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Second Course: Hal Spacejock 2: Volume 2 Paperback – 11 Jun 2012
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About the Author
Simon Haynes was born in England and grew up in Spain, where he enjoyed an amazing childhood of camping, motorbikes, air rifles and paper planes. His family moved to Australia when he was 16. Simon divides his time between writing fiction and computer software, with frequent bike rides to blow away the cobwebs. His goal is to write fifteen Hal books (Spacejock OR Junior!) before someone takes his keyboard away.
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Hal is what some people would call gifted, like an 'idiot savant' but minus the savant of course.
The story is simple and easy to read with a likeable pair of protagonists at the helm of the freighter Volante. Han & Chewie they are not, more like Abbot & Costello, Laurel & Hardy e.t.c anyway you get the picture.
Hal manages to gain employment hauling cargo from a more successful competitor who doesn't take too kindly to this and sets about to ruin Hal. He obviously doesn't know that Hal is his own worst enemy and Rex Curtiss need not bother with foul play as Hal will foul up without any outside help. A woman named Sonya is a possible love interest for Hal, if he knows what to do with a woman that is, Clunk may have to show him, if he handles women like he handles his ship he'll have to get the navcomp to date her.
Lets just say that all does not go well for Hal, even less so for poor old Clunk. The cargo that Hal is delivering seems to go anywhere but where it's supposed to. There are strange new planets, ancient civilisations, teleporters, killer robots, super computers, jet bikes and subterfuge galore in this affable romp through the cosmos.
A nice little adventure that will raise a smile at one mans fight against his own simple-mindedness and the trouble he causes for his poor robot Clunk.
Got the feeling you sometimes get at the end of a book of being disappointed it's over because you want it to just keep going on and on.
Hal is again his blundering, insensitive self and the addition of the love interest for him to fail hopelessly with is great.
Clunk and the Navcom manage to save the day in spite of Hal's best efforts. The baddies get what's coming to them!
I love all the references to software drivers, licensing, help files and the whole crazy technical world we now think of as normal.
I'll be downloading the next one ASAP; and the next, and the next.
Did I say I liked it?
So far I've found them to be much, much better than many more well-known series. Well-written, fun, entertaining plots, great characters and there was something to make me laugh on every page.
Excellant stuff. Just downloaded book #3 :)
Hal Spacejock is a brilliant creation and had me in stitches all the way through.
if laughter is supposed to be good for you then I am far healthier than I look because i could not stop laughing whilst reading this... Looking forward to the next installment.
These books have me hooked though.
There are very few wiered and wonderful sounding names that you need to get your head round every few pages.
Just a very good page turner of a story.
I have already purchased the next book in the series and can't wait to get started.
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