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Hank is a thug. He knows he's a thug. He has no problem with that realization. In his view the galaxy has given him a gift: a mutation that allows him to withstand great deals of physical trauma. He puts his abilities to the best use possible and that isn't by being a scientist.
Besides, the space station Belvaille doesn't need scientists. It is not, generally, a thinking person's locale. It is the remotest habitation in the entire Colmarian Confederation. There is literally no reason to be there.
Unless you are a criminal.
Because of its location, Belvaille is populated with nothing but crooks. Every day is a series of power struggles between the crime bosses.
Hank is an intrinsic part of this community as a premier gang negotiator. Not because he is eloquent or brilliant or an expert combatant, but because if you shoot him in the face he keeps on talking.
Hank believes he has it pretty good until a beautiful and mysterious blue woman enters his life with a compelling job offer.
Hank and Belvaille, so long out of public scrutiny, suddenly find themselves the epicenter of the galaxy with a lot of very unwelcome attention.
©2013 Steven Campbell (P)2014 Steven Campbell
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5 out of 5 stars
By Thomas Allen on 09-11-14

A bunch of genres crammed into good fun

I didn't rate this five stars based on literary value. It has next to none. I rated five stars based on sheer enjoyment. This book is just plain fun! Based against a sci-fi backdrop, you'll find fantasy, noir, crime, comedy, and a light smattering of romance.

And the narrator was about as perfect as could be for the voice of Hank. But he didn't slack off on the other voices, either. Male, female, species, race, and life station: This guy represented each one independently and entertainingly.

This book will not change my life, but it did help me enjoy it a lot more.

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5 out of 5 stars
By CT on 06-14-17

I wish this was a comic book

HARD LUCK HANK is notably the first book I ever saw advertised alongside one of my books and every single volume of the series has been advertised alongside my Supervillainy Saga books, almost in tandem. This factor, along with the hilarious covers, made me finally shell out the money to buy a copy of the first book. I'm currently on the fifth book, interrupting my work in writing my Lucifer's Star sequel and reading other series to read the books one after the other.

Hank, last name unknown, is a mutant on the space station of Belvaille. He is mostly indestructible, at least to small arms fire, and slow as hell. He's basically the Juggernaut if the Juggernaut were a third as powerful and an even bigger slob. Actually, that describes Spiderman villain The Rhino but a lot more people know the Juggernaut than the Rhino. You could also make a comparison to the Hulk's Joe Fix-It personality but that's even less known. Belvaille is one of the worst cities in the galaxy and composed almost entirely of criminals.

Despite possessing superpowers, Hank is a low-level thug who lives just well enough to keep himself in doughnuts, hamburgers, and whatever else he eats in the future. He has a close friendship with the station's incredibly corrupt security chief, Garm, and more or less has no ambitions but to keep doing what he's doing for the next few centuries.

Hank's life changes a great deal when a pair of other mutants start living next door, one of whom is a level 10 mutant who may be able to change the galaxy. Also, the discovery he's been mislabeled a level 10 mutant himself and this has attracted the attention of two indestructible robots that are going to potentially murder everyone in the station to get rid of this threat to their race. Hank more or less gets roped into doing the right thing and everything goes downhill from there.

I recommend the audiobook version of this book since Liam Owen does an amazing job of imitating Patrick Warburton as a burned out space goon. The text version isn't bad by itself but the audio acting adds something special to the story. This is a comedic story which can still be taken seriously and enjoyed on the merits of being anti-hero fiction at its funniest. Hank is a killer, leg-breaker, and general all round beast but he's too lazy to be malevolent.

The supporting cast is a treat with Garm being my favorite character but a certain purple skinned femme ingenue being every bit as enjoyable. This cast will carry Hank's adventures through a number of books so I'm going to say it's a good thing they're all as fun as they are. I also like Belvaille here most. The station will go through some dramatic changes but it's never more enjoyable than when it's like a floating Mos Eisley. Hank is a lovable scumbag but his darker qualities don't matter when everyone around him deserves what he does to them.

In conclusion, I strongly recommend you pick up this book if you're in the mood for a sci-fi comedy. The characters are great, the story is decent, and the setting is interesting. Best of all, Hank is hilarious as he lumbers from bad situation to bad situation, making things worse for the most part, as he tries to do the bare minimum required. Sometimes, it ends up fixing things and it's as surprising to Hank as it is to the reader.


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4 out of 5 stars
By Chantal on 03-29-16

Good fun!

Not exactly a work of literature, but lots of fun and the hours fly by. I'll definitely be getting the sequel, on the full understanding that it will be much of the same. I hope.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 12-03-15

Excellent Story

What did you like most about Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy?

I most enjoyed the story itself and how it flowed with Hank, was a really easy and enjoyable listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy?

When Hank fights the Dredaled by having it punch him down the street.

Which character – as performed by Liam Owen – was your favourite?

Definately Hank himself, I fell as though he truly capture the essence of Hank.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was indeed.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to listening to the rest of the Hard Luck Hank books.

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5 out of 5 stars
By keith on 07-14-17

Better you think it will be. Laugh out loud!!!!!!!

What did you like most about Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy?

It was an incrediably fun and funny story. Id put it up there as one of all time favourite audiobooks

What did you like best about this story?

The crazy characters

Which character – as performed by Liam Owen – was your favourite?

Hank ofcourse!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Eat suck suckface!

Any additional comments?

It took a few to decide if the narrator was going to annoy me but soon discovered he perfectly fit Hank and does an Amazing job.

I have listened to all 6 books. Pls write MANY MORE. Love the sense of humor.

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