The prequel to the Stainless Steel Rat. Slippery Jim is here a brash 17-year-old who has left his parents' porcuswine farm, planning to embark on a life of crime. The book opens with Jim bungling a bank job so that he can be arrested and sent to prison, where he plans to learn the art of being a master criminal. Deciding that the Bishop should be his mentor, Jim sets about proving himself worthy of the master's attention.
He eventually has to flee his home planet of Bit O' Heaven with the Bishop, but Garth, the captain of the ship who promised them safe passage, sells them into slavery. The latter part of the book details Jim's adventures on the planet Spiovente, a semi-industrial world fighting feudal wars with weapons smuggled in (against League regulations) by Captain Garth.
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©1972 Harry Harrison (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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This was interesting and better developed than a lot of the other books in the series. it is defenitely fun to see where the rat came from and what shaped him. Moving away from the other books in the series seems to have given the author a fresh view that made this better than most of the later boos. this one is worth a credit.
Yes. The narrator really made the characters come to life!
Other Stainless Steel Books, or maybe Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy.
The main one - Jim DiGriz
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Harry Harrison is always guaranteed to provide hours of fun, specially so with the excellent narration by Phil Gigante
Arts & Sciences is what I am about. I have no talent for business. I am an amateur photographer with contest wins and places. Work in a hospital lab. Married 41 years.
The story is a prequel giving the series background The villains are well drawn, as usual. The story is crafted better than some of the others. Fun!
The Bishop made the story work. This character explained the mind set of Jim Degris.
Phil Gigante showed his range in this narration. He is a star. He always makes good, entertaining stories better. His performance of Jim as a teen helped the entire series.
Yes. I will have that kind of time in about a year.
The production is always good in this series.
This book maintains the general sense of the earlier books in the series. It feels a little strained at times, like the author was reading his notes from the earlier books, but is nevertheless a good read. If you liked the earlier books, you'll like this one.
Phil Gigante's narration is a work of art, he masterfully captures the progression of Jim diGriz from a teenager with a whiny voice to a self-assured criminal.
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