Hal Spacejock

Hal Spacejock

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by Simon Haynes
     
 

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These novels feature a charming but misguided freighter pilot by the name of Hal Spacejock. What he lacks in wisdom, patience, business acumen, skill and common sense he more than makes up for with bravado and good intentions. He's an anti-establishment loner struggling to make a buck, fiercely independent and wary of corporations and governments alike.

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These novels feature a charming but misguided freighter pilot by the name of Hal Spacejock. What he lacks in wisdom, patience, business acumen, skill and common sense he more than makes up for with bravado and good intentions. He's an anti-establishment loner struggling to make a buck, fiercely independent and wary of corporations and governments alike.

A character like this wouldn't last five minutes without a rusty sidekick, and that's where Clunk the capable robot creaks into the picture. Dignified, wise and intelligent, he's just what you need when 'consquences' are something you only think about after the dust has settled. But whatever you do, don't mention second billing.

The characters in these books are earnest and deadly serious. They don't make silly jokes, they just struggle mightily with their lousy hands while we - the readers - sit back with all the kings and aces up our sleeves.

Hal Spacejock is not hard science fiction, and it's not macho gun play. It's a gentle(ish) comedy with no bloodshed, no sex, and just a touch of mild swearing. These are books my ten year old daughters cackled their way through - hopefully without understanding the double-entendres - and I'm happy for my mum & dad to read them too.

This is how one of my readers put it: "It's not the zany slapstick style of comedy I was expecting - more of a really well developed, fun story with interesting characters and enough real-world observations to make it a very enjoyable read."

If you're considering the Spacejock books for your kids I'd read them first because they weren't intended for children and we all have different rules. I suggest ages 15+

--- Back cover blurb ---

Hal Spacejock doesn't mind navigating to an uncharted planet, landing in a deserted field, dodging customs and loading a suspicious cargo under cover of darkness.

That's a normal day's work.

No, the real battle starts when the customer sends a broken-down pilot to fly Hal's beloved ship ...

80,000 words/340 pages

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011484612
Publisher:
Simon Haynes
Publication date:
08/19/2011
Series:
Hal Spacejock , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
531,390
File size:
343 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Simon Haynes is the author of four Hal Spacejock novels, a number of articles on writing and publishing, and several short stories, one of which collected an Aurealis Award in 2001. He divides his time between writing fiction and computer software, with a daily 25-40km bike ride to blow the cobwebs away.

Born in the UK and raised in the south of Spain, Simon emigrated to Australia with his family in 1983. He's a founding member of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and lives in Perth with his wife and two children.

His goal is to write fifteen Hal Spacejock books before someone takes his keyboard away.

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Hal Spacejock 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
phlipside More than 1 year ago
I had no idea what to expect. Simon Haynes is an author and software developer from Australia. Beyond the Spacejock books he created a program for writers called yWriter5 which is actually an amazingly good piece of software. Even better it's free. In fact all the software at his website is free. So check it out. Now about the book. Think Keith Laumer's Retief series with a bit of Indiana Jones thrown. Then make him their slightly incompetent cousin. That's Hal Spacejock. And the book was great fun. With a beat up out dated robot and a long suffering navigation computer (both of whom are brighter than he is) Hal rocks his way through some adventures that will keep you reading right through to the end. Even better it's the first book in a series. Looking for some fun and funny science fiction? Check out Hal Spacejock.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very funny, and though predictable in the end (sorry, hope I didn't ruin it for you), the story getting there was Hilarious! Like they say, it's not the destination, the important part is the journey you take to get there. And BOY! was it a journey. I can't wait to read the rest of the Spacejock books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun & Enjoyable
LarryMac808 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.  There is a touch of Douglas Adams to the humor, but it's not a direct ripoff in any way.  Also, it was a joy to finally find a free, self-published book that wasn't crying out desperately for an editor and proof-reader.  I'll definitely be buying the other books in this series.
clay1diverTX More than 1 year ago
Simon Haynes knocks one out of the space park! You will find yourself rooting for Hal and Clunk even as you laugh at their silly and inept antics.Hal is one of those guys that just always bounces back.
surfdog99 More than 1 year ago
Fast moving and exciting, loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hal Spacejock is fast, fun read guaranteed to make you chuckle out loud. Simon Haynes keeps the plot simple and moving forward quickly. All Hal has to do is pick up some cargo and deliver it. The only problem is, Hal isn¿t the bravest, smartest, or even most motivated of guys. These qualities end up making the whole trip a lot more interesting. Through a series of misfortunes Hal ends up in mortal peril, causing massive property damage, and having his ship stolen. You find yourself turning the pages just to see how Hal and Clunk get out of their jam and into the next. Fans of sci-fi will appreciate the little digs at other books and movies, but anyone looking for a good read will enjoy the story, humorous dialogue and outrageous situations. While not as non sequitur as ¿Hitchhikers Guide¿, Haynes does drop in plenty of gibes on our modern way of living and taking it to that next step 'do we really want the elevator computer to know how much we weigh?' I definitely recommend Hal Spacejock to anyone looking for a solidly entertaining book that will provide laughs and introduce you to some fun characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first book in a great series. Hal and his robot helper, Clunk, traverse the galaxy and get into more trouble than you can shake a stick at. Simon understands the writing process, and more importantly, knows how to keep the reader involved with the story. You will compare Hal to other heroes like Han Solo (they share the same initials), but he is his own man. Do not be afraid to pick up this funny science fiction book, and then read it. It is very readable even by younger kids (about 10 should do it).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like science fiction stories with some humor in them This is more like the three stooges in space. Too slapstick for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok here is a warning. You WILL be reported if this role play keeps up. I will not stand this. This is for reveiwing books, not talking. And stop with the older kid stuff. Theres little kids who read this. Im not happy that this stuff is being said. I.WILL.REPORT.YOU
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hated it. Was silly, not funny. Couldn't stand more than a few chapters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reads like it was written by a teenage writer wannabe. Very little was interesting and it is not worth reading all the way through.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surely Hal runs into the Queechee sooner or later!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this series as it not only gave me sci=fi but made me laugh my butt off.
Gary_W_Olson More than 1 year ago
Hal Spacejock is a down-on-his-luck starship pilot given a last chance to make enough money to pay off his creditors and keep his head attached to his shoulders. All he has to do is transport some cargo to another world (avoiding pesky things like customs agents). Which should be simple... but between dealing with cargo thieves, rogue robots, a snarky ship's computer, and his own less-than-stellar level of piloting competence, things get pretty complicated... and funny. Simon Haynes' style is fast, breezy, and funny, and at its best when the characters are talking to, and often past, one another. True, there are bits that go on for too long, or seem like one convolution too far, but how much plausibility do you really want in a sci-fi space opera comedy? I enjoyed much about this book, and am looking forward to the sequels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should have been titled clunk. Hal is written as an idiot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
quirky and clever--clunk forever!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best free book Ive read as of yet! Very well written, clever, funny, creative! This a fun and easy read. Cant wait to read the next one : )
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Um do you have any mares i can have..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Call me hal barn is res 4 ull be staying in my house at res three
SPDWGN More than 1 year ago
Was a very funny book. Would read other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great children's book