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.
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.
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.
Dr. Nils Rasmussen
I've heard this book raved about by a few people before I had the chance to listen to it. Honestly, it was pretty damn good, but I don't really see what all the fuss is about.
I think most readers fall in love with the protagonist. He is a lovable rascal. Everyone loves a rascal.
Narration performance was very good to top it all off.
I would highly recommend the book, but I wouldn't put it on any "Must-Read" lists.
8.62 / 10.00
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Fun, but once the crop got involved the story was predictable. Felt like a short story that sets up a longer series.
I'm a speaker at Odd Salon in San Francisco as well as an actor, singer and all around performing monkey. I am crazy about Frank Herbert!
I already had a soft spot for the Rat series from when I was a teenager (in the before time) now several decades later this story is still funny, fast-paced & satisfying. It's like a lifelong SciFi nerd's Dashiell Hammett; slightly boiled crime mystery & almost comic book-like characters. It's a story, you know it's a story & it's still awesome. Solid reader, I like his voice characterization a lot. I'll probably listen to it again.
great production. author was expressive and brought the characters to life. I especially enjoyed the accents.
the performance actor was kind of disappointing main gym degrees sound like a privilege to college instead of egotistical mastermind
The story was ok. I gave higher marks because of the narrator. The listener always knew who was speaking because of the superb narration. I would definitely listen to another Phil Gigante. narration.
Fun first-person action.
A favorite series from my Mother's collection, along with 'Deathworld' from Harrison. These were rightly on the shelf next to many Sci-fi classics. Before Owen 'Z' Pitt and Harry Dresden ......there was Slippery Jim. Phil Gigante gives a great preformance. I look forward to more of his work.
Dresden Files, MHI.. I think Harrison was an influence.
Very good. Not the voice I expected, but masterfully done, made an old favorite fresh.
My least favorite aspect is the narration. The narration seemed as if they were play acting on stage. I also felt there some sort of rush going on to move through the story. My favorite part was the story idea.
This was my first read/audible by Harry Harrison.
I would have liked to see the main character portrayed as a little more "smooth". I expected him to have a more sophisticated nature because he seemed so confident in the beginning and as an obvious con.
I do not read a lot of this type of book, I felt I was branching out to try something new. I love suspense, thrillers and even time travel but this didn't work for me at all.
In all fairness, this is not a typical pick for me but the summary seemed right on, so I tried it. I did not finish the story, which seldom happens, It could be that I stopped short of the best parts, I gave up at the start of Chapter 6, when I realized I wasn't enjoying any of the characters.
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