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Death Quest [School & Library Binding]

L. Ron Hubbard
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October 2002 0613706811 978-0613706810 New title
Gris hires a Mafia hit man to assassinate Krak, but the attempt hilariously misfires. Heller, now pursuing an air decontamination project, continues to be the target of a defamatory public relations campaign.
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From Publishers Weekly

The comic nightmare continues in book six of Hubbard's 10-volume broadside, Mission Earth. Our Dudley Do-Right hero, Jettero Heller, is having trouble starting his Everglades launching pad for the spores that will clean up atmospheric pollution. To aid him, his fiancee, Countess Krak, fakes evidence certifying him as an illegitimate son of oil baron Delbert John Rockecenter, the world's wealthiest and most powerful man. Meanwhile, Heller's nemesis, the ineffectual spy chief Soltan Gris, makes another series of attempts to end Heller's good deeds. Gris first hires a hitmanwho is killed by his own mother. Next he has his PR man go in for character assassination, and finally he files false lawsuits and criminal charges against Heller, which sends the police after him. This is every bit as tedious and heavy-handed as the first five volumes but will no doubt join them on the bestseller list.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

L. Ron Hubbard's legendary writing career spanned more than half a century of enduring literary achievement and creative influence, encompassing more than 250 published novels, novelettes, short stories and screenplays in every major genre. Among his best-selling and classic speculative fiction trend-setters are "Battlefield Earth," "Fear," and "Final Blackout." --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Scheme of Sabotage Continues... June 24 2000
Death Quest continues the exciting tale of the hero Jettero Heller methodically working to save Earth, and his adversary Soltan Gris who seeks to sabotage everything he does. This time Soltan hires a hit man named Torpedo Fiaccolla, a killer so loathsome even the mafia has blacklisted him! He sends his to take out the Countess Krak, Jettero Heller's devoted love. Only the scheme does not turn out as Soltan plans, and everything goes out of control! This book takes the reader violently through the hills of Virginia and then to the open sea and climaxes dramatically in the waterways of Atlantic City. Meanwhile Soltan commits bigamy, and has his plans turned all upside down by a bubble-gum popping teeny-bopper as well as many other outragious exploits involving a pig farm and tons of gold! Death Quest keeps the tale rolling forward and keeps the story alive with wild untamed adventure around every corner. The creative and unusual characters will make you smile and laugh as the story continues to unfold. Hubbard's wit and humor are constantly present in this wonderful satire and science fiction dekalogy. Mission Earth book 6 is great fun! When you make it this far into the series, you will really love this one!
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1.0 out of 5 stars The endless series plods on and on and on... Nov. 17 1999
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Other classics of science fiction and satire give us characters that entertain us, delight us, and romance us...the Stainless Steel Rat, Jerry Cornelius and Jherek Carnelian, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Hiro Protagonist and Y.T., and so many others. What do we get with L. Ron Hubbard and book six of this seemingly endless series? We get Teenie Whopper, a genuine underage teenage nymphomaniac who exists solely to have sex with Soltan Gris and provide the reader with some sordid sex fantasies. And that's the highlight (if you could call it that) of "Death Quest," as Hubbard drags his subplots across yet another few hundred pages while we wait and wait and wait for something interesting to happen. Soltan Gris hires a hit man to kill Countess Krak (the so-called "quest" of this book), but of course he screws it up; while he does so, Jettero Heller fights back against the plots of J. Walter Madison and his idiotic "Whiz Kid" PR campaign. Oh, and of course we get more Hubbard ranting against psychology and psychiatry, as voiced by Dr. Crobe.
If you've managed to survive the first five books of this series without slipping into a coma, then you might enjoy the sex and occasional violence that permeates this book. Lord knows there's little else to recommend it...but at least we're past the half-way point of the series. Only four more books to go...
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2.0 out of 5 stars satire this? Nov. 9 2000
When I was a lad of some 12 years of age, I enjoyed this and all the others in the series. Now, after reading much science fiction, I am bored to tears. Satire is wonderful only when it serves a point and this does not. The first couple of books were and still are enjoyable. However, when we reach this book I fear it has degraded into a bloated work that goes no where. We've already seen countless times that psych is evil, sex is perverted, and countless other replayed points. I reread up to this book and just couldn't go on! I suppose if one treats the series as a source of cheap thrills it's not all that bad. I for one would rahter listen to Zappa's catalog for some good old satire whit and inteligence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi Satire At It's Best June 1 2000
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I loved all of these stories. I could not stop once I started them. The pacing is great. The satire is great. Hubbard has a fantastic and witty sense of humor. These stories also really they get you thinking. Love them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tarzan, John Carter...Jettero Heller Dec 26 1999
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A new hero of world-saving stature, who is also the best example of human sanity and decency ever in print. The pace of this book is scorching--don't read it late at night if you have to get up early the next day.
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