The Battle of the Hammer Worlds (Helfort's War) Mass Market Paperback – 28 Aug 2008
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About the Author
Graham Sharp Paul, born in Sri Lanka, received an honors degree in archaeology and anthropology from Cambridge University and an MBA from Macquarie University. He joined the Royal Navy in 1972, qualifying as a mine warfare and clearance diving officer before reaching the rank of lieutenant commander with the Navy s mine warfare flotilla. In 1983 he transferred to the Royal Australian Navy, serving in its Trials & Assessments Unit and Clearance Diving School before transferring to civilian life in 1987. Paul worked for two Australian companies in the banking and media sectors before setting up his own business development and corporate finance consultancy in 1991. Over the next twelve years, he worked on a worldwide range of projects. In 2003 he gave up corporate life to write full-time. He also the author of The Battle at the Moons of Hell, the first novel in his Helfort s War series. Paul has three sons, and lives in Sydney with his wife, Vicki."
Top customer reviews
Michael Helfort has bigs footsteps to fill as his parents - both retired - were distinguished Fleet officers in their day. In 'The Battle of the Moons of Hell' Helfort is part of a rescue operation to free the crew and passengers (amongst which his mother and kid sister) from the Hammer prison world Hell.
In part two the Hammer's have deployed a fleet of Q-ships* to disrupt the Federated Worlds economy by destroying their merchant fleet in a prelude to what will be the 'third hammer war'. A group of Q-ships ambush the Federated Worlds heavy cruiser Ishaq as it drops from pinch-space and destroy it completely capturing the surviving crew.
In an attempt to keep the truth about the attacks on the merchant fleet and the destruction of Ishaq from the Fed's, the surviving crew members of Ishaq are deported to a remote prisoncamp in the wilderness of the Hammer's homeplanet. The Hammers have a score to settle with the 'hero' from the 'battle of the moons of Hell' and Helfort finds himself in the torturing cells of a gestapo-like religious secret police 'DocSec'.
Meanwhile the Hammer's have made a scientific/military breakthrough which will negate the superior numbers and technology of the Fed World Fleet and make 'the Worlds of the Hammer of Kraa' the leading military force in human space.
Unaware of this Helfort and the others escape and start a long trek through the wilderness in an effort to stay out of the hands of the Hammer's and rejoin the fight...
* World War I naval history: Q-ships were heavely armed merchant ships with concealed weaponry that were first used by the Royal Navy to ambush German U-boats during World War I.
It is better than the Pima Galaxy Unknown, on the realism/ credibility side, for all it cannot match the 'big names' of the genre (Moon, Shepperd, Weber, McCaffrey and Bujold), it comes close.
Go on give it a read, you'll not want to put it down.
If you like Action Sci-Fi then this series of books is for you. If you do not like action Sci-Fi based in the future and in Space, then stay away. The book was well written and engaging, to the point where I lost hours of sleep with work the next day to finish reading it (I finished reading at just past 02:00 in the morning and a 07:00 start). I can give the book no higher praise than that.
john scalzi writes this type of fiction much better his characters are ethnically diverse,strong women charachters but does not keep reminding the reader every other page prefering to concentrate on plot.
the worst book i have read in over 20 years
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The entire "Helfort's War" series is well crafted, well paced, extremely well written and just a pleasure to absorb. Let's all hope Graham Sharp Paul finds success with this series and continues to produce compelling military sci-fi stories.
If you're looking for solid, action-packed military sci-fi, this is a hugely satisfying series to read.
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