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Hellhole: Awakening (The Hellhole Trilogy) Hardcover – March 26, 2013
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“Combines the best of space opera with galactic intrigue and a cast of memorable characters. Fans of David Weber's Honor Harrington series and the Star Wars® novels should enjoy a new entry into this popular category.” ―Library Journal on Hellhole
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The negative: for all their appeal, the characters at times aren't allowed to act naturally in favor of more simplistic reactions that further the plot. This is compounded when the heroes get victories handed to them all too easily. This is more evident in the second book as the aliens' telekinesis starts to become powerful enough to attack targets in orbit or lightyears away. Ironically, that tendency for easy victories is also used against the heroes when it's necessary to create a dramatic death or two.
I'll still read the third book, but I'll buy it from a local used book store.
The characters are fundamentally indistinguishable except for their overt affiliations. There is no real sense they are individuals with unique personalities -- they are just agents to advance the plot. Which brings us to ...
The authors are unable or unwilling to interestingly plot the arc of the story. There are broad hints in the dialogue that tip the later developments, but the characters in the novel remain oblivious to all this. The supposedly brilliant and charismatic General Adolphus seems particularly dim. The BIG REVEAL at the end is evident long before the last few pages and thus wildly anti-climatic when it finally is unveiled.
The recent death of Iain M. Banks reminds us of how vast a gap exist between top level writers and journeymen like these guys. Read any of Banks' novels ("Player of Games" is highly recommended) and compare the depth of characterization (whether of people or "minds") and the thorough plotting to "Hellhole: Awakening."
I doubt I will read the next in this series.
Poor character development is an understatement. Plot is lame, descriptions are virtually non-existent, you never really get a feel for the people as you realize they aren't people: they are (poor) figment of someone's imagination (well, I guess 2 people. Or 2 2nd graders?)
At this point I'm going to finish this (or die trying) just so I can defend my opinion against anybody else dumb enough to have paid money for this series. And I feel like things were going along in a normally poorly written, lame way, then the authors decide to make up some more things out of nowhere to... drive me deeper down the rabbit hole.
I read the first one because I liked the Dune books by these two, but I was very disappointed by Hellhole and Hellhole: Awakening.The characters are one dimensional, with cheesy dialogue and no real sense to their actions. The authors tell us what everyone is thinking (over and over and over again) so there are not many surprises in the book. All the characters seem really stupid at times, and their reactions to events are only to forward the plot, even at the expense of previous (meager) character development.
I was also annoyed throughout the first half of the book by the constant repetition, driving home stuff that was in the first book, in case I hadn't read it. (Ishop's need to redeem his noble name, the Xayan's wish to have more slickwater converts, the Diadem is a ruthless old ruler, yeah, we get it). That kind of stuff is boring.
The science doesn't really make much sense. I mean, the book states that you can 'detach' from a stringline anywhere along the line, as Walfor did coming into the Candela system when he found the doomsday asteroids, but the fleet destroys the endpoint terminus ring in a system in order to keep the rebels from entering that system. Wouldn't the rebels just hop off early to get in to that system? And ships on the stringline run off the end where the line was breeched by the rebels and get horribly lost in space, but they are able to send a probe out on the stringline which returns quickly and lets them know the line is broken? The stringline technology seems to work only as plot necessities dictate, with no consistency to speak of.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great part of the full series. Enough twists and unknowns to keep your interst up.Published 1 month ago by Sye Keene
An excellent book. The authors did an a great job with the story. I am looking forward future collaborations with these authors.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The second book in Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s original Hellhole trilogy is very consistent with the first book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by William M Miller
A good mix of action and politics. The authors put together another solid story.Published 7 months ago by Jeromy
This middle book of the Hellhole trilogy is very good. At the end of the first book General Adolphus declared the independence of the 54 Deep Zone planets from the harsh rule of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Richard Irwin