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.
Steel Good Reading
When our hero, James Bolivar diGriz, re-encounters the criminal he's been tracking - and she turns out to be quicker on the draw.
The main character Slippery Jim - who is close to virtually the only character. The narrator captures the rough quality of James Bolivar DiGriz who's a rogue, a thief, a pragmatist and a resourceful fellow.
No, but that's because this is an action adventure where the characters don't dwell on the casualties along the way. The story's told more in a light hearted fashion where events just keep moving along. That is, our anti-authority bank robber DiGriz in Chapter One, is an agent for them in Chapter 2. Stuff happens.
To enjoy TSSR, it's probably essential to remember its 1960 magazine origin. It's a light hearted adventure focusing on moving the plot along and skimming over details like a law enforcement agency rapidly accepting our hero's conversion to the cause.
There's an element of humor (we're not to take the story as grim reality) and the language/dialogue is quaint but - here's the twist - there are larger questions in the background: about brain-wiping, killing in pursuit of a mission, remaining loyal to an organization that uses you.
SPECIAL NOTE: It's easy to dismiss TSSR as shallow and outdated. I disagree. TSSR doesn't spend much time on introspective characters or issues - but they are there. Jim's not unaware of the ruthlessness of his target or of what he might need to do. And the vagueness of the technology avoid its being tied to science we have already discarded.
Sound effects were irritating at first-then became the best part...LOL
It could have bee a good story, after struggling thru "it" a different narrator would have been an improvement, but I doubt it. I will avoid Phil in the future.
On second thought-maybe check him out on another audio. Will revise the review if I do.
I read these books as a kid and loved them. Maybe I just hadn't read any good literature to compare it to. Hearing them now, I realized they are way too predictable and simple. Premise is awesome. Storytelling is weak.
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone because I didn't like the story. While the author tries to make the main character seem like a good(ish) criminal, I didn't really like the guy. I was also not impressed with his relationship/obsession with the other primary character (also a criminal).
The narrator did a good job of presenting the characters. I have no complaints about him.
The book summary is pretty accurate - this is the story of a space criminal who gets caught, is forced to join a special police force, and then takes a case trying to catch another master criminal. It's a bit campy. Some people will probably love it.
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.
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