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The Great Secret | [L. Ron Hubbard]

The Great Secret

That is Fanner Marston’s mantra—his reason for being—and while he knows a little about the first and a lot about the second, he may well be on the verge of learning everything there is to know about the third. Power. He may, in fact, be about to uncover the key to gaining absolute control over the entire universe. The only problem is, Fanner is certifiably insane—a crazed Peter Lorre on a power trip.
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Publisher's Summary

Women. Liquor. Power.

Women. Liquor. Power.

That is Fanner Marston’s mantra—his reason for being—and while he knows a little about the first and a lot about the second, he may well be on the verge of learning everything there is to know about the third. Power. He may, in fact, be about to uncover the key to gaining absolute control over the entire universe. The only problem is, Fanner is certifiably insane—a crazed Peter Lorre on a power trip….

His starship has crash-landed, and he’s the sole survivor, which doesn’t matter to him. Driven by greed and lust for power, wracked by thirst, hunger and pain, all he cares about is reaching the ancient city of Parva and making himself at home. Because there lies The Great Secret to universal domination—and what’s a little suffering on the road to becoming God?

Does Fanner have a prayer? The writing’s on the walls of Parva—and you won’t believe what it says....

By the spring of 1938, Hubbard’s stature as a writer was well established. As author and critic Robert Silverberg puts it: he had become a “master of the art of narrative.” Hubbard’s editors urged him to apply his gift for succinct characterization, original plot, deft pacing and imaginative action to genres that were new, and essentially foreign, to him—science fiction and fantasy. The rest is SciFi history.

Also includes the Science Fiction adventures, The Space Can, in which a decrepit space battleship is a civilian fleet’s only defense; The Beast, the tale of a hunter in the jungles of Venus, chasing an immoral beast; and The Slaver, in which an alien race has enslaved the human race, but can’t repress the power of human love.

©2008 Galaxy Press; (P)2008 Galaxy Press

What the Critics Say

"Hubbard's classic pulp fiction tale was originally published in 1943 but shows no signs of age....This multicast performance, headed by Bruce Boxleitner, is a wonderfully rich and textured experience, complete with realistic sound effects and moody atmospheric score. Also included are three shorter science-fiction tales, each as entertaining as the last." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2011

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    Where does The Great Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Out of 100 is is in the top ten.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Secret?

    Cree lauren and his dealing with the Slavers


    Which scene was your favorite?

    that would give away the ending


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I liked It, L. Ron Hubbard is a great writer, and the Pulp stuff is fantastic! Nothing but Good Clean fun!


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    What did you love best about The Great Secret?

    Classic L.Ron Hubbard. A bit dated, but a good romp just like all his books usually are.


    What about Bruce Boxleitner’s performance did you like?

    He has a wonderful way of reading that will keep you engaged at all times. I never found a area where he


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