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At 23, Jazen Parker has completed his Legion hitch a hero. But in four months, he'll have a price on his head. Worse, he's lost his past, and he can't find his future. Worst of all, he's chosen to search for them on the deadliest planet known to mankind.
When Jazen reluctantly hires on to a Trueborn Earthman tycoon's safari to bag a deadly trophy, the reluctant mercenary finds himself shipped out to Downgraded Earthlinke 476, the outpost at the end of the universe known to everyone except its tourism bureau as "Dead End". But the hunt goes terribly wrong, and Jazen must survive a tough, beautiful local guide who hates mercenaries, an 11-ton beast that can crush main battle tanks with one claw tied behind its back, and the return of a nightmare that has haunted Jazen since birth. Then Jazen learns that the stakes are not merely his own life, but the fate of an entire alien race.
©2011 Robert Buettner (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Buettner goes well beyond... military science fiction.... He understands... living as a soldier—the boredom punctuated by terror, the constant anxiety and self-doubt, the random chaos that battle always is, and the emotional glue that holds together people who may have nothing in common except absolute responsibility for one another's lives.” (Joe Haldeman, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author)
"Entertaining. Buettner shows the Heinlein touch." (Denver Post)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-19-15


The beginning set this world up to be really spooky. The government agents our hero has to deal with when arriving our very funny. It is a jungle forest planet with some of the deadliest animals and insects in the universe. The biggest and badest animal happens to be sentient, but the humans don't realize it. ON DEAD END HUMANS DIDN'T MAKE ROADKILL, THEY WERE ROADKILL. A pretty good set up.

This feeling did not hold. Soon, the book goes into talking about guns. Another taking them apart and talking about how tough they are. As more characters are introduced they are two dimensional. If you are playing the arcade game the bad guys are running around with the bubble over there head saying bad guy. Giving a voice to the huge monsters almost saved the book for me. Still, it just was lacking something to get it over the booze line. It is not a awful book, just not a great book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Harmon on 03-03-11


I must admit I didn’t think I would think highly of this book but it turned out to be a very good one.
I was highly entertained with the story and the human aspects. I hope there will be a second book.
There was just enough comedy and Sci-Fi to make me want more.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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