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Down to a Sunless Sea (Daw UE1937) Mass Market Paperback – June 5, 1984


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; 1st edition (June 5, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879979372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879979379
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,004,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Hinkle on May 28, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is one of the 4 (that I know of) books in a series sharing backgrounds, but not characters set in a futuristic Mars where the native civilization is in decline and earthlings prospect for native Martian artifacts. "The Man Who Loved Mars" is probably my favorite, "a rose red city half as old as time..."
a recurring theme. This one is set in the same setting and is a short novel, but an engrossing story. Bad guy with heart of gold, rescued women, outlaws chasing through the desert. It's all there with some twists.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 3, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Carter presents another exciting swashbuckler. This time, it takes place on the arid surface of a dying Mars, where human colonists live in uneasy truce with the dwindling bands of natives. After falling out with human society, at least temporarily, and falling in with company cast out of normal Martian society, Brant and the little band run for their lives from unseen followers. Then, when cornered, they discover a long-lost doorway guarding forgotten stairway ...

Carter's amusing escapist stories approach Burroughs's classic Barsoom tales in adventure and scope. Just a little too often, though, they seem to fall back on cliches: giant bugs, mushroom forests, and other familiar props. Then there's the pair of women, left to die in the sand because their pairing was a bit too intimate for their straitlaced peers. Of course, Real Men show them the error of their ways, their difference of species notwithstanding.

A cliche here and there never hurt a good swashbuckler, though. The familiar bits make it that much easier for the reader to suspend disbelief and go along for the ride - and it's a great ride!

-- wiredweird
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Very fast 5, full read. Excellent rendition of a habitable Mars aka Brackett with lots of decent typical adventuring. Part of the Mars sequence, not series, of Carter. Follows with a long interlude "Flame of Iridar", a novelette. Loved the main character and the main female character, but found the natives overall a little too 'Arabic". Would love to understand the ecology, as the story was a bit too quick to fully explain all the native predator terrors. The final chase into the underworld of a bygone age was interesting, yet depended too much on the 'psychic' in the end. Note this book is SF with adult sexual settings. Thanks, Harry!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Skyler on October 26, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I liked it enough ten years ago, and then I lost the copy. Picked it up, Still love it. The plots are great, the detail behind the charectors are great. (The idea of humanoid martiens is no longer one ppl think of-thanks star trek of the 60's but your realm is over!)But the world that is uncovered in the book is one of dreamy imagination, and the 60's peace and love theme is shown at the beginging. Its like a really good scifi love story LOL
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CB on November 18, 2013
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I found this book to be tedious and so far fetched I could not relate. A knock off of Journey to the center of the Earth.
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