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The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You [Mass Market Paperback]

Harry Harrison

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June 1 1988 Stainless Steel Rat Books
After saving the world, diGriz is called on to save the universe. Liberating his two, now teenage, twin' sons from a military boarding school and penitentiary, diGriz sets out to free his wife, who has been arrested by the tax men. But the family is soon fighting an enemy of a different sort, when the humans-only galaxy of the League is invaded by all manner of hideous aliens. The Rat, disguised in the most hideous combination of alien physical features, is sent into the centre of the aliens' stronghold, where he finds himself the object of desire among the aliens. His task is to stop the aliens, who plan to wipe out every human in the universe.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Spectra; Reissue edition (June 1 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553276115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553276114
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,263,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Slippery Jim diGriz, the future's master criminal turned super-spy, is recruiting for an all-out interstellar war! Loathsome, mind sucking creatures from an unknown star are closing in on Earth. Once again it's up to the Stainless Steel Rat to save humanity. In a daring caper packed with action and laughs, the Rat goes undercover to stop the invasion-disguised as a hideous, bug-eyed extraterrestrial!

"After this hectic caper the Rat can hold his head high amongst the most elevated super-hero company--Bulldog Drummond, James Bond and Flash Gordon included."--Times Literary Supplement.

"A fast-moving, light-fingered entertainment from one of the masters of tongue-in-cheek parody."--New York Newsday

About the Author

Harry Harrison is an American science fiction author best known for his character the Stainless Steel Rat and the novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966), the basis for the film Soylent Green. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Audio version Jan. 6 2011
By Kat Hooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:MP3 CD
I've been enjoying Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat series, especially the superb audio versions produced by Brilliance Audio. Slippery Jim DiGriz is a con artist who's been forced to work undercover for the Special Corps, an intergalactic investigating agency. Each of these short novels starts with him (and now his family, too) hiding out from the Special Corps and living it up on other taxpayers' money. Each time, the Special Corps traps him and sends him off on a fast-paced, dangerous mission that usually involves saving the galaxy in some way.

This time aliens are invading, so Slippery Jim, with the help of his beautiful and deadly wife and their delinquent teenage twins, infiltrates their lair by disguising himself as an alien who wants to join their army. How could he possibly know that his alien costume is so sexy that he'll have to fight off male suitors while he's trying to save the galaxy?

The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You is another entertaining offering from Harry Harrison and narrator Phil Gigante. It was fun to see Jim and Angelina's twins grown up and following the family traditions. Unfortunately, this story relies on some of the same plot elements that we've seen before -- it seems fairly simple to save the world when your enemies are all brainwashed by outdated moral philosophies, you've got a time machine on hand, and the laws of physics bend at your will.

Still, if you're willing to overlook all that, then these stories are definitely entertaining, especially with Phil Gigante reading them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This Rat Has Teeth! July 16 2002
By jrmspnc - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What a relief to read The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You after the disappointing Stainless Steel Rat in Hell! What a difference fifteen years can make!
This Stainless Steel Rat is the Rat we all fell in love with - biting sarcasm, acerbic wit, the lapses in attention that land him in trouble, the daring escapes from that trouble, and a plot that moves briskly at all times, always staying a half step ahead of the reader. Just under 150 pages, it is just the right length; short enough to be read in one sitting, but long enough to draw the reader in.
The only downside to this one is the packaging. Contrary to the title and cover propaganda, the Rat does no recruiting (beyond his lovely yet dangerous wife and the twins). A better title would have been, The Stainless Steel Rat: Bug-eyed Alien Sex Goddess. Read the book and you'll see what I mean.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best SSR book yet Feb. 20 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I have read & enjoyed a number of Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat books, but this has got to be the best one yet. The book is loaded with the same slap-dash sense of humour and spontaneous action as found in the other SSR books, but this book's clever, well thought out plot puts it far above them. Slippery Jim's final solution for dealing with the slimy alien problem-makers is ingenious and satisfying, as is his surprising insight to the behaviour of the galaxy's sadistic grey men.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Super Reader Aug. 26 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is much funnier, and the situation certainly helps. War is looming with an alien race, and yes, they are pretty much bug eyed monster types. The Stainless Steel Rat and relatives have to do something about it.

Infiltration is tricky, but all undercover super thief/spies are good at disguise. He can even do alien sexy. Pretty funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Building A Better Rat Trap Nov. 21 2005
By Charles O. Parshley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The title of the latest escapades of the "Rat" is a bit of a stretch of the imagination as it suggests images of vintage WWI era posters of Uncle Sam recruiting enlistments for the United States military. What actually occurs, though, is that after freeing his family members form various forms of incarceration the Stainless Steel Rat plays upon the gratitude for a good deed done and gains their support in battling an assortment of bug-eyed-monsters (BEM) bent on invading the human inhabited galaxy and making it thiers alone. At times silly, each BEM is more fearsome and funny than the last resulting in a plesant mixture of mayhem, hilarity and adventure. Enjoyable to the last, James Bolivar DiGriz proves once again that no rust has tarnished his stainless steel rat's hide.

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