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Hero at Large (Second Edition) (The Hunter Legacy Universe Book 1) by [Timothy Ellis]

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The Hunter Imperium Universe: 5 completed series, 3 in progress - 3 galaxies - 4100 years.

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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.

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Second Edition.

From the Author

Second Edition  
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.

First Edition

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.


Product details

  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
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Timothy Ellis lives on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; where he no longer battles with his cat for possession of his desk chair. Daleks do guard duty, and he keeps his sonic screwdriver next to his lightsaber and wand. Now there is a female Doctor Who, he eagerly awaits the sound of the Tardis materializing in his house. And still waiting!

He spent his life reading and watching science fiction and fantasy, and has been playing Space Genre computer games since he used to be smuggled in to play the original text Star Trek game on a university mainframe, long before the PC or Apple appeared. Since 2004, he's written game guides for the Egosoft X Universe series, culminating in two versions of the X3 Handbook, and an X4 Shipyard building guide. He has also designed major mods for the various games, and dozens of mini mods.

He has been a farm worker, Antique Dealer, Computer Programmer, Systems Analyst, Operations Manager of a small retail chain, and Retail Store Owner. He is now a full time author, who still does Spiritual Healer and helper work.

After leaving behind the corporate and business worlds, he was opened to his Spiritual gifts. Now a Feng Shui Master, Feng Shui led him to Buddhism, Karma, the Tao, and back to western spiritualism. Since 2006 he has been writing spiritual articles and helping people via spiritual forums and Facebook Groups. His spiritual books include "Personal Healing Using Basic Meditation", "Life Harmony, Feng Shui in Plain English", '101 Tips for the John of God Brazil Experience', and "The Wisdom of the Ages is available for the price of asking a question" series of 8 books. His own spiritual healing led him to writing novels.

His first novel, 'Hero at Large', spawning the long running 'The Hunter Imperium' universe, brings together his love of the space genre, magic, spirituality, and cats. Now 7 series long, the universe covers 2 galaxies, 4100 years, and as at Rockmonster Rules, 49 Novels, and 6 shorts. There are 5 main entrance points: Hero at Large, Admiral of Gaia, Yesterday's Spacemage, Crossover, and Midshipman Spacemage. Alternate entrance points if you don;t need backstory first, Adrift and Mage King.

If you wish to be kept up to date with new releases and information in The Hunter Imperium Universe, subscribe here:, and follow on Amazon, Goodreads, or BookBub.

The fastest way to find out about a new release is my Facebook group/page, which get advance warning about 2-4 days before release, and again when the book is uploaded to Kindle; and my email list which goes out as soon as close to midnight of release day in the US. Bookbub will let you know about 3-4 days after I remember to tell them.

Amazon's notification policy has changed again with Covid-19, and they seem to no longer notify by email anymore.

I normally will release in advance of the specified release date whenever possible (which due to Amazon policy I set at 3 months, but release around the 6 weeks from the last release date normally. So if you are a Kindle Unlimited reader, you will want another method to be notified of the actual release date, so you can download and read on day 1.

Some things which might help you choose to read my books (or not):

- I mainly write 'life in space'. Living the life of the character is more important than what happens. Or if you like, bathroom breaks and throwing up are part of life.

- I don't write using 3 acts. I'm a 'pantser', not a plotter.

- There is no pacing. What happens, happens, as it happens. Or put another way, life happens. Perfect pacing for me, isn't real life. Sh*t all happens at the same time, and then there's a lot of boredom. Deal with it.

- I use the 'Oxford Comma', and when I read a sentence, where I pause gets a comma. The comma is a pause, so if you are pausing, you're reading it as I wrote it. Any discomfort is you're own problem. Apparently I put too many in, and not enough, and in the wrong place, and all at the same time. Deal with it.

- I dislike the assumption that as a main character levels up in skills, the bad guys do as well, or the situations must get worse.

- I intensely dislike a main character who is strong, but has to do stupid, or pull a rabbit out of an orifice, because the bad guy is always stronger.

- I really hate the assumption that a main character should always be threatened with death or worse, no matter how strong they are. If you need your main characters to be under threat all the time, don't read my books.

- If you're reading the Spacemage books with the expectation of overpowered meets bigger overpowered, you're missing the whole point of what I'm writing. The important conflict is always internal, not external.

- I don't actually write Epic Saga, like so many SF&F authors do. In spite of the first series going 14 books, and setting up a universe. I'm more interested in how characters deal with things, than momentous events.

- I'm Australian, and I use Australian spelling, and ways of talking. Writing Australian is not bad grammar, it's just different. Word is trying to turn me into an American, but I'm fighting back. You either like the way I write, or you don't. Either way, it's your problem.

- I don't use ARC's and currently only 1 Beta reader. I don't send out free copies for reviews. I don't discount on day 1. deal with it.

- I actively fix any goof/typo/issue in my books, as they get identified. This is not a matter of bad editing, but being aware you can never find everything, and us Indies can fix it when we find it, and so we do. My pet peeve is all the Trad books I re-read where none of the many goofs have ever been fixed.

- You can let me know any issue through my Facebook group/page, or via my new release mailing list email I send out from. All my books have had updates. Check for update buttons in 'Manage Your Kindle', or request Amazon to update your copy, since they don't auto-update every time I do one. This includes KU, where updates are also not automatic. You must request an updated version by contacting KU support.

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