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Nov 09, 2021 | ISBN 9780857669384

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“Combines sci-fi and fantasy elements into an energetic cross-genre romp”
Publishers Weekly

“Swashbucklers brings all the magic of the 80’s back to life, and delivers a fun, action-packed tale with heart”
–  Fantasy Hive

“The middle-aged heroes of Swashbucklers are definitely getting too old for this shite, but to protect their families and the town they grew up in from the worst fears of their youth, they are game to try.  Dan’s page-turning second novel proves it’s not always possible – or wise – to put aside childish things. A great read!”
– R.W.W.Greene,
author of The Light Years

“Swashbucklers is literally a nostalgia-inducing, pop culture acid-trip where the hometown kids reunite as middle-aged Goonies” 
– Patricia A. Jackson, author of Forging a Nightmare

“With Swashbucklers, Dan Hanks puts forty-year-old characters in an action-packed fantastical story designed for the fitness level of teenagers and sees if they can keep up. They can’t. And it’s an awesome formula for fun.”
Chris Panatier, author of The Phlebotomist

“Packed with heart, wit, and plenty of action, Swashbucklers is the sequel to all your favorite childhood adventures. Hanks at the top of his game!”
Reese Hogan, author of Shrouded Loyalties

Swashbucklers is a reminiscent romp through the 80’s, filled with retro-goodness. If you’re enamored by the age of video arcades and MTV, you will feel an instant camaraderie with the heroes in this book, who seek to defeat the same evil that almost destroyed their world as children. In Swashbucklers, Hanks has done a lovely job at giving us a villian to hate and a lovable group of aging heroes to cheer on.”   
– Ginger Smith, author of The Rush’s Edge

“A team of world-saving teenage misfits is again called upon in their middle age to once more face the nightmare-inducing villain, while juggling school runs, work and housework. Hilarious and poignant, loved it!”
– Gabriela Houston, author of The Second Bell

“It’s discovering a box of memories tucked away in your attic. It’s sipping tipple from your teenage years under a blanket. It’s watching fireworks in your favourite jumper. It reads like Stephen King on steroids. Stranger Things meets It meets The Goonies. I want to hear this story told late at night over a campfire, while the marshmallows go all gooey. “
– Caroline Hardaker, author of Composite Creatures


“Hanks packs his pulpy, energetic debut with gritty violence, snazzy super-science, and high-flying adventure.”
– Publishers Weekly

“A serious creative talent and all-round nice guy.”
– Andrew Patrick, Former CEO, British Film Commission

“It’s a giddy, white-knuckled ride to the very end.” 
– R.W.W. Greene author of The Light Years

“Dan Hanks delivers a rip-roaring pulp adventure full of supernatural artefacts and boobytraps, insurmountable odds, and irredeemable villains.”
– Michael F. Haspil, author of Graveyard Shift

“So cinematic, you can taste the buttered popcorn.”
–  S.A. Sidor, author of Fury from the Tomb

“Move over Indiana Jones, Captain Moxley has arrived and she won’t ask you twice!”
– Amanda Bridgeman, author of The Subjugate

“Buckle up and enjoy the ride!”
– Michael J. Martinez, author of The Daedalus Incident

“Hanks forces us to suspend reality, embrace the chaotic ride and revel in the fun-factor.”
– Fantasy Faction

“Rolls along at break-neck pace…like a novelisation of a hit movie you never saw”
– Starburst Magazine

“References to contemporary political issues sit alongside nostalgic name drops of Ghostbusters, Star Wars, and The Goonies. The ’80s trivia strikes a similar vibe to Ready Player One (2011), but here it’s a window into the fantastical worlds that sit alongside our own. A heartfelt, wacky tale beginning a potential series for fans of Stephen King’s IT (1986) and anyone who’s wondered why there are so many unsupervised children in fantasy.”

“A fun romp, ideal for fans of the cultural references and humor of Ghostbusters and Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.”
 – Library Journal

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