Life is tough on space station Belvaille - not for the aristocratic nobles that call it home, but for the poor slobs like Hank.
Hank is considered a celebrated cutthroat and the oldest living person in the city. His occupation is to be hired muscle for those people who don't want to get their hands dirty but still want dirty things done. He possesses a mutation that allows him to be bulletproof and weigh thousands of pounds, two helpful traits in his line of work.
When the wife a city councilman approaches him about spying on her husband, Hank worries he's flying too close to the flames for safety. When the husband is assassinated, he's sure of it.
Hank has to keep himself from getting framed for the murder while he finds himself increasingly manipulated by powerful people as the machinations of the city council start to spill into his daily life.
Note: This is a sequel to Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy, Hard Luck Hank: Basketful of Crap, and Hard Luck Hank: Prince of Suck.
©2015 Steven Campbell (P)2015 Steven Campbell
"HLH is my favorite person ever!"
HLH is such a great series! I laughed so hard and loud through this book it was almost embarrassing to listen around other people. The story and characters were all great. I give this book 5 huge stars!..... The only issue I had was that there was a buzz sound in the background through the whole book but that's not the authors fault! Sounds like it was a crappy mic being used.... Took a while to not be constantly distracted by it...
"This book is a winner"
Campbell delivers. It's hilarious, absurd, self aware, and fabulously entertaining. Liam Owen absolutely SLAYS the narration.
"I love Hank!"
Hank gets more entertaining with every book. Can't wait for the next one.
Liam Owen is a perfect Hank.
Another great adventure with Hank, with surprising twists to the story! I enjoyed this book as much as the first!
"I love HLH, I wish the story would never end."
I love HLH, dead pan humor and syfi how could you beat it. The production on this book however was a bit frustrating. There is a lot of popping! Seems like the mic was up to high. However, that is really my only complaint. I am already counting down to the next book. Great job!
"Never a dull moment"
Steven Campbell has created one of my most favorite universe's in the science fiction genre. Hank is such a likable character and a hilarious anti-hero. from the first book to this one you'll be taken on a hilarious journey full of action, humor, excitement and mystery that'll keep you on your toes. and each time you finish a Hard Luck Hank adventure, you'll be wanting more. I'm personally looking forward to the next book in this series.
"Flawed and disappointing"
I really hate to give this review because HLH is such a great character with so much potential. Unfortunately, after the first of the series (Screw the Galaxy) the series went downhill, and it is all due to the writing. I am sincere when I say it pains me to say (write) that but I just don't see it improving (if any more HLHs are coming). Specifically, the writing/plot problems are characters and situations are introduced and then never mentioned again. I don't like reading reviews that have, so I will refrain from being specific but if you have read HLH 2 and 3, then you know what I am talking about; just know it gets worse in this one.
Personally, I am glad HLH is a success and wish nothing but the best for any author and his "labor of love", but I think Mr Campbell's works would benefit greatly from an editor's insights on the plot aspects of the books. I completely understand that HLH is selling so why should an author change what is working? All I can say is I no longer enjoy listening to HLH. The randomness of what in the plot gets explored and what gets forgotten is just too glaring a deficiency. For what its worth, the audio narration is still top notch and the only reason I was able to finish the book.
"The Return of HHL"
This book is similar to the first book in the series. The middle two books were a little darker and not as funny. This one is a return to the self aware spirit of the first book.
Yes. He is the voice of HHL in all the books. Great job. I have heard there is a new book in the works and my fingers are crossed they bring Liam back for that entry in the series.
Suck My Cosmos!
Great, light, entertaining Sci Fi. If you liked Hitchhikers Guide or Red Shirts I think you will enjoy this book and series.
"Hank isn't the star of the story"
Hank is portrayed as increasingly incompetent to the extent that it no longer makes sense to have him as the hero of the story. His side kick the butler is more interesting than Hank. For somebody who has been around for several hundred years you would expect him to be more mature than this. for this novel and the previous one Hank has actually mentally regressed and there have been some unresolved plot elements that just make you scratch your head.
As always Hard Luck Hank is a fun book. I hate the readers voice but the book is a light listen with a comedic twist which keeps me listening. I'd recommend it to those who like sci fi with a twist.
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