The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 1988
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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 Audio CD edition.
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Infiltration is tricky, but all undercover super thief/spies are good at disguise. He can even do alien sexy. Pretty funny.
In the previous volume, Inskipp was chewing out Jim for being a thief. Jim was busy stealing cigars from a locked humidor. As Inskipp talked, he started fading away.
People in white coats invaded the office and gave Jim an injection. Then they picked Jim up and took him away despite his efforts to get free. White coats kept disappearing.
In the time lab, Jim was injected again and his anger faded. Coypu explained that they were being attacked. Their timeline was quickly fading.
Jim called Angelina and she was convinced that he had been drinking again. As he talked with her, the voice of Angelina disappeared. When he called back, the phone system told him that number was not connected.
Coypu and his men stuffed Jim into a spacesuit and hung every imaginable gadget on it. They told him to grab the end of the time helix. The last assistant disappeared as Coypu pulled down a huge switch,
In this novel, James Bolivar diGriz is a con artist and not so petty thief. Jim gets his kicks by fooling the establishment. Now he works for the Special Corps.
Angelina is Jim's beloved. He has loved her before the Special Corps had fixed her brain quirks and mental problems. Now she is delivered twin boys.
Harold Peters Inskipp is the head of the Special Corps. He was a former crook and so are every one of his special agents.
Coypu is a scientist with the Special Corps. He heads the time travel project. He says they know how to return to the past, but don't try since it could alter their timeline.
Dorsky is a retired Army Colonel. He runs the a boarding school for difficult boys.
In this story, Jim and Angelina are living on the bucolic world of Blodgett. They are waiting for the twins to finish their time in the Dorsky Military Boarding School and Penitentiary. Jim is taking a shower when the doorbell rings.
Angelina goes to answer the door. Jim dries off and considers his facial hairs. Then a premonition stirs him. Angelina has been gone too long.
Jim races toward the front door. He is naked and hopping on one leg while drawing the holdout weapon on his ankle. As he comes through the door, he sees two thugs putting Angelina into a car.
Jim risks a single shot at the tires, but too many citizens are outside. He fires several shots into the air to alert the people and keep them from staring as his nude body. He memorizes the licence plate.
Going inside, he checks the ownership of the car. Then he drives off in his own car. He heads directly to the school.
Jim takes James and Bolivar with him to the headmaster's office. Dorsky points a gun at Jim, but gives the twins their graduation papers after hearing the results of the license lookup. The owner of the vehicle is the Interstellar Internal and External Revenue Service.
Jim drives away with the twins. He parks the car near the IIER headquarters. He offers the boys an opportunity to stay out of the job, but they refuse to leave him alone.
Jim gets into the IIER headquarters by entering through a window. He has some problems getting in and the cut glass clangs on the floor. He also leaves some blood on the window.
The noise has alerted IIER security. When he turns a corner, a voice tells him to surrender. Jim tosses a smoke grenade and some other nasty surprises toward the security men.
Jim tells the boys to go down to wipe the computer files. He leads IIER security and a few cops on a mad race to the director's office. He then surrenders to the pursuers. They put him into a vehicle and take him to the prison.
Then they load him back into the vehicle and take him to another office. Inskipp is waiting and ready with a few curses. But he also says that a hundred admirals have disappeared along with the satellite on which the were meeting.
This tale takes Jim back to Special Corps Main Station. Jim suggests to Coypu that he be sent back in time about a week. Coypu refuses to do this, citing the risks to the timeline. Inskipp then threatens Coypu with firing and sending him to teach high school physics.
Aliens with tentacles watch Jim as he searches for the admirals. The next installment in this sequence is The Stainless Steel Rat for President.
Highly recommended for Harrison fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of crooked schemes, Revenue attacks, and an alien plot. Read and enjoy!
-Arthur W. Jordin
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.