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The Stainless Steel Rat | [Harry Harrison]

The Stainless Steel Rat

DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable. DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds.
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Publisher's Summary

DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable.

DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds. DiGriz' dilemma is whether he will turn Angelina over to the Special Corps, or join with her, since he has fallen in love with her.

©2010 Harry Harrison (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Tudza Kirkland, WA USA 10-23-10
    Tudza Kirkland, WA USA 10-23-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Now this is the stuff"

    I am totally pleased with this version. I've put the next two in the series on my Wish List for next month.

    If I were to change anything, it would be how the reader does Angelina.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 11-28-13
    Farrell 11-28-13
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    "Fun but predictable"

    Fun, but once the crop got involved the story was predictable. Felt like a short story that sets up a longer series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 11-15-10
    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 11-15-10 Member Since 2015

    No matter where you go, there you are.

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    "Escapist Heaven!"

    Witty, Crisp, Funny, Intelligent. How've I missed this guy (by nearly 50 years)! It's Happy Harry Harrison being smarter than your average space-crook!
    I want more.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G. Parish 07-28-15
    G. Parish 07-28-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "A trip down memory lane"

    I remembered this as being amazing. It did not quite live up to that memory, however, it was still a fun romp.

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    Joel 07-20-15
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    "This is among the finest sci-fi!"

    There are layers to this story and the characters portrayed that inspire my imagination most pleasantly! Harry Harrison wrote this book in the 60's and I wrack my mind to come up with another series to its equal. The author is a true pioneer. As for the narrator that performs this piece, Phil Gigante owns it! His vocal inflections and delivery of character emotion provide immersion most successfully. I'm saying this after listening to it 3 times now.

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    H James Lucas Manhattan 05-08-15
    H James Lucas Manhattan 05-08-15 Member Since 2013

    contemplator of typography, mixology, and archivism

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    "Recycled pulp tricked-out with 1950s futurism"

    It's impressive how few modifications were required to transport the quintessential hard-boiled detective to an intergalactic landscape. This book has aged with so little grace that it has passed all the way through awkwardness and become merely "quaint" (and perhaps a bit charming).

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    Ron Hockman 05-03-15
    Ron Hockman 05-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Very entertaining sci-fi with good narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stainless Steel Rat to be better than the print version?

    Phil Gigante does a good performance. Lighthearted where appropriate, but tension where necessary.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    The Stainless Steel Rat, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish volumes one and two were combined into a single audiobook. This one ends too soon.

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    Don Lewis 04-20-15
    Don Lewis 04-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Surprise At Every Turn. Timeleess plot."

    A fun story with plenty of action and whitty dialog that is sure tk please the most jaded SiFi fan.

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    C T Ross 04-03-15
    C T Ross 04-03-15 Member Since 2002
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    "Decent, imaginative book. Fun mastermind criminal."

    Cocky narration reminded me a lot of 'Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain', which I enjoyed more. The Stainless Steel Rat was a decent book; above average but not praise-worthy. The story and situations were imaginative but seemed to have some gaps. For example, well, I guess I don't want to spoil that part of the book so I'll be as generic as possible; the mastermind put himself into a situation to attract the attention of another mastermind, but I don't think the second mastermind would have found him all that desirable based on his actions. He definitely didn't come across to me as a smart potential ally, which is what I think he was trying to demonstrate. In any case, I'm rather neutral on the book. I didn't hate it at all, but didn't find it interesting enough to continue with the series.

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    kalippso 02-21-15
    kalippso 02-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great sears Try it you will like it"
    What made the experience of listening to The Stainless Steel Rat the most enjoyable?

    Good story nothing serious just a relaxing story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good story nothing serious just a relaxing story.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    Jim Degrees


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