The Infernals by John Connolly
A Samuel Johnson Tale

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From New York Times bestselling author John Connolly, a wonderfully strange and brilliant novel about a boy, his dog, and their struggle to escape the wrath of demons. Young Samuel Johnson is in trouble. Not only is his eyesight so poor that he mistakenly asks out a letter box on a date, but an angry demon is seeking revenge for Samuel’s part in foiling the invasion of Earth by the forces of evil. It wants to get its claws on Samuel, and when Samuel and his faithful dachshund, Boswell, are pulled through a portal into the dark realm, the home of the Infernals, it gets its chance.

But catching Samuel is not going to be easy, for the Infernals have not reckoned on the bravery and cleverness of a boy and his dog, or the loyalty of Samuel’s friend, the hapless demon Nurd, or the presence of two clueless policemen and the unlucky, if cheerfully optimistic, driver of an ice-cream van.

Most of all, no one has planned on the intervention of an unexpected band of little men, for Samuel and Boswell are not the only inhabitants of Earth who have found themselves in the underworld. If you thought demons were frightening, just wait until you meet Mr. Merryweather’s Elves. . . .

About John Connolly

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John Connolly is the author of Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, The Killing Kind, The White Road, Bad Men, Nocturnes, and The Black Angel. He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at Declan Burke has published four novels: Eightball Boogie (2003), The Big O (2007), Absolute Zero Cool (2011), and Slaughter’s Hound (2012). Absolute Zero Cool received the Goldsboro/Crimefest "Last Laugh" Award for Best Humorous Crime Novel in 2012. He also is the editor of Down These Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century (2011). He hosts a website dedicated to Irish crime fiction called Crime Always Pays.
Published October 18, 2011 by Atria Books. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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While the Great Malevolence, as his demons like to call him, sinks deeper and deeper into a funk, others fight for control in his absence, which allows Connolly to introduce an improbable supporting cast that includes two police officers, the driver of a Happy Whip ice-cream truck, four rude dwar...

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A few years after the events of 2009’s The Gates, the demon Mrs. Abernathy (formerly Ba’al) wants revenge on young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, who stopped the forces of Hell from invading Earth.

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Teen Reads

If you have forgotten how bad Hell is supposed to be, the second half of the book will send you off in search of confession and communion in due course, not to mention putting that daughter of yours who runs with the fast crowd back onto the straight and narrow.

Oct 20 2011 | Read Full Review of The Infernals: A Samuel Johns...

Common Sense Media

Along with two police officers, an ice cream van driver and a band of disreputable performing dwarves, Samuel and Boswell find themselves in Hell, where various factions of monsters want to be the first to present the boy to the Great Malevolence.

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Samuel Johnson is an endearing character, as are most found in both novels, and The Infernals sets up the narrative for an even bigger twist in the next Samuel Johnson book.

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Chamber Four

A direct follow-up to Connolly’s wonderful 2009 book, The Gates, Infernals delivers everything you could want from a sequel.

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Black Gate

Unfortunately this is a drawback, which is shared in near every book set wholly or partially in Hell since, well, Dante, which is the actual imagining of Hell.

Jun 13 2012 | Read Full Review of The Infernals: A Samuel Johns...

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