Belvaille has cemented its place as the most important system in the galaxy and Hank is working as an official Factotum, negotiating deals between gangs and noblemen under the watchful eye of the Arch Minister.
When his ever-capable butler, Cliston, is approached to become the General Manager of a Super Class glocken team, Hank is hired not only as protection, but as a player.
Hank finds himself thrown into the most grueling bloodsport in the galaxy and tasked with finding out how and why players are being abducted.
The friendly rivalries turn into full-scale conflict, and Hank unravels a far more insidious plot than the fixing of gambling results. In the process, Hank learns a lot about his history that he never even dreamed had existed.
Many of Hank's friends and enemies return in this action-packed and humorous take on the professional sporting world.
NOTE: Sequel to Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy, Hard Luck Hank: Basketful of Crap, Hard Luck Hank: Prince of Suck, and Hard Luck Hank: Suck My Cosmos
©2016 Steven Campbell (P)2016 Steven Campbell
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"Hank grew on my like a fungus; but in a good way"
I don’t think “Hard luck Hank” will ever go down as one of the great literary achievements of our time; in fact to quote one of my favorite sitcoms, “MASH,” I find it “emotional exhausted and morally bankrupt.” The characters are a motley group of humans, mutants and aliens living on a space Station known as Belvaille; and they are deviants, criminals, assassins, and the dregs of society. They all seem void of compassion with no moral compass and most often use murder and corruption as a way of life. At first I thought it juvenile and at times completely asinine, and it is, but that’s what makes this series darkly funny and entertaining and kept me wanting to hear more. Even Liam Owen’s rendition of Hank and the rest of these flawed characters seemed over the top with cartoon like voices, but that’s the way they should sound to mesh with Steven Campbell’s outlandish writing. It was like my first shot of tequila, hard to take at first, but by the end of the first story I was hooked. Now, after listening to this fifth book, I can’t wait for the next one.
"One of the best!"
I have hundreds of audio books and the funniest of them are the five Hard Luck Hank books. The story is well put to gether and thought out. This is another book definitely worth the credit!
"The American Pratchett"
Yes, I just compared Campbell with Pratchett. There are differences, mainly the difference between British and American humor. Hard Luck Hank is the funniest American series I have ever read or listened to. Very few authors can make me laugh out loud as I have when reading or hearing about such things as Hank telling his butler/gm to tell his coach that he has ass cancer. And there is so much more! Campbell has given this series a gut busting hilarious sarcasm that few American authors can pull off without sounding slapstick and juvenile.
I wish there were an infinity of HLH novels. I almost never read or listen to novels more than once, but I will be reading and listening to this series multiple times over the coming years. Anytime I am feeling blue I know Hank and Company can put a smile on my face.
I strongly recommend this series and, although Campbell does a nice job of reminding us what happened in earlier books, I recommend that readers begin at the 1st book. Get to know Hank, Garm, MTB and the gang. It makes it that much more funny and enjoyable.
And the narrator is excellent. He is Hank. Timing, tone, tempo, everything. Perfect mesh between author and narrator. I honestly can't think of one bad thing to say about the story or narration.
I have listened to the entire series over and over - how is this not a movie by now???
Impossible to list.
He is Hank. If there is a movie, tv show, cartoon, whatever, Owen needs to voice it.
I had to stop listening to it at work because it was so distracting and I laughed so hard at one point I nearly had a 'bathroom accident"
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"I love this series!"
I love this series! It's a great read and listen! Fun, funny, well written, and well performed! I only give five stars because six isn't an option!
"Absolutely Amazing... Again!!!! Stank Delicious!!!"
This is one of my favorite series of all time, and all I do is listen to audiobooks... im talking about seriously.. no radio, no music, no humming, Audiobooks... And this series is amazing!!! it keeps getting better! Steven Campbell is a genius, and Liam Owen is a master! this series was made for the perfect voice of Mr. Owen. if you are on the fence about spending the credit to get this book, stop being on the fence! get it now, you won't regret it, we'll get all the books in the series. you will love them!!!
"best one yet..."
beat one yet but the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger and could have wrapped up a bit better. if you're looking for a laugh out loud story,to the point of being embarrassed in public, then this is the book for you.
This entire series is well written as well as narrated. I've. It found any other Sci-Fi to compare it to. However, what comes to mind is an old Steve Martin movie "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid". Look it up on Google for you younger readers out there. A comical point of view from a "him-shoe" detective. Again, use Google if needed.
Liam Owen does a wonderful job giving each character a distinctive sound. To the point that you know who is speaking before he announces the. And after they speak. Even the female characters. There are. It many narrators out there with this gift. Mark Veitor comes to mind.
Anyways, I do hope that this is an on going series as I find it very enjoyable. Out of my vast library ( over 200+ books) I've only taken the time to write a review for Peter F Hamilton and these. Not saying that any of the others fall short, it's just that these are worth taking the time so that others will find the same or more enjoyment as I have. Besides, as you can now tell from my review... I'll stick to my day job before taking up the role of Book Critic. Suck I do at reviews, yes?
"Another awesome installment"
Another great Hank story with wonderful narration. Owen's VO work is engaging and entertaining, bringing vivid and hilarious life to Campbell's words.
"Best hard luck hank yet in my opinion"
I'm totally addicted to this series and I feel like I'm in this book Campbell upped his game. He answered some questions about Hank we all had and made Hank a little less handicapped physically.
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