Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.

Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Tell the Publisher!
I'd like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

On My Way to Paradise [Paperback]

Dave Wolverton
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback --  
Paperback, November 1989 --  
Mass Market Paperback --  

Product Details


Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

Despite a panoply of lovingly created technologies, Wolverton's subject in this impressive debut is the age-old problem of how far a just person may go in responding to injustice. His Earth is a planet torn by ideological wars and under covert attack by those charged with protecting its interests in space. Angelo, a Panamanian pharmacologist, becomes caught up in these historic events through his compassion for an injured intelligence officer and soon finds himself believing that his only choice is to murder in the name of justice. Wolverton paces the action smartly, and in the final chapters introduces a surprise revelation that throws the motivation for Angelo's decision, as well as its consequences, into complex relief. By keeping his moral vision firmly wedded to a gripping plot, Wolverton creates speculative fiction with both emotional depth and resonance.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

A middle-aged pharmacologist rescues a fugitive from the Allied Earth Marines' Military Intelligence, escaping with her to a distant planet owned by a Japanese company engaged in a genocidal war. In a future where humanity is overshadowed by the "advance" of technology--cyborg soldiers, genetically enhanced humans, drug-induced mindwipes, and more--the struggle to remain human becomes a desperate search for identity and redefinition. The author's profound insights into the brutal reality of modern warfare, as well as his faith in the triumph of human compassion, make this first novel an excellent selection for most sf collection.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

Customer Reviews

4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most helpful customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Wolverton ever be heard from again???? Dec 1 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The other reviews have pretty much covered this book. It is five stars all the way. Its one of those books that you look back longingly on, almost fifteen years old now, I remember a day when I was much younger, and the world still exciting and new. Im sure you all have books that stay with you like that. It evokes great memories from a great time to be in college (early 90's). Anyway, the question is, will Dave Wolverton ever write a sequel? Will he ever write under his real name? Or write true sci-fi, not just star wars young adult trash? I sure hope he does. Dave, if you ever read this, please return to the world you created in "Paradise!"
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars On my way to paradise Feb. 27 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was Dave's first title published other than short stories. It is one of the best pieces of Science Fiction ever written. He has an incredible ability to place the reader in the environment and have the action surround you. His characters are well developed and he places them in situations rich and wonderful. Most writers aim for a story this good to be the peak of their careers. I hope that Dave can write more stories that are somewhere near this good.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars The best SF book I ever read and reread and ... Nov. 9 2000
By "hjbae"
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I know this book is long out of print and I agree with other reviewers that it should really be republished. It is simply the best SF book I have ever read. I just read it again for the third time and it is still as good as I remember it to be when it first came out. It is simply very hard to find a good book like this in the genre -- believe me I read SF almost fulltime! Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about other books Wolverton has written since his first book.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Scifi paradise July 11 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Angelo Osic, an aging pharmacist in wartorn Panama, is drawn into a complicated political plot when he reaches out in compassion to help an injured woman fleeing shadowy forces. Osic kills a man, and is forced to flee Earth and make a new life among Latino refugee/mercenaries, hired to help a Japanese-derived culture on a distant planet defeat its cultural rival. Trained ruthlessly in war, he struggles to return to his own self image of a man of peace, a healer, and a man of compassion -- even as he sees these things fail and fade.
For a scifi lover, this book is a feast for the mind; nay, more than a feast: a smorgasborg. Neural implants, brain transplant, genetic alteration, jacked-in training, bioweapons, AI, space travel, future weapons; you name it. Yet all of these technological developments are worked into the plot smoothly and believably. And most important, they are not the focus of the novel: that focus is the moral development of a man struggling to make sense of what his life has become; struggling to regain moral agency in an immoral world. Yet there are many other interesting ideas on display, as well: culture clash, the nature of reality, what it means to be human, and what the meaning of culture is.
Most novels are fire and forget; they do not touch your self in any real way beyond the pleasure of escape. This one will have you thinking about it years after your read it for the nth time.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Scifi paradise July 10 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Angelo Osic, an aging pharmacist in wartorn Panama, is drawn into a complicated political plot when he reaches out in compassion to help an injured woman fleeing shadowy forces. Osic kills a man, and is forced to flee Earth and make a new life among Latino refugee/mercenaries, hired to help a Japanese-derived culture on a distant planet defeat its cultural rival. Trained ruthlessly in war, he struggles to return to his own self image of a man of peace, a healer, and a man of compassion -- even as he sees these things fail and fade.
For a scifi lover, this book is a feast for the mind; nay, more than a feast: a smorgasborg. Neural implants, brain transplant, genetic alteration, jacked-in training, bioweapons, AI, space travel, future weapons; you name it. Yet all of these technological developments are worked into the plot smoothly and believably. And most important, they are not the focus of the novel: that focus is the moral development of a man struggling to make sense of what his life has become; struggling to regain moral agency in an immoral world. Yet there are many other interesting ideas on display, as well: culture clash, the nature of reality, what it means to be human, and what the meaning of culture is.
Most novels are fire and forget; they do not touch your self in any real way beyond the pleasure of escape. This one will have you thinking about it years after your read it for the nth time.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Scifi paradise July 9 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Angelo Osic, an aging pharmacist in wartorn Panama, is drawn into a complicated political plot when he reaches out in compassion to help an injured woman fleeing shadowy forces. Osic kills a man, and is forced to flee Earth and make a new life among Latino refugee/mercenaries, hired to help a Japanese-derived culture on a distant planet defeat its cultural rival. Trained ruthlessly in war, he struggles to return to his own self image of a man of peace, a healer, and a man of compassion -- even as he sees these things fail and fade.
For a scifi lover, this book is a feast for the mind; nay, more than a feast: a smorgasborg. Neural implants, brain transplant, genetic alteration, jacked-in training, bioweapons, AI, space travel, future weapons; you name it. Yet all of these technological developments are worked into the plot smoothly and believably. And most important, they are not the focus of the novel: that focus is the moral development of a man struggling to make sense of what his life has become; struggling to regain moral agency in an immoral world. Yet there are many other interesting ideas on display, as well: culture clash, the nature of reality, what it means to be human, and what the meaning of culture is.
Most novels are fire and forget; they do not touch your self in any real way beyond the pleasure of escape. This one will have you thinking about it years after your read it for the nth time.
Was this review helpful to you?
Want to see more reviews on this item?
Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars cant get enough
i read the first 2 pages of this book when iwas ten. then 4 or 5 years later i found the book in the library and seince then i have bought it and read it several times and am not... Read more
Published on June 16 2000 by Matt Seward
5.0 out of 5 stars It ought to be republished!
It is a shame that this magnificent book is not easily availiable. By far it is the best book I have ever read, and that includes all kinds of litterature, not only science... Read more
Published on March 19 2000 by Geir Hegre Romundset
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
I read a lot of science fiction and this is quite possibly the best sci-fi novel that I have ever read. Read more
Published on March 3 2000 by Michelle Alcido
5.0 out of 5 stars perhaps the best novel I've read in years, maybe ever
I'm a political consultant - this is my life yet this book gave me quite a bit to think about. To my shock, it also gave me views that have held up well years after having read... Read more
Published on April 1 1999 by Paul Cassel
5.0 out of 5 stars Insert positive hyperbole here
It is rare that you come across a book that moves you on such a basic level that you revisit your presumptions about basic social dynamics. Read more
Published on Dec 6 1998 by stephne@cmq.com
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless masterpiece - virtually unrivalled!!
I don't know where to begin praising this literary jewel; this work of art is simply unprecedented. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY THE BEST
This book is incredible in it's vivd portrayals and I would recomend this book for anyone with 1/2 a brain (or more).
Published on Oct. 19 1998
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews
ARRAY(0x10b6af18)

Look for similar items by category


Feedback