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Hellhole Inferno (The Hellhole Trilogy) Hardcover – August 12, 2014
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About the Author
BRIAN HERBERT has written numerous novels, including Man of Two Worlds, with Frank Herbert, The Race for God, and Sudanna, Sudanna. In 2003, he published Dreamer of Dune, a Hugo Award-nominated biography of his father.
KEVIN J. ANDERSON has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Reader's Choice Award. He set the Guinness-certified world record for the largest single-author book signing.
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Top Customer Reviews
Although the General has twice defeated the Constellation armada, they still pose a threat. And he also faces the greater threat of the Ro-Xayans who in the previous book destroyed the Deep Zone planet Candela with two asteroids. We also learned in the previous book that they were also responsible for bombarding their home planet Hellhole many eons ago.
There is a big reveal near the end of this final book that changes everything.
While many elements were predictable, a few creative curve balls regarding alien politics and some unexpected surprises kept the storyline engaging. Although the depth of the characters were never really explored as deep as I would have liked, the scenes and action moved at such a nice pace, that flaw never bothered me too much.
As a light and easy science fiction / space opera goes, this is a perfect book for beginners to break into the genre. Nothing too overly violent or sexual, with virtually no bad language, this could easily be categorized in the young adult section. The bottom line is that the authors told a good story with a variety of heroes and villains that kept me constantly entertained. The Dune series is better, but those hungry for more Herbert and Anderson should enjoy exploring this new universe, too.
The first two I read in paperback form but when I finished the second - which I found by accident in a local bookshop - the first had been sitting on my bookshelf for quite some time - I couldn't wait for the third to appear in paperback so I bought the Kindle version.
Better and less long winded than the "sequels" and "prequels" to Dune. Exiting and fast reading. Characters that you love to hate and even admire for the depths they sink to. The strength in the "goodies" shines in the writing and I (a very fast reader) read all three in less than a week. Having written that, I must state that this is not literature. The books are sheer entertainment for a reader who enjoys pure science fiction. This is why I gave 4 stars and not 5. ("The Luminaries" for example, I gave 5 and would have given 6)
The good: the rich setting is further fleshed out, a few new and existing characters get more developed, and there's a hell of a twist.
The bad: character motivation, actions, and perceptiveness are still fairly... alien? Simple? Both heroes and villains have a distressing tendency to devolve to more two dimensional personas at times. And while there's a good twist, there's also a fairly bad one in the form of a "sudden, inevitable" and completely unforeshadowed betrayal.
On balance, it's an easy read, and if you're a fan of SF pulp (monarchies in space, colorful psychic aliens, daring space fights) and can manage to ignore some of the more teeth-grinding moments of character interaction, you'll enjoy this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kevin J Anderson always writes entertaining books and I love the Dune books these two have written together.
Very well developed characters and cultures. Read more
Read the 1st book, needed to finish the trilogy, was quite captivating although a little twist at the end of the book was a little questionablePublished 2 months ago by Frank Willems
Overall a great series. Not a thinker, but very enjoyable story, like a Star Wars type story. Fun straight forward charactersPublished 3 months ago by g.w.s.hunter
Great story. I have never read anything Brian Herbert has not written with someone else but these 2 collaborated on some great Dune books, that was why I grabbed this one and I was... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rick McKeon
I imagined several endings for this series but the author was again the mastercraftsman. From the heroic military men to the sinister aliens this is an original work you will not... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
While the ending was a bit of surprise, the rest of it was not. Well crafted ending to the trilogy. My wife and I liked it very much!Published 8 months ago by Bruce Morrow
you will need to purchase book #1 of the hellhole series before reading this onePublished 8 months ago by MiddleAgeLady