A confrontation between General Adolphus and the fleets of Diadem Michella Duchenet is compromised by a shadow-Xayan mental blast, an imminent asteroid collision in the outer Candela system, and a fanatical band of rogue telemancers. - (Baker & Taylor)
A sequel to Hellhole finds a confrontation between General Adolphus and the fleets of Diadem Michella Duchenet compromised by a shadow-Xayan mental blast, an imminent asteroid collision in the outer Candela system and a fanatical band of rogue telemancers. 50,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
In this exhiliarting sequel to Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Hellhole, the stakes on planet Hallholme have been raised to new heights.
After declaring his independence from the corrupt Constellation, rebel General Adolphus knows the crackdown is coming. Now he needs to pull together the struggling Hellhole colony, the ever-expanding shadow-Xayan settlement, and his connections with the other Deep Zone worlds. Even then, he doubts his desperate measures will be enough.
Diadem Michella Duchenet has collected a huge space fleet led by Commodore Escobar Hallholme, son of the hero who originally defeated Adolphus. They expect resistance from the General's rebels, but who could possibly stand up to such a mighty fleet?
Adolphus knows he's running out of time, but he still has some hope—the shadow-Xayans have banded together to defend their sacred planet with "telemancy," but can they discover new powers to protect all the stored alien lives on the already devastated world? And when all hope seems lost, the awakened Xayans reveal information hidden even from their own followers—the existence of a bigger threat that makes even the Constellation fleet seem insignificant.
Disaster has come for General Adolphus and Hellhole…and this time there is no escape. - (McMillan Palgrave)
The space opera that is the Hellhole series continues with the struggles of General Adolphus to have the Deep Zone worlds secede from the Monarchy. The Diadem, head of the Monarchy, has sent a massive fleet to put down the rebellion. Meanwhile, the awakened Xayans, aliens found on the planet Hellhole, have revealed themselves to have unsuspected powers that can protect and aid the rebellion, but there is a secret they are unwilling to share with the humans. The Xayans know there is another, greater threat to Hellhole and the Deep Zone worlds—their own fanatics. This book is aimed squarely at those who have read the first in the series, as there is barely any review of what occurred in the previous book. This time, the focus is on the players in the Monarchy and the Xayans. More fighting and treachery ensue, with the outcome up for grabs. Can the Deep Zone survive while caught between the Monarchy and the Xayan fanatics? Will the Monarchy finally collapse under its own decay? Only the next book will tell. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
*Starred Review* Hellhole is a militaristic sf story of galactic proportions. The underdog, General Tiber Adolphus, had taken on the corrupted Constellation and lost as a direct result of choosing a moral high ground. The ruler of the Constellation, Diadem Michella Duchenet, does not have him executed but, rather, exiled permanently to a planet in the Deep Zone. The diadem is the powerful ruler of a system not unlike that of Louis XVI of France, a feudal system of nobility that tramples the common people for the benefit of the few scheming nobles at the top—a system teetering at the end of its useful life. In the time-honored footsteps of story arcs like Star Wars and Dune, Adolphus continues to plan a rebellion from his remote world of exile, hoping to eventually achieve the Deep Zone planets' independence from the Constellation. A brilliant strategist, lover of Old Earth history, and castoff of a now-defunct noble line, Adolphus is a Robin Hood for the galaxy to unite behind and support. The characters are easy for the reader to believe in, brought to life through not only their own emotions but also the responses and thoughts of the individuals around them. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
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Herbert, the Hugo Award-nominated son of legendary sf writer Frank Herbert, joined up with top sf writer Anderson some time back to expand the story of Frank Herbert's blockbuster Dune. Here, as the Xayan civilization reawakens, the burgeoning shadow-Xayan settlement Hellhole gears up for a showdown with a host of enemies. Of course there will be fans.
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Exiled to the prison planet Hellhole (officially Hallholme) for posing a threat to the corrupt Constellation, a stellar monarchy composed of 74 planets and ruled by a tyrant known as The Diadem, former Gen. Tiber Maximillian Adolphus has declared Hellhole's independence and now prepares for war. In the midst of their preparations, the rebels realize that a trio of asteroids is heading on a collision course for the planet—presumably as part of an attack by an unknown enemy. VERDICT In this sequel to Hellhole coauthors Herbert and Anderson, creators of the Dune prequels (Dune: House Atreides; Dune: The Butlerian Jihad) offer another fast-paced, multi-level drama with a tough-as-nails hero involved in an impossible rebellion. The plot draws inspiration from both the Dune and Star Wars® universes but possesses an original sensibility that sets it apart from both popular worlds. Fans of panoramic space opera and dynastic fiction such as David Weber's "Honor Harrington" novels and Lois McMaster Bujold's "Miles Vorkosigan" series should flock to this genre addition.
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In the distant future, the Constellation controls a core of 20 worlds—the Crown Jewels—and claims dominion over more than 50 peripheral planets in "the Deep Zone." When General Adolphus challenges the corrupt rule of the dowager Diadem Michella Duchenet, his incorruptible integrity leads to his defeat and exile to the inhospitable world of Hallhome, known popularly as "Hellhole." However, Adolphus sees his situation not as imprisonment on a deadly world but as an opportunity to plant the seeds of a true revolution. The coauthors of "Legends of Dune" (The Butlerian Jihad; The Machine Crusade; The Battle of Corrin) and other series set in the Dune universe introduce a new trilogy that combines the best of space opera with galactic intrigue and a cast of memorable characters. VERDICT Fans of David Weber's "Honor Harrington" series and the Star Wars® novels should enjoy a new entry into this popular category.
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