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Only the most desperate colonists dare to make a new home on Hellhole. 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 charlatans...but also a haven for dreamers and independent pioneers.

Against all odds, an exiled general named Adolphus has turned Hellhole into a place of real opportunity for the desperate colonists who call the planet their home. While the colonists are hard at work developing the planet, General Adolphus secretly builds alliances with the leaders of the other Deep Zone worlds, forming a clandestine coalition against the tyrannical, fossilized government responsible for their exile.

What no one knows is this: the planet Hellhole, though damaged and volatile, hides an amazing secret. Deep beneath its surface lies the remnants of an obliterated alien civilization and the buried memories of its unrecorded past that, when unearthed, could tear the galaxy apart.

Publisher: New York : Tor, c2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780765322692
Branch Call Number: SF HER
Characteristics: 532 p. ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Anderson, Kevin J. 1962-


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May 20, 2018

I read volumes one and 2 and am anxiously heading to the library in a few minutes to pick up volume 3. Great story.

Sep 29, 2016

Simply a fantastic series.

Apr 21, 2016

A great trilogy ! A bit of military, a bit of sci-fi and a lot of plot twists with some great characters (you will love to hate) !

Mar 27, 2015

I'm thinking Kevin Anderson might be Poul Anderson's son. The offspring of successful writers are as prone to get together and ride the gravy train as the offspring of politicians, or movie acters. Anyway, I gradually made my way through this morass of what's loosely been described as a plot. Actually finished it last night. I didn't hate it and will read the next one in the series or until it all wears me down to check it back in and read a biography of one of the Kennedy family if any are still alive, or some Bush that hasn't been president yet. Something potentially more interesting than the Herbert/Anderson pot boiler series.

Apr 27, 2013

Begiining of a series by Frank Herbert's son and another author. Introduces some new science ideas (slickwater) along with a way to mark trails for space travel. But main purpose is to set the stage for other books. It thus leaves you hanging and wating to get the next book. Also introduces some characters who turn out to be fairly shallow as the author regrettably is more interested in his plot than the characters, which you'd think he would find space for in such a large book.My interest is piqued, let's hope I'm not let down.

Dec 16, 2011

It's a good book, though it takes time to get on it's feet, once it does, it's an exceptionally strong read. The one thing I regret about this book is that I have to wait until next September to read the next novel in the series. Definitely a must if you like sci fi opera with a couple of twists thrown in. Some of the characters were a bit unbelievable though. But, hey who reads science fiction expecting it to be entirely factual?

May 04, 2011

Decent book. Worth the read.

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Dec 30, 2011

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Jul 13, 2011

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