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4.0 out of 5 stars All good things must end, even the wildest space opera ride of all time, 12 Aug. 2006
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Deathstalker Coda (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Hardcover)
After seven previous novels totaling thousands of pages, two intergalactic revolutions, the deaths of billions of people across a vast spectrum of home worlds, the apocalyptic threat of two all-but-unstoppable alien forces, and heaven only knows how many humorous remarks by a succession of over-the-top characters, the Deathstalker saga finally comes to an end, I am sad to report, in Deathstalker Coda. I'm hoping Simon R. Green will pull another Deathstalker rabbit out of his hat at some point, but it really looks like Deathstalker Coda brings one of the most frolicking space opera series of all time to its completion. It should come as no surprise when I suggest to you that you shouldn't start your Deathstalker journey here - at a minimum, you should first read Deathstalker Legacy and Deathstalker Return because those two novels chronicle the final chapter in the life of the universe's greatest hero. For the full back-story to the climactic events of Deathstalker Coda, however, you really should read all of the Deathstalker novels. I promise it won't hurt a bit, as they are all incredibly entertaining and quite addictive.

As this novel opens, more than two centuries have passed since Owen Deathstalker, quiet historian turned intergalactic hero, and his band of unforgettable rebels overthrew the despicable Empress Lionstone XIV, stopped the galaxy-destroying power of a mysterious alien force called The Revenant, and ushered in (after a lot more fighting) a new era of peace throughout the galaxy. The golden age ended, however, when the power-hungry Finn Durandal betrayed basically everyone and usurped the throne from the rightful King Douglas. (One thing that has not changed over the years, however, is the Deathstalker luck, as Owen's ancestor Lewis has been branded an outlaw after running off with Douglas' beautiful fiancée.) Under Durandal's capriciously iron rule, the worlds' enforcers of justice have been decimated, and billions of citizens once again suffer under the megalomaniacal despotism of a royal fiend. And that's not even the bad news. All of these woes tend to pale in comparison to the approaching threat of the Terror, a destructive, world-eating force that dwarfs even the unparalleled horrors of The Revenant. Since Owen's disappearance two centuries earlier, legend has said that the Deathstalker would return when his people desperately needed him. It seemed pretty unlikely to those of us who witnessed his death, but return he has - just in time to get the shock of his life (upon learning just who and what the Terror really is).

There is no shortage of heroes and fiends in the world of the Deathstalker, and virtually every single character is larger than life. This is space opera pushed to its extremes, which makes for a wild and bloody ride all the way to the very end. I must admit, however, that there's a sort of a dual nature to this story. On the one hand, you have Lewis Deathstalker and his allies fighting to overthrow self-proclaimed emperor Finn Durandal, while on the other hand you have Owen Deathstalker setting out alone to stop the threat of The Terror. These two narrative streams don't truly flow together until the very end, which makes this novel a little less enjoyable than Green's earlier efforts, but the conclusion really does tie everything together nicely. Those who have read the first five novels know that the end of that original series lacked a sense of closure, with the fates of two beloved characters ringing a little less than true. With Deathstalker Coda, that sense of closure is finally achieved, making for a conclusion that does not disappoint the devoted Deathstalker fan.

Green's ability to keep so many characters and so much history straight across such an extensive, action-packed series is an achievement in and of itself, as is his remarkable ability to keep the story moving at a brisk pace with nary a moment to rest along the way. Owen's story in its totality requires quite a commitment from the reader, but all the thousands of pages making up the complete saga seem far too few for those of us who would love to see the Deathstalker story go on indefinitely. It's been an extended adrenaline rush, as I can honestly say I've never enjoyed a series as much as I have flat-out enjoyed every single minute of the Deathstalker saga. Owen, you will be missed - but you will certainly never be forgotten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting end to the story, 23 Feb. 2005
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This review is from: Deathstalker Coda (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Hardcover)
A great end to the Deathstalker books, ties up alot of mysteries, plenty of action and is just as good as the other books. Some parts did seem a bit short but I guess it helped keep the action flowing and there was plenty of action available.
One of my favorite series and this is as good an ending as I was expecting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The End At Last..., 1 Aug. 2007
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B. D. Wilson (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Deathstalker Coda (Paperback)
At last, after eight books, Simon Green wraps up the Deathstalker series. This second saga has not, for me, matched up to the first. Its characters and story did not grip me the way the first saga did. I think part of the problem was that Green wrapped up the majority of his mythology in Deathstalker Destiny, leaving only the Terror as the single hanging plot strand. Knowing that he couldn't revolve a whole further trilogy around just the Terror, he created a further story around it, involving Finn Durandal and the rebellion against him, which never quite clicked for me.

This book isn't particularly better than the others in the trilogy, but I've given it one extra star because it does end the series so perfectly. All the remaining loose ends are finally wrapped up, there are still a few neat surprises and easter eggs in store, and the ending was surprisingly moving and even beautiful. I absolutely have to give Green credit for the incredible tale he has spun.

Even so, I still maintain that this second trilogy was a slight disappointment based on my love of the first saga. But, wouldn't you know it, at the end I nearly cried, and now I'm sad that it's all over and there's no more to read. While most people enjoy Deathstalker purely on a basic level (and let's face it, it is damn good fun) it has deeply affected me and sucked me right into its universe, where I was immersed for a long time. I could not be more happy with the way everything was resolved, and with each character's final fate.

Thank you, Simon Green, for giving me the pleasure of sharing in your imagination and allowing me to enjoy a reading experience in a way that I rarely do. Long live the Deathstalker Clan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fititng finale, 16 Mar. 2005
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Ms. H. Sinton "dragondrums" (Ingleby Barwick. U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This third instalment of Simon R Greens latest deathstalker books provides as much 'over the top' gung-ho mayhem and downright fun as the previous novels.
The 'Blessed Owen' has returned and is travelling back through time to try and stop The Terror, aka Hazel D'Ark his former love. The Emporer Finn is meeting opposition to his evil regime and is trying to create a Clone army to counteract the rebellion (Hmmmm...wonder where that idea came from). Meanwhile resistence is coming from the previous ruler, Douglas and his former soldier Stuart along with Lewis Deathstalker and his entourage.
Simon R Green is a master at combining a fast paced adventure story with a good balance of humour. This is a 'must buy' for any fan of his.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, 28 Oct. 2009
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P. Chalkley "book worm" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Deathstalker Coda (Paperback)
Bought this book for my son and he read it in 2 days.He said it was to good to put down until it was finished. He was glad to get this book so he could finish the series.Was not dissapointed at all. Will be reading it again in the near future.
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