Death's Head

Death's Head David Gunn
  • Title: Death's Head
  • Author: David Gunn
  • ISBN: 9780345498274
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Death's Head David Gunn Death s Head Set in a chillingly realistic far future world and featuring a gritty antihero even frightening than the evil empire he serves as soldier and assassin Death s Head is sure to be one of the most talk
    Set in a chillingly realistic far future world, and featuring a gritty antihero even frightening than the evil empire he serves as soldier and assassin, Death s Head is sure to be one of the most talked about novels of the year David Gunn is loaded and he shoots to kill.At the top of the galactic pecking order is the United Free, a civilization of awe inspiring technSet in a chillingly realistic far future world, and featuring a gritty antihero even frightening than the evil empire he serves as soldier and assassin, Death s Head is sure to be one of the most talked about novels of the year David Gunn is loaded and he shoots to kill.At the top of the galactic pecking order is the United Free, a civilization of awe inspiring technological prowess so far in advance of other space faring powers as to seem untouchable gods Most of the known universe has fallen under their inscrutable sway The rest is squabbled over by two empires one ruled with an iron fist by OctoV, a tyrant who appears to his followers as a teenage boy but is in reality something very different, the other administered by the Uplifted, bizarre machinelike intelligences, and their no longer quite human servants, cyborgs known as the Enlightened.Sven Tveskoeg, an ex sergeant demoted for insubordination and sentenced to death, is a vicious killer with a stubborn streak of loyalty Sven possesses a fierce if untutored intelligence and a genetic makeup that is 98.2 percent human and 1.8 percent something else Perhaps that something else explains how quickly he heals from even the worst injuries or how he can communicate telepathically with the ferox, fearsome alien savages whose natural fighting abilities regularly outperform the advanced technology of their human enemies Perhaps it is these unique abilities that bring Sven to the attention of OctoV.Drafted into the Death s Head, the elite enforcers of OctoV s imperial will, Sven is given a new lease on life Armed with a SIG diabolo an intelligent gun and an illegal symbiont called a kyp, Sven is sent to a faraway planet, the latest battleground between the Uplifted and OctoV There he finds himself in the midst of a military disaster, one that will take all his courage and all his firepower to survive But an even deadlier struggle is taking place, a struggle that will draw the attention of the United Free Sven knows he is a pawn, and pawns have a bad habit of being sacrificed.But Sven is nobody s sacrifice And even a pawn can checkmate a king.From the Hardcover edition.
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    About David Gunn


    1. Smartly dressed, resourceful, and discreet, David Gunn has undertaken assignments in Central America, the Middle East, and Russia among numerous other places Coming from a service family, he is happiest when on the move and tends not to stay in one town or city for very long The author of Death s Head and Death s Head Maximum Offense, Gunn lives in the United Kingdom.


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    1. Well, I know I m enjoying a book when everything else stops until I ve completed it This had its faults, but probably the same faults as mine in that the reader is too hooked into the action to take in all the detail I was confused about the political set up here until the end, and the snake heads were right out of Stargate Atlantis, but none of this was enough to distract me for long.David Gunn s Death s Head started off loaded with violent action and horror and continued in that vein, so I was [...]

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    2. You know what really impressed me about this book How STUPID the main character is Sven, Space Barbarian, is a man who doesn t know much about technology He s a practical man, for whom book learnin isn t on the agenda, and the kind of guy who doesn t deal much with explanations.This is a shame, since the book is from his perspective.I m left looking at this interesting post human universe through the goggles of a moron who doesn t understand the significance of an AI powered gun, or the biologic [...]

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    3. 5 Stars for a throw back, kick ass military scifi extranvaganza of blood, gore, sex and cool tech I loved it Think of it as Sten meets Scalzi s Ghost Brigade SF with some Stargate, Farscape and Starship Trooper mixed in Sven, the prime killer, is a Death s Head legion soldier with special capabilities and a SIG Diabolo gun equipped with AIe gun is as much a character as Sven Brilliant Emperor OctoV sends Sven on special missions, usually resulting in many people ceasing to exist The makeup of th [...]

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    4. If you ever want to get into Military SciFi DO NOT READ THIS BOOK FIRST If you do you will be sad because every book you read after this will suck by comparison This series of books is intense and action packed and a little naughty Even if you don t like this genre you will like this book And if you don t, unfriend me now.

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    5. This is definitely a guy s book It hits the ground running and never looks back Fast paced, no fat, and gets right to it Total instant gratification.It s set in some unknown time in the future and told first person style from Sven Sven is a soldier, a nobody really For some reason, the universe has a special fate for Sven And we go along for the ride while he plows through battles, bars, and brothels from planet to planet.We like Sven because he s unflinching, unforgiving, and always in control [...]

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    6. This is probably one of my biased reviews, seeing as how I read it after a string of unimpressive romance novels I was ready for a military sf novel where the protagonist is very good at killing instead of fluttering eyelashes Even if he s not the most intelligent guy, he gets things done with a generous side helping of extraordinary abilities and, of course, a talking gun , to the point where he gets shuttled around from place to place on crazy missions Each time he wins promotions despite his [...]

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    7. Gritty, action packed military sci fi with a protagonist with a don t fuck with me attitude and a talking gun The talking gun might be my favourite character It took me a while to get into the book, the first third felt too slow and dragged out despite quite a bit of action happening, but after that it sucked me in, and the ending left me looking forward to the next part.

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    8. t might be much calling what follows a book, but Death s Head Maximum Offense, by David Gunn can you get a name better than that for military sci fi is a quick and hugely entertaining read The pace is break neck and it doesn t let up for a second I found my self leaning forward in my chair, airline style, braced for impact I finished this in one sitting, not because it was a must read but because its simple good honest fun.The main character of this military science fiction novel is a muscular s [...]

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    9. spoiler free Hell yes This book took was like a cold refreshing splash of water followed by a right hook to the face, I m dazed but wonderfully alive Gunn describes each scene s action in brutal detail to the great pleasure of the reader, followed up with gritty war settings and menacing factions all from the perspective of one Sven Tveskoeg, an anti hero that could be described as someone animal than man, accompanied by his sidekick talking gun Did I forget to mention that The moment I started [...]

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    10. It s been a while since I hit a sci fi series I wasn t already reading, and this one seems like the beginning of a pretty good military sci fi series The book focuses on the journey of the main character from a barely functioning legionary to one of the most the elite of the empires military While it is straight up military fiction and adventure fodder, it is interesting to have a book which is almost a study in character progression Very unusual for a military fiction book.When it comes to the [...]

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    11. I thought the story, characters and world were all very well done and enjoyable However, the author failed to explain many things and skipped over necessary descriptions Because of this some of the time I found it difficult to figure out what was happening or what they were even talking about because there was so much technology and political aspects that were never explained and they simply talked about them like we should already be familiar with it But all around a good book.

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    12. While I consider myself a science fiction fantasy fan, I must admit that, realistically, I m of a fan of fantasy My taste in science fiction reading is fairly limited I am not nearly as enad of hard sci fi pages of realistic and scientifically feasible explanations of how the featured Mechawidget actually works I m really just into good futuristic yarns This may be why I tend to watch science fiction movies and TV than read science fiction books That and it has been far too long since a good f [...]

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    13. Death s Head is pretty damn awesome Think Riddick drafted into the Foreign Legion Death s Head is pure unadulterated enjoyment of blood, guts and guns, in military fashion cause everyone knows, there s the right way and the military way Sven is big, bad, and, from the words of White Zombie, More Human than Human He has major authority issues which, in this far future society, makes for some real problems Well, maybe not for Sven so much, cause he has the ultimate resolution for any and all probl [...]

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    14. Wow, talk about gratuitous sex It s as if Gunn realized he can write details of the process to be shocking but give it a facade of a soldier who just doesn t care I had high hopes for the premise an intelligent gun and symbiote , but it just devolved into an illogical world driven by machines with elements of Warhammer 40k as a cheap knock off thrown in The story of an invincible soldier who has sex with anyone he wants to and can get away with insubordination against the most elite army in the [...]

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    15. Having only read 3 4 military sci fi novels, a friend of mine sci fi fan said this was good So, thought I d give it a try This was like reading a hard boiled story, taking place in the future Gunn s sparse writing style, an anti hero who doesn t mind adding to the body count, but is as loyal they come Then comes along the intelligent gun, a character in himself Gun fights, sex, booze, sex and gun fightsd, you have an action packed tale.Glad I gave it a try.

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    16. Love a book that suck you in within the first 20 pages and never let s you go Love the characters and the world created in this one This is highly recommended for anyone that likes high octane sci fi military books Accessible by anyone as at the heart it s a great action adventure story Looking forward to part 2

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    17. as this is a pre novel has been around only since 2008 it has been missing from my reviews as I have read it on publication anyway one of the best series debuts of the past 10 years and I still hope of Sven s adventures will be forthcoming though I have no idea how likely it is even so, all 3 series books available are still worth reading

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    18. I didn t finish this book, so maybe it is better later on, as other reviews seem to indicate I picked it up because it sounded maybe interesting, and I wanted to find out what is so special and different about the main character, but I didn t find Sven convincing and the plot seemed sort of boring sordid, yet slow so I dropped it.

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    19. Death s Head is brutal, in your face and bursting with creativity The plot can be difficult to follow, but the roller coaster ride of action adventure science fiction is extremely entertaining.

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    20. The story had good potential and elements of the classic hero s journey the protagonist was suitably badass with decent powers But the novel felt disjointed and listless, at times, with forced melodrama, to boot The action sequences were not up to the mark given the hero s powers Not an impressive start to the series.

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    21. I would have enjoyed this if there was less rape, sex with underaged girls, and sex bordering on rape, even though the protagonist insists the women were willing I get the whole gritty view at war and world but why always with the rape, and always rape of women, if things were really that terrible I would expect at least a few men be put up against the wall.

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    22. tropish, immature, and dumb.

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    23. Dark, dirty, and violent This is some abrupt and black hud military science fiction It may not be everyone s cup of tea, but it certainly was my style of fiction.

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    24. The protagonist reminds me of Ridick.

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    25. This is definitely a guy s book It hits the ground running and never looks back Fast paced, no fat, and gets right to it Total instant gratification.

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    26. I picked up this book on a whim and I m mighty glad I did David Gunn writes fast and furious military sci fi Death s Head is the first novel in a series of books featuring the anti hero Sven Tveskoeg, an ex sergeant of a sci fi version of the L gion trang re The book is narrated in the first person by Sven, who upon examination is revealed to be 98.2% human and 1.8% something else and is able to tolerate, and quickly recovers from major physical stress and damage Add the fact that he is ultra vi [...]

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    27. I was really looking to read some military sci fi and this really fits the bill It reads like a comic book which suits me fine but beware if you are expecting anything deeper than that maybe look elsewhere.The main character Sven is basically the hardest man in the universe an really gets thrown around the plot often for no obviously discernable reason being incredibly hard and violent It s the motivation and direction of the plot and of him that jars a little bit Sven is painted as a really str [...]

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    28. Military S F, like Marmite you ll either love it or loathe it This book starts off brutal and carries on in that vein.There is a plot of sorts though it does seem badly linked, chapter wise, and there are a lot of them, thankfully they are pretty short ones.The main character is an ex Legionnaire loner, named Sven imagine a cross between Schwarzenegger Dolph Lungdren, only less intelligent with a really bad attitude to the universe at large He is captured by some creatures called Ferox and taken [...]

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    29. Cap de mort in romaneste tradusa la editura Tritonic Per asnamblu cartea e interesanta si nu cred ca e vreo pagina in care sa nu fie ceva actiune E vorba in carte de un mercenar care se lupta si intra in tot felul de activitati rasboinice mai mult sau mai putin dorite, activitati in care sunt prezente si fiinte extraterestre oricum ,razboi de la un capat la celalalt al cartii.Cartea nu abunda de cine stie ce descrieri sau de personaje puternice dar m a mentinut in priza si mi a luat mai putin de [...]

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    30. I never picked up a book that falls in the action sci fi genre before, and wasn t really sure what to expect Would I be reading about never ending battles between mercenaries How much of that can you read before it starts to get tiring Well, if all books of similar genre are anything like this book, then it never gets tiring But I doubt other books are anything like this author s style told in the first person of a human killing machine who s inner thoughts, dry humor and brutal tactics are one [...]

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