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Simon R. Green is the New York Times bestselling author of the Secret Histories series, the novels of the Nightside, the Ghost Finders series, and the Deathstalker series. He lives in England.

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Bestseller Green's wild conclusion to his Deathstalker saga picks up moments after the cliffhanger ending of Deathstalker Return (2004). Unjustly outlawed Lewis Deathstalker has just brought his ancestor Owen back from the dead to battle the multidimensional, planet-devouring Terror. Meanwhile, Lewis himself tries to assemble and lead a space fleet against the vile minions of usurper Emperor Finn Durandal. In addition, in chapters interrupting Owen's pursuit through time and Lewis's jaunts through space, former Emperor Douglass Campbell must pull himself together to mastermind a rebellion in Finn's capital city. This listing of major plot threads doesn't begin to suggest the full story's feverish complexity. Fortunately, when the stage gets too crowded, the author kills off a few supporting characters, not to mention millions of faceless extras. In some ways, this SF novel resembles mid-grade anime-much better on explosions and mortal combat than characterization; however, it does tie up the series' loose ends coherently. Moreover, even if the major characters are legends, larger and stranger than lifesize, Green's ingenuity and sarcastic prose style keep readers from getting grossed out by the bloodshed or bored by tired space opera theatrics. He knows the action is so far over the top that it almost slips into farce, but he usually manages to keep his balance, arms waving frantically, right on the edge. Agent, Joshua Bilmes. (Feb. 1) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Praise for the Deathstalker Series "The Deathstalker Saga is space opera to the extreme as only Simon R. Green can do it. Intense, unique, and addictive, it's everything George Lucas wishes his work could be, if he had an unlimited budget and the peculiar creativity I've come to associate with British writers. I love Green's work, and I can't recommend this book enough."--SF Site "Green ably juggles elements of sword and sorcery, high fantasy, humorous quest and SF, with homages to authors such as Moorcock, Adams, Cordwainer Smith, and Zelazny...a fun, twisty romp with surprises around every corner."--Publishers Weekly "Reading even one Deathstalker leaves one feeling jollier than before, for the series continues to avoid the lapses of tone so common in humorous space opera and fantasy."--Booklist "Rip-roaring space opera with dastardly villains, exciting battles, nefarious plots, and strong willed heroes."--Chronicle "Fans of the various Star Wars and Star Trek novels are going to love Green's epic science fiction series. Plenty of action and adventure."--Midwest Book Review "The Deathstalker family legacy and the battle for the throne are reminiscent of high fantasy, and the wisecracking heroes and villains would feel at home in a Hollywood action-adventure blockbuster. Green has created an amazing universe that stretches light years into the far future."--RT Book Reviews

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