This book was publicized by audible as a complete novel, but it is written open ended as one of a series. I feel mislead and wasted my money as, frankly, it's not good enough to be a series.
Great book but horrible ending. How many years do we need to wait to find out what happens. I hate authors that use this tactic. Give a little closure will you!!!!
The story in general is a good one, the only problem is the ending. There is none!! Imagine watching Star Wars and right before they blow up the death star the movie ends. I have never listened to a book in all my years that the author did something so stupid. I will not be getting the second book if it ever comes out. The story was not that interesting and I will boycott on principal alone.
This first in the series is a good start for a lengthy epic. The characters are all flawed, but that is the point of this world and Hellhole is a great exploration into the depths of political betray and intrigue and the traps that the upper eschalon's of society often face. The author has a good understanding of world building. My only complaint is that the end leave me hanging a bit too much and I would have liked to had a better resolution for at least one of the loose ends.
The native life on Hellhole is intriguing and I'm looking forward to seeing where their story is going. As to the royalty of the core worlds, they deserve their fate and I think this is a great analysis of a decaying civilization.
This is a great story with great characters set in a compelling universe... It sure would have been nice if the publisher had told me that this is a first installment of a series. I wouldn't have spent the money or time to invest in a very long teaser for the next installments. The writers and publisher don't even leave you with a satisfying place to wait for the next installment, you are dropped off a story cliff to fall forever until the next installment. DONT BUY IT unless you desperately need to be led into a long, dark, blind alley to be left in the dark with a raw wound and an empty feeling in your soul for at least another year. If I had been left at a satisfying break point, it would be a five star read.
I'm an astronomer. Scifi is all I ever read/watch/listen to. (with the occasional epic fantasy here and there, for diversity :)
This is a very poor effort. I cannot believe it got published, and I wish I had actually *read* some reviews of this book before buying it. Instead I just went with the star rating it has which seemed decently high. I don't understand how the rating can be so high, I gave it one star only because I couldn't give it negative stars, it's *that* bad.
This book is full of literally stupid characters and so many cliches it's not even funny. The storytelling style is naive and simplistic, as if this was written for children. The characters are flat, uninteresting, stereotypical, completely unbelievable and one dimensional. They're either exaggeratedly good or exaggeratedly bad. Like I said - simplistic. But most of all it's really irritating how incredibly stupid they are. This makes the story incomprehensible at times.
The narration doesn't help. I will avoid this narrator in the future at all cost. He's horrible. He's whining, melodramatic, and completely inadequate.
If I could play editor I wouldn't release this book at all. Or at least I'd target a very young audience. This book is below the average adult. I have no problem with the book not having a true ending because there's no way I will subject myself to listening to the rest of this crap. I listened to 3 hours and I can't take it anymore. Enough.
Save your credit for something else.
Great story, with deep character development. Look at this book as the first installment. I would expect the next book to pick-up right where this one left off - in time and the sequence of events. I can't wait! Scott Brick did an outstanding naratation job!