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Hero at Large (Second Edition) (The Hunter Legacy Universe Book 1) Kindle Edition
Your journey starts here, where surviving having survived, comes with a body count.
Jonathon Hunter has evoked the wrath of 27th century pirates. With his twin sexy bodyguards and their mercenary unit, Jonathon seeks to come to grips with station life in a suddenly hostile universe.
Celebrity, gratitude, sudden attacks, and a mysterious prophecy are more than most 18 year old's can handle.
A reluctant hero, Jonathon is on a journey, seemingly out of his time, but always in time.
Meet Jon Hunter as he starts a 2 year journey to prophecy, with his AI sidekick, and mostly female mercenary team. This is a rollicking coming of age story, of life in space, fighter and ground combat action, and surviving the consequences of surviving.
This universe is about Life in Space (Opera), with Military Sci-Fi in space and on the ground, a Spiritual under-theme with a supernatural overtone, with cats. It has elements of Fantasy, Cyberpunk, LitRPG, and GameLit.
The Hunter Imperium Universe
Is best read in this order:
The Hunter Legacy
Hero at Large
Hunted Hero Hunting
Send in the Hero
Make or Break the Hero
Hail the Hero
Hire a Hero
Hero to the Rescue
Hero at the Gates
The Long Road to Gaia
Home is Where the Hero Is
Hero in Darkness
Hero to the End
Admiral of Gaia
Kingdom of Hunter's Run
Talisman of Tomorrow
Leader of Sector Ten
The Spacemage Chronicle
The Hunter Imperium
Blind into the Breach
Legend of Dreamwalker
Imperium Knight Chaos Rising
Midshipman Spacemage (Imperium Spacemage 1)
Ensign Spacemage (Imperium Spacemage 2)
Lieutenant Spacemage (Imperium Spacemage 3)
Lieutenant Commander Spacemage (Imperium Spacemage 4)
Commander Spacemage (Imperium Spacemage 5)
Fleet Captain Spacemage (Imperium Spacemage 6)
Amulet of Truth
Ganesha's Spacemage (Imperium Spacemage 7) *Forthcoming*
The Hunter Imperium Universe Series in the order written:
The Hunter Legacy
The Spacemage Chronicle
The Hunter Imperium
From the Publisher
The Hunter Imperium Universe: 5 completed series, 3 in progress - 3 galaxies - 4100 years.
Enter The Hunter Imperium universe through these books:
Hero at Large: Join Jon Hunter on a 2 year journey to prophecy in the 27th century.
Admiral of Gaia: The sidekick becomes the hero, in a different galaxy.
Yesterday's Spacemage: A medieval mage in training finds himself on a spaceship, and on a journey to meet Jon Hunter.
Hunter's Terminus: Jon Hunter has done the impossible. But there's more work to be done where the space of three warring alien species meet, with disparate civilizations to be molded into an Imperium to stand as a buffer between them.
Midshipman Spacemage: Magic played a part in Jon Hunter's resolution of prophecy, and a young mage takes up the challenge to merge magic and high tech in the fledgling Imperium.
Old Magic: What if the world always had magic? What if Merlin decreed it couldn't manifest until the age of 70? Joe just turned 70.
Adrift: A time anomaly leads to the origins of Merlin and Arthur.
Mage King: The established Imperium no longer at war starts to evolve.
From the Author
After 3 years, and more than a million words written, I came back to where I started from.
Hero at Large, Second Edition, is now the story I would have written 3 years ago, had I had the skills I have now.
Many of the things reported in reviews have been addressed. There were a few words missing, a few apostrophes where there shouldn't have been one, and a huge number of double words which are now apostrophe single words. A huge number of commas went in. The very large paragraphs have been broken up. A handful of spelling errors were fixed, and some were not. And the opening paragraphs have been smoothed.
The story hasn't changed, but the reading has.
And for a new edition, the cover has been changed as well.
A few extra clarifications were added. But for some things, you still have to wait until books 7, 11, and 12, for answers. One of these is why both prophesy and prophecy are used, and why sometimes it seems the wrong one is used - Book 11 for the answer. Sorry, no spoilers.
For those who want to go back and begin again, Update your version from your Manage Your Kindle page, shift into 'slinky red', buckle up, and lock and load.
After 2+ years, The Hunter Legacy series is complete. 12 Novels, 1 Novella, and 1 Christmas Story, with 1 Companion book. The Christmas story is numbered 14 for Amazon, but is actually 7.5, and does contain references used later on. The Companion book is #15.
It's been a roller coaster ride for me, starting with being on a disability pension with a head full of ideas, and ending with me being a full time novel writer, albeit with the same health issues I began with. It's something of a relief to be finished, but also something to be sad about. Still, there is always the next book.
This was my first novel, after spending years writing spiritual material, and space based computer game guides.
If I'd known how much fun it was to write novels, I'd have tried it years ago.
I've deliberately tried to mix some genres. My first love in all things Science Fiction, is Space Opera. My life revolves around being Spiritual. I love and am loved by, cats. So why not mix them all into a rollicking tale?
The combat chapters all come from a lifetime spent playing space based computer games. I played all of the Wing Commander games which were released in Australia. Eleven years ago, (2004), I discovered X2 by Egosoft. It was a 4X type game, with the message, "Trade, Fight, Build, Think". When I was bored with fighting, I learn't trading, building stations and created my own in-game entity. Then I began to mod. With X3, I discovered all the ways of making money had been nerfed. In disgust, I just went exploring, and wrote a guide while I did it. I ended up writing fourteen guides, and then assembling all the good guides for the game into the X3 Handbook. I finished with two major mods.
The experience I gained from the games is now coming out in my novels, especially the combat. And the progression of the main character through the series will be very like the progression of a player through a 4X computer game.
If I'd known that writing novels about space combat was just as much fun as being in the combat, I'd have started this book years ago.
The ideas for Hero at Large, and the story which follows, began taking shape in my mind over twenty years ago. Its been haunting me ever since. When I finally started writing it in 2014, it practically wrote itself. What took so long to get it out, was learning writer's skills I needed to tell the story well.
As an avid reader of science fiction, I'm very critical of what I read. So I make an effort to proof read until I cannot find any errors. If you find some, let me know. I will fix them. However, don't talk to me about spelling - I use Australian spelling, as the main characters are all Australian, living in the Australian sector.
This book, and the ones that follow, have been a lot of fun to write, and I hope you have just as much fun reading them.
I saw some comments about editing, and re-visited the first chapter. It reads exactly how I wanted it, as does the whole series. While perhaps not up to literary excellence, these novels are the thoughts of an 18 year old, presented as Jon thinks. They also to a large extent represent the way I think. I never set out to write good literature, I set out to write a rollicking yarn. I do however repeat - if you find something you feel is wrong, let me know. I cant fix it, if you don't tell me about it. The easiest place is on the Facebook page - drop me a private message there. If you're on my mailing list, you can respond to the emails from Jane - I will get them.
In regard to some other comments, this series was intended to be the documentation of daily life in the 27th century, including the mundane minutia. It deliberately goes hour by hour, and often minute by minute, and in some places later on, second by second. This is what I set out to do. I know not everyone wants to know about the endless emails, and throwing up in the bathroom, but this is a story about such things. All I can say is, if you just want the action without the real life in between, maybe this series isn't for you. But for those who like the immersion into a universe and the life of the main characters, this series was written for you.
The main character of this series is Spiritual.
The main character of this series loves cats.
The main character of this series is a sci-fi nut.
There is a certain element of Spiritual based Supernatural.
Now Physics is ignored, and the explanation doesn't come until book 7.
If you cant deal with this combination, better you don't begin.
The Spiritual doesn't go away.
If you think Spiritual means Religion, dont even start, you're going to hate this series. There is no religion here, but apparently a lot of people can't tell the difference, even when one of the books explains it.
This is a mix of Space Opera and military sci-fi. The Opera is the main story, the military comes and goes. 3, 4, 5, 12 & 13 are war stories. 7 & 9 are partly war stories. The Spiritual underlines the entire series, is a large part of 8 & 10, and culminates in 11. The cat does its own thing, everywhere.
For those still reading and about to begin book 1, shift into 'slinky red', buckle up, lock and load.
- ASIN : B00WL26P8G
- Publisher : Timothy Ellis; 15th edition (April 22, 2015)
- Publication date : April 22, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 6044 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 260 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1520594100
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #79,709 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2019
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In spite of all that it's still an enjoyable story and I'm going to check out the next one.
The physics in the book is really poor. Loops and rolls are for planes with control surfaces not a spaceships; there isn't a stop in space and well, that should be enough to make a point.
Marty Sue, magic, Marty Sue.
The writing isn't terrible. I mean, words are used properly, and everything is paced well.
There's the prophecy, and the magic belts, and an 18yr old kid from a backwater planet flys better than experienced pilots, and he redesigns ships and computer interfaces in ways no one else has ever thought of, and then there are the twins. Twin female bodyguards he shares some mystic connection with.
Thankfully, the author only uses two or three military ranks.
His characters don't act like people. Pirates continue attacking out of a need for revenge...because getting their butts handed to them repeatedly by an 18yr old kid hurts their feelings? And pirates don't like that.
This isn't science fiction, it's future fantasy. I should check to see if he ghost writes for George Lucas...midichlorians...
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The plot never stops and the stage just keeps getting wider and more powerful, It's pure space opera. The goodies are all good; the baddies are all bad. It's the Boy Who Becomes More, it's every teenager's dream and it's a fun bit of nostalgia to Wing Commander and the other early space shooters.
The info-dumping gets less intense in the later books and every new ship isn't described in exhaustive detail to quite such an extent. (Ezekiel 40 springs to mind) But if Mr Ellis has heard of Chekov's Gun he feels they must be collected in great numbers, safely locked away and never fired. Foreshadowing is not a thing. It's disconcerting at first and then it is strangely liberating. You are left wondering whether this detail or that will become relevant later on. Someone drops a gun and nothing comes of it. Someone else does the same and it's a major plot point. Just like real life, you never know what any event will become. It's very clear the author puts down whatever comes into his head at the time, but not so much as to be inconsistent; the world is consistent and dependable; the plot is solid and it works. And then there are the huge numbers of characters with names starting with "A"; another sacred rule of creative writing broken with abandon just to get another painful late-20th century reference in. And it works and, most of the time, you can distinguish them all in your head because they are their own characters with their own parts to play. At times I find myself wishing he would employ a decent editor, but that would change the writing and not necessarily to anything better.
So not for literary nerds who may get hung up on sacred cows, but for anyone looking for gripping stories on a wide stage this series is definitely worth a look.
Since I've been on a bit of a nostalgia kick lately I decided to give the series another go as I absolutely love the way the author has woven all sorts of science fiction trivia, as well as other types of books and movies, into the story.