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Starwolf Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1990

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace (May 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441784259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441784257
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,879,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Starwolf" is actually a collection of three novels from the late 1960s: "The Weapon from Beyond," "The Closed Worlds," and "World of the Starwolves".
The Starwolves are Viking-like space pirates whose world's harsh gravity imparts to them a superhuman strength and musculature. Morgan Chane was almost one of them...though his family had come from earth. Finding himself an outcast after killing a fellow Starwolf in a feud over their plunder, Chane joins a band of tough interstellar mercenaries to survive. However, his troubles are not over--if any but Dilullo, the aging Merc in charge of the mercenary band, learns his secret, his life could be forfeit, for Starwolves are considered such a menace that they are usually shot on sight.
These books owe a lot to "Conan: The Barbarian," some to the pulp SF books of the 30s and 40s, and a bit to "The Stainless Steel Rat". Though somewhat derivative, they are nonetheless competantly and entertainingly written, with sufficiently interesting characterization, that they are well worth the time they take to read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you like slam bang adventure science fiction, with vividly drawn characters, pirates, mercenaries, and dozens of strongly drawn worlds and cultures, this will be your cup of tea, and I highly recommend it. The Starwolf series is full of the excitement and wonder and sense of limitless possibilities for adventure that is missing from much contemporary science fiction. This would be a good book to get a youngster hooked on sci fi (though I first read the StarWolf series as a 30 something adult and have gone back to it several times. Indeed, I've gone on to read everything I can find by Edmond Hamilton.)
A really fun read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darkhstarr on November 25, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The last series from the master(and one of the first) of interstellar adventures since the 1920's. The Morgan Chane stories are a fairly typical non-juvenile Hamilton tour de force. With so much of Hamilton's work no longer available this is a good chance to read some of his best action SF.
If you're devotee of the Sci Fi channel (or live action Japanese SF shows) you've probably seen the loosely adaptated live action Japanese version of the 'Weapon from Beyond'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on May 19, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Edmond Hamilton was a pulp writer from the 1930s. He wrote most of the Captain Future pulps and earned the sobriquet, World Wrecker, because of the planet destroying plots he embraced.

In later years, he moved into comic books and wrote several of the early issues of Superman and Batman, as well as helping give the world the Legion of Superheroes, which has long been a fan favorite.

I picked up one of his Starwolf novels back when I was a kid. I think I read it, but I couldn’t really remember it. The name of the main character, Morgan Chane, stuck in my head for at least forty years.

Still, occasionally at Half Price Books and other places, I run across some old paperbacks I haven’t read. My original is probably packed away in a storage shed I’ve had for years.

After reading through the first Starwolf book, The Weapon from Beyond, I totally understand why I can’t remember reading it – if I indeed did. The plot has a great hook at the start, and I do remember that, but the rest of it goes downhill pretty fast.

Morgan Chane escapes from a blood vendetta put on him by the rest of the Starwolves over killing a friend of his. This fellow Starwolf was one of Chane’s best friends, so that’s a story I really wish we’d gotten here. We don’t, but I have hope that the next two books will pick up that plot thread, especially since the last book in the trilogy is called World of the Starwolves.

In this volume, Chane gets rescued by an Earth mercenary leader named Dilullo and brought into the mercenary band, though we don’t really see why Dilullo would do that. A father/son relationship almost forms in this first book, so I’m hoping that comes to the forefront during the next two.
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