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A hugely entertaining, action-packed, testosterone-fuelled, bone-crunchingly violent adventure that doesn't take itself too seriously...

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Smart, resourceful and discreet, David Gunn has undertaken assignments in Central America, the Middle East and Russia (among many other places). He is happiest when on the move and tends not to stay in one place for too long. He comes from a service family, has an impressive collection of edged weapons and sleeps with a shotgun under his bed. Death's Head is his first novel.


Ever wonder what kind of havoc a raging mutant mercenary with a chip on his shoulder and a sentient pistol at his side can accomplish? Gunn's protagonist, Sven Tveskoeg, is a killer without a conscience, honorable yet ruthless, decadent yet noble-an ultra-aggressive hybrid of a warrior and a certain cinematic mercenary made famous by the current governor of California. In a constant struggle for survival, Tveskoeg finds himself adapting, organizing, and conquering each and every situation and environment he is thrust in. The militaristic sci-fi setting will appeal to readers on the surface but many of the supporting characters are one-dimensional caricatures. The fast-paced story sometimes feels like an adrenaline rush racing through one's body. We feel invincible for a few moments but afterwards are left questioning the reasons for our behavior. This first novel, a hodgepodge of sf movie scripts rolled into a proverbial mystery-meat burrito, is optional for larger sf collections.-David Wang, Queens Coll., Flushing, NY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

First-time novelist Gunn, a Brit who's served his country by undertaking mysterious military or espionage "assignments," delivers a hilarious far-future shoot-'em-up featuring a flawless antihero. As Sven Tveskoeg survives one certain death after another, he reveals himself to be a supernaturally quick healer, able to communicate telepathically with aliens, honorable and compassionate in the face of terrible consequences and equally capable of masterminding a prison planet rebellion, the invasion of a city and the assassination of cyborg generals. Fortunately for Gunn (and Sven), readers are much more likely to cackle with glee than to point and snicker. Some may accuse Gunn of autobiographical wish-fulfillment that would make a fan-fic author blush, and Sven's adventures read almost like a novelization of a movie or video game. Those looking for hard-bitten military SF will be disappointed. Those who love schlock that stops just short of parody will be delighted. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"I was hooked...took me right back to the fun I had reading Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter on Mars or the old Robert E Howard Conan books!...Yeah! 'Starship Troopers' meets Schwarzenegger's 'Commando'." * NEAL ASHER *
"The plot kicks off at an absurd speed and never really lets outrageous read: violent, witty and immense fun" * DEATHRAY *
"Powerful and explosive...Tveskoeg is one of the classiest fictional hard men I've come across in a long time" -- John Berlyne * SF REVU *
"Unashamed, balls-to-the-wall science fiction...violent, graphic and at times a little crazy...A fun ride" * SFFWORLD *
"Crunchingly hard...shocking, exciting, murderous fun with more than little intrigue to keep you guessing. This is how cults are born" * DAILY SPORT *

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