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Publisher's Summary

A stand-alone adventure novel that is also part of the Shattering/Legions Saga!

The galactic agent known as Hawk has awakened too soon in a galaxy shattered by apocalyptic warfare. His master, the Machine, is possibly insane, and the great Adversary of Man has returned. Armed with futuristic weapons he doesn't fully understand and a sentient starship that he dares not trust, he must confront his former allies, turned renegades and pirates instead of soldiers. His new mission is simple, yet perhaps impossible: He must unite them - or all life in our galaxy will end! 

Hawk: Hand of The Machine is vintage Van Allen Plexico - stripped-down, all-out Military SF/Space Opera action and adventure in the grand tradition, with bold heroes, deadly menaces, and the future of the very galaxy at stake! 

The Shattering/Legions Saga:

  • Lucian: Dark God's Homecoming
  • Hawk: Hand of The Machine (Shattered Galaxy, Book 1)
  • Legion I: Lords of Fir
  • Legion II: Sons of Terra
  • Legion III: Kings of Oblivion

also

  • The Legion Chronicles 1: Cold Lightning (Novella)
  • See the entire series and more here: http://www.whiterocketbooks.com/shattering
©2012 Van Allen Plexico (P)2019 Van Allen Plexico

Critic Reviews

"Plexico writes some of the most readable action scenes around." (Barry Reese, creator of The Rook)

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Thrilling Science Fiction Adventure

Van Allen Plexico has written a creative and exciting futuristic science fiction story. The plot, which had me guessing, moves along steadily. There is plenty of action. The characters are well developed and the would building is excellent. I had the pleasure of listening to the narrator, Sean Duregger, as he brought this story to life; his narration added to my enjoyment of this book. I was given a free review copy of this audio book and am voluntarily leaving this review.

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Pretty great!

I liked this book quite a bit. The narration was excellent as well! The narrator paused mid sentence often, but it wasn’t too distracting.

I received a free copy of this book and am leaving an unbiased review of my own volition.

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Loved it! Exciting, Excellent narrator too

I don't usually leave reviews, but I was getting tired of Sci fi genre and Hawk brought me back.

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Sci-fi or fantasy?

I liked it enough... but it feels more like classic sci-fi — more fantasy set in space, less sciency. Characters weren’t terribly deeply motivated, people return to life without explanation, portals appear between layers of reality that conveniently do whatever the plot requires. It is a fun romp with some plot twists and a happy ending. A nice light listen... you’ll just have to occasionally rewind to confirm who has returned from the dead and who is an imposter of someone who is dead. Eventually I quit caring which was which!

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Better than I was expecting

I received this copy per my request, in exchange the least I could do is write an honest review.

This book was pretty good, I had my doubts at first but the story kept building leading me to want to know more about the main characters past and the outcome of the galaxy. The way it ended I could see there being a sequel I would be interested in finding out what happened to the characters but it ended on a note to where a sequel isn’t needed. I have been listening to all of Sean’s work and he is a damn good narrator he draws you in, not at all monotone. Each of his characters sound individual though so of his characters between books share a similar voice however I expect that as its hard to have a 1000 individual voices at your disposal that you can speak with ease and at your command. Looking forward to listening to more of Seans work it gets better each time (trying to listen to his work in order from his first to latest narration.) I think this is worth a listen and helped me get through a couple work days.

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Solid

I was extremely excited to get to this story. It caught my attention real quick, and it didn't disappoint.

While Hawk, the equivalent to a augmented Special Ops solider for a being called The Machine, is the main character, i found myself drawn to the demolitions expert Falcon more. But, the overall story is good, a little slow going in the beginning, when you hit the halfway point it really starts to pick up. I really applaud the author for creating such a thorugh universe, that makes me continue to want to learn more.

As for narration, it was solid enough, chracters were really well done, and kept me entertained throughout.

i received this as a free copy, but my opinions are my own.

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Very Cool Story

This very well written and narrated tale will keep you entertained till the very end and leave you wanting more.

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Hope there's more to come!

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. So hope it's continued with several more releases.
The narrator did justice to all the characters. Bringing out their personalities to the point I want this series to continue.
Did I mention that I would like to see this continue? Just making sure.
This audio was given to me free and I voluntarily gave this review.

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Interesting story

The story was interesting, but the narration was rough.

The Machine - Hawk (a god?) - a galactic war

Interesting stuff.

Unfortunately for me, I did not enjoy the narration. Not that the narrator is terrible, but you can hear him inhale at the beginning of each line - This drove me crazy and took most of the enjoyment out of the story(for me anyway).

I recommend listening to the preview to determine if it will be an issue for you before you buy - if you can handle it, you may very well enjoy this series.

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  • Ryan Pascall
  • 03-25-20

G-Force Go!

In a universe under attack by The Enemy, The Machine appeared and gifted us its Hands who, as supreme warriors and masters of their craft, turned the tide and became the police of the universe.
But this was millenia ago and the machine is quiet, its hands gone and something evil is stirring in the dark of space...

This book made me feel like a kid again. Not because it was silly, childish or humorous but because it really reminded me of Battle of the Planets.

With characters named such things as Falcon, Hawk and Eagle it was hard not to draw a comparison but this wasn't to the detriment at all and the existence of a peace-keeping force was cool.

Story wise I felt it could've done with another hour or two as the sheer amount of world-building through exposition caused it to drag somewhat in the middle but there was enough excitement and danger to keep the story rolling along to a great conclusion which paves the way for (hopefully) more tales of The Hands.

As for narration, this has the broadest spectrum of voices I've yet seen from Sean and whether a female assassin, a machine or a tough-as-nails cyborg he rises to the challenge and gave them all a distinctive voice and style that helped to bring them alive.

A jolly good romp and well worth a few hours of your time :)



A jolly good romp and well worth a few hours of your time :)

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  • Placid
  • 08-28-19

Classic

This book was a smattering of classic sci-fi and modern. The story line revolves around a person who awakens with no memory of who he should be or what he should be doing. He goes through the entire story having to fight his way out of one situation after another in order to discover who and what he is. Along the way he meets others who will either assist him or work against him. This story is one of self discovery.

The narration was outstanding with a variety of characters done well.

This book was provided free of charge and this review was willingly done.