John Grimes

22 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 252 ratings

The Road to the Rim Publisher's Summary

Dragon? Fairies? Frog Princes? Sir Dominik Flandry? In a John Grimes Rim Adventure? Strange things happen out where the stellar medium grows thin, out where it is difficult to say if you remain within the galxay or you're falling through the intergalactic void. Add to that strangeness an Outsider ship filled with technology so far in advance of the human as to appear magical, and the catalytic presence of Commodore John Grimes, and anything can happen - anything at all.

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  • Book 1

    • The Road to the Rim

    • John Grimes, Book 1
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    Dragon? Fairies? Frog Princes? Sir Dominik Flandry? In a John Grimes Rim Adventure? Strange things happen out where the stellar medium grows thin, out where it is difficult to say if you remain within the galxay or you're falling through the intergalactic void. Add to that strangeness an Outsider ship filled with technology so far in advance of the human as to appear magical, and the catalytic presence of Commodore John Grimes, and anything can happen - anything at all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • New graduate from Space Academy John Grimes

    • By Richard on 03-15-13

    Regular price: $14.95

  • Book 2

    • To Prime the Pump

    • John Grimes, Book 2
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Lieut. John Grimes, officer on the space ship Ares, arrives at the planet El Dorado with his shipmates on a mission of mercy. The men and women of that fabulous planet, who have almost but not quite achieved immortality, are in immediate danger of extinction. The men are infertile and the ladies are getting out of hand. Lieut. Grimes and his cohorts, who only want to help, are suddenly in deadly peril.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Much Better!

    • By Dennis on 07-16-13

    Regular price: $17.96

  • Book 3

    • The Hard Way Up

    • John Grimes, Book 3
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Dragons? Fairies? Frog Princes? Sir Dominik Flandry? In a John Grimes Rim Adventure? Strange things happen out where the stellar medium grows thin, out where it is difficult to say if you remain within the galxay or you’re falling through the intergalactic void. Add to that strangeness an Outsider ship filled with technology so far in advance of the human as to appear magical, and the catalytic presence of Commodore John Grimes, and anything can happen - anything at all.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Keeps Getting Better!

    • By Dennis on 07-18-13

    Regular price: $17.96

  • Book 4

    • The Broken Cycle

    • John Grimes, Book 4
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Being lost in space was no new experience to John Grimes, whose career as an interstellar officer had brought him into many such dilemmas. But being lost inside a colossal alien spacecraft had no precedent. Complicating the matter was the discovery that the very universe was not their own but an alternate and that their captor seemed to be the omnipotent force of that entire other cosmos.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Proposed reading/listening list

    • By Richard on 04-10-13

    Regular price: $14.95

  • Book 5

    • Spartan Planet

    • John Grimes, Book 5
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    John Grimes arrives on the forgotten planet Sparta, where a birth machine produces men generation after generation. The strangely shaped "men" on his ship have a catastrophic effect.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another Good Grimes Adventure

    • By Dennis on 07-21-13

    Regular price: $14.95

  • Book 6

    • The Inheritors

    • John Grimes, Book 6
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    He was a cunning, ruthless opportunist who paid when he had to and stole when he could - but never when there was the slightest chance of getting caught. That's what had John Grimes worried: Here was Kane directly under the watchful eyes - and guns - of a Federation Survey vessel, openly engaging in kidnapping and trafficking in human flesh! Despite the fact that the beautiful inhabitants of this Lost Colony faced a fate worse than death, a more cautious - or less gallant - officer would do nothing - secure in the knowledge that regardless of appearances there would be some loophole that placed the Law squarely on Kane's side.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Lost Colony with human sized CATS

    • By Richard on 05-03-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 7

    • The Big Black Mark

    • John Grimes, Book 7
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    A pivotal time in the career of John Grimes. A fateful journey in the vessel Discovery, bearing an uncanny kinship to the legendary vessel the Bounty. The big black mark on his service record.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of my favourite books about Grimes

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-01-17

    Regular price: $21.95

  • Book 8

    • The Far Traveler

    • John Grimes, Book 8
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    The Far Traveler was a rich woman's toy constructed of gold and directed by an omniscient, dictorial and feminine computer known as Big Sister. John Grimes had become the vessels captain and sets off to look for lost space colonies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captain of a solid GOLD Space Vessel

    • By Richard on 06-08-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 9

    • Star Courier

    • John Grimes, Book 9
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    In his long and fabulous career as the Captain Hornblower of space, John Grimes was to experience many strange things, rising through the ranks of the Interstellar Federation from triumphs to disaster, and ultimately becoming the most famous of the Rim Runners, far out along the edge of the Milky Way. But there was a period when Grimes fell between one cosmic empire and another, on his own, commander only of a single deep-space pinnace and looking for work. And that was when he became a god! He thought he was just doing a mailman's job, but the price of the postage turned out to be divinity - with a lovely nude postmistress certified for a goddess!

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • John Grimes vs The Bug People!

    • By Dennis on 07-27-13

    Regular price: $14.95

  • Book 10

    • To Keep the Ship

    • John Grimes, Book 10
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    John Grimes falls into the clutches of terrorists. It's going to talk all his efforts to keep his precious golden ship. (Especially as it is infected with mini-Susies who were sharp-toothed, hungry and ready to eat him alive.)

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Grimes the Playboy

    • By Dennis on 07-28-13

    Regular price: $19.60

  • Book 11

    • Matilda's Stepchildren

    • John Grimes, Book 11
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    John Grimes, owner of the deep space pinnace Little Sister, could not be too fussy about who he carried. Fenalla Pruin, the muckraking reporter, was always going to be trouble. They need the boomerang throwing abilities of two sexy dancers from New Alice to get them out of trouble.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Another Name for Grimes is LUCKY!

    • By Dennis on 07-30-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 12

    • Star Loot

    • John Grimes, Book 12
    • By: A Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    In luck and out of luck, John Grimes was a living legend of the spaceways. He had been an officer of the service, he had been the victim of a mutiny, he had discovered lost worlds, he had served under strange masters and on strange ships, but he had never turned space pirate. Until this adventure. How it happened was a complex story to begin with, but typical Grimes luck. How he became the terror of the star lanes developed, as usual, from his own efforts to make an honest living and other's efforts to use him for devious diversions.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Grimes Scores Again!

    • By Dennis on 08-02-13

    Regular price: $19.60

  • Book 13

    • The Anarch Lords

    • John Grimes, Book 13
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    John Grimes career as a space pirate has ended. Now he faces his toughest assignment yet. He has been made governor of the anarchists' own planet. His first task is to stay alive - with a whole world plotting his murder!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Alone on a island with a beautiful/willing woman

    • By Richard on 08-17-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 14

    • The Last Amazon

    • John Grimes, Book 14
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    John Grimes' career as a space pirate has ended, he faces his toughest assignment yet. He has been made governor of the anarchist's own planet. His first task is to stay alive with a whole world plotting his murder!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not 1, not 2, but 4 old flames together?

    • By Richard on 09-07-13

    Regular price: $17.95

  • Book 15

    • The Wild Ones

    • John Grimes, Book 15
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Back on Earth with Shirl and Darleen from New Alice, John Grimes is off on a new mission. Giant golden creatures and accusations of witchcraft are all part of A. Bertram Chandler's last completed novel.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Tick Toc I see the workings of a beautiful robot

    • By Richard on 09-13-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 16

    • Into the Alternate Universe

    • John Grimes, Book 16
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Rim ghosts are real! Intruders from alternate universes appearing where the fabric of space is thin. Sonya and John Grimes find themselves in an alternate universe.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Strange things fall into cracks

    • By Richard on 09-13-13

    Regular price: $14.95

  • Book 17

    • Contraband from Otherspace

    • John Grimes, Book 17
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Out there, along the outer edge of the galaxy, many strange things can happen, for there time and space undergo strange distortions and "space ghosts" may appear where no ship ought to be. Where Commodore Grimes of the Rim Mamelute was concerned the derelict vessel, so strangely named Distriyir, was no space ghost. It was solid, it was real, and it was very disturbing. For one thing, it had been manned by desperate men and women clad in rags. For another, everything was curiously misplaced, misspelled, somehow wrong, even to the adjustment of seats as if people had tails!

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Grimes and the Mutant Rats!

    • By Dennis on 09-16-13

    Regular price: $14.95

  • Book 18

    • The Gateway to Never

    • John Grimes, Book 18
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    The air was alive with the vicious buzzing of the stun-guns. The smuggler was frozen in his squatting posture, paralyzed, unable to stir so much as a finger. But the robot moved. Its drive unit hammered shockingly and un-rhythmically and it shot straight upwards. Beams from hastily switched on police searchlights swept the sky like the antennae of disturbed insects - then caught it, held it, a tiny bright star in a firmament that had never known any stars. At least four machine rifles were hammering, and an incandescent tracer arched upwards with deceptive slowness.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Grimes as (GASP) a Customs Inspector

    • By Richard on 10-02-13

    Regular price: $14.95

  • Book 19

    • The Rim Gods

    • John Grimes, Book 19
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    John Grimes, astronautical superintendent of Rim Runners and commanding officer of the Rim Worlds Naval Reserve, was tired of being a desk-bound space commodore. So when the chance came for him to do a little personal astronautical trouble-shooting, he didn't ask who, why or what - he just went. Which is how he found himself involved with time-space worlds, predatory starfish, and legendary characters apparently come to life. That's what can happen when you are out at the galaxy's edge and call forth The Rim Gods.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nine short stories from air-sea-land and space

    • By Richard on 11-02-13

    Regular price: $17.95

  • Book 20

    • Alternate Orbits

    • John Grimes, Book 20
    • By: A. Bertram Chandler
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Kinsolving's planet on the rim of space where the fabric of time and is stretched almost to bursting. Should John Grimes be surprised to meet...Sherlock Holmes? Lady Chatterly? Tarzan and Jane? A. Bertram Chandler?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Four short stories

    • By Richard on 11-02-13

    Regular price: $19.95

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