"For fans of Star Wars and Star Trek novels"
The second Empire was bright and good, with human, AI,
esper and alien living together in harmony. On the
empire's capital world, King Douglas appointed Lewis
Deathstalker as the King's Champion much to the dismay of
Finn Durandal who expected the appointment. Finn managed
to trump up charges against Lewis and become the King's
Champion but Deathstalker escaped along with Douglas's
They escape in a stolen spaceship along with a con artist
thief, a sociopathic gladiator and Saturday the
replitoid. These five outlaws must find a way to stop
Finn's growing reign of terror as he consolidates his
power. Their final destination after a series of
adventures is the world of Haden where Lewis must travel
to the center of the Madness Maze in the hopes of bringing
his illustrious ancestor Owen Deathstalker back from the
dead. Only he can stop Finn and the terror, a phenomenon
that is destroying all inhabited worlds.
Fans of the various Star Wars and Star Trek novels are
going to love Simon R. Green's epic science fiction
series. There is plenty of action and adventure but
basically DEATHSTALKER RETURN is a story about people, men
and women who rise to the occasion and become heroes vs.
those who take advantage of a situation and become
villains. The story is told from both points of view so
readers understand what is going on in the minds and
hearts of the characters at all times. There is going to
be another book in the series because there is one very
big question that must be answered and the author cleverly
sets it up with the last sentence of the last page.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 8, 2003
Lewis Deathstalker is on the run, with an evil Empire snapping at his heels. He and his companions, the diva Jesamine Flowers, the conman Brett Random, the Psychopath Rose Constantine and a reptiloid called Saturday, travel from world to world, searching for help and answers to the mysteries of the past. On the planet Unseeli, they talk with what remains of the traitor Carrion, and the ghost of a man called Silence. On Lachrymae Christi, an old legend called Tobias Moon tells them the truth behind the legends. On Shandrakor, they explore the ruins of the old Deathstalker Standing, and fight with more than one kind of monster. And on Haden, finally, they come to the Madness Maze, and the culmination of Lewis's epic quest: the return of Owen Deathstalker.