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Broken Lines by Tom Pappalardo
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Broken Lines

by Tom Pappalardo

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“A rollicking, careening adventure… Pappalardo has created a world, and a book, unlike any other.”
 
“An engaging, gonzo novel with a large dose of silliness… If you expect a serious adventure, you’re reading the wrong book.”
 
[Pappalardo] has steeped Broken Lines in various literary traditions that suggest he’s at least walked by a library or two, the sense of humor is truly absurd, and references to modern culture both high and low pepper the pages.
 
It is intelligent, entertaining, and in a word, freaking awesome.
 
It is so unlike everything else that I have ever read that I hate to make any sort of comparisons.
 
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"Coffeeee time!” the demon sings.
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When demons burn her life to the ground, a waitress squeezes into a stranger’s stolen rental van and embarks on a journey of evil-fighting and bad road coffee. As Maggie’s past recedes in the rearview, questions arise:

• What happens when a vampire decides to stop drinking blood?
• How long should one irradiate an apple pie in a convenience store microwave?
• Are all demons this brittle?
• Is there a Dunk-A-Donut near here?

Bureaucracy, vigilantes, and pure evil conspire against our heroes, pursuing them across the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (authorized by the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956), through a mall parking lot, and all the way down to the bottom of a bottomless pit in the lower intestines of Hell. Will Maggie find her way back home again? Does she even want to?
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