgives because he never forgets. He is the only one that remembers. Glimpses of his earthly – sinful – life as Charles Hill are interwoven in his journey to reach the last Toran and climb up to paradise. Cross didn’t drink from the river Lethe which causes complete forgetfulness. Not that he’s not haunted by evil spirits trying to hinder him from reaching his goal and steal memories. Paradise is guarded by a great wall that annihilates any soul that gets too close. No member of the damned has ever broken in. Creatures like gimlets, squals, Nothings cannot be trusted. The storyline is full of skulls, death, evil and unworthy friends. From the Egyptian Duat to an updated version of the Greek Charon to the magical calabash tree of the Mayan Xibalba. It’s the right place to throw “what the hell’s” and “who the hell” into conversations. Cross (Charles Hill), as well as other souls named Ms Blankface, The Raven, Clem Balfour (Tivoli) all are described in detail. Avoiding explicit Christian, Muslim, Jewish or pagan beliefs, it’s the last Toran (Torah meets Qur’an) they’re looking for. Objects are weapons and kind of money. Of course there are weapons, but mostly without any damage at all. Second death has to be a special occassion. Praying is done to The Great Goddess. Only once in the book God is mentioned, maybe an editorial mistake. The regions in the underworld are worked out on a great map. It’s the fantasy aspect that keeps the reader entertained and engaged. Will Cross be the one to open up the way to paradise? ( )
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Cross never forgives because he never forgets.

Haunted by the Hell of his past transgressions, he sets out on an epic journey across the underworld to paradise--not to frolic in the gardens with the righteous, but to drink from the river Lethe which causes complete forgetfulness. 

He's a rare soul who remembers his life before death, known throughout the underworld as "The Man Who Remembers". There's a bounty on his memories, and envious spirits hunt his head to steal them.

Erasing his mind will get the spirits off his neck and allow him to keep his crown on its throne, but he will have to continue his afterlife in an ignorant bliss. Even more unfortunate for him, paradise is guarded by a great wall that annihilates any soul that gets too close. No member of the damned has ever broken in.

Burn in Hades is an action packed and fast-paced fantasy by Michael L. Martin Jr. It is the first book in The Life After Death Trilogy and is approximately 113,000 words long (about 400 printed pages).


Martin has built a world so rich and complex, fans are eagerly picking apart every word and hunting for clues! Burn in Hades bridges mythology from over fourteen different cultures with Martin's original concepts and will engage both loyal and casual fantasy readers.

Taking inspiration from Sergio Leone's epic spaghetti western, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Martin weaves a sweeping tale of battles, betrayals, and unlikely bonds. The plot revolves around three main characters: a human soul who goes by the name Cross; a fallen angel called The Raven, who follows her own law; and a demon named Diamond Tooth, who's simply terrifying.
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