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Hank is a thug. He knows he's a thug. He has no problem with that realization. In his view the galaxy has given him a gift: a mutation that allows him to withstand great deals of physical trauma. He puts his abilities to the best use possible and that isn't by being a scientist.

Besides, the space station Belvaille doesn't need scientists. It is not, generally, a thinking person's locale. It is the remotest habitation in the entire Colmarian Confederation. There is literally no reason to be there.

Unless you are a criminal.

Because of its location, Belvaille is populated with nothing but crooks. Every day is a series of power struggles between the crime bosses.

Hank is an intrinsic part of this community as a premier gang negotiator. Not because he is eloquent or brilliant or an expert combatant, but because if you shoot him in the face he keeps on talking.

Hank believes he has it pretty good until a beautiful and mysterious blue woman enters his life with a compelling job offer.

Hank and Belvaille, so long out of public scrutiny, suddenly find themselves the epicenter of the galaxy with a lot of very unwelcome attention.

©2013 Steven Campbell (P)2014 Steven Campbell

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A bunch of genres crammed into good fun

I didn't rate this five stars based on literary value. It has next to none. I rated five stars based on sheer enjoyment. This book is just plain fun! Based against a sci-fi backdrop, you'll find fantasy, noir, crime, comedy, and a light smattering of romance.

And the narrator was about as perfect as could be for the voice of Hank. But he didn't slack off on the other voices, either. Male, female, species, race, and life station: This guy represented each one independently and entertainingly.

This book will not change my life, but it did help me enjoy it a lot more.

54 of 58 people found this review helpful

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  • C.T.
  • Ashland, Ky USA
  • 06-14-17

I wish this was a comic book

HARD LUCK HANK is notably the first book I ever saw advertised alongside one of my books and every single volume of the series has been advertised alongside my Supervillainy Saga books, almost in tandem. This factor, along with the hilarious covers, made me finally shell out the money to buy a copy of the first book. I'm currently on the fifth book, interrupting my work in writing my Lucifer's Star sequel and reading other series to read the books one after the other.

Hank, last name unknown, is a mutant on the space station of Belvaille. He is mostly indestructible, at least to small arms fire, and slow as hell. He's basically the Juggernaut if the Juggernaut were a third as powerful and an even bigger slob. Actually, that describes Spiderman villain The Rhino but a lot more people know the Juggernaut than the Rhino. You could also make a comparison to the Hulk's Joe Fix-It personality but that's even less known. Belvaille is one of the worst cities in the galaxy and composed almost entirely of criminals.

Despite possessing superpowers, Hank is a low-level thug who lives just well enough to keep himself in doughnuts, hamburgers, and whatever else he eats in the future. He has a close friendship with the station's incredibly corrupt security chief, Garm, and more or less has no ambitions but to keep doing what he's doing for the next few centuries.

Hank's life changes a great deal when a pair of other mutants start living next door, one of whom is a level 10 mutant who may be able to change the galaxy. Also, the discovery he's been mislabeled a level 10 mutant himself and this has attracted the attention of two indestructible robots that are going to potentially murder everyone in the station to get rid of this threat to their race. Hank more or less gets roped into doing the right thing and everything goes downhill from there.

I recommend the audiobook version of this book since Liam Owen does an amazing job of imitating Patrick Warburton as a burned out space goon. The text version isn't bad by itself but the audio acting adds something special to the story. This is a comedic story which can still be taken seriously and enjoyed on the merits of being anti-hero fiction at its funniest. Hank is a killer, leg-breaker, and general all round beast but he's too lazy to be malevolent.

The supporting cast is a treat with Garm being my favorite character but a certain purple skinned femme ingenue being every bit as enjoyable. This cast will carry Hank's adventures through a number of books so I'm going to say it's a good thing they're all as fun as they are. I also like Belvaille here most. The station will go through some dramatic changes but it's never more enjoyable than when it's like a floating Mos Eisley. Hank is a lovable scumbag but his darker qualities don't matter when everyone around him deserves what he does to them.

In conclusion, I strongly recommend you pick up this book if you're in the mood for a sci-fi comedy. The characters are great, the story is decent, and the setting is interesting. Best of all, Hank is hilarious as he lumbers from bad situation to bad situation, making things worse for the most part, as he tries to do the bare minimum required. Sometimes, it ends up fixing things and it's as surprising to Hank as it is to the reader.

9/10

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A new favourite author of mine.

What made the experience of listening to Hard Luck Hank the most enjoyable?

My favourite thing about Screw the Galaxy is the believability of the dialogue. I want a story that takes me away and puts me in another galaxy. I don't want space poetry, just an awesome kickass story that makes me feel good. Screw the Galaxy did just that and I found my self laughing out loud everyday.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Luck Hank?

I really can't decide. The book has such a smooth progression with multiple climaxes.

Which character – as performed by Liam Owen – was your favorite?

"Haaank... duuuh..." - Liam's performance of Hank is stellar. He sounds EXACTLY how his character is described, and matches the dialogue effortlessly (or so he makes it sound that way at least.). However, Liam does lack variation. The characters all sound very different from hank, but women and lesser characters tend to sound similar to each other. That being said, Liam still seals the deal with this story. His delivery is outstanding.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

An excellent lighthearted combination of "science fiction, comic book, detective noir, and deadpan humor" that left me wanting more.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Awesome Start of a Series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a really fun listen. The story keeps your interest and you'll laugh out loud. No, it won't be winning any Pulitzer Prizes anytime soon, but it's entertaining, and you can't expect more than that from a book called "Screw the Galaxy".

What did you like best about this story?

It made me laugh out loud enough that I had to occasionally rewind to hear what I missed when I was laughing; most comedy books can't make that claim.

What does Liam Owen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His Hank voice is perfect for the character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a lot.

Any additional comments?

So far, his second book (I'm ~1/2 way through) is even funnier!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Funny and well executed

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It isn't cerebral, but is totally enjoyable and compelling. Solid story line, excellent universe, and unique characters.

What other book might you compare Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy to and why?

I kept thinking how Hank, the main character, would the futuristic love child of Hellboy and The Tick.

What about Liam Owen’s performance did you like?

Nicely done! I think he really nailed the main character (almost, but not quite, Patrick Warburton). He definitely had a good pacing and feel for the tone of the story.

Any additional comments?

Pet Peeve note to Liam Owen: a Cache, as in "secret weapons storage" is pronounced CASH..not CASHAY.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • KC
  • 09-15-15

Hilarious

I saw other reviews that said that this book was good, but don't expect great writing. I disagree. The author writes the story from Hank's viewpoint, narration and all, and NEVER breaks character. Liam Owen's performance reading this book is so perfect that I found myself speaking like Hank throughout the day. He really understood the character and his delivery was incredibly funny. Better yet...this series continues and gets better as it goes along. I've read the first three books and can't wait til the others are available on audio.

Thank you to Steven Campbell, to Liam Owen, and to Audible. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this series.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Bryan
  • Indiana, United States
  • 08-20-14

Suck it! Suck Face!

Any additional comments?

I love this stuff! Authors that don't take themselves too seriously are a treat to listen to. This was a fun story. It wasn't terribly fast paced, or slow, and the best part about it was just enjoying all of the little things along the way. This type of story is more about enjoying the journey than dashing to the end. Hank is a laid back heavy with a generally positive disposition and a level head, even when its getting hit with bullets.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Connor
  • North Carolina
  • 07-03-14

Fun Sci-Fi Humor

Hank lives on an unimportant space station that is located at the far end of the Colmarian Empire, a confederation of planets that no one else wants. Hank is a level four mutant that is bulletproof (but it still stings) and earns his living by doing odd jobs for the Bosses who run the space station. Most of the time, Hank does not seem very smart, but has flashes of brilliance during a crisis. The book moves quickly from one ridiculous situation to the next and is full of over the top action sequences.

As a member of the science fiction humor genre, the book is for enjoyment and listeners should not expect life altering messages. My rating is based on the book’s entertainment value, but I was disappointed that the second half of the book is rushed and ends abruptly.

29 of 40 people found this review helpful

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  • Wade
  • Ohio, USA
  • 06-30-14

A Fun, Fast-Paced Listen

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed Hank and how he dealt with the variety of characters. Hank knows he's tough but not totally indestructible and not the sharpest tool in the shed. But he gets things done, his way, in his own time. I enjoyed Hank's commentary and remarks. They made me smile and a few made me laugh out loud.

What does Liam Owen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

At first the voice didn't seem to fit Hank as depicted on the cover. But once I got into the story, I didn't notice and it worked pretty well for me.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a few times.

Any additional comments?

Although the storyline 'appears' to meander a bit, what happens gets woven into the plot as it advances. In any case, the characters and situations Hank has to deal with are entertaining from beginning to end.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Plotless, with jokes too far apart

This book has been on and off my wish list. I am now wishing it would have stayed off. It has a half way decent rating and their is an audience for this. Humor is very suggestive and is appreciated differently by different people. I am a fan of John Scalzi, Scott Meyer and Jonathan Maberry. I am not a fan of Douglass Adams or Kurt Vonnegut, just so you know where this review is coming from.

I LIKE TO SHAKE HANDS
When a book is low on the LOL moments it needs a plot and this does not have one. Another driver and I listened to this at the same time and in the first hour we had maybe two LOL moments, the rest was just stale air.

I would suggest you listen to the sample and see how often you laugh.

Narrator is good.


28 of 40 people found this review helpful

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  • Chantal
  • 03-29-16

Good fun!

Not exactly a work of literature, but lots of fun and the hours fly by. I'll definitely be getting the sequel, on the full understanding that it will be much of the same. I hope.

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  • Peter
  • 12-03-15

Excellent Story

What did you like most about Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy?

I most enjoyed the story itself and how it flowed with Hank, was a really easy and enjoyable listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy?

When Hank fights the Dredaled by having it punch him down the street.

Which character – as performed by Liam Owen – was your favourite?

Definately Hank himself, I fell as though he truly capture the essence of Hank.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was indeed.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to listening to the rest of the Hard Luck Hank books.

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  • keith
  • 07-14-17

Better you think it will be. Laugh out loud!!!!!!!

What did you like most about Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy?

It was an incrediably fun and funny story. Id put it up there as one of all time favourite audiobooks

What did you like best about this story?

The crazy characters

Which character – as performed by Liam Owen – was your favourite?

Hank ofcourse!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Eat suck suckface!

Any additional comments?

It took a few to decide if the narrator was going to annoy me but soon discovered he perfectly fit Hank and does an Amazing job.

I have listened to all 6 books. Pls write MANY MORE. Love the sense of humor.