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The Hades Galaxy is so far from Earth, its light hasn’t even reached our most powerful telescopes. It’s a strange place - familiar, yet different. A place where stars erupt at a moment’s notice, planets crumble like glass, and the laws of physics push the limits of the impossible. It’s also inhabited. Or it used to be. So how did Paul Johnson get from his grandpa’s ranch in Montana to the shores of alien waters in a distant galaxy? How did he and millions of colonists become trapped there, with no hope of ever returning home? He did what men throughout history have done: he chased after a beautiful woman. And he got her. Sort of.

The promise of land grants on virgin worlds and first contact with alien races are now in the rear-view mirror. Do battleships even have rear-view mirrors? Promoted out of turn, Paul leads a crack team of corporate marines in the fight to re-establish the Rift, the mysterious wormhole that joined Hades to the Milky Way. To make matters worse, Earth’s most cutthroat corporations have engaged in an all-out free-for-all to control the new galaxy’s plentiful-yet-very-alien resources. But Hades won’t give up its secrets so easily. Menacing forces conspire to keep the human visitors from their aims, and possibly, from ever returning home.

Fans of military sci-fi, space opera, and speculative physics will enjoy reading Hades' Star: Hostile Takeover. Think a cross between Star Trek and Starship Troopers. It’s a story of alien worlds littered with technology, romance, action, mystery, played out by characters that will make you wish you could suit up right beside them and take the fight to the bad guys. The pace never slows in this throwback to the pause resisiting sci-fi of yore.

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Good story. Bizarre sexualization.

The story really grabbed me, after a few chapters you definitely feel attachment to the characters.

The constant sexualization was extremely off-putting, and really pulled me out of the story very regularly, the book could go without half of those scenes.

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Really Quite Good - Well Worth a Listen

In a very Expansian way, this book took me off guard. I listened to it because I actually played the video game Hades Star. I enjoy the game but it is rather on the strategic, chess-like side of video games. The book, on the other hand, is anything but chess-like. Wallace takes the Hades Star universe to an completely different level. The characters, the technology, the politics, the romance, the suck-you-in-storyline is all in this book. Loved the main character from the first paragraph. Couple that with the fantastic narration and you have the start of a damn good series. The narrator's voices and accents are excellent. Pirhalla's tone & personality reminds me of Ray Porter in the Bobiverse series. Look forward to book 2.

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Close in performance to a halo book.

I loved it. I play hades star a ton. My corp is Black Castle. Check it out.

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Imagining humanity's future in another galaxy!

This book explored the fascinating topic of colonising a new galaxy from the point of view of a humanity not much more technologically advanced than our own. Rather than starting out as a scientific or colonising venture, it realistically starts as a military endeavour. We follow the stories of these first humans to set foot in the Hades' Galaxy under the banner of Galaxia Corp. Thinking they were here alone with sole jurisdiction, things become interesting as other human corporations begin to appear, keen on amassing some wealth of their own. I can't wait for the sequels.!

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Awesome sci-fi!

Loved the innovation around tech in the Hades’ System. While I am a relative newcomer to the game, I enjoyed the backstory and character development set in the Hades’ Star universe.

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Short but sweet

starts slow but ends on a high note, can't wait for the next book to come out.

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Great storytelling through a great storyteller

loved the story, its compelling fiction and requires no prior knowledge of the game world that it is based in. I also appreciated that the narrator differentiates between individual character voices and narration.

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A great start to a sci-fi book series!

I really enjoyed this book. Even if I wasn't already a fan of the game Hades Star, this is a gripping sci-fi adventure written from the perspective of a likable character. It doesn't bog you down with too much plot setting and leaves a lot to the imagination, but instead stays fairly focused on the actions and interactions of a cast of colorful characters. I'd complain about the main character being a little obsessed with the opposite sex, but it at least salvages that by making the female characters strong enough to put him in his place. Character growth eh? That being said, I will happily take this as an act 1 to a memorable and developing crew embarking on many more adventures. I hope book 2 comes very soon so I can see how the plot thickens!

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Exciting, unique, humorous

All the excitement of classic sci-fi franchises without the cliches that the well-worn genre often recycles. Hades’ Star: Hostile Takeover is literately and figuratively in a galaxy of its own. Human greed and corporate competition sets our relatable and funny hero against his own species as well as a newly-discovered alien race. As the adventure deepens, new planets, ancient alien artifacts and surprising technological advances accelerate the novel to a fulfilling conclusion!

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Felt like a kid writing sci fi

This is going to sound harsher than I intend it to be, but...

I thought that the writing was fine, but the characters (and importantly the character's relationships) felt immature. There were very few "adult" emotions that I felt were written from genuine experience.

That said, it's a quick "junk" read, if you're looking for something fun for an evening.

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  • daniel m ryan
  • 01-05-20

Great. Whether you've played the game or not.

If you have played hades star you have to read this. If you haven't but enjoy your sci-fi it's a must read. I really really hope there's sequels being written.

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  • 01-03-20

Great book!

You will love this if you are a fan of Hades Star but I think it would be enjoyable for anyone who likes sci fi even if you haven't played the game. Look forward to more books from this author!

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  • CHRIS S.
  • 12-08-19

Fantastic book

Absolutely great book. Based on the Hades Star game but it's not necessary to be familiar with the game to enjoy the book. If you do know the game you'll love the little nods here and there.

Really well written and the narrator does a great job of bringing the characters to life. Story is well paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next chapter.

Really looking forward to the next book in the series to be released!

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  • Enric M.
  • 12-03-19

Fun audiobook that keeps you in

This is a fun light book, that keeps you wondering what will happen next. It is also very interesting to Hades' Star players, because it helps you fill he game with some story behind, and have many references to the game, but I think it can be fun for non-players anyway. If I have to say a downpoint, is that i would like the characters and the story to be deeper, because at some passages they seem a bit flat to me... it fits with the style of the book, though, centered on the adventures in a distant hostile galaxy.