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Voidhawk (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jason Halstead
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Voidhawk is the first book in an space fantasy series blending swords, sorcery, and travel through the void between worlds. It's wooden ships in space, read on and experience a multi-verse of new delights!

Too young and naïve to care about the tensions between nations, Dexter Silverhawk considered himself the luckiest man alive when he found a derelict voidship hidden amongst some asteroids. Making it void-worthy and finding a crew to sail it seem like minor problems when he ends up in a Federation prison.

Rotting in a communal cell, Dexter's luck shows a fickle side when a mysterious elven woman is thrust into into his life. Helping her fend off an assault Dexter quickly learns that her mind and her tongue are weapons against which he has little defense. Unable to resist, he hires her at the first opportunity.

Surviving both politics, sorcery, and even ancient curses will force the growing crew of the Voidhawk to put aside their differences and work together. What remains for the young captain is the lessons of when to heed his mind, and when to heed his heart.

Look for the continuing adventures of the Voidhawk:
Book 1: Voidhawk
Book 2: Voidhawk - The Elder Race
Book 3: Voidhawk - Redemption
Book 4: Voidhawk - The White Lady
Book 5: Voidhawk - Lost Soul
Book 6: Voidhawk - The City at the Edge of Forever
Book 7: Voidhawk - Broken Shards

Biographie de l'auteur

Jason Halstead works in the automotive industry as an IT manager, developer, and database administator. From time to time he puts on a few other hats as well. In his spare time Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, writing, and training in his basement gym for whatever the next powerlifting competition he has signed up involves. He enjoys reading and responding to fan mail as well, so if you liked Voidhawk or any of his other books, don't be shy! jasonhals@gmail.com

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 4151 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 456 pages
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Novel Concept Publishing LLC (10 janvier 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0053KJCSI
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Word Wise: Activé
  • Composition améliorée: Activé
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°301.000 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great saga! 3 octobre 2013
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Good plot, good caracters, easy to read and looking forward to read the next book in line. A good material for a future TV show & movie
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Firefly and old D&D.... in space! with typos. LOTS 18 juin 2012
Par Jacen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I like this book. I want to rate it higher. However, far too much is borrowed from Firefly. Most to all of the characters and a lot of the plot elements are... "inspired by" Firefly... But the word for word lifting of some of Whedon's phrases- at least four + - strikes me as plaugarism. And that should be slapped down. HARD. Add in the many, many typoes and missing words... And the disjointed, weekly session of D&D style plot... gets you a good book marred heavily by knowing Whedon did it first.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Swashes buckled? Aye, Captain! 10 décembre 2010
Par Keryl Raist - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
"Take my love, take my land,
Take me where I cannot stand.
I don't care. I'm still free.
You can't take the sky from me!"

Pardon me while I hum along. Why I'd have the theme song to Firefly in my head after reading Voidhawk will be readily apparent to anyone who's ever seen the show and read the book.

In fact, let me really geek this out. Imagine a Firefly-Spelljammer crossover. You now have a pretty good idea of how Voidhawk is set. For those of you who didn't spend an unwholesome amount of time debating the merits of stone dice versus plastic, and who can't tell me why Fireball is a more effective zombie deterrent that Melf's Magic Arrow, let me do a little explaining:

Spelljammer is a not too well known role playing game set on space going sailing ships. Instead of the Millennium Falcon sweeping through space, think the Black Pearl. Firefly is probably the best TV show in the history of TV and definitely the best Sci-Fi TV show. A band of unlikely people crewing a space ship, going from port to port, job to job, getting in interesting scrapes and adventures and becoming a tight knit family as they survive each new peril.

Now, put those two things together, and you've got Voidhawk: a swashbuckling fantasy of sword and pistol, spell and sail. This is fantasy in the Star Wars (New Hope) mode, fast, lots of action, not a lot of introspection. The characters don't get into long deep discussions about the morality of killing the bad guys, they, like Leia, grab a gun and start shooting. They don't have long conversations about how they feel. The reader does not have to slog through pages of internal monologue in which the characters debate their place in the universe and the nature of man.

It is, in a word, fun. The action sequences are especially well done, blending ship to ship combat with hand to hand and magic in a way I've never seen before (and I've read a pretty good collection of fantasy novels over the years.) A very quick example: Hordes of zombies are attacking the ship. The wizard is holding a protective circle around the ship. The hand to hand specialists will have to get the zombies off the landing struts before the ship can lift off. The pilot is in charge of a split second lift off. The Captain and a few of the crew are soaking the ground with oil so that, if they can get the timing right, they can drop the protective circle, have the zombies storm the ship, take off with minimal zombies clinging to the ship, knock the ones that are off, and then drop greek fire and light the ground under the zombies so they all go up in flame. In one scene we've got high magic, hand to hand, real world tech, flight fighting techniques, and zombies. Seriously, what more could you possibly want in a book?

Plot, character development, and snappy dialogue. Hmm... you're pretty picky aren't you?

There is plot coming out the ears of this book. We call books that read like movies cinematic. I'd call this book episodic. It reads like a TV show, and a first season one at that. We get to know the characters as they go on a series of adventures. There's not much of an overarching plot, unless you want to consider the introduction of the characters an overarching plot. However, each of the adventures is a nicely wrapped package of something interesting. Yes, some of them will feel a bit, familiar, if you've watched Firefly, but just when you start to think that possibly the book is in danger of straying from homage into full out rip-off, it finds its own footing and differentiates itself nicely.

Character development is probably the weakest aspect of this book. Most of the book is told through the point of view of Captain Dexter Silverhawk, and by the end of the book we know him pretty well. His First Mate(s) and Arms Master are well fleshed out, too. The other sevenish (the number of characters changes during the book) are more like character sketches than full characters. But as a certain TV show from the sixties proved, you can get on pretty well with a few well developed characters, a few less developed characters, and a crew of revolving redshirts.

Snappy dialogue: let me flat out say it, it's not as good as Firefly, but nothing else is either. Joss Whedon does dialogue snappier and tighter than anyone else, and he's got an ear for how people speak that's astounding. Jason Halstead doesn't. Which doesn't mean the dialogue is bad, though there are moments when the desire to create a distinct style of speech for his characters mucks with the flow of the scene. One of the reasons that accents and unique grammar structures are hard to pull off is because they trip up the reader. Watching a TV show the viewer sits back and absorbs words, but a reader has to slog through those words, put them together and try to figure out how they sound and what they mean. Since Halstead's characters speak in a sort of westernized-pirate patios, it can be even trickier to keep your eyes moving. Most of the time it's not an issue: the language flows properly and sounds correct for the characters, but every now and again it slips.

It is very clearly a first novel, and the writing gets better as the book progresses. Though I haven't started it yet, I anticipate the sequel will be even better yet. And, though I'd usually rather spend an hour grinding my teeth and wishing I was anywhere else, I'll enjoy the flight I'm taking on Friday because the sequel to this will make great plane reading.

At $15.99 the paperback is probably a bit over priced. The $6.99 Kindle book price fits better with the length of the book and the quickness of the read. Either way, if the rogue with a heart of gold and his cast of colorful misfits is your idea of fun reading, this book is for you.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Evles, Dwarves and Space, Oh My! 10 février 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book is an interesting mix of science fiction and fantasy. Why is it interesting? Because we have elves, dwarves, and other mythological species in SPACE, like, they're ALIENS. How cool is that? Not only that, but the space ships are made out of wood. Yeah, you heard me. Wood as in wood from trees like real boats that go in water.

Besides throwing my two favorite genres together, Halstead takes on an adventure through space as Captain Dexter fulfills his dreams of having his own boat and crew. And how I love Dexter. He really does remind of Captain Malcolm Reynolds from the tv series Serenity. Throughout the book, Dexter picks up new crew members as they pick up new jobs and venture further into space. The more jobs he takes and the further he goes, the more trouble he finds, especially with the Elven Empire.

Did I mention that there's magic? Yup, magic + space technology. It just gets better and better. And really, this book is high fiction in a spacey setting, which I approve, very much.

Ok, I should warn all readers that this is not for everyone. By this, I mean that the book is for ADULTS. I realize that there is violence and a bit of sex in every book, but still, the nudity scenes would make me hesitate in recommending this anyone under... 17?

One last thing... the cover is so PRETTY!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Ok except for all the sex. 11 mars 2013
Par Cat - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The story was fun but the almost rape scenes and the constant talking and thinking about sex distracted from the story. I picked it up because several people said that it was like Firefly. Well it was more like the porn version of Firefly. I put it down after about 100 pages. I know some people like that sort of thing but I'd really rather have more story and character development than sex in the books I read.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 A Blatant Knockoff of SpellJammer with over-the-top sex thrown in 2 septembre 2013
Par Jeffery A. Davis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
As a gamer since I was fifteen years old, I'm fond of Dungeons & Dragons novels. From Ravenloft's Strahd Von Zarovich to Dragonlance's Raistlin Majere to the Forgotten Realms' Drizzt Do'Urden, I've followed the stories of some of the most legendary characters of these worlds for some twenty-three years. Of the campaign settings that I've enjoyed in that game, I would say that my second-favorite would be SpellJammer. This awesome idea threw modern physics out the window and gave us pirate ships that flew through space with our characters able to walk on the deck and look at the stars. We were able to pilot these vessels between the worlds of the D&D game, which existed in different solar systems. I read five of the six novels from the series and they were okay. Not really anything to match the epic appeal of the other, longer series.

So, when I found out about the Voidhawk series, I was stoked. My biggest worry was that, since it was only based on a licensed property, he would have to move too far from the original source material.

I was wrong. Halstead makes the book so close to the campaign setting that it's a wonder that Wizards of the Coast hasn't filed a lawsuit yet. At least, as far as the mechanics go that is. Where he falls short was the area that caused me to have to stop reading halfway through. It was all the sex.

Characters in Wizards' (formerly TSR) novels do have sex. But it's not so blatant as to make the novels anything more than, I'd say, PG-13. That was just not the case here. Characters parade around naked. The captain is always ogling the low-cut shirts of pretty much every woman in the story, with the exception of the bald half-elf, and she expresses an interest in experimenting with bisexuality. I had to stop reading the story. I have too vivid of an imagination and an addiction to pornography.

I really wanted to like this story. I really did. The author is an incredible writer. Personality-wise, the crew of the Voidhawk are mostly likable. Halstead's detail is vivid, which would have been great if he hadn't tried to write a story that played out like an epic D&D novel set to play on Cinemax after-hours.
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