Hank was a dying breed on the space station Belvaille. The criminal gangs that had once made their homes there were forced out by the corporations that had taken over since the facility became an Independent Protectorate. Instead of the gentlemanly gang wars that had once dominated the scene, and made Hank's services prized as a negotiator, the city was now plagued by the clash of corporate armies using heavy weapons. Even tanks roamed the streets regularly. Most everyone from the olden days had either fled the station or was killed due to the organizational changes. Changes that Hank personally brought about when he had negotiated Belvaille's status with the Navy. As Hank contemplates whether he can survive in this increasingly hostile environment, he realizes that things aren't as bad as they seem - they are quite a bit worse. The constant power plays among corporations might have further reach than just the alleys of a backwater space station at the edge of the galaxy.
©2014 Steven Campbell (P)2014 Steven Campbell
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"Dry noir scifi comedy done right"
Hard Luck Hank: Basketful of Crap is a short but very entertaining listen. If you liked the first book, you'll love the second.
This book had me grinning from ear to ear, and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a fun read.
"Great Sci-Fi humor and action - lots of fun"
I love writing that can make me laugh. There's one scene written in this book that had me laughing really hard (Hank in the space shuttle going to meet the general.) The rest of the book is pretty even throughout with wry humor, wisecracks, and Hank's continuous self-deprecating viewpoints. It's awesome that Steven Campbell can keep up a high rate of humor throughout the book.
The narration is good, and most characters are identifiable by voice, although the narrator is a bit limited in variety in comparison to Fisher Stevens or Bronson Pinchot. Liam Owen is perfect as the voice of Hank, with dry wit, snarky, sarcastic and long-suffering tones modulating Hank's speech and inner voice.
It's a book that manages to be funny and still have an interesting and inventive plot and pretty good action scenes.
"Let the good times roll!"
An enjoyable listen, absolutely loved the new characters, the good and bad guys.
Thought it had a but more excitement and action than the first, with the great twists throughout!.
Familiar Hank feel but still felt very fresh! Really great job on this one!
"ok,enjoyable. looking forward to the next book"
It wasn't as good as the first but it was worth getting! It's fun following Hank around on his adventure. Please continue this series!
"Second Hank is a winner!"
This second book in the Hard Luck Hank series is funnier than ever and has a great story. I know there's a third book but I hope there's more to come!
I'm not into highbrow books, that being said this book was awesome. Fast paced funny and the narrator was perfect. Can't wait for the next one.
"What happened Hank?"
I didn't like this book as much as I did the first. After skimming over the reviews on audible it seems that, once again, I'm in the minority. So, let me defend my position.
What went wrong here? I almost think that Steven Campbell quit trying. There was nothing in this book that made me laugh like there was in the first one. The jokes seemed either too silly and forced or the narrator's delivery and timing was way off.
While I thought the first Hank book had a great plot, I got confused a lot of times with this one. Some of the major plot points were delivered through character dialogue and it wasn't very cohesive. I kept thinking, "what the bleep are they talking about?" In my review of the first book I said that character dialogue was on par, but it is really lacking something in this sequel.
Then there were the sound effects. I've never been a fan of sound effects in my audio books, however, in the first Hank book they added flavor to the story and some of them (I'm thinking of the shotgun blasts) were kind of cool. In this book, though, they were a nuisance. There were some voice effects that made it nearly impossible to understand the words.
Finally, Liam Owen's performance was worse. I took a lot of time criticising him in my last review, so I won't do it here. I wouldn't know where to start.
If the first book had been as disappointing as this one I would have stopped there. Yet, its on the merits of that book that I will probably give Hank another chance, but if it doesn't improve I might end my relationship with the big dumb brute there and say, "Eat suck, Suckface!"
"Great in every respect - KaCHOOM!"
Most enjoyable listen.
Off to be the Wizard. Both of these books are lighthearted with male characters who have issues on top of being comical heroes.
Liam is absolutely perfect for the voice of Hank. In fact, Liam could turn a basketful of crap into, well, a basket.
There is no I in team, but there is a "Ha" in Hank!
More Hank, less Kardashians!
"OMG - Hilarity in space!"
Where is Hank the series? Netflix, HBO somebody please pick this up. The only thing funnier than reading about Hank would be seeing him in live action!
"Not as good as the first but still a fun listen"
Just as stupid as the first but this is not a problem. Sometimes it's just about the characters and this series has many great ones... starting of course with Hank.
However this is not as fresh as the first and I'm not sure if the humor will continue to hold up over subsequent novels. However, it is still funny enough that I will likely get the next in the series.
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