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  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,946,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A novel I first read as a 6th grader, as good as every.
Drew C. Barnum
If you grew up a fan of the '70's show, The Six Million Dollar Man, than this is must reading!
Dave Steinberg
I was very pleased of it's action, drama, and even suspense.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cyborg by Martin Caidin I first read this book in the mid-seventies when I was a great fan of the Six Million Dollar Man TV series. It was probably the first adult (in the non-pornographic sense) book that I had read. It is an enjoyable and informative read (although the science will now be hopelessly outdated) but at the time what impressed me most were the differences from the TV show. Austin loses his left rather than his right arm; the bionic eye cannot see and is 'merely' a miniature camera; the governmental atmosphere is less cosy with Oscar Goldman a shadowy figure and Oliver Spencer (featured only in the pilot TV episode) the major protagonist. Interestingly the early episodes of the TV show did reflect some of Austin's resentment at being transferred into a government superspy. It's both a pity and somewhat surprising - in view of the TV show - that this title is no longer available. I would certainly like to read it again even though it had such an impact on me that I remember parts of it very well. Terence Teevan
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Green on July 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Although it's been many years since I read this, I remember lending it to several of my friends in college, and they loved it so much that I eventually never got it back.

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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JGrego4505@aol.com on December 27, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lieutenant - Colonel Steve Austin of the United States Air Force was a brilliant aviator and test pilot for NASA until the day he was savagely crippled during a test flight accident, in California. Barely alive, suffering from trauma, unable to use his legs, right arm, right eye and suffering from damaged organs and bones, Steve was ready to give up on life until he was proposed to undergo a top secret, government/military funded operation which would enable him to regain his lost capabilities. An operation which would make him better, stronger and faster than any man alive. He would be the 1st Bionic Man ever created, the perfect weapon for covert operations. I enjoyed reading this novel. I found it fast paced, exciting and interesting, especially on the scientific subjects such as Bionics and Cybernetics. It should provide for some good entertainment. This novel was the basis for the 70s tv series, " The Six Million Dollar Man ", which starred Lee Majors as Steve Austin.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By slagman5@msn.com - "MustangMan5" on June 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I didn't read it that long ago, actually, I somehow found it in a local library. I was very pleased of it's action, drama, and even suspense. I've read other books about "cyborgs" or whatever, and none of them even came close to the realism in this particular novel by Martin Caidin.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Caidins' Cyborg books was the most interesting I have ever read. Even if you didn't like the Six Million Dollar Man TV show that were based on the books and or consider yourself a true Sci Fi fan read at least the First book "Cyborg", you would very happy you did. The others are High Crystal, Orperation Nuke, and Cyborg 4. The only oter book I have read that I liked almost as much is Polhs' Manplus, another great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CatBleux on June 13, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I remember reading this novel when I was 18 - it was my dad's!! I thought the novel was fast paced and fascinating back in 1984 and then a bit funny when the "Six Million Dollar Man" came out (I always thought the book was SO much better). I found a copy in the local library recently and reread - still pleasing and a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Van Gastel on October 20, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have enjoyed some of Martin Caidin's other novels, and it was time to read Cyborg. I found to my surprise, that this was the book that the television series, "Six Million Dollar Man" was based on. However, as with most book/movie relationships, this novel was so much better.
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.
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