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Deathstalker [Paperback]

Simon R. Green
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January 2003
Owen Deathstalker never wanted to be head of his clan. But when his father is murdered and he himself is outlawed by the order of the Empress, Owen must face the fact that destiny has other plans for him...

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When Owen Deathstalker, foppish aristocrat-about-the-galaxy and master of the martial arts who'd rather write history, is outlawed by the maximally evil empress Lionstone, it's a pretty sure bet that narrow escapes and desperate deeds will follow. They do. This first-in-a-series is populated by a suave and suitably blas{‚}e hero, nasty villains galore, a wide assortment of peculiar supporting characters of many bizarre species, and the requisite confused love interest; and it is set on a criminal planet, Mistworld, at an imperial court, and all over a wildly variegated galaxy. Green blends derring-do, space battles, and wry banter aplenty to form an eminently satisfying space opera. Dennis Winters --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.


"Green blends derring-do, space battles and wry banter aplenty to form an eminently satisfying space opera." -Booklist

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
If you like your science fiction short and sweet, Simon R. Green's Deathstalker series is not for you. This is space opera in the grand tradition, filled with sweeping turns and possibilities extending across an Empire of worlds and centuries, featuring a cast of human aristocrats, clones, espers (mutants with varying ESP capabilities), monstrous aliens, augmented men, genetically-enhanced creatures, legends and heroes from the past, and outlaws. The newest outlaw is none other than Owen Deathstalker, de facto leader of the Deathstalker clan ever since the imperial murder of his father. All Owen wanted was to be left alone to pursue his history studies, but destiny has a way of finding its chosen victims wherever they may be. Queen Lionstone XIV declares Owen an outlaw, and in an instant he is running for his life. Thus are sown the seeds of a rebellion that will change the Empire forever. Of course, that story only begins to be told in this first volume of the exploits of Owen Deathstalker.

Deathstalker first escapes - barely - to Mistworld, a cold stink-hole of a planet that serves as the one and only refuge of outlaws all across the Empire. In the company of fellow outlaw Hazel D'Ark, to whom he literally owes his life, Owen seeks out the Empire's most legendary rebel, Jack Random, to join his nascent little rebellion. Throw in a sassy female bounty hunter and one of the Hadenmen (augmented men who once sought to wipe out the inferior human race), and you've got quite an eclectic bunch of revolutionaries.
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1.0 out of 5 stars DEATHSTALKER: The worst book that there is. April 3 2001
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I cannot express in mere words the incredible super-badness of this horrible, horrible book. Don't buy it. Don't read it. Just back away from your computer slowly, turn away, and never think of the Deathstalker Series again. Now. You want details? Sure, I can provide them. I was forced to read all of Deathstalker when I lost a bet. But all the examples of terrible everything in this book are so obvious that if you don't catch them yourself you deserve to enjoy Deathstalker just as much as you deserve serious gastro-intestinal illness. For God's sake, look at the name! What kind of serious author would title his book and main character 'Deathstalker' unless he was being incredibly ironic? But this I promise you: irony, or indeed any literary device, is as far beyond the means of Mr. Simon R. Green as is plot, characterization, and not stealing all his ideas from other better science fiction. By far the most depressing aspect of Deathstalker is it's popularity. At this point, four other Deathstalker books have been published, each one, I am sure, plotted out by Green as he idly masturbated into a copy of Isaac Asimov's foundation. What does it say about humanity that he is successful with books like this? I, for one, am unwilling to speculate. I welcome your comments.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great world could have been so much more. Dec 11 2000
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As I read the first half of this book, I was facinated by the world that Simon R. Green had created. On style I would rate this first book in this series a five. It manages to combine A Romanesque emipire and mix it with 16th century Europe, and adds in in modern punk culture. Amazingly he makes this work somehow. On the surface the characters are just really neat.
This alone carries the series through the first two books. Unfortuantly the storyline lets the rest of the series down. The more I read this book the more it became clear that there were no real characters just a bunch of odd fighting machines that seemed to choose sides almost at random. But even with this the world kept me enthralled enough that I managed to read through the third book. The only reason I couldn't read on was because the characters just simply became too strong. By the second bood six people are attacking armies and winning without breaking a sweat.
Too bad, this had the makings of a trully great pulp action sereis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great and gory space opera July 18 2000
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Having cut my teeth as an adolescent on E.E. Doc Smith's space operas, I still have a sweet tooth for the guilty pleasures of space opera. And this one's a doozy. Owen Deathstalker is a historian forced to become a hero; once the world falls apart for him, the action never stops. Filled with an astonishing blend of every cliche you've ever heard of in science fiction (rogue AIs, espers, aliens, gladiators, an evil empress, corrupt lords, and genetic engineering, just to name a few), the novel keeps moving like there's no tomorrow. I got down in the mud and had a good wallow with this one. My only caveat about the novel is that the dialogue tends to be somewhat jarringly reminiscent of half-remembered lines from Hollywood movies at times, with sayings better suited to the 1990s coming out as if they were newly minted. Fortunately, Green's use of these sayings declines in his sequels, which are actually even better than the first one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, But Just Some Things. . . June 21 1999
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This was a great book, in depth and original, and not boring. There are just some things about it. . . For one thing, it's not JUST about Owen Deathstalker, in fact, a lot of the book is NOT about him. It takes the point of view from some other "aristos" or other characters as well, which is ok 'cause these other characters are pretty interesting as well. That's also why the book is so long. There are lots of cool ideas in this book, sort of political, but not bogged down w/it, and the action is a bit graphic too, though not awful. . .if you mind that sort of stuff. Even though it's a pretty long book almost nothing is resolved, which is good in that the story's not over, but heck! you gotta get the other ones! Overall, it's a pretty good book, enough to keep me liking it and reading the next books in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Space opera at its best.
Simon Green's Deathstalker saga should not work. The tales in this series are quirky to say the least, featuring such oddities as a castle that is really a spaceship, a world full... Read more
Published on April 17 2007 by Ms. H. Sinton
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book in the grand tradition of Space Operas
Green does a very good job of painting a picture of a society that needs overthrowing - badly! Owen Deathstalker is not the most endearing character, nor particularly interesting... Read more
Published on Dec 1 2001 by DocRWM
5.0 out of 5 stars The rebellion begins
This book had me entranced for two evenings. I don't normally enjoy futuristic novels that much, but Simon R. Green has a great talent for describing characters and situations.
Published on July 24 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars story without depth, consistancy, or sense.
What could have been an epic story is turned into a frightfully jumbled mixture of shallow characters, ideals, and pet expressions. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2001 by scott martin
2.0 out of 5 stars A mangled space opera
Green attempts a classic space opera with in Deathstalker. He started with a clean idea (historian forced to be a hero), but rapidly cluttered the theme with the rapid-fire... Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2000 by Michael Rossander
5.0 out of 5 stars Explosive beginning to an explosive series
I first saw a review for the final book in this series and decided to start reading the series from the beginning. I was hooked after the first chapter. It was gritty and bloody. Read more
Published on July 10 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Smack into another interesting world!
I have to admit that there are many interesting elements in this book, presented by Green.
however, this content has many rough edges that could have done better with some... Read more
Published on July 10 2000 by S
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book!
This book is a great read. It has very well developed characters that you can watch grow through-out the series. Read more
Published on June 6 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series...
I loved reading this book as well as the four that follow it. Be warned, though, that once you have read the first book, you will want to follow through to at least the third book. Read more
Published on April 17 2000 by Mostly Harmless
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