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  • Mass Market Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press (CA); Reissue edition (June 21 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592120075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592120079
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 10.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Savant on April 22 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While this book doesn't rate 5 stars for me, I think it is far too harsh to give it one star and harsh criticism that it has received from some. However, having just finished reading it, I can see how some people were put off by Hubbard's style of writing, and some aspects of the story.

One of the main objections seems to revolve around a key story element. (This isn't a spoiler...) The story opens with the revelation that mankind had been wiped out 1000 years ago by an alien race. As can be expected, the few pockets of humans that remained had mainly reverted to more 'primitive' living. For example, the 'hero' of the story is an accomplished hunter who uses clubs to kill his prey. So, this begs the question, would it be possible for a man who knows nothing of 'technology' and things like 'flying craft' ever be able to learn and master using such devices in a short (weeks to months) period of time?

This is a key element in the story that the reader must accept, and it would seem that some people just can't make that leap. For me I tend to think that in 'desperate times' a person could be capable of just about anything.

Something else I think needs to be kept in mind is this book was finished in 1980, and given the size would have been in progress for many years. This story is likely 40 years old. Don't judge it without keeping that in mind.

Lastly, I think this story would have been better if broken into two parts. Without giving anything away, there is a distinct shift in the story, and it easily could be broken into two books.

However, I still found it to be an interesting read. I think most people will find it enjoyable so long as they don't have excessively high expectations.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cris on Feb. 21 2004
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Juvenile plot, nonexistent character development, and horrid writing in general put this book firmly at the bottom of the sci fi trash heap.This book is dullsville. I am quite sure most homeless crackheads could churn out novels superior to Hubbard's mindless drivel.
If you are looking for great sci fi to read check out books by Frank Herbert, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven, Robert Heinlein, Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Robert Anton Wilson, Piers Anthony and Greg Bear.
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By Dia on June 16 2014
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I do not believe that the main character in this book went from being a "dumb" human ruled by a mighty alien empire to a super sized intellect of unlimited abilities and craftiness and not only conquered the world form the aliens but the whole universe with his one puny mind and a bunch of other so called Neanderthal-like people. On the other hand I just have to read it again because it is so unbelievably unbelievable. Hah!
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This is not my first time reading this story of Johnny "Good Boy" Tyler. I actually read it every couple of years, It is one of a few books that I tend to do this with.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roule Duke on Oct. 23 2003
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Well after seeing that turkey of a movie Battlefield Earth and then reading cult member written reviews saying, "Oh the book is so much better" I decided to have a gander. I managed to 'grab' a copy of the eBook, and am happy at that because to pay money for this utter tripe is immoral as it will only add to the coffers of Hubbard's Scientology cult. The amount of 5 star reviews here had me at first expectant that the book would be good, but after the first page of this... monstrosity... I have no doubt that every positive review on this site is written by one of Hubbard's brainwashed followers. I have in my time read a great many books ranging from fantasy, to military history to science fiction, and I can quite confidently say that this is the worst book I have ever read.
First off we have Hubbard's introduction which has to be one of the most self-serving and self-centered pieces of text I have ever read. He seems to think he's some big time professional novelist and the man with the final word on what's real science fiction and what isn't, calling his book 'hard science fiction'. Well Mr. Hubbard keep on dreaming, because you sure aren't a professional level writer and this sure as hell is not 'hard science fiction. I simply cannot believe that this book is held as a 'science fiction classic', I was under the impression that for a story to be SF it had to at least have a grounding in reality, plausibility and science, this book totally lacks any of these attributes. Furthermore it reads as if a grade school student wrote it.
Trust me, if you have seen the movie and heard the pleas of Hubbard's devotees saying how much better the book is don't believe them, they are exactly the same with the movie just having less long winded content.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on Jan. 23 2004
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Ok, look. I already wrote a review awhile ago, and now that I've finally finished the book (6 months later) I'm ready to give you the rundown on this piece of crap.
L. Ron Hubbards books are always a bit to compelling for the average reader. Lots of use of scientific words, political matters etc. This book is no exception. HOWEVER, this book is the best he's ever written. Although there are still many pointless boring long annoying points in the book, its still a great page turner, when your reading exciting area. Up to page 500, you wont want to stop reading. Its just great! filled with action and exciting mystery's.
After page 500 it all turns into crap. page 0-500 is about man-kinds revival from the endangered state, the Psychlos an alien race, set them in. It shows how the stupidity of the otherwise clever psychlos, leads the main character Jonnie (a character who becomes extremelely dull after page 500) to re-take the planet. After lots of action, with the help of a few hundred scots, they do in fact re-take the planet.
page 500-1050 is total crap. For starters the main character becomes really annoying, stupid, pointless, un-needed, injured, and dull. He's no fun to read about any more. Plus, Ron decides to add about 20 other random, pointless and also dull characters into the story, leading the book, into pointlessness. Then you will become interested again as new alien invaders come over for some action. But Hubbard leaves us in suspense for about 20 chapters (which really stinks, as you wait to find out more information) and eventually instead of another war, it just leads into the political stage of the book, which almost made me fall asleep while reading, during the afternoon!
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