- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Del Rey (July 12, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345316207
- ISBN-13: 978-0345316202
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 3.9 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,833,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cyborg Mass Market Paperback – July 12, 1984
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This book was, of course, the basis for the popular cheesy '70s show "The Six Million Dollar Man". But this book is anything but cheesy. Steve Austin is an astronaut/pilot involved in the very real, very dangerous and exciting NASA "lifting body" program of the late '60s and early '70s, a program devoted to finding an acceptable design for the Space Shuttle. Martin Caidin, the author of this book, was a doctor who actually participated in this program, and he was actually at Rogers Dry Lake bed when Bruce Peterson plowed his M2-F2 into the turf in a terrible accident--the very same wreck that we saw at the beginning of every "Six Million Dollar Man" episode.
Steve Austin, who similarly crashes and is seriously injured, gets "enhanced" artificial limbs and an eye (although the eye really only functions as a camera; when this book was written, an actual "seeing" eye was WAY too farfetched), and he is enlisted by the government to perform special missions, including stealing a Russian MIG from a base in the Middle East.
Austin's problems with his new "freakish" nature and with his being used as a pawn of the government are quite realistically portrayed. Caidin delves much farther into the psychology of a "bionic" (which is actually a misnomer) man than the TV series ever did.
A very fun, fascinating, exciting read, if you can find it. One of my favorite books of all time.
As in the television show, Lt. Colonel Steve Austin is test flying for NASA. His craft crashes, and he is kept unconscious until the government can figure out what to do with him. Along come the OSO (Office of Special Operations), to offer Steve's doctors and Air Force employers a chance to "rebuild" the man into the world's first Cyborg. Does Steve Austin accept his role as a "Superior Human" or does he reject his new bionics and live his life as an amputee?
Caidin does a great job building the story. From the preparation for the test, to the crash, the aftermath of the crash and the effects it has on all involved, to the 2 covert operations that Steve is asked to perform once he becomes the "Bionic Man". Caidin goes into great detail in his scenes, easily allowing you to visualize what is happening. I do believe, as was stated before, that he could have gone into a bit more characterization in this first book. Jean Masters, was a promising female character during Steve's rebuilding, but is forgotten as the book progresses.
Cyborg was a fast, smooth read, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought it because it was the Steve Austin 6 Million Dollar Man precursor. Terrible book but cute, so...keeping it.Published 1 month ago by I dont care what you think
A very thoughtful reading, It is simple enjoyable. Interesting. Appealing. I bought it because I wanted to know if the plot was based upon to write that famous movie "the Six... Read morePublished 5 months ago by VicManDAY
An iconic book. There's a reason they turned this into a TV show. A fun read, even today, decades after it was published. Most of his books are.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you grew up a fan of the '70's show, The Six Million Dollar Man, than this is must reading!Published on October 26, 2013 by Dave Steinberg
This book is classic Caidin. This was the book that was the inspiration for The Six Million Dollar Man, the television show.
This is an American classic. Read more
A novel I first read as a 6th grader, as good as every. THE book that inspired TV's Six Million Dollar Man TV show... a classic from a great american storyteller.Published on January 27, 2013 by Drew C. Barnum
This book was written the early seventies but is still an excellent sci-fi adventure story. Caidin was ahead of his time in describing the bionic devices used to recreate Steve... Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by T. Felton