An increasingly crippled Hank struggles to keep the various factions of Belvaille in check after the collapse of the Colmarian Confederation.
Hank, as Supreme Kommilaire and Secretary of City, has several hundred police to try to maintain order among the millions of inhabitants on the space station while simultaneously preparing for Belvaille's first ever election.
He thinks it is an impossible task. Every year the city and even the galaxy falls further into chaos as he succumbs to the debilitating effects of his mutation.
With economic turmoil everywhere, a dirty election in the works, and the galaxy's foremost assassin hunting him, Hank has to decide if he can save Belvaille. Or if it's even worth saving.
NOTE: Sequel to Hard Luck Hank - Screw the Galaxy and Hard Luck Hank - Basketful of Crap
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"The Fast Forward (Spoiler free)"
Hard Luck Hank's namesake is finally coming to fruition, its been several decades since the events of the last book. Bellvale isn't the small space station of purely the dregs of society, but rather one of the remaining bastions of a once great empire. Garm is a shadow and hasn't been seen in 50 years. Bellvale is over populated, falling apart and Hank is one of the few forces keeping it from imploding.
Time hasn't been kind to Hank. If he seemed lumbering and oalfish in the first book, and painfully slow in the second book, he's now reduced to the ability to stand up if he falls under his own strength due to his own density.
This romp is a strangely dour as Hank has become increasingly fatalistic and nihilistic about his own situation. While Prince of Suck doesn't quite have the charm of Screw The Galaxy, it's a mild improvement over the second book, where any introduced character was seemingly killed off. It still feels meandering and isn't always abundantly clear where/what is going on but Campbell seems to be headed back to the right direction.
Liam Owen still is the right narrator for the job but there's something off in the mastering as often a high pitched ringing can be heard in the dialogue. It comes and goes, but is quite noticeable between my cheap $10 JVC marshmallow ear buds, my rather expensive Klipsch X11is earbuds and even over my iPhone's internal speaker. When I first heard it, I thought the noise was something in my car, which left me pausing and playing and soon realized it was the recording. It didn't quite break the book for me but certainly was annoying. Either Liam Owen was in a noisy environment, or his recording gear could use some fixing/upgrading.
"Ol' Hank Strikes Again!!!!"
I have loved every single previous book of Hard Luck Hank and The Prince Of Suck did not disappoint! and the narrator Liam Owen could not have been better! Instant classic, thank you from the bottom of my heart Steven Campbell!
Another excellent book and everything however! There is a weird High pitch noise in the Background whenever they speak. Not annoying enough to Be distracting but noticable
If your a fan of the series you will enjoy the latest installment as long as you don't listen in the car. Hank's narration is set to a good level for listening, but the other characters are all set to a much lower sound level. The audio really needs to be leveled out to make this an enjoyable listen.
"Prince of Suck - Sucked a Little Too Hard"
Time has pasted, across the universe civilizations crumble, and Hank is slowly solidifying. Abandoned by people he thought were his friends, left holding the bag of holding Belvaille together, and dying more often each day. Hank's life is really sucking. I know Hank's life is supposed to suck but I'm expecting vacuum cleaner level suckage and I got "Space, the Final Frontier" vacuum. I had a hard time finishing this installment because it seemed the story even had trouble moving against the extreme suckage. Unfortunately, there was nothing in the story that created enough momentum to break free of the story's suckage.
I just can't recommend this book to anyone. I mean I liked Hank, obviously, since this is the third book featuring him I've read, but I don't need to witness an unending series of depressing incidents dumping on poor Hank, I don't find it entertaining.
I saw other reviews that said that this book was good, but don't expect great writing. I disagree. The author writes the story from Hank's viewpoint, narration and all, and NEVER breaks character. Liam Owen's performance reading this book is so perfect that I found myself speaking like Hank throughout the day. He really understood the character and his delivery was incredibly funny. Better yet...this series continues and gets better as it goes along. I've read the first three books and can't wait til the others are available on audio.
Thank you to Steven Campbell, to Liam Owen, and to Audible. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this series.
The series just keeps getting funnier and funnier. Steven Campbell has a real talent for comedy and plotting a good story. As for the reading, I will forever associate Liam Owen's rendition as the voice of Hank! Great fun and highly recommended!
"Another Enjoyable Hank Adventure"
It's near the top and I listen to a lot of titles.
Other than the other Hard Luck Hank books...along the lines of the D-List Supervillain series. Because they both have interesting main characters and infuse humor with the action and storyline.
I enjoyed this novel's twists and turns, and of course, Hank. He's not exactly the same as the first to novels, but after what he's survived, that's to be expected.
As always Campbell managed to introduce a wide gamut of events that at first appeared unconnected. Having listened to the two previous novels in the series, I was able to guess some of the connections that got tied up in the end.
"Another smash hit."
This series has made me laugh a lot. I mean like big belly laughs at work. I recommend this series for those who like a great read.
"Ok but not as good as previous stories."
Not as good as the previous novels. Plot was weak and the reveal of the main antagonist was about as u exciting as it comes. Disappointing story. Narrator was awesome though.
"Another enjoyable Hank story"
Fun, occasionally funny. Could listen to these stories for another 10 books, provided the author can keep them fresh-ish
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