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Publisher's Summary

Only the most desperate colonists dare to make a new home on Hellhole. Reeling from a recent asteroid impact, tortured with horrific storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and churning volcanic eruptions, the planet is a dumping ground for undesirables, misfits, and charlatans…but also a haven for dreamers and independent pioneers. Against all odds, an exiled general named Adolphus has turned Hellhole into a place of real opportunity for the desperate colonists who call the planet their home. While the colonists are hard at work developing the planet, General Adolphus secretly builds alliances with the leaders of the other Deep Zone worlds, forming a clandestine coalition against the tyrannical, fossilized government responsible for their exile. What no one knows is this: the planet Hellhole, though damaged and volatile, hides an amazing secret. Deep beneath its surface lies the remnants of an obliterated alien civilization and the buried memories of its unrecorded past that, when unearthed, could tear the galaxy apart.

©2011 DreamStar, Inc., and WordFire, Inc. (P)2011 Audio Renaissance

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Very Good Series Intro

The 1st section (though written well), is a little slow; the pace picks up in the 2ns section and builds to a cliffhanger ending by the end of the 3rd section. The plot is not at all predictable. I'll definitely buy book 2.

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Act One of Three

Hellhole is a wonderful character driven story that strives to match the imagination of Frank Herbert's Dune series. It many ways it succeeds but it is hampered by the intention to make a Hellhole trilogy with a cliffhanger steeper than any other I've seen in literature. If you're not expecting it you can easily feel cheated but taking the events of this first book as a vignet into a larger, continuous universe you can still come away with an appreciation for Hellhole. It's still a very rich novel and one that has been better contrstructed than some other collaborations between Anderson and the younger Herbert. Enjoy, but do keep in mind what you're getting into.

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It's a Herbert Novel

This is a good Story. Before you start reading you need to know it is a Herbert novel. You will need to keep track of multiple story arcs and do not expect a resolution. If you can handle that you are in for a good ride.

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Yet another great Hellhole story.

A futuristic Napoleon fights to defeat a tyrannical monarchy. Great story with lots of intrigue, plots and schemes. This is a book series that both men and women will like. Scotts wonderful voice is like a perfectly paired wine to this meal of a book. Women's voices are believable and not overmodulated. Character voices are well done without going overboard. I highly recommend this series.

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Outstanding Space Opera

A ripping good yarn. You will need to allow the story to unfold as there are many threads to be gathered together. How can you go wrong with Scott Brick narrating? You can't. Both the story and the presentation are top notch. Moving on to book two now :)

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Cliff hanger alert!

They need to be much clearer that this is the first book in a series that is not even going to try and make it so it stands alone.

I personally think this is sloppy… you have to resolve “something” to make it satisfying.

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Time to listen a must

Hard to follow when your life is going to fast and you miss a lot of the story. Great for what I have heard. I will listen to it again

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Suprised how good!!!

Scott Brick does his thing narrating.

Kevin and Brian really did a great job writing this novel and I can't wait to read the other two in the trilogy.

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Aweful narrator ...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

the narrator ... cruel, just cruel ... and more direct approach to the main story ...

Would you be willing to try another book from Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson ? Why or why not?

Yes. For most part I like B.H. an K.J.A. ... K.J.A.s Star Wars Books are awesome or T.S.7.S (Saga of the 7 Suns). The story of this book takes a long time to develop ... (a bit) too long for my taste ... I would say too many sidelines not enough spotlight on the main plot.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

Yes. Scott Brick was good in Dune for the parts he did there ... but his narration of this book makes me cringe and I have to stop every hour and put up something else to listen to for a while.

Euan Morton, Michael Kramer or Marc Thompson would have done a much better job. Maybe Scott Brick does a better job while mixed with others together.

It could be that I only dislike his voice. But also the style of his narration leaves something to hope for. I can't describe it very well. Also the different personas are very hard to distinguish.

Did Hellhole inspire you to do anything?

Cry and hope for another narrator ...

Any additional comments?

I stopped listening half way through. I could not take it anymore. Sorry for my bad English. My first review. Criticism is more than welcome.

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wasted credit

I agree with the others, would have waited to get this book if I had known it was going to be a series. the book was slow, but good, if their is a second part.

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  • Jasen
  • 06-08-21

This is a teat

Writing this on the windows app and want to see if the website shows this review.