A Private Cosmos Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1984
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I remember why I zipped through these "World of Tiers" novels when I was younger. They are all action and are short, short, short compared to most books today. This one was around 185 pages.
There's no Wolff in this outing. If any recall from "The Gates of Creation" (available in Amazon Marketplace as used book) Wolff... well to avoid spoilers, is "detained" and isn't immediately coming back to the World of Tiers (Also available at Amazon Marketplace as the first 5 novels in the series), where he has, unknown to Kickaha, "left him in charge".
Kickaha, one of our favorite "World of Tiers" (multi)characters is on about his own business when he finds himself the object of the manhunt of the "universe". That, by itself, is only a minor shock. He is supposed to be buddies with “Wolff”, the Lord in charge around those parts. But Kickaha doesn't know he is supposed to be "in charge".
The people who are all hunting him, while not unusual in the “hunting of him” by itself, are however, from the wrong worlds... or tiers in this particular world/universe. This is a shock. For the sake of easing the review reader's understanding, it is to Kickaha as if he were in the Aztec capitol in the heyday of the Aztecs, and King Arthur's knights and armies suddenly appeared in full armor, lances, and chain mail intent on Kickaha's capture and/or demise.
Like in the days of these 'series', you could probably pick up this 3rd book in the World of Tiers series and you would be fine reading it as an independent novel. You would not be as enriched, but you would not be denied an exciting story, from start to ending. And that's pretty much what you get with this novel. (Would never sell with today's book producers... )
Metaphorically, you step into car #43 <buy NASCAR stuff at Amazon Marketplace> (A Private Cosmos) with Richard Petty <lots of Petty stuff at Amazon.com> (who would be Philip Jose Farmer in this metaphor) and Petty would put the pedal to the metal. Metaphorically, there are some pit stops, but racing along as you will be in with those expert racing skills of Petty/Farmer, you won't really notice the pit stops. There is one consolation..., you're a passenger. So you actually can take a deep breath and admire the scenery if your racing heart allows it. (while you're at it, buy the next book in the series at amazon marketplace... join up for smile and amazon donates some money to your favorite charity)
“Bellers” are the “nasties” in this outing. You'll need to read to understand. The plot is similar to the invasion of the body snatchers (You may find that on Amazon Instant Video). You know what kind of tension that scenario gives people.
Bad news.... no ebook, no audio. I was able to pick up a hardback of World of Tiers (the first 5 novels) for very reasonable at Amazon marketplace... great seller, book in excellent condition, so there is that at least. Happy adventures..., next stop, Terra Firma (aka Earth), in “Behind the Walls of Terra.