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The Delian Cycle (The Saga of Dray Prescot omnibus Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 3324 KB
  • Print Length: 678 pages
  • Publisher: Mushroom eBooks (August 31, 2009)
  • Publication Date: August 31, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I1KNU4
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Format: Paperback
Since the Dray Prescot books were a big influence on my Taleran books ("Swords of Talera," "Wings Over Talera") I can't help but give this collection of the first five Prescot books a five-star rating. For those who don't know much about the genre these books are written in, I call it Sword and Planet fiction, although another common name is Interplanetary Romance. This subgenre of fantasy began with Edgar Rice Burroughs and his "John Carter of Mars" books, the first of which was "A Princess of Mars." Other early writers who wrote in this genre were Otis Adelbert Kline, and Robert E. Howard (with "Almuric").

British author Kenneth Bulmer, writing as Alan Burt Akers, began his series about Prescot in the early 1970s and it became the longest running Sword and Planet series ever, eventually extending to over fifty books, although only the first thirty-seven were published in English. The hero of the series, Dray Prescot, was born in 1775 and grew up to be a sailor in the brutal British navy. In "Transit to Scorpio," Prescot is transported mysteriously to the world of Kregen, which circles the twin stars of Antares. He finds himself quickly thrown into life and death action. In fact, action/adventure is the single phrase that probably best describes the Prescot series. If you like sword-fights, daring rescues, and desperate escapes then you should enjoy these books. But I enjoyed them just as much for the incredibly detailed world of Kregen that Bulmer invented, a world that continued to become more real as the series progressed.

"Transit to Scorpio" is not the fastest moving of the Prescot books because it had to set up the character of Dray and get him to Kregen where the tales take place.
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This a sword adventure of a planet circling Antares. The hero is a Nelson deckhand who has the grim determination to survive and prosper against huge odds and a host of fantastic enemies and predators. The writer , Ken Bulmer, writes a fast adventure to adventure style which keeps you entertained and involved. Personally, I do not want to be the hero, it usually would be much safer to be his friend and battle companion. I find it most compelling because of the incredible detail that is uniquely of the planet. It compels one to achieve and become the most one could be. The highly detailed action is not offensive nor does it become overly mushy. This is the place where you can slip into the world and have a fantastic adventure. This is the D&D world that others dream of and yet can not achieve. This is a most have for those who have learned to love the writing of Kenneth Bulmer aka Alan Burt Akers.
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The Dray Prescot series is a sword and planet epic in the tradition of the Burroughs Mars books. This volume contains the first five books of the series which form the "Delian Cycle" because of its focus on Prescot's determination to marry the Princess Delia while simultaneously being a pawn in the schemes of higher powers.

These books have any number of strengths. First and foremost, Bulmer aka Akers is a superb writer. Except for the necessary stage setting of the first book everything moves at a very fast clip. His descriptions of both scenery and action are fantastic. One feels as if one were there.

Secondly, he seems to have put a great deal of thought into his world, Kregen. The politics, geography, economy, arts, architecture, etc. give no hint of being made up as the story progressed. Kregen becomes a real, believable world, a character in its own right.

Finally, he seems to have done a great deal of research into the art and science of ancient military technology. His description of the various bladed weapons, galleys, bows and arrows, etc ring true.

The books also have a number of weaknesses. The characters are not really fleshed out beyond being stereotypes. Prescot has all the attributes of his pulp forebears, John Carter, Tarzan, Conan the Barbarian, Flash Gordon. Must he be invincible in combat? Expert with every weapon? Rise to the highest position wherever he finds himself? Every woman he meets fall in love with him? Ditto for Delia.

More seriously, the machinations of the Savanti and the Star Lords smack too much of the deus ex machina for my tastes. If only the reader had some hint of the motivations (or in the case of the Star Lords, exactly who or what they are) for the actions of these largely omnipotent entities.
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Format: Hardcover
I had read the entire Dray Prescot Cycle as a child and have been waiting for someone to combine and bind them in a hardcover format. This they did, in a neat durable format.The Saga of Dray Prescot: The Delian Cycle (The Saga of Dray Prescot) It arrived quickly and I have already read most of it. I anxiously await the hardcover binding of the other cycles.
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Call it my adolescence revisited. I read most of this series in my teens & very early 20's and adored them. Now, at 60, I'm finding them no less thrilling to reread. This is an author that knows how to tell a spellbinding story & keep you thirsting for more. The only thing that could possibly please me more is if they were to go to audiobook, as I am on a lot of medications these days & rather than being able to read for hours on end as I used to, I find myself doing it in snippets, to avoid zoning out & missing something. Absolutely love these stories & hope to reread every single one of them before I'm through. Thank you A.B.A.
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