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Six Against the Stars (Omnibus: Book 1 & 2) by [Hunt, Stephen]
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As the self-proclaimed biggest coward in the galaxy, Horatio has it easy on what passes for 40th century America. A much-favoured sycophant in the court of the King of Earth, Horatio lives in a genetically engineered paradise where there's a vat-grown slave waiting around every marble column with a bunch of grapes to drop into his oh-so perfectly designed mouth.

Unfortunately for Horatio, the artificial intelligence that rules the great mass of humanity spread across the stars has other plans for this feckless seducer. So, if you ever wonder how the galaxy's biggest coward finds himself actually trying to save it, you're not alone... but then, unfortunately, neither is our hero!

His misadventures are abetted by a psychotic Martian warrior, a robot who thinks it's related to Sherlock Holmes, a beautiful genetically enhanced assassin, a scientist with a computer for a brain, and a millennia-old clone who was alive when the last U.S. President was executed by a firing squad.

It's six against the galaxy. Six against the stars. They'll save the universe... but they might damage it first.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stephen Hunt is the creator of the 'Jackelian' series, now on its 6th book, published across the world via HarperCollins alongside their other fantasy authors, George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Raymond E. Feist and C.S. Lewis.

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REVIEWS

Praise for Stephen Hunt's novels:

‘Hunt's imagination is probably visible from space. He scatters concepts that other writers would mine for a trilogy like chocolate-bar wrappers.’
- TOM HOLT

‘All manner of bizarre and fantastical extravagance.’
- DAILY MAIL

‘Compulsive reading for all ages.’
- GUARDIAN

‘Studded with invention.’
-THE INDEPENDENT

‘To say this book is action packed is almost an understatement… a wonderful escapist yarn!’
- INTERZONE

‘Hunt has packed the story full of intriguing gimmicks… affecting and original.’
- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

‘A rip-roaring Indiana Jones-style adventure.’
—RT BOOK REVIEWS

‘A curious part-future blend.’
- KIRKUS REVIEWS

‘An inventive, ambitious work, full of wonders and marvels.’
- THE TIMES

‘Hunt knows what his audience like and gives it to them with a sardonic wit and carefully developed tension.’
- TIME OUT

‘A ripping yarn … the story pounds along… constant inventiveness keeps the reader hooked… the finale is a cracking succession of cliffhangers and surprise comebacks. Great fun.’
- SFX MAGAZINE

‘Put on your seatbelts for a frenetic cat and mouse encounter... an exciting tale.’
- SF REVU

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AGE ADVISORY

Age 15+ - mild violence and some scenes of sex and nudity.

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READ THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE THESE AUTHORS...

Douglas Adams
Neal Asher
Iain M. Banks
Jack Campbell
David Drake
Orson Scott Card
James S.A. Corey
Evan Currie
Peter F. Hamilton
Ric Locke
Dan Simmons
Charles Stross
David Weber

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GENRES

Science fiction (space opera)
Adventure (scifi)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1038 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Green Nebula Publishing; 1 edition (14 July 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D3W6U6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and Average. 29 March 2012
By Ryan Nienhuis - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm going to begin by saying that I'm really glad I read this book. I do have a hard time rating it though. I feel bad about only giving it three stars, but I cant get myself to give it any more. Overall I felt is was just too average.

The characters are interesting, and likable, but they all sort of felt pretty flat to me. The book is easy to read, moves forward at a great pace, and is heavy on the action. The action scenes aren't especially good, but they are probably about right for something light weight like this. The plot doesn't stand out in any way, but it works really well with the type of book this is. There were way too many references to actors from the 20th century, and that really started to get on my nerves.

One thing about this novel really did stand out for me though, and that was the setting. The universe is crammed full of your standard Hollywood sci-fi sort of things. If you watch a lot of shows like Star Trek, Stargate, Babylon 5, Andromeda, or any other sci-fi TV series really, then you have already seen everything Six Against the Stars' setting has to offer. The author has manged to take all that stuff and arrange so well that It all feels fresh again though. Its not all just tacked on here. Its also integrated really well into the plot. When a plot is integrated so much into this type of setting it usually comes across as being rather obnoxious to me. It felt really natural in this story though. Being shown that generic can still be awesome is why I'm really glad I read this novel.
2.0 out of 5 stars Died after Chapter 2 12 July 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I am reading Stephen Hunt's "Sliding Void" series, so I bought" Six Against the Stars (Omnibus: Book 1 & 2)" thinking I would like it. The plot becomes so convoluted in the first two chapters, I couldn't make the effort to keep going. Who's enemy and friend? Why do they want the "Bard", and how long do we have to wait to find out? The dive into a complicated plot is too fast without the (I think) necessary world building. Thus 2 stars against the Sliding Void's 4. Maybe if I were more motivated to keep reading, but I can't remember all the names...
2.0 out of 5 stars Sci fi goes "Alice in Wonderland" 23 June 2013
By JetHead - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're looking for typical cutting edge Stephen Hunt sci-fi, this ain't it. This work edges the needle way into fantasy, and Hunt's unique and searing repartee drifts into over-posed, predictable and tired fairy tale dialogue. I gave it fifty pages, then gave up. Guess we'll have to wait for the next "Sliding Void" installment to get back to the best of Stephen Hunt and really, the most cutting-edge sci-fi characters, plot and action.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it 27 December 2011
By Sixiron - Published on Amazon.com
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Very entertaining tale that covers as much ground as several books combined. A cast of characters, aliens, robots and AI's that are very clearly defined and fleshed out. A real roller coaster of a ride that you never really anticipate whats coming next. Well written, excellent dialog, great pacing. A very fun, easy read, that's hard to put down.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great. 3 June 2013
By Mark Twain - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the 4th Stephen Hunt book I have read. It is as fun and clever as the the first 3 (from the Sliding Void series.)