The Eighth Circle of Heck

Children - Adventure
312 Pages
Reviewed on 01/20/2018
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Author Biography

There’s an awkward phase in everyone’s life where sudden, incomprehensible rage and anger can blind one to the stunning beauty that life so generously provides. This phase generally occurs from the moment we’re born up to our dying breath. And, apparently, beyond, if you happen to be both ticked off and passed on... When the vile and violent bring all of their peevish pet peeves down with them to the dangerous and ‘anger-ous’ depths of the under- world, they tend to breed a litter on snarling new ones. Some of these creepy, crawly critters are ice cold: cruel and calculating. Others are piping hot: seething with impulsive, sudden wrath. And—meteorologically speaking—when you have a cold front merging with a warm front, you’ve got hurricane-force trouble with a capital‘T’. Heck is like that. And no matter what anyone tells you, Heck is real. is story is real. Or as real as anything like this can be.” Dale E. Basye lives in Portland, Oregon with his precious pug Mango and loyal Chihuahua Tula...oh yeah, and his wife and son. When he isn’t writing books, which is the great majority of the time—time spent either not writing or putting off writing or planning on putting off writing—Dale enjoys riding his bicycle (or anyone’s bicycle, actually), eating tiramisu, and converting oxygen to carbon dioxide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Sadia: The Eighth Circle of Heck by Dale E. Basye is such a delightful read that it should be on the list of today’s bestsellers in its category, a work of great imagination, featuring wonderful characters, an exciting setting, and a plot woven to a thrilling finish. It is an adventure that is fun-filled and exhilarating, which will delight both young readers and adults. The author turns the religious concepts of limbo and heaven into places of adventure for both readers and characters. A tragedy causes the separation of two siblings—Milton and Marlo Fauster—in the afterlife. Milton will do anything to locate his sister, accepting a difficult job and setting out on a dangerous adventure in the deepest levels of the underworld. While his sister is in a little sweet paradise, she can’t be sure things will remain the same for long. Will the two siblings reconnect with each other again? Will they discover the secret history of Sadia and prevent a powerful threat to the one who sits up there? You’re in for a great ride.

Humorous and written in a very light and jovial tone, Sadia: The Eighth Circle of Heck is a mesmerizing story. It plays in my mind like a movie as I write, and I can still see the characters navigating the strange worlds in which they find themselves. I was hooked by the author’s unique, perceptive way of writing. The very first sentence from the foreword won me over: “As many believe, there is a place above and a place below. But there are also places in between. Some not quite awfully perfect and others not quite perfectly awful.” Dale E. Basye melds great elements of fantasy and adventure to offer a delectable treat to young readers, a great escape for those who want to experience new and exciting worlds. I read this book through the night, thanks to the excellent prose, the great storytelling skills, and the author’s ability to make readers get lost in the secret pathways of the underworld. A gorgeous read, indeed.