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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Starscape; First Edition edition (Nov. 17 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765346249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765346247
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,756,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The Messina Dust Cloud is home to a flourishing human population seeking independence from Earth and rumored to be illegally experimenting with nanotechnology to create warrior cyborgs. The misfit heir to a transportation empire, Jefferson Kopal, is sent out to the Cloud in spite of nearly failing his qualification tests for the Space Navy. Once there, he undergoes a classic process of coming of age and of learning that things are not what they seem?things including his family, the Space Navy, the Cloud and, above all, the Cloud's technologies. Young Jeff is an appealing protagonist, embodying a plausible mixture of virtues and vices. Perhaps he's too appealing: Sheffield focuses so closely on him that other interesting and even essential aspects of the story (such as the climactic space battle and the confrontation over control of the Kopal transportation empire) are undeveloped, even somewhat jumbled by comparison. In any case, the novel?the most ambitious yet of the Jupiter series (Putting Up Roots, etc.)?succeeds as the edifying entertainment it, and the series, is meant to be.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Despite his demonstrated unfitness for military duty, Jefferson Kopal, scion of one of Earth's ruling dynasties, finds himself assigned to the Space Navy's Border Command, where he becomes a pawn in a conspiracy that brings the solar system to the brink of civil war. Sheffield's fourth entry in his Jupiter novels (e.g., The Billion-Dollar Boy, LJ 12/96) delivers a classic coming- of-age story that features a genuinely appealing hero caught in a conflict between duty and integrity. Following in the tradition of early Heinlein, this title should appeal to YA as well as adult fans of sf action-adventure. A good purchase for large libraries.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By A Customer on June 11 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed the book, as I enjoy Heinlein books as an adult, but it is obviously geared toward the juvenile audience. Great. However, it is not finished and we are left hanging in space (pun intended) with the story unresolved. Heinlein didn't do that. I hope Mr. Sheffield continues the story line, but he has so many irons in the fire------. Well, we'll see.
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By W. Karoly on Jan. 19 2004
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My only regret was purchasing this book without knowing it was obviously written as a series but obviously cancelled since it is now six years since The Cyborg From Earth was initially written. Seeing as how it is now 2004 I really don't think there will be a sequel. Oh well.
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HEINLEIN READERS WILL LOVE THIS June 11 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed the book, as I enjoy Heinlein books as an adult, but it is obviously geared toward the juvenile audience. Great. However, it is not finished and we are left hanging in space (pun intended) with the story unresolved. Heinlein didn't do that. I hope Mr. Sheffield continues the story line, but he has so many irons in the fire------. Well, we'll see.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Just FYI... July 9 2007
By John A. M. Darnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have not read this book, but since some are indicating that they wish Dr. Sheffield would finish the series, I would simply like to inform the public that Dr. Sheffield died in November of 2002, which is why it is unlikely that further episodes will be added to this series.
Honest, Clear Life Lessons and Moral Integrity Conveyed in an Exciting and Engaging Story Nov. 9 2013
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I devoured Heinlein novels as a boy, and stil find them rewarding and refreshingly clear in their message and morality. Sheffield and his cohorts have truly carried on this tradition with the Jupiter Novel series. It is a shame his death ended the project.
Five Stars May 23 2013
By DANA W. VAN VALIN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A+, fast and well packed shipping; as described.
All the good stuff Sheffield didn't go into and used shortcuts to resolve Feb. 11 2013
By David Wilkin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked this book up a long time ago. I have read some of the others in the Jupiter Novels and have read other Charles Sheffield.

This overall fell flat. We have a rich scion who starts off with his father being dead. His mother severely hurt, and he just has to pass some stupid archaic horse jumping test to be sent off to the right branch of the navy. And when he fails and is sent off to the wrong branch, he just goes along.

He has had years to prepare for this, and does not question his misfortune, which is made worse when there is an accident, which he is blamed for. He doesn't work diligently to clear his name, but just goes along on the stream, floating on by.

Sheffield throws in science to make things turn out right, and that is good in a science fiction story. What he doesn't do is give us a believable human story. Our hero is too stupid to do anything but the science part, and then as we near the end, a rabbit jumps out of a hat to save the day on a great deal of back behind the curtain maneuverings. That plot line was the great basis in the story and Sheffield didn't develop it but shortcut to a conclusion. Hence, 3 stars in the middle of the road, and never to be read again.


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