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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1050 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge Pubns (August 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884046818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884046813
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (616 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,601,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This title is now better remembered for being transformed into one of the worst B-movies in history. Don't blame the book, however, which is well regarded in sf circles. This 20th-anniversary edition offers the full text of the original. Galaxy Press, which launched this July, will reprint a number of Hubbard's books. If your existing copy looks as if it has been on the battlefield, this quality hardcover will make a nice replacement.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"A terrific story." -- Robert Heinlein

"Over 1,000 pages of thrills, spills, vicious aliens and noble humans. I found it un-put-downable." -- Neil Gaiman

"This has everything: suspense, pathos, politics, war, humor, diplomacy and intergalactic finance..." --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

In closing, I would recommended this book to anyone who likes science fiction.
James Allen
I read it because it is a good story and even though it is 1050 pages long I found that once I got hooked into the story, I could not put it down.
jjceo
Like all L. Ron Hubbard books, and those attributed to him by his followers, this one was not very good.
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119 of 146 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
The book is always fun to read. I've gone through it 3 times over 12 years. Each time I read it cover to cover, straight through. The style is deliberately over-the-top, and very humorous. Hubbard creates many outrageous scenes of high tension, bigger than life and melodramatic. It can't help but bring a smile to your face, as this book presents innumerable good vs. evil conflicts in the classic tradition.
The "Psychlos" are bumbling alien psychotics, so intent on guile and treachery they can't even grab a goo-food stick without provoking a knock down, drag out fight. Through sheer luck, they've stumbled upon technologies which empower them to rule most of the know universes (all 16 of them). The ponderous, overwhelming Psychlo bureaucracy, replete with the cruelest and pettiest, middle level paper pushers imaginable, sets up the perfect "evil empire" that Johnny Good Boy Tyler defeats at every turn, overcoming incredible odds and triumphing over treachery with intelligence, bravery, and unbelievable luck. The almost stereo-typical conflicts in the book are a basis for it's humor and entertainment value, given the author's talent for creating conflicts of epic, even galactic, proportions.
Although I normally read more intellectualy structured fiction, Hubbard somehow has the knack of creating an entertaining story that is fun to read despite it's intentionally low-brow approach. If you like funny, adventure/sci-fi, you will probably like this book a lot.
I liked this book more than the Hubbard "Dekaology". Battlefield Earth is pretty long, but generally holds my interest throughout. It's almost like (2) books, with an initial phase related just to earth, and a final phase, involving the 16 known universes.
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39 of 50 people found the following review helpful By l. on January 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I picked up this book out of sheer curiosity three years ago over Christmas weekend, I simply could not put it down. My family actually got quite irritated because I had my nose so embedded in this book for 3 full days.
Some people will say this book is too tedius and detailed without much characterization.
I give this book five stars. It is action packed, it has an excellent plot, politics, conspiracy, machinery and it even gives time to a romantic thread. It is shockingly vivid at times and an hysterical satire at others.
Terl is the most maniacle, calculating and frusturating villain which I've had the pleasure of reading about. Johnny Goodboy Tyler embodies everything we find honorable in the human spirit and characteristics our society so pines to return to; innocence, trust, that adventure bound spirit, and most importantly the unbreakable will to survive despite all obstacles.
It was some of the best money I've ever spent on entertainment... But if you buy the book, remember that you do need to get some sleep, so try not to stay up too late.
Happy reading!
P.S. I can't wait for the movie. The suspense is killing me! I only hope it does the book justice.
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. Moore on July 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
... I must say that Battlefield Earth is one incrediblebook. It is not the most well-thought-out novel in the world, but itis extremely entertaining and a real page-turner. Also, it can be said that although the book is over 1,000 pages long (and with SMALL type!) it very rarely gets boring.
That said, there are some things about it that may turn off some people. Namely, some of the things in the book are incredibly cheesy. The hero's name is "Jonnnie Goodboy Tyler" for God's sake! Speaking of names, so many characters in this book have ridicilous names "Duneeldeen, Glencannon, Zzt, Robert The Fox, Schleim, Jambitchows", not to mention the Basher "Bash Our Way To Glory Tank", the alien "psychlos", and Jonnie's father "Timothy Brave Tyler". Also, there are some rather poor stereotypes in this book.
Again, I believe that the action, suspense, and the epic scope that this book portrays will EASILY counter out any cheesiness that the story has. Think "Star Wars", with a good dose of Douglas Adams.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. Gesaman on March 6, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
I've read books from all the Sci Fi greats from Azimov to Herbert. This book definately doesn't take as much grey matter to read as a Dune book. But it's a still a great read and one of my all-time favorites.

It's like a great quality pop corn sci fi action book. With over 1000 pages, there are many technical details and most make sense. Is everything based on proven scientific fact? No, but most other sci fi isn't either. It's way more reality based than Star Wars or Star Trek for instance. I've recommended this book to many people over the years, and I don't know anybody that didn't love it.

I don't know where some of these negative reviews are coming from all of a sudden. Some are making comments that lead me to believe they didn't even read the book. Some reference stupid things from the movie. Don't even get me started on how disappointed I was with that. It doesn't even come close to representing this book.

Bottom line. Don't expect War and Peace. Expect to read about a small group of humans trying to win back their planet from an all powerful galactic dominating foe. In the process, they accomplish far more. Just sit, read, and enjoy. You won't be disappointed.
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