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Hellhole [Kindle Edition]

Kevin J. Anderson , Brian Herbert
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The planet Hellhole was devastated by a large asteroid impact centuries ago and most of its native species - including a sophisticated alien civilisation - were utterly wiped out. Now Hellhole has been opened up as part of a colonization initiative by the sprawling and decadent Galactic Monarchy, but only the hardiest, or most desperate, pioneers and misfits would dare to settle there. This is their story of trying to tame a shattered world, and of uncovering secrets left behind by a devastated civilization.

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`Hellhole is a widescreen yet lightweight space opera, a stew of familiar ingredients up to and including the kitchen sink. It's smooth, competent and readable'
--David Langford, SFX Magazine, April Issue

About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson has over 20 million books in print in 30 languages worldwide. He is the author of, among others, the X-FILES novels, GROUND ZERO and the JEDI ACADEMY trilogy of STAR WARS novels - the three bestselling SF novels of 1994. He has also co-written the international bestselling prequels to Frank Herbert's monumental DUNE series. He has won, or been nominated for, many awards including the Nebula Award and the Bram Stoker Award. Visit his website The son of Frank Herbert (1920-86), Brian Herbert is a bestselling SF author in his own right. He has also written Dreamer of Dune, a comprehensive, Hugo Award-nominated biography of Frank Herbert.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1270 KB
  • Print Length: 542 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003M69WG2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings... 20 Sept. 2011
I do share some of the comments made by others. Some of the caracters just don't seem to come to life and feel like they have been caricatured. A few of the themes are rather conventional. Some elements don't seem very realistic either. Here is the Diadem, essentially the Empress of over 70 planets bujt, part from her favorite henchman, she doesn't seem to have any other real supporters. No armed forces of her own apart from a few guards? No Imperial Guard? How about security services or Intelligence Services? I also agree that it is a bit of a dirty trick to start a new series without mentioning this. And I go on, and on, and on...

Having said all this, I must also confess that I could hardly put the book down and I spent a couple of late nights (or rather early mornings!) to finish it. I wanted to know what exactly was the plot, how the Diadem would react to it (although that one was somewhat predictable: with maximum force!) and what would happen next. Another reason to rant after this: the ending of volume I is abrupt, with the story being somewhat cut off. Worth 3 stars for me nevertheless, because it was a page turner, despite everything else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KJA at his best... 31 Aug. 2011
...With na little help from his friend Brian... Or is it the opposite ?
The plot and characters remind me of the saga of seven suns : maybe a bit less technical about the spaceships, stardrive, and wonders of that human civilisation (with no mention of earth !?) and more accurate details about personnalities, feelings and human lives (better female characters too).I am greedily awaiting the sequel...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Have I read this before ? 30 Nov. 2011
By Walszi
I was pleased with the prospect of reading a Herbert / Anderson collaboration never suspecting that it was the start of a trilogy. As mentioned by another reviewer this is actually book 1. Ok so not necessarily a bad thing except I was expecting an ending rather than a cliffhanger. Within the first couple of pages my interest was hooked and it became compulsive reading for a while. The various characters are given some entertaining back stories although I found some chapters repeating information and descriptions. Either these were handover chapters with each author wanting to re-iterate facts we already knew, or it is a foretaste of the Saga of the Seven Suns where KA felt the need to repeat great swathes of back story with every book. Believe me by the end of Book 1 I know who all the characters are and where they came from. The introduction of the live Xayan extra-terrestrials just seemed to trite and convenient and I presume the mysterious spacecraft are the other Xayan faction returning to their homeworld having felt the telemancering in the ether , or was it through the thism ? Still the story continues with the expected 'good guys' versus 'bad guys'. It's a sci-fi space opera romp , not too challenging, but ideal for the long winter nights. Will read the next installment to see where it leads.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cliche 5 Mar. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed reading the book though it is very similar to various other I have read recently and seemed a bit formulaic. The dialogue between characters sometimes was unrealistic. The main baddie in the book is the Diadem who seems a cartoonish type villain with no finesse and not very clever bearing in mind she hold be a devious conniving woman who has to stay sharp to remain in power. The idea of the major planets in the series being called the crown jewels and the throne being called the star throne didn't feel right either.

In saying this is worthy of a read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An unfinished book 24 Dec. 2012

HELLHOLE is a part-book

Hellhole is an exceptionally well-written book, as might be expected from the authors, Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson. The novel scenario is set up well & explored in a comprehensible, gripping fashion. I'd give it 5/5 if it had an ending but it doesn't. Following the lamentable, money grubbing, publishing practices of late, only part of the book exists here. Every string of the narrative is left hanging, precipitously, & without conclusion. There is no point in buying this book unless you have its successor, which isn't yet quite due for publication. As that advertises part 2 as the 2nd in a trilogy, it might have a similarly ridiculous termination. 3 years between parts that don't stand alone is too much. Perhaps you should all just wait until 2016 when the book is finally finished. Trilogies are fine but the books should stand alone, not simply be cut-off in mid-paragraph.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars By the numbers entertainment 5 Feb. 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Readers of Kevin and Brian's joint projects will be aware of a number of things, firstly that they play for keeps and are not adverse to killing off characters, secondly that the cultures are on a turning point and above all else there are some single minded individuals determined to do their best to change things for the better.

Back that up with some descent prose alongside a reasonable pace and it's a Science Fiction book by the numbers that will please readers of the genre. Whilst it's not exactly ground breaking it does do what these two authors do well and presents the reader with a story that will entertain to while away the hours. All in a good bit of fun although I'm expecting a few twists along the way in further titles with the Saturday Matinee endings that will leave the reader clamouring for the next title in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars so so
I enjoyed this book. However I have gone on to book two now and the constant recaps in book two almost negate the necessity to read book one
Published 3 months ago by Stuart S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by Don
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it and the entire trilogy
Published 8 months ago by Denis M. Murphy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Still to read
Published 9 months ago by Christopher P. Sprott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good holidat reading
Published 12 months ago by David N Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars KJA does it again. Superb concept.
I am as usual with KJA waiting for the last volume. It is due in August I believe so I am bracing myself for more late nights.
Published 12 months ago by David Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good start to a series.
A different style of book which took my interest from the start. Hope the remaining books keep up the standard.
Published 15 months ago by Graham Bilton
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Brilliant start to a new series! Loved reading every minute of it and look forward to reading book 2 and the publication of book 3.
Published 16 months ago by inharrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Hellhole.
See comments on the Hellhole Awakening. It could not get much better. But then with Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson joining forces to write this story, one can expect to be... Read more
Published on 8 May 2013 by N. F. Tate
5.0 out of 5 stars Hellhole
One of the better Sci Fi books i have read in a long time. Very good plot , slows down and speeds up constantly. Read more
Published on 23 April 2013 by Chosen man
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