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Anyone with a gun was a potential buddy as I saw it,
This review is from: Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy (Kindle Edition)
A light-hearted science fiction is a rare beast nowadays. Long gone are the days of Harry Harrison and Keith Laumer. So, when we have a chance to read something that is upbeat, free-flowing, and entertaining, we should take it.
"Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy" is one of such books. The main protagonist and POV character, Hank, is a "mediator." When negotiations between various unsavory characters come to the point of pointing guns at each other, the parties involved hire him to arrive to a more "peaceful" and less expensive resolution. As Hank says:
"There's a reason people hire me. It's not because I'm a genius. Or an expert marksman. Or because of my stunning good looks. No, it's because I actually listen."
Being bulletproof also helps. Hank is a "level four mutant," whose specific ability is an almost impervious exterior and fast regenerative powers. His services are in great demand: he lives on Belvaille, a most remote space station of Colmarian Confederation, where "overwhelming majority [of its inhabitants] were involved in illegal activities or were wanted as criminals."
Sometimes, there are problems that even Hank cannot solve easily. Like killer robots, Dredel Led, that came for a visit to the station to shoot it up a bit, or a mysterious brother/sister combo, who are on the ran from everyone and think that Hank is their new best friend.
Well, Hank is doing the best he can, under the circumstances. As the station's newspaper describes his various adventures: "Everything had looked grim, no hope of survival, and then I showed up, looking calm as could be, eating a sandwich."
This novel is a light read, with some good one-liners. If you are looking for a light-hearted Sci-Fi, you found it.