Deathstalker

Deathstalker

by Simon R. Green

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Deathstalker by Simon R. Green

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.

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: 62,551
File size: 906 KB

About 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. 30 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.
worldsedge on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Old school SF w/zap pow blasters fast space ships and faster women. The sort of book that if it had been published in the '60s would've featured a hot green chick in purple hot pants and halter on the cover. Alas in these PC days such artwork is not to be. Mildly interesting use of swordfights, rogue AI, and nasty cyborgs. Horribly bad dialogue of the sort that would've made a screenwriter of the original Star Trek blush. And it does go on and on and on. 500 pages. with an unending stream of sequels.
Homechicken on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Simon Green did a great job with the Deathstalker book. I¿ve never read it before, but I¿ve read some of his other books, and they were all right¿this one is terrific!The book takes place far in the future, but manages to work in some anachronistic elements such as swordfights in as well. The story is a little bit Dune-ish with all the clans and the battles between them under an emperor, but it takes its own direction from there in a quite enjoyable way.I highly recommend this book, not too much politics but enough to make things interesting. Lots of action and interesting sci-fi elements make it a fun read. I excited about having the rest of the series in front of me.
luvwords on LibraryThing 1 days ago
One look at the cover and you doubt that this book can be taken seriously. However, it is a fast-paced read with mega characters and over-the-top weapons. The action begins right from the start and it has just as many villians as heroes (sometimes you and they don't know which is which). Even in this technologically advanced future, the best fighters use swords and that in itself makes it a fun read. This is a massive series, but one caveat: #4 is mysteriously out-of-print.
tcgardner on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Big Space Opera. Big personalities, big weapons, big conspiracies, big empires. Just a great universe for Green to do anything he wants. And he does.Are you into genetics, clones, esp, killing (lots of killing), AI, evil emperors, and dystopian empires then this is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow to start but definitely a interesting story
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!