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5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and fast paced action
Brutal and fast paced action that will keep you glued to the page. I can't wait to read more of from this author.
Published 14 months ago by Kath

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting sci-fi action
Rogue Hunter: Dark Space is the second book in the series about galactic bounty hunter Zyra Zanr. I haven't read the first novel, but it's quite clear Zyra doesn't have many friends. In this episode, she is on the wrong end of the bounty hunter's gun (and boot, knuckle dusters, sword, and well... pretty much everything else that can be used as a weapon).

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Tense and Violent Story, 3 April 2014
This review is from: Dark Space (Rogue Hunter Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
I received a free copy of this book for an honest, non-reciprocal review.
Dark Space is the second book in the Rogue Hunter series, the story of beautiful but deadly bounty hunter named Zyra Zanr, who first appeared in Inquest. Not having read the first book of the series I was worried that I’d have difficulty following what was happening here, which would make reviewing it, and enjoying it, difficult. But there was no need to worry, as Dark Space works great as a stand-alone. The book uses a minimal amount of exposition and back story to introduce the characters, whose relationships and motivations are revealed as the story unfolds. Within the first few pages I realized there was no need to worry about what I may have missed from the first book, and found myself enjoying this one.
This book begins with a group of bounty hunters who capture Zanr and hold her prisoner aboard their spaceship. It seems that she reneged on the repayment of a huge debt to some sort of galactic loan shark, who has decided to make an example of her and put a bounty on her head. As they’re bringing her back to collect their pay we are shown how the stress of spending months together out in space can get to people, with the ship’s crew constantly fighting and bickering. These characters are quite well-drawn, given good and bad sides, strengths and weaknesses. And, while we get to see their human sides, we soon find out that they are also able to brutally torture their prisoner in order to punish an escape attempt.
Unfortunately for them they have to keep her alive to collect their bounty, because she soon turns the tables on them and begin stalking them on their own ship. Very quickly the story turns into a blood-filled game of cat and mouse between Zyra and the crew. It is very hard to know who the good guys are here, as everybody, including the book’s heroine, displays some real barbarism, which was sometimes jarring, but never boring.
It’s full of great tough guy dialogue spouted by macho characters, including the many women on the ship who are just as tough, if not tougher, than their male counterparts.
Minor rant and spoiler alert:
For some reason the bounty hunters’ ship has a self-destruct mechanism on it. When I read that I wanted to scream: WHY??? Of course this is a great device to create tension and suspense in the story, but there is absolutely no reason for such a thing to even exist. Are there planes flying in the sky right now which have self-destruct sequences? Are there ships on the sea that are ready to sink on a moment’s notice? So why do sci-fi writers think that once ships start travelling in space that a “countdown to self-destruction mechanism” is de rigeur? It’s enough to make me pull my hair.
But not enough to stop me from recommending this fast-paced space actioner that had me turning the pages late into the night.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable and cool SciFi read, 26 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Dark Space (Rogue Hunter Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
This is a cool read.

The previous book in this series was an enjoyable read, but had some awkward writing from time to time. Rogue Hunter: Dark Space doesn't have that problem. It's pleasantly written, and the story flows from action to dialogue and back without any hiccups.

The story itself is full of action and suspense. Zyra is trapped on a space ship, and is being hunted, or is she the one hunting? The tables get turned on both Zyra and her captors from time to time, keeping you guessing who will come out the victor.

I liked you got to know the crew of the Lilith, so you can relate to both them and to Zyra, making it hard to know who to root for at times. I must say it reminded me of the Alien movies a bit. The way death could lurk at every corner. I think this story would work very well as a movie itself as well.

The story ends with another cliffhanger, and I must say i'm very curious what will be next. All in all this is a very entertaining SciFi adventure and I'm keeping an eye out for what else Hendrickson will write in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and fast paced action, 25 Oct 2013
This review is from: Dark Space (Rogue Hunter Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Brutal and fast paced action that will keep you glued to the page. I can't wait to read more of from this author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting sci-fi action, 2 Oct 2013
This review is from: Dark Space (Rogue Hunter Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Rogue Hunter: Dark Space is the second book in the series about galactic bounty hunter Zyra Zanr. I haven't read the first novel, but it's quite clear Zyra doesn't have many friends. In this episode, she is on the wrong end of the bounty hunter's gun (and boot, knuckle dusters, sword, and well... pretty much everything else that can be used as a weapon).

RH:DS has a straight shooting plot. Girl is captured and locked in a cage. Girl happens to be bad-ass. Girl gets out of the cage. Girl opens up a can of whoop-ass on said captors.

The best analogy I can think of to describe the plot is the movie Alien in reverse, where the heroine is the alien, and the crew of the Lilith are the eventual cannon fodder. What's intriguing is the blurring of traditional character types, particularly in the first half of the book. Being unfamiliar with the series, I wasn't immediately sure if Zyra was meant to be the protagonist or not. Drake, the leader of the bounty hunter crew that captures Zyra, is painted to be the antagonist in the opening chapter, but we soon find out he's just trying to keep his crew together and make ends meet. A horrific torture scene soon clears up any confusion. What is done to Zyra at Drake's hand makes the worst torture scene from a James Bond novel look like your grandma's tea party. Oddly enough, without it, Drake actually has some sympathetic qualities.

Kevis Hendrickson's aspirations to be a filmmaker show in this novel. It has a strong cinematic style. He describes the people shut in a metal box, grimy, claustrophobic setting well. Everything has a hot, dirty, cramped feeling about it. The technology is functional and lived in. It has more of a feeling of a WWII submarine than the bridge of the Enterprise. The editorial work gives RH:DS a big tick. It's very polished.

Coming into the series at book two, and even though it stands alone, I would have liked to have read Inquest first. As Zyra spends the first half of the book in a cage, then the second half lying in ambush for the crew of the Lilith, there isn't much time to get to know her other than being a lean mean killing machine. I think I would have enjoyed this book more and rated it higher if I'd read Inquest first, but Rogue Hunter fans are sure to have a butt-kicking good time.
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