Inferno Station : Helltroopers

  • by Isaac Stone
  • Narrated by Persephone Rose
  • Series: Helltroopers
  • 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ash Wednesday and his crew of corporate space marines take work as bounty hunters tasked with taking down the deadly fugitive named Simon Haddo, a mad scientist with an occult obsession and the most infamous terrorist in the system. As they track him through the depths of a gruesome space station the mercs of Team Omega soon find themselves drawn into a galactic conspiracy bent on creating a literal hell on earth in this violent sci-fi remix of Dante's Inferno. Strap on your power armor and get ready to fight like hell.

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Enough with the symbols, people.

Inferno Station is, as the author explains in a preface, a modern science fiction reinventing of Dante's original hell book, Inferno and as such proceeds in a slightly different way from most action stories today. The reader follows Ash and his Omega Team from the independent gun ship Thelma in their pursuit of a long disappeared mass murderer named Haddo with the assistance of a mysterious woman, believed to be an android, who joined their ship at the completion of their last mission to destroy some space pirates. The Corporation job had seemed to be virtually impossible but the money was far too good to turn down. The Team would come to regret their acceptance of the mission. Landing on the asteroid which is Inferno Station, they make their way through various hellish layers, constantly fighting to stay alive.

The book is action packed as Team Omega try to apprehend their quarry. Each team member is nicely Introduced with background information but thereafter there is little further character development. Fortunately, narrator Persephone Rose is able to breath life into the individuals with a distinctive voice for each as well as for the additional characters, such as Char, the ship's AI, the talking head from the Corporation and the enigmatic newcomer, Barbara Ann. The performance is excellent with the text read with feeling and enthusiasm, well paced and pleasant to hear. It is this narration which, for this reader, drove the story forward. Occasional sound effects also add to the atmosphere. Apart from the repetition of a couple of sentences in chapters 16 and 18, the editting was also very good.

Although an enjoyable book with well executed battles, something is definitely missing. Horrific pictures are drawn but somehow the actual horror is lost. There is a disjointed feel overall. Nevertheless, this is an interesting first part of a trilogy with plenty of well described fight scenes, the building of a plot more encompassing than the simple recapture of a criminal, and humour, too, at times. I will definitely be reading part two.
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- Norma Miles

An OK space sci-fi adventure.

Writing
Isaac Stone’s Idea to do Dante's Inferno in space is a unique idea with a lot of possibilities. What we get is an interesting idea that does not quite live up to its potential, the writing is clear and the dialogue is good. The story has good pacing and keeps moving. If you are looking for an action story set to a slight horror sci-fi background then this may very well be the story for you.

The fights are well described, have good pacing but feel like they lack any real sense of risk or danger. I would describe them as action film fights.

There are many horrible things that are seen in this book and yet it does not seem to as much effect on the characters as I would expect and the way it is written deals with it all with a light touch. If the subject matter was lighter then this style would fit it perfectly.

All the characters seem to be well developed but due to the short length, I did not have time to get to know them or become truly attached to them.

I definitely feel this book would have been better if it was longer and had the time to do things in more detail and let us learn to care for the characters more.

Narration
Persephone Rose’s narration is clear, consistent and easy to listen to. Each character has their own unique voice adding to their personality and making it clear who is speaking.

There are a few bits where I think lines were repeated but other than that I did not notice any errors or problems in the quality of the audio.

Overall
This is an ok book, but the fact it’s tone is more action and less horror detracts from it in my option.
At only four hours long this is a bit on the short side but worth a listen if the concept interests you.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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- Peter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-07-2017
  • Publisher: Isaac Stone