- Hardcover: 355 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey Books; 1 edition (29 April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345500016
- ISBN-13: 978-0345500014
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 3.2 x 24.4 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,790,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death's Head: Maximum Offense Hardcover – 29 Apr 2008
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A character so badass he makes the Terminator look like C-3PO, a ton of in-your-face action that is unforgiving in its brutality, and humor so sardonic you could cut steel with it. In short, the Death's Head novels are just awesome, testosterone-fueled fun... -- Fantasy Book Critic (http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2008/04/deaths-head-maximum-offense-by-david.html)
About the Author
Smartly dressed, resourceful, and discreet, David Gunn has undertaken assignments in Central America, the Middle East, and Russia (among numerous other places). Coming from a service family, he is happiest when on the move and tends not to stay in one town or city for very long. The author of Death's Head and Death's Head: Maximum Offense, Gunn lives in the United Kingdom. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When I read a review of the first book, self-titled Death's Head, by Neal Asher; Asher referenced it to the likes of Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs, I just had to give that book a shot. As much as I enjoyed Death's Head, I didn't really get those references. Now after reading Maximum Offense, I do. It's that kind of pulpy fun to read.
Admittedly I have a soft spot for protagonists that solve most their problems by killing someone or something. Sven lives by the Death's Head motto, "death or glory". But don't assume he is a psychopathic murders, -well he kinda is- but he does seem to be developing some compassion, but that crap will get Sven killed.
If Riddick had gotten inducted into the Legion instead of being a convict, he would be Sven Tveskoeg.
Gunn's books to date have not been subtle and that is part of the reason I am enjoying them so much. In-your-face bravado, gore, and action, with a little non-stop killing thrown in.
As our hero we have Sven Tveskoeg - reluctant leader/drinker to excess/Paperf****r/fighter before you can take a second breath and if you are the enemy, that breath won't be coming/hair stylist as long as you have braids/Silver Fistf****r/depending on his mood-protector of women/collector of soldiers in training/planet whisperer.
We have valor and we have valiant but in this book we have catheterized almost-barbecued Vals 5 and 7 with memory implants. We have a son with a huge price on his head. Sex, sex, and kinky sex. Kidnapped Aux. Manmade planet. A persistently sulking gun. Traitorous comrades-in-arms. Great air ship battles/explosions with selflessness to go along.
The conversation with Hekati was moving. And the conversation with General Jaxx at the end of the book was diabolically clever.
I am definitely looking forward to more adventures with Sven and the Aux.