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The Candle of Distant Earth (The Taken Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Alan Dean Foster
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Book Description

From science fiction legend and New York Times bestselling author Alan Dean Foster, creator of the ever-popular Pip and Flinx series, comes the climactic final novel in The Taken trilogy, his electrifying space epic about a man and his dog for whom the expression “out of this world” takes on a whole new meaning.

Location is everything. In Chicago, Marcus Walker was a hotshot commodities broker. In the cargo hold of the alien Vilenjji spaceship, he and a laconic dog named George, who has been speech-enhanced to increase his value, are just two more primitive creatures being shipped to the civilized part of the universe, where the market for cuddly extraterrestrial “pets” is busting wide open.

Though Walker and George manage to escape, man and dog are far from overjoyed, being even farther from Earth–billions of miles, in fact–and without a clue as to whether the direction home is up, down, or sideways. Possessing universe-level social skills, Walker becomes the leader of his own armada. Yet even a fleet commander is hard pressed to find a piece of space that no one’s ever heard of, much less cares to find.

To make matters worse, it seems the Vilenjji are proving to be notoriously sore losers. Even if Walker does pull off the impossible and pinpoint his needle of a solar system in the universe haystack, there’s a good chance that the unrelenting Vilenjji will get to him before he ever gets to Wrigley Field.

Yep, it’s a wide-open universe out there, bursting with possibilities– and Walker’s going to get hit with all of them.

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In the quietly amusing last installment of bestseller Foster's Taken trilogy (after 2005's The Light-years Beneath My Feet), Marcus Walker, a Chicago commodities trader kidnapped by aliens in 2004's Lost and Found, and his companion, George, a sardonic talking dog, land on the planet Hyff. There Marcus and George help the Hyfft, peaceful meter-high creatures, battle unpleasant invaders known as the Iollth before resuming their quest to return home. Fans of E.E. "Doc" Smith's golden age space-traveling hero, Kimball Kinnison, will enjoy this slyly humorous saga, in which the good guys have plenty of human weaknesses and the villains aren't too evil. (June 27)
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From Booklist

The Taken trilogy comes to a rousing finish with more than a few surprising twists to keep fans of Lost and Found (2004) and The Light-Years beneath My Feet (2005) guessing. After escaping the ruthless, curio-collecting Vilenji and soaking up their rescuers' hospitality, Chicago commodities broker Marcus Walker and his fellow escapees are again space bound, searching for their respective home worlds. During the quest, they stumble across a planet populated by humble, catlike beings who at first mistake them for the bullying Iollth from a nearby star system, then enlist their aid in battle when the Iollth do show up. As designated leader of the expedition, Walker suddenly gains an improbable ally in the hunt for Earth when the Iollth are defeated. Meanwhile, watching their every move, the Vilenji are close at hand, setting the stage for a final, unpredictable confrontation. Readers who have come this far will revel in this book's skillful blend of amusing cultural misunderstandings and edge-of-the-seat suspense and enjoy a satisfying conclusion to one of Foster's most entertaining series. Carl Hays
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Product Details

  • File Size: 368 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345461312
  • Publisher: Del Rey (June 27, 2006)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun tour of the galaxy July 5, 2006
On the planet Hyff, an astronomer sees three ships approaching and fear the Iollth are approaching as they do every century or so to loot and plunder. The Hyffs are pacifists by nature and simply do not have the military mindset to wage war even on an enemy. However, the ships the astronomer saw are not from Iollth but are Nyyuan carrying Marcus Walker, the sentient speaking canine George, the squid like creature Sque and the giant Braouk from the planet Tuuqalia.

These four aliens have been abducted from their homeworlds by the Vilenjii traders who believe sentient beings are commodities to be taken. The astronomers of Hyff find Braouk's planet but before they can travel there the Iollth arrive. The people of Hyff have been so kind and helpful to them, they find they can't leave without solving the Iollth problem. On Braouk's world they find the homeworld of Sque and once they arrive there, the isolationist egotistical beings of K'eremu refuse to help George and Marcus find earth because it is not their problem.

Readers are treated to a tour of the galaxy filled with sentient aliens of all shapes and sizes. It is a dazzling universe and Earth is considered such an isolated backwater place, nobody knows where it is. Allen Dean Foster has written an excellent Star Wars like novel that dazzles the readers with characters that are so realistic and unusual. There is plenty of action but what makes this tale stand out from others is that that these different worlds are explored in intricate detail.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent End to a Decent Series November 17, 2006
THE CANDLE OF DISTANT EARTH (2006) is the third book from THE TAKEN TRILOGY, following LOST AND FOUND (2004) *****, and THE LIGHT YEARS BENEATH MY FEET (2005) ***.

In LOST AND FOUND, we were introduced to Marcus Walker, the "All American Boy" who gets abducted by aliens while on a solo camping trip in the Sierra Nevadas. Walker is paired with the "All American Mutt", abducted from a Chicago alley, whom he calls George... the dog is able to speak, due to brain enhancement and implant technology of the "evil" abducting aliens. While in captivity aboard a giant alien ship, our heros encounter all sorts of strange oxygen-breathing aliens in a Wild Animal Park setting; and eventually work with some of them to execute an exciting escape attempt - but as they are breaking free in a "life boat", an even bigger space ship arrives on the scene manned by "interstellar cops" who take pity on the 4 individuals, whom they take back to their planet near the center of the galaxy, which can be described as near the height of galactic civilization, and where they put the four abductees on the government dole as hardship cases.

In the 2nd book, the 4 folks (human, dog, giant poetical monster, & genius pompous land octopus), manage to find a way out of their "boring" government sponsered lives, where they are basically provided everything they want, except for a ride home (nobody knows exactly where home is)... they are put to work on an alien planet that is hopefully closer to their homes out on the galactic "outback"... this alien planet turns out to be constantly at war, but with some strange rules (that closely parallel those from the STAR TREK Original Series episode A TASTE OF ARMEGEDDON). Suffice it to say, those adventures were far less believable than the ones from the first book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Going Home Again November 6, 2009
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Candle of Distant Earth (2006) is the third SF novel of the Taken series, following The Light Years Beneath My Feet. In the previous volume, Walker, George, Sqee and Braouk were provided with three ships and crews to search for their home worlds. The Niyyuuan astronomers even found some evidence of Tuuqalian ships traveling through one sector of the galaxy.

In this novel, Marcus Walker was a commodity trader on the Chicago exchange. Then he was captured by the Vilenjii, a group of alien slavers. Now he is a chef in a galactic civilization.

George is a dog from the streets of Chicago. His intelligence and vocal cords were enhanced by Vilenjii slavers, so he can now think and talk. George is very cynical and somewhat paranoid from his time on the streets.

Sequi'aranaqua'na'senemu is a cephalopod-like alien from K'eremu. Sqee has a high intelligence and an even higher opinion of her abilities. She also had been captured by the Vilenjii.

Broullkounuvv-ahd-Hrashkin is a huge alien from Tuuqalia. Braouk is a singer of long sagas. He too had been a slave of the Vilenjii.

Sobj-oes is a Niyyuuan astronomer. He had led the search for the home worlds of the escaped slaves. He is accompanying them on their voyage.

Gerlia-hya is Commander-Captain for the three Niyyuuan ships searching for their homeworld. He is the military commander of the expedition.

Ussakk the Astronomer is a Hyfft. He is the senior astronomer on duty at the observatory.

In this story, Ussakk is notified of the presence of three spaceships approaching Hyff. The only times that three ships have appeared in the system, they contained Iollth invaders.
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4.0 out of 5 stars pip & flinx series
book was like all the pip & flinx series and was very interesting to read. it had many facts that were incorporated to make it interesting that might have happen if this occurred.
Published 10 months ago by Robert Hutcheson
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Series with Likeable Characters
This was the final book in the Taken Trilogy. I read the first and looked forward to each succeeding book. I am hoping that Foster will continue the series with more adventures. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice universe - rubbish ending
Having read and re-read almost everything Alan Dean Foster has written, I was cruising reasonably well through The Candle of Distant Earth, and found myself bitterly disappointed... Read more
Published on December 21, 2011 by A. Brimble
4.0 out of 5 stars Sneaks up on you
I didn't realize this was part of a series and wondered why it felt like I'd missed the beginning of the story. Read more
Published on March 3, 2011 by Diana Verhalen
4.0 out of 5 stars Homeward Bound
Abducted by the profit-conscious Vilenjji nearly four years previous, the K'eremu Sque, Tuuqalian Braouk, human Marcus Walker and dog George continue to enlist whatever aide... Read more
Published on December 27, 2009 by themarsman
5.0 out of 5 stars The candle of distant earth
alan dean foster again has written an excellent book that brings a conclusion that only he could come up with. Thoroughly enjoyable
Published on December 17, 2009 by N. Bagley
4.0 out of 5 stars Read this one First and Truly Enjoyed It
I started reading this book last Thursday because it was the only download I had available and I had my 'computer tied up doing a defrag so I couldn't go out to download any other... Read more
Published on August 10, 2008 by L. Jenkins
3.0 out of 5 stars loved the series but not the ending
I actually picked up this book first, then about two chapters in realized it must be a sequel. So I got the first two books and worked my way back to it. Read more
Published on January 4, 2008 by Mike Garrison
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Series, Implausible Ending

Ever read a book or a series of books, enjoy them thoroughly, only to reach the end and then have the author deliberately choose an "easy" resolution which not... Read more
Published on November 25, 2007 by DudeMan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent finish, not what you expect...
I was a little reticent to read this, esp. after so many bad reviews. But then, I guess those readers had a certain expectation of how the series should finish. Read more
Published on October 15, 2007 by TV
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Alan Dean Foster's work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as "Star Wars", the first three "Alien" films, "Alien Nation", and "The Chronicles of Riddick". Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first "Star Trek" movie. His novel "Shadowkeep" was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel "Cyber Way" won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so.

Foster's sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "Best of the Year" compendiums. His published oeuvre includes more than 100 books.

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