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The Infernals

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Devilish comic adventure in hell mixes physics, philosophy.

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THE INFERNALS is a spirited follow-up to The Gates by John Connolly, author of the down-and-dirty Charlie Parker thrillers for adults. Although the author is Irish, Connolly's sense of humor is straight out of Monty Python's Flying Circus and should enthrall teen boys, especially. Cataclysmic events are presented with a delightful sense of the absurd, the supporting characters tend toward the dim but well-meaning, and authority -- even in the form of the Great Malevolence itself -- is tweaked for its presumptuousness. Connolly is well served by the skills he has developed in his detective novels, and he makes The Infernals a fast-paced and thoughtful entertainment, perfect for an adventurous younger audience.

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