Series spotlight and giveaway: Hell Squad by Anna Hackett

Welcome to my first series spotlight, where I recommend an entire series you can binge on! It’s Anna Hackett’s Hell Squad.

This series is ten books long so far:



In our near future, aliens invade and lay waste to Earth. What’s left of civilization must organize, survive, and fight back against the continued onslaught. The heroes and heroines of the Hell Squad series are among those trying to give humanity a future. Follow them through their perilous journey through post-apocalyptic Australia as they learn what it means to live for each other.

The short novels have tight plotting, fast-paced action, and scorching encounters. Some of the characters are especially memorable: my favorites are Noah Kim of the book that bears his name, Claudia Black of Shaw, and Adam Holmes and his heroine Liberty. The friendships between non-romantic characters and the squad relationships are solid. The romances feature couples who complement each other well and have excellent chemistry. These books celebrate life and love amidst fear and loss.

I enjoy the stunts that appear in the action scenes. I don’t lose track of where anybody is or what they are doing, which is difficult to convey with multiple characters and enemies. Trucks explode, lasers fly, fighter planes bombard, one of the heroines pit-fights some devil doggies…the action doesn’t stop. Even the metaphors used about feelings include percussive words! Speaking of devil doggies, the world has a fascinating bestiary. Fans of alien invasion/monster movies will enjoy the horrible person-sized dragonflies, exploding acidic devil doggies, giant sauropods, pterodon-like creatures, and the biped lizards who appear to be masterminding the invasion. It’s not quite kaiju movie, but I do want to see it in theaters.

I recommend starting with Marcus, which is free, and I recommend reading the series sequentially. There are several big arcs that span multiple books, even if each book stars one couple. You’ll enjoy these more if you’re comfortable with gritty violence. We don’t get any gory details of alien torture, but bad things do happen to various people during these stories.


Anna herself has generously supplied a signed copy of Marcus that I’m giving away. I’ll attempt to ship anywhere on planet Earth. I’m also giving away a Hell Squad ebook of their choice (via Amazon) to two other readers.

How to enter: Comment on this blog post with your favorite movie monster! Mine’s either the Alien queen from the Alien series or Pyramid Head from Silent Hill. Contest runs until 17 September at midnight PDT.

Disclosure: I have received some of these books free for review purposes. I have bought copies of the rest. The ebooks will be gifts from me.

I have my own grumbles about ebook retailer exclusivity, but you can get Hell Squad in print from Amazon/CreateSpace and The Book Depository.

15 thoughts on “Series spotlight and giveaway: Hell Squad by Anna Hackett”

  1. I like the two-headed monster guarding the evil witch’s castle in Willow. Poor thing did not stand a chance against Mad Mardigan/Val Kilmer!

  2. Thanks so much for featuring Hell Squad, Lee! I absolutely love writing this series. And my fav movie monsters are those creepy aliens from Pitch Black.

  3. I’m going to pick The Thing as my adult movie pick. My kid pick is the Jonny Quest episode The Invisible Monster. I still think the sound the monster makes is creepy!

  4. Ok so I just can’t watch scary movies … Eeek ? but I do read books that they turn into movies…so I’ve got to say either the Dementors from Harry Potter or the Nazgul from Lord of The Rings.
    Ps. Love Anna Hackett and Hell Squad!

  5. I’m with you in that I liked the Alien queen. When Ripley and the Queen face off with her protecting Newt and the Queen protecting her eggs, it was truly the battle of the mothers! That was a great scene because it gave the monster queen a personality.

  6. I absolutely LOVE this series! It gets better with every book. I already have all the ebooks but would really love to get a hard copy of Marcus. Favorite movie monster, well, the aliens from the Alien series do scare the cr*p out of me

  7. My favorite movie monster is Sully from Monsters Inc. I’m afraid I’m not a very brave soul. Plus my little guy loves the movie.

  8. I don’t actually know the name of the monsters, but they’re the scary things that come up through the ocean floor in the movie Pacific Rim starring the two hunks Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba. Now you know why I saw the movie. Lol.

  9. Awesome Just love Hell Squad Series very hot!!!! hmmm there are soo many movies with scary monsters lol. If have to pick something though think would have to pick the nasty monster from Jeepers Creepers. That flying monster is sooo scary!!!! I have seen one and two but have not seen the third one yet though do plan to lol.

  10. Favorite movie monster – I’d have to go with the original Godzilla. I mean, when I was 5 or 6, he scared the daylights out of me, and I loved him!

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