Publisher's Note:  

The year is 2283. Though more than a quarter-century has passed since the end of the last war, the Galactic Confederation is still busy picking up the pieces. Whole sectors of the galaxy remain lawless, rife with corruption and greed. The criminal element has a well-established foothold on these sectors. It is a good time to be a bounty hunter. Jesse Forster and the crew of the STARHAWK are some of the best bounty hunters in the business. Kayla Karson is a young independent hunter out to make a name for herself. Their paths collide as both take up pursuit of the leaders of the Nexus Gang, the most brutal crime syndicate in the galaxy. An uneasy alliance is formed as the two undertake the most difficult hunt of their careers. Great rewards are to be claimed, if they don't kill each other in the process.

The Starhawk Chronicles

by Joseph J. Madden

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Overall Review:  

Are you a space-age fiction lover?  Do you wait in anticipation for the next episode of Star Wars or similar movies?  If so, then The Starhawk Chronicles should quickly make its way to your must-read pile.

The Starhawk Chronicles are the tale of Jesse Forster and his crew of human, alien, and droid compatriots know as the best bounty hunters in the galaxy.  They have been given the task of hunting down and catching or killing a nefarious gang known as the Nexus gang.  And these two crews have history.

Filled with new planets, new aliens, lots of action, this book is a sci-fi lover's dream.  It will take you a few chapters to get the hang of which characters belong where and who is who, but once you have it nailed down you are in for a wild ride.   The language is easy to read, making it a great choice for those readers who can’t handle or don’t like highly technical science fiction.  With a content caution as outlined below, this is a great choice for middle grade readers, especially those looking for a new author to follow.

Overall, an action-packed thrill ride that will leave you hungry for the sequel.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation; 70 mild obscenities; 14 derogatory names; 3 scatological words; 12 anatomical terms.

Violence/Gore:  Bodies are depicted with limbs torn off; multiple reports of murder; ship’s lasers shoot prison colony buildings; recounting of one’s eye being gouged out; recounting of disembowelment; blood splatter on wall; multiple depictions of amputated body parts; numerous pages of laser and weapon battles with bloody injuries, decapitations, and mortal wounds; several verbal threats of bodily harm or death; bodies found shot in head; man thrown against wall by throat; multiple battles between spaceships with explosions and destruction of ships; character punches wall; multiple fist fights resulting in minor injuries; reports of parents being killed; woman shoves fingers in another’s nostrils and repeatedly stun-guns;  buildings are bombed and destroyed; character hits head and is knocked unconscious; leg is shot off and character is taunted with dismembered leg; character feeds animal weapon that causes animal to explode; man’s heart is ripped out and eaten; stampede tramples man.

Sex/Nudity:  Reference to a woman’s breasts; one kiss; one instance of staring at a scantily clad woman (no detail).

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Suicide considered, war, gambling, illegal drugs, murder.

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Illegal drugs.

Reviewed By Beckie
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