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Six Against The Stars: Book 1 (The Six Against The Stars duology) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Hunt
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description


As the self-proclaimed biggest coward in the galaxy, Horatio has it easy on what passes for 40th century America. A much-favoured sycophant in the court of the King of Earth, Horatio

lives in a genetically engineered paradise where there's a vat-grown slave waiting around every marble column with a bunch of grapes to drop into his oh-so perfectly designed mouth.

Unfortunately for Horatio, the artificial intelligence that rules the great mass of humanity spread across the stars has other plans for this feckless seducer. So, if you ever wonder

how the galaxy's biggest coward finds himself actually trying to save it, you're not alone... but then, unfortunately, neither is our hero!

His misadventures are abetted by a psychotic Martian warrior, a robot who thinks it's related to Sherlock Holmes, a beautiful genetically enhanced assassin, a scientist with a

computer for a brain, and a millennia-old clone who was alive when the last U.S. President was executed by a firing squad.

It's six against the galaxy. Six against the stars. They'll save the universe... but they might damage it first.



Praise for Stephen Hunt's novels:

‘Hunt's imagination is probably visible from space. He scatters concepts that other writers would mine for a trilogy like chocolate-bar wrappers.’

‘All manner of bizarre and fantastical extravagance.’

‘Compulsive reading for all ages.’

‘Studded with invention.’

‘To say this book is action packed is almost an understatement… a wonderful escapist yarn!’

‘Hunt has packed the story full of intriguing gimmicks… affecting and original.’

‘A rip-roaring Indiana Jones-style adventure.’

‘A curious part-future blend.’

‘An inventive, ambitious work, full of wonders and marvels.’

‘Hunt knows what his audience like and gives it to them with a sardonic wit and carefully developed tension.’

‘A ripping yarn … the story pounds along… constant inventiveness keeps the reader hooked… the finale is a cracking succession of cliffhangers and surprise comebacks. Great fun.’

‘Put on your seatbelts for a frenetic cat and mouse encounter... an exciting tale.’



Novella - part 1 of a 2-part duology.
NB for both books together, get the omnibus edition at and



Age 15+ - mild violence and some scenes of sex and nudity.



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Science fiction (space opera)
Adventure (scifi)


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 540 KB
  • Print Length: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Green Nebula Publishing; 1 edition (2 Feb. 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DLKX4Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #362,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen Hunt is a fantasy, science fiction, crime and thriller author who lives in Spain and the UK. His current fantasy works are within the 'Far-called' series, published by Gollancz (the genre imprint of Orion/Hachette) . . . with adventures set on Pellas, a massive and fascinating planet where radio signals take centuries to be passed along a chain of guild stations, and merchant caravans can travel for millennia without retracing their steps.

The first two exciting novels in this series are 'In Dark Service' and 'Foul Tides Turning', and focus on the Carnehan family, whose lives are torn apart in a terrible slave raid on the town of Northhaven.

Hunt is arguably best known for his best-selling Jackelian series of novels from HarperCollins, also the publisher of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis in the UK, the success of the first of which, 'The Court of the Air', gave rise to a genre called steampunk.

The Jackelian world is a fantasy adventure set in a far-future Earth where the passage of time has erased almost all memory of our current world from history. Electricity is now unreliable and classed as a dark power, with many of the nations of the world existing at a Victorian level of development and relying on steam-power, mechanical nanotechnology and biotechnology to survive and prosper.

It is an age of strange creatures, flashing blades, steammen servants, airship battles and high adventure.

Each novel is written as a stand-alone work, but share the same world and many of the same characters who criss-cross between the novels (a technique shared with fellow British fantasy author Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series).

Foreign language and international editions of the six novels of the Jackelian series have been sold to Tor Books (USA), Albin Michel (France), Verlagsgruppe Random House (Germany), Enterbrain Manga and Anime (Japan), Edições Saída de Emergência (Portugal), Paidós (Spain), AST (Russia), and the Anhui Literature and Art Publishing House (China).

Stephen maintains his own web site over at and when he is not writing, he can be found indulging in such interests as cooking, gardening, collecting comic-books, and building his collections of genre novels.

He still sometimes writes for the magazine he helped to found,, the first science fiction web site.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but don't buy this version 23 April 2012
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This is a good sf story. It's set in the far future. There's a backwater earth, which has largely opted out of galactic affairs. The scenes on earth are great fun, with genetically modifed creatures and humans, and a Moorcock 'Dancers at the End of Time' feel. The story moves off planet, and this is also well done. There's a McGuffin which the characters are pursuing, a talking, sentinent reference book, a martian manhunter and life forms that are spread across three bodies.

There are numerous references to other SF, and it's entertaining trying to work out what reference is from what source. This is unobtrusive, and wouldn't get in the way for new SF readers.

So, why shouldn't you buy it? Because the book ends abruptly, and it's intended to pull you in to the second book - which certainly worked as far as I was concerned. The problem is that the book, at the time of writing the review, is only available in two forms: Book 1, priced at £1.98, and the two book set, priced at £3.96. Fair enough - two books cost twice the price of one book. On Kindle at present, however, you can't buy Volume 2 on its own. So, if you like the book and want to read book two, you need to buy Book One again!

This is probably an oversight, but it means that, if you think you might like this book (and why else would you buy it) then you'd save £1.98 by buying the two book set instead of buying the first book, and then buying the two book set!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shame about the sequel 26 Jun. 2013
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I almost decided not to like this book, but - perhaps because I was stuck on an idyllic Aegean beach - I persevered. I'm glad I did, and I am even prepared to forgive it being the first part of a duology.

Six against the stars is 'old school' SF, with a disparate and mis-matched group of heroes on a quest to solve a mystery that is going to reward each of them with their life or their freedom. What kept me going was the depth of the characters, despite them sometimes seeming to be parodies of their archetypes.

I liked the story, which I thought stayed light and mobile

The only MAJOR downside is that you cannot, apparently, get hold of the second volume except in a double-priced omnibus edition, which seems fairly daft as I dont really want to pay for the first book twice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, very sharp 11 Jan. 2012
By Doug
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A really good read, the sort of book that makes me glad I got a Kindle.
Well written, new technology is introduced without endless reams of specifications.
Characters are good and humour is excellent.

Will be buying part 2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Six against the stars 9 Jan. 2012
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Again yet another introduction to a new author for me from the freebie site. I see that this book is an oldie and it is as fresh now as it was then and this book was easy to read, humourous and fast paced, yes I would read the book 2 in due course.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 3 Jun. 2014
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I had fun reading this one.A lot of it was kind of out there,but that's my sense of humor.I don't read much that isn't just fun.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Ripoff Tactic 1 Mar. 2012
By David Morgan - Published on
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I'll probably not get to read the second book on principle.

I bought the first one but to get the second I have to buy the first one again.

I'm not paying you twice jerkwad.

Other than that it's a good story and worth the read.
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