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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Aspect; Reissue edition (Oct. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446603333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446603331
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 472 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #954,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The fifth volume in the saga of Nicholas Seafort is the best by a wide margin. Retired from both the navy and politics, Nicholas is now the father of 12-year-old Philip. When the boy's friend, Jared Tenere, runs away into the "trannie" part (a gang-ruled slum) of New York, Philip follows him on a one-boy rescue mission that precipitates a full-scale effort by the United Nations' more corrupt politicians to wipe out the trannies. Nicholas prevents this scheme only at the risk of his life in a superb cliffhanger ending. The series' hero is more interesting than ever before, largely because of being regarded from several different viewpoints. It definitely helps, too, that this is the finest action tale in the series to date and that trannie society (complete with its own, exceedingly well-conceived dialect, in which nearly half the book is written) is a notable creative achievement. Roland Green

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"THIS NOVEL LARGELY STANDS ALONE -- AND IS IN MANY WAYS THE BEST IN THE SERIES. IF YOU WANT TO SEE WHY FEINTUCH WON THE CAMPBELL AWARD, CHECK IT OUT".

-- LOCUS

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The Seafort saga would not, by any stretch, be called a romp in the park by anyone. Nick himself is a hard character to warm up to, the future is not a pretty one and bad things happen to good people more often than not. However the previous 4 books were worthwhile reads. Not easy reads all the time, but worth the effort.
This book though as my title proclaims is the weakest, and bleakest of the series. The next book Patriarch of Hope is much better and redeems this one. In this book Nick is removed from his strengths and is landbound as the elected leader of Earth, off and on. He is responsible for his own child as well as a child of a friend.
We get to become all too familiar with the down and dirty slums, and down and dirty politics of the world and Nick's dysfunctional family. All the characters come across as unsympathetic and not likeable. Very little hope, very little redeeming about the plot. Drawn out, depressing and it is really hard to believe you've cared about Nick before, and harder to believe you'll care about his child in the next book.
You could probably skip this one and not miss a beat by heading to Patriarch's Hope. If you must complete the series, be forewarned, this is hard work to get through and there isn't much payoff.
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After reading the series through Patriarch's Hope, I reflected back on them all, and this book is the one that stuck with me. It's been awhile since I read it, but, since it's the one that I remember most, I felt I should write a review.
It is a completely original storyline. The introduction of new characters from Pook and Changman of the trannies, to Seafort's brilliant son, Phillip, really added new dimension to the series. I needed a break from Seafort and his guilt trip, this did it.
Seaforts' son, Phillip, chases after his freind into the streets of NY. The only people living on the streets now are "trannies". These people are the forgotten throwaway's of a society that has since moved onward and upward into the skyscrapers and away from the city. Only heavily armed patrols ever venture into the streets, and then, only if absolutely necessary. Basically, the streets are left alone and ignored, and barred from the rest of the "civilized" world. Once there, your on your own...and don't expect any help, cuz it aint coming.
It's into this world that Phillip now finds himself...and it's a fascinating world. There are gangs, and subcultures that have arisen out of survival instincts. How they exist together, and the society they have developed, knowing that no one gives a damn about them, is remarkable. There is ingenuity, violence, power grabs, treaties, bravery, and a surprisingly large amount of humor...probably not enough love, but, it is there also. It's a darwinian survival of the fittest society...and it's damned interesting.
Phillips obvious genius, coupled with some handy martial arts instruction he had as a child, helps him survive in this environment. He meets up with Changman, a "neutral" trader, who trades with all the gangs equally...
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After reading the series through Patriarch's Hope, I reflected back on them all, and this book is the one that stuck with me. It's been awhile since I read it, but, since it's the one that I remember most, I felt I should write a review.
It is a completely original storyline. The introduction of new characters from Pook and Changman of the trannies, to Seafort's brilliant son, Phillip, really added new dimension to the series. I needed a break from Seafort and his guilt trip, this did it.
Seaforts' son, Phillip, chases after his freind into the streets of NY. The only people living on the streets now are "trannies". These people are the forgotten throwaway's of a society that has since moved onward and upward into the skyscrapers and away from the city. Only heavily armed patrols ever venture into the streets, and then, only if absolutely necessary. Basically, the streets are left alone and ignored, and barred from the rest of the "civilized" world. Once there, your on your own...and don't expect any help, cuz it aint coming.
It's into this world that Phillip now finds himself...and it's a fascinating world. There are gangs, and subcultures that have arisen out of survival instincts. How they exist together, and the society they have developed, knowing that no one gives a damn about them, is remarkable. There is ingenuity, violence, power grabs, treaties, bravery, and a surprisingly large amount of humor...probably not enough love, but, it is there also. It's a darwinian survival of the fittest society...and it's damned interesting.
Phillips obvious genius, coupled with some handy martial arts instruction he had as a child, helps him survive in this environment. He meets up with Changman, a "neutral" trader, who trades with all the gangs equally...
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Despite what several reviews here say, this book is not difficult to read. The trannie language is not very complex, and easily understood once you get the hang of the slang. And I'm not even a native english speaker. In fact, once you get used to it, you get to like the way Pook and 'Changman' talk.
The 'P.T. saves Jared' storyline doesn't seem very likely to me (thus 4 stars), but I think Feintuch manages to nicely portray the trannie culture he's invented. Even if there was nothing else to the book, that would justify reading it. But there's more.
This is an "exception" in the series, because the story is not set among the navy, so Nick has no chance to demerit poor cadets, cane others, and shouting his famous 'belay that'. Instead, he's walking the streets of NY looking for his son while his son is busy growing up very fast among the trannies. Very refreshing. However, readers who like the series because it's about the navy, and space ships, and the chain of command, and quoting and interpreting regs, following orders, etc, will not enjoy this book, because that just doesn't surface here.
The telling of the story from several different viewpoints kinda gets on your nerves sometimes, because the viewpoint always switches when something interesting is about to happen, and you have to wait to get back to the storyline, but it does work, and the book gets to be a page turner as the pacing increases.
The ending is neat (and closer to the rest of the series), I liked it. I also liked the way P.T. was portrayed at the end, confronted with the possibility of his death; terrified, but not cowardly. It's not what you usually get. the usual solution is to have a hero who's not afraid. Here we have one that wets his pants.
Worth reading! Get to know the trannie tribes!
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