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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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    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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    Douglas 01-09-15
    Douglas 01-09-15 Member Since 2014

    Love a good story that takes me outta my day to day life.

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    "M'eh"

    Ok I guess. It's charming as a piece of older science-fiction but I found it tough to really connect.

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    David WEMBLEY, Australia 12-12-14
    David WEMBLEY, Australia 12-12-14
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    "Great book and narrater"

    The story was very entertaining. I am looking forward to other books in the series. The narration was a bonus use of tone and presentation a true pleasure

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    Angela Van Boening 11-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Bit of a letdown"

    I was drawn in by the description, and was entertained by the main character at first. However I was disappointed when it took a turn for the somewhat cheesy and predictable. I was also fairly annoyed at the blatant male chauvinism and misogyny of the main character toward the female antagonist, despite her obviously being his intellectual superior. But then I saw that the book was written in 1961, so no shocker. But I was still disappointed the author's assumptions about the social constructs of the future.

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    Kelly 11-05-14
    Kelly 11-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Clever, Entertaining and Witty"
    If you could sum up The Stainless Steel Rat in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, Entertaining, Witty


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stainless Steel Rat?

    When he is robbing the banks, and he is faking his death at the hospital.


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

    The protagonist, and the man who recruits him


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

    Made me laugh


    Any additional comments?

    its was awesome! Very Clever, and entertaining and witty book, written in 1961 about the future. These are generally the best books about the future I find, as most modern movies about the future suck, or get things totally wrong when you watch them 10 years later.

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    Robert Long Beach, CA, United States 10-08-14
    Robert Long Beach, CA, United States 10-08-14
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    "Boring... silly... too long"

    The first two hours of this empty listen seemed like fifteen, so I quit.
    Glad I got it on sale.

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 09-11-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 09-11-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Dated but still entertaining"

    I found this book a bit too predictable in it's story line. Maybe it's because I'm looking at it from the perspective of 2014 and when it was written some of the concepts presented would have been revolutionary.

    The narrator really assisted this book. With the story just keeping my attention, the narrator managed to bring the characters out so that I was more engaged, thereby making a very long drive more pleasant.

    Can I recommend this book? Yes, but don't expect too much. It will entertain you, and maybe even give you a laugh as you contemplate how things have changed since this was written.

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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 09-08-14
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 09-08-14 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "…..Crime is a Matter of Degrees….."

    Master criminal Jim Degriz discovers that, even though crime does pay—very lucratively thank you—that his true calling is catching bad guys. This book is sarcastically witty and tongue-in-cheeky fun. It has a tight plot but that is not the attraction. Listen to this for the shear entertainment. I wish the book wasn't so short, but there are many more in this series. I will put them on my list.

    Phil Gigante works well with this material. He has a well-honed sense of smug sarcasm, and his character voicings are spot on and supremely entertaining.

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    anthony lower lake, CA, United States 08-29-14
    anthony lower lake, CA, United States 08-29-14 Member Since 2005

    I'll see ya in the smoke.

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    "Note to self"

    this is an old book, and it reads like one. basically a oldfashioned space opera, corny and boring. I read it as a kid and thought the whole series was cool, this time I was impressed only by the skill of the narrator. sadly that isn't enough to recommend this book.

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