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Agent of Chaos Paperback – February 28, 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
"Agent of Chaos" was published in 1970, and I have no idea how this novel became part of my Sci-Fi collection. It is yellowed and brittle now, and I picked it out one afternoon just because I was curious. No, this novel wasn't `the find of the century', by any means, although it was an engaging and quick read (half a day).
It is a story of a group of rebels trying to assassinate the leader of the Hegemonic Council that rule the solar system with absolute tyranny. Spinrad uses many clever ideas, and the world of the Hegemony is fleshed out nicely. Center to the plot is an enigmatic group called `The Brotherhood of Assassins' who thwart the rebels at every turn, yet, also create havoc within the Hegemony. It is this group that heightens the reader's interest. Unfortunately, the protagonist (Johnson), who is suppose to be a great fighter and leader, turns out to be rather naive, and is easily duped (too easily). This may or may not have been the author's intent, but in either case, it frustrated this reader. Also absent was any hint of a love interest, leaving the reader with a fairly shallow story.
Long out of print, "Agent of Chaos" does many things well, but when I finished the novel, it left no lingering memories. It's just a quick, enjoyable read for a Saturday afternoon. No depth here. Between 1 and 10, "Agent of Chaos" gets a 5. I'm more curious about the author, but it looks like if I want to read anymore of his work I'll need to look through used book stores.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not much character development in this tale of diametrically opposing concepts intended to guide humankind. Read morePublished 16 months ago by David J. Stone
A gem of my childhood. It'll make you think more about the role of government in relation to the natural order of the universe than any other book you will ever read.Published 22 months ago by Phil Geusz
More relevant today than when it was first released. I promise one random act of chaos every day! I first read this 20 years ago and was glad to find it for my Kindle; it should... Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by David H.
No, this is not a Get Smart adventure. Norman Spinrad's book is about one man's choice with regards to political systems. Read morePublished on September 2, 2007 by average
Wasn't that line in Star Trek somewhere along the way? I enjoyed reading it but I wondered offhand whether the Hegemony sought to diminish chaos by eliminating women? Read morePublished on May 7, 2005 by N. Stepro
I've now read this book, and to be honest, don't find it to be worth a lengthy review. Spinrad proposes three social forces in conflict - the Hegemony, the Democratic League, and... Read morePublished on November 2, 2004 by TomHl