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.
No matter where you go, there you are.
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.
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
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.
Clever, Entertaining, Witty
When he is robbing the banks, and he is faking his death at the hospital.
The protagonist, and the man who recruits him
Made me laugh
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.
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.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
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.
I'll see ya in the smoke.
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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