I recently met up with Guy Salvidge after he joined Stromatolights (the Western Australian SF/F mailing list). We got chatting about SF, books, publishing, books and more SF, and then I did a nasty, horrible thing ... I offered him a copy of Hal Spacejock Second Course.
... a refreshing change from the post-cyberpunk trying-to-be-cool futures we get so often in SF these days.
Usually I'm pretty good about giving away books. I always make sure people get the first in the series, because I know how much I hate starting mid-stream. Recently, however, I've had to give away either book two or book three, simply because the first was in short supply.
Haynes is a skillful writer, but he never forgets that he is writing to entertain.
Anyway, Guy read Hal 2 in double-time and has now posted a nice review. Now I'll have to rustle up a review copy of Hal 1 for sure.
Descriptive scenes are particularly well done, conjuring just enough detail to keep the reader 'in the loop,' but not so much as to bog the story down. In short, Haynes knows what he's doing.
So, he's obviously a nice Guy ...
Simon Haynes is the author of the Hal Spacejock and Hal Junior series (Amazon / Smashwords / other formats)