Hellhole (Hellhole Trilogy #1)
Only the most desperate colonists dare to make a new home on Hellhole.Â Reeling from a recent asteroid impact, tortured with horrific storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and churning volcanic eruptions, the planet is a dumping ground for undesirables, misfits, and charlatansâ€¦but also a haven for dreamers and independent pioneers.Â
Against all odds, an exiled
I don’t give one-star ratings lightly. I like to believe that every book has at least one redeeming quality. Yeah, Hellhole doesn't. And I was caught off guard by this. I read Dune and the sequel, Dune Messiah a couple years ago, and I remember being impressed. I expected anybody allowed to follow Frank Herbert would be ...more
AN ALL NEW EPIC!
To do this the authors pull from many of the pivotal science fiction and science fantasy universes in an effort to create a grand new adventure.
By pull from I mean rob at gunpoint, by effort I mean copy and paste, and by adventure I mean sodomized by highwaymen who just robbed you and stole your own work with the kind of plagiarism that only the cleverest of college freshmen try to pull.
Lets see. Star Wars? Check. X-files? Check. ...more
Not that anyone has been exactly shattered by that.
This is a pretty good book. I think the synopsis is a bit misleading. It says that it's a book about survival on a tremendously inhospitable planet where the General and his most loyal followers are exiled. That there they uncover a "cache of alien artifacts".
The story opens with the set up and the exile and then jumps forward 10 years into the future and what they uncover isn't exactly a cache ...more
By Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
Published In: New York, NY
Hellhole, the last stop for those trying to make a new start. A shattered world subjected to an asteroid impact in the recent geologic past. The end of the line in the Deep Zone, the recently colonized part of The Constellation. Here the rebel General Adolphus is exiled. Expected to fail and die on the hellish planet, the General makes a go of it. Abiding by his terms of surrender…unti ...more
The first is the planet hellhole itself. While it is meant as a penal colony and as harsh place to live. The progression from that to the transport hub and not to bad a place to live within ten years on a population of 100,000 and ten years. Certainly there explanations and descriptions to flesh out and explain this miracle but it was all just too good to be true.
The second wa ...more
Apparently, I didn't drown.
But, I very nearly decided not to go swimming that day.
Hellhole is rather like that day at the beach. Before you ...more
The only problem was that it ends on a cliffhanger. A "screw you, it's too late now!" ending that leaves you feeli ...more
A GoodReads member named Drew challenged me to explain my very negative response to this book. I have read it months ago, but that is what I remember:
-It could have benefited from editing. There are numerous places where we are told the information that we were already informed about, sometimes on the same page.
-A number of decisions and actions of the characters seem to defy logic of their background and seem to be bent explicitly to allow for the plot.
The plot might have eventually connected, if we ever got to it, but the characters were unrealistic from the opening. (In fact, had it not been for the Prologue, I might have stuck with the book longer.)
Don't waste your money. If it's free, don't waste your time.
Not a good read.
There are several problems with the novel, which I'll go through below...
The planet was a hellhole? Really? It ...more
I wasn't crazy about the voice over for the book as it set a little bit over dramatic mood for the book, it all read as it is tail from a Crip.
However it did help to go over some part of the book that would seems slow at the beginning.
The book is sci fi novel in the imagined future, where humanity spread it wings and settled on many different planets across different constellations. The system governor by the bunch of bure ...more
I am writing to inform you that your writing sucks. As in the real world, characters should not be written as purely evil or saccharin-sweetly scrupulous. In the real world, we have shades of grey. Not only are characters written this way more true to life, but they are a hell of a lot more entertaining to read about. The characters in the book were so far from three-dimensional that I want to call them one-dimensional, although thinking about that makes my head hurt. Instead, ...more
When I first started seeing hype about this book, I knew I had to read it. Kevin J. Anderson is one of my favorite authors EVER, and I'll read anything he's written. And Brian Herbert, well, you may have heard of his dad...Frank Herbert...of Dune fame. Plus he went on to write several more books in the Dune series. So yeah. This was a big deal.
I started reading the second I got the book from the library (They took forever to order it. LAME!). At first, I had a hard time following the action beca ...more
I have read a few reviews complaining about a lack of character depth, and while I largely agree, I will leave that argument to others. I was more put off by the flatness of the setting; each planet in the great Constellation is barely described, leaving a picture of tiny one-dimensional orbs with one climate, one ecosystem and perhaps one major resource, if a ...more
Had to call it quits. I just couldn't get into the story. After an intriguing prologue, the st ...more
In fact, this story was gripping enough to make me forget about Adelaide's awful public transport for the better part of a week, which to me is the m ...more
That's the thing about Hellhole, it had potential. The story itself is interesting, the characters could have been interesting, the politics could have been inte ...more
Author: Brian Herbert and Kevin j Anderson
Genre: science fiction/ crime/ action
Review: I’ll admit it, I’m a creature of habit, especially when it comes to choosing books, if I read an Author and I generally like what they’ve written, I’ll pretty much just keep buying their books… loyal? yes… possibly stupid? maybe, but it works for me.
The result is that I usually end up with a library of my favourite Author’s works, and I really do get to know their writing s ...more