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Deathstalker
     

Deathstalker

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by Simon R. Green
 

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Owen Deathstalker, last of the infamous warrior Clan, always considered himself more of a writer than a fighter, preferring his history books to making any actual history with a sword. But books won’t protect him from Her Imperial Majesty Lionstone XIV, who just Outlawed and condemned Owen to death, without any explanation, reason, or warning. No wonder

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Owen Deathstalker, last of the infamous warrior Clan, always considered himself more of a writer than a fighter, preferring his history books to making any actual history with a sword. But books won’t protect him from Her Imperial Majesty Lionstone XIV, who just Outlawed and condemned Owen to death, without any explanation, reason, or warning. No wonder she’s called the Iron Bitch.

Now, on the run from Imperial starcruisers, shady mercenaries, and just about everyone else in the Empire, Owen’s options are limited. Though the name Deathstalker still commands respect in certain quarters, out on the Rim, Owen is lucky he can cobble together a makeshift team of castoffs, including an ex-pirate, a cyborg, and a bounty hunter. But allies won’t be enough to save him.

If he’s to live, Owen can either run forever…or take down the corrupt Empire. To do that, he’ll need the fabled Darkvoid Device—an artifact dating back to the first Deathstalker and perhaps the only weapon powerful enough to help this ragtag rebellion win. The time has come for Owen to finally embrace his Deathstalker heritage…and all the blood and death that go along with it.

Deathstalker is the first book in New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green’s beloved space opera series.

Editorial Reviews

Dennis Winters
When Owen Deathstalker, foppish aristocrat-about-the-galaxy and master of the martial arts who'd rather write history, is outlawed by the maximally evil empress Lionstone, it's a pretty sure bet that narrow escapes and desperate deeds will follow. They do. This first-in-a-series is populated by a suave and suitably blase hero, nasty villains galore, a wide assortment of peculiar supporting characters of many bizarre species, and the requisite confused love interest; and it is set on a criminal planet, Mistworld, at an imperial court, and all over a wildly variegated galaxy. Green blends derring-do, space battles, and wry banter aplenty to form an eminently satisfying space opera.
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"Green blends derring-do, space battles and wry banter aplenty to form an eminently satisfying space opera." -Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781625671806
Publisher:
JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date:
05/04/2016
Series:
Deathstalker , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
69,605
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series. He lives in Bradford-on-Avon in England.

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Deathstalker 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
forest5934 More than 1 year ago
Here's the thing, if you've ever read Simon Green, then you know the style. As always, there's a lot of repetition with synopsises and especially phrases. ("Can we shoot it?" "Only if you want to make it mad." and "I wouldn't trust [insert] as far as I could spit in a hurricane.") But these phrases are kinda like coming home to an old friend. The characters are all archetypes that Green uses in pretty much everything else he writes (i.e. the reluctant hero, the bad-ass girlfriend, and several other characters whose sole purpose is just to provide some entertainment) But this is what we not only come to expect from Green, but love. Definitley worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would say more its 2 and 1/2 stars. I liked the characters and the world...but this book needed an editor. Some scenes were unnecessary and some characters. The writing style left me a bit unsatisfied.
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I was looking for a good space opera. This is a great, fun read. This story is fast and with multiple storylines that are all interesting.
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With intriguing characters
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A combination space opera sci-fi and quest fantasy novel, and not too good as either. Numerous plot lines are established, to the greater glory of the continuing series and the confusion of the reader. Many wooden characters speak in a stilted, jokey fashion. If you must read Simon R. Green, try the Darkside series much more inventive, and the books lack the 'padded' feel of this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately this book does not live up to the hype in the other reviews I have read here. I begin to suspect they were written by personal friends of the author. The story itself is ... fair. Not horrible, not attention-grabbing, just ... fair. It would have been better if the style of writing weren't so bad. The author is stilted, the dialogue is repetitious and everyone but EVERYONE seems to talk in the same patterns. It also seems that the text was padded a bit -- I know it isn't true but over and over again it appears as if characters are referred to only by their complete names. It isn't as if there are so many characters that they had to be identified every time they were in dialogue or plot. The worst part is, I gave Green a chance and bought the second book in the series thinking it had to be better. Sadly I was incorrect. The one good bit of news is that Green and his publisher have my money at this point -- I can assure you it'll be the last time I purchase any thing by this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is full of creativity and artfulness. The characters are so dynamic, and the style of battle is something you wouldn't expect in a science fiction. Two thumbs up. And my toes too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have my favorite authors (Asimov/Herbert)but I wanted to read someting from a new (to me)author. I was really surprised by this book. I judged it on it's cover :-) And I enjoyed it so much I have gone out and got the next two in the series! I love serial fiction and this one is one of the best! Simon's concepts are original and the butt kicking action is non stop!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the first Deathstalker novel five years ago and became a Simon R. Green fan instantly. This is the greatest series I ever read in my life and I mean that. It has everything; sword fights, space battles, sadistic villians, brave heroes and touches of humor. If you like those kinds of things you will be hooked to the Deathstalker series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book and the whole series were great. It was one of those books that when u finish reading it u hate the author for not makin it longer....ALOT longer. This was actually the first Sci-Fi book i had ever read, and i have found few since that have rival'd it. The only thing i dont like is that in his other books too he repeats alot of the same lines from other books of different Genres. But that is of little relavance if u are still enjoying The Deathstalker Saga. Happy Reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest books ive ever read! It was so good that I read it without stopping! (except to eat) Right now im reading Deathstalker Destiny (also very good) I highly recomend reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book I couldn't put it down the book was so descriptive. I haven't found a book to rival it besides the second. I'm just waiting for the third to arrive. I love this book you must read this book if you like science fiction!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are fan of sci fi, then this series is a must have.