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The Gripping Hand (Mote Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Larry Niven , Jerry Pournelle
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Book Description

For the safety of mankind, the aliens called Moties have been quarantined for 25 years (see THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE) and are now poised to break out of their solar system and spread rapidly into humanity's space. Kevin Renner, Horace Bury, Rod Blaine and other characters introduced in THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE must now find new ways to cope with the inevitable Motie expansion while trying to protect humanity. Sequel to the novel Robert A. Heinlein called "Possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read."

"There is action aplenty, fast movement, [and] space battles … This is one you'll love."
- Analog

" … a major novel, sure to be one of the most popular books of the coming year."
- Science Fiction Chronicle

"Fast … furious … fun … "
- New York Review of Science Fiction

"Superbly crafted … This one was worth the wait. I recommend it to all science fiction fans … "
- Nashville Banner

" … few readers are likely to be disappointed. A good bet to make the Hugo ballot, as well as the bestseller lists."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Mote fans, go get it."
- Los Angeles Reader

"The Gripping Hand is pure science fiction in the action adventure tradition."
- Bookpage

" … readers will be hooked."
- Publishers Weekly

"The Gripping Hand is a grand space adventure well worth the 18-year wait. Niven and Pournelle once again have proven a formidable writing team."
- Daytona Beach News Journal

"The Gripping Hand is a gripping read."
- Atlanta Journal Constitution

" … inventive in its science fiction … "
- Chicago Sun-Times

" … it is a pleasure to return to the company of what is surely one of the most intriguing, endearingly quirky alien races in all of science fiction."
- Booklist

" … fans of Niven and Pournelle … won't be disappointed with their latest effort."
- Flint Journal


“Nobody does it better than Niven and Pournelle”
- Tom Clancy

“The team of Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven is one of the best in science fiction.”
- The Washington Times

“Few writers have a better pedigree”
- Los Angeles Times


"As science fiction, one of the most important novels ever published."
- San Francisco Chronicle

"Possibly the greatest science fiction novel I have ever read."
- Robert A. Heinlein

"A superlatively fine novel…no writer has ever come up with a more appealing, intriguing, and workable concept of aliens."
- Columbus Dispatch

"A spellbinder, a swashbuckler…And, best of all, it has a brilliant new approach to that fascinating problem -- first contact with aliens."
- Frank Herbert

"One of the most engrossing tales I've read in year…fascinating."
- Theodore Sturgeon

"Intriguing and suspenseful…the scenes in which the humans and aliens examine one another are unforgettable."
- Minneapolis Tribune

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This adequate but inconsequential sequel to The Mote in God's Eye explores xenophobia and overpopulation in a futuristic world.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Publisher

Robert Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read." The San Francisco Chronicle declared that "as science fiction, The Mote in God's Eye is one of the most important novels ever published." Now Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award winning authors of such bestsellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler. There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered-- a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function. Master, Mediator, Engineer. Warrior. Each supremely adapted to its task, yet doomed by millions of years of evolution to an inescapable fate. For the Moties must breed-- or die. And now the fragile wall separating them and the galaxy beyond is beginning to crumble.END

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  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc. (January 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KSL45M
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "The Gripping Hand" Is Not Gripping at All! October 14, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was very disappointed with "The Gripping Hand". I read "The Mote in God's Eye" over 20 years ago and just re-read it in preparation for reading the sequel. "The Mote" was as good as I remembered even though it got a bit "sappy" with the Blaine/Fowler relationship towards the end. I expected the Blaines to be the central characters in "The Gripping Hand". To my dismay, one of my least favorite characters from "The Mote", Horace Bury, is the central character! I didn't buy the "evolution" of the Moties. It didn't seem like a natural evolution from "The Mote". Why were these space fairing Moties so strong? Why didn't they conquer Mote Prime for its land and where did they get their material since they appeared to have raped every asteroid, comet, etc in the Mote system? Why did they like Bury so much? That was never a point in "The Mote". As for the humans, the only likable character is Kevin Renner. The other characters are bland and annoying. I expected more from the Blaine children. The son is just another navy officer and the daughter is a precocious teenager. And what ever happened to Terry and Jennifer? Where was the blockade fleet at the Alderson point? What happened to Rod and Sally? They were summoned to New Cal and then that story line was dropped! There is so much "filler" in the book -- filler that neither helped move the story nor developled the characters. I had to struggle to complete this novel. "The Gripping Hand" is a disappointing, slow moving novel that limped along towards an uneventful ending.
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71 of 86 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars From the Mote in God's Eye to a Pain in my.... March 20, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What a tremendous disappointment! I have read "The Mote in God's Eye" perhaps a dozen times over the years. When I recently discovered an old copy of this sequel I was delighted. Until about the fifth page. After that, it just kept going downhill. Gone from this is any concern for character development which so enlivened the first book. Gone are intuitive and creative insights into the minds of the moties (remember how the first novel gave us large sections of their thinking in italics?). Gone is any sense of a coherent plot (whatever happened to Jennifer and her colleague trapped aboard the Khanate mother ships?). Perhaps most sadly, gone is any sense of the danger and mystery of these strange creatures. There is nothing surprising or interesting or frightening about them any more. They are more like a plague of ants than a fearsome race that actually could destroy mankind. It reminded me of the difference between the creature in the movie Alien who was impossible to kill, compared to the way the sequel, Aliens, showed them dying left and right as though they were mere bugs.

What has replaced these wonders from the first book are: more of the authors' juvenile sexual fantasies (yes, again, we see young girls being forced to strip in front of moties, a promiscuous Kevin Renner moving from one meaningless lustful relationship to another, even poor Horace Bury has a concubine/MD/amazon guardian who actually lays on top of him in the final scene!); a boring and really bad "chase sequence" (really dull); incoherent dialogue; tedious allusions to a "gripping hand;" broken plot lines and dropped characters (why introduce Sarah if she's going to just disappear halfway through the novel for no reason?); and endlessly boring Nivenesque discussions of space travel and starship warfare and the mechanics and mathematics thereof.

I actually threw the book across the room when finished. So disappointing.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing December 6, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A very disappointing sequel. Like many others who have commented, I am a big fan of "The Mote in God's Eye", and although sequels often fall short of the original, this one fell shorter than most. It has flaws that would discredit a first novel by an unknown author, quite frankly: characters are introduced and developed, made interesting, and then dropped without explanation and never referred to again. Same for subplots. The dialogue is confusing, and the protagonists make leaps of logic that I found impossible to follow.
Perhaps worst of all, I did not recognize the "Empire" of this story as being the same "Empire" from TMIGE. Certainly, 30 years had passed, but too many things had been stood on their heads, and none of the characters seemed to have noticed. It was as if the authors decided that the social and political background of the first book was no longer commercial, and so they performed major surgery on it -- unfortunately doing a sloppy job and killing the patient in the process.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a very disappointing sequel November 1, 2002
By johnk29
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Mote in God's Eye was one of the best sci-fi stories of the last 30-odd years. In order to stand up to it, Niven and Pournelle had to produce something really good. They didn't make it.
First of all, the story of "The Gripping Hand" makes very little sense unless you have read "The Mote.." Even then, the story of the sequel doesn't hang together very well. For one thing, the first part where the threat of Moties breaking out turns out to be a false alarm doesn't seem like it goes with the rest of the book. It's as if the authors wrote two different stories about the same people and pasted them together. Most of the characters introduced in that first part except for Renner, Bury, and Bury's companion Cynthia disappear.
I think that the authors have taken too many of the interesting sharp edges off of both Renner and Bury. In particular, Bury was much more convincing as the man out to increase his power no matter what (in "The Mote..") rather than the Arab patriot he became in the sequel. As for Rod and Sally Blaine, the walk-on part they have is dull and so are they. A reviewer complained that the authors don't get inside the mind of an 18-year old girl, Glenda Ruth Blaine, very well. Maybe not, but anyone who has ever dealt with teenagers will immediately recognize the "I'm 18, I know absolutely everything, and you're morons" mindset. They may not have a very accurate view from the inside, but their portrait from the outside is dead on. I did think that the motivation for her going to the Mote system with the birth control bug worked.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Moties, you'll probably like this.
Not quite as good as the first but still good!
Published 13 days ago by adam7475
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a good sequel
Ending was a bit sudden and anti-climactic, but overall a good sequel.
Published 23 days ago by Corey Lapka
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading as it also catches you up unintrusively with ...
Where's the next one! Great reading as it also catches you up unintrusively with what happened in Bk 1.
Published 25 days ago by Natalie Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific sequel to 'Mote in God's Eye.'
This is the sequel to Mote in God's Eye. If you haven't read that, read it first. Great battle scenes, wonderful 'culture-trauma' aspects. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Neil Tarey
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring sequel
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The Gripping Hand (1993) is Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s sequel to their popular 1974 novel The Mote in God’s Eye, which... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A totally new idea in sci-fi. Worth the read.
Published 2 months ago by Kathleen L. Mattson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Hard to keep all of the characters straight. Lots of gaps in the story line.
Published 2 months ago by Mike S
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Lil Bobbi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, as good as book1
Published 3 months ago by Royce Newton
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