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Terror on Planet Ionus (*Mach 1*) (PBL SF 52-941) Mass Market Paperback – 1966

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Paperback Library; First Thus edition (1966)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000NPMMYO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,824,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terror on Planet Ionus is the only book by Allen Adler, who's best known for co-writing the story for Forbidden Planet (1956) with Irving Block. The novel is intelligently written, but presents nothing new, even for 1959. It seems like a new arrangement of various plot elements of different science fiction movies of the era. It primarily follows a Navy commander abducted by a UFO while testing a supersonic speedboat, the Mach-1. He and a civilian woman attached to the project are taken to the aliens' planet where they're shown a monster that's gradually destroying their world, and asked to represent the aliens to get help from Earth to fight the monster, which follows them back to Earth. Several elements of this first half of the novel reminded me of the 1955 film This Island Earth. The second half of the novel reads like a novelization of a Kaiju movie as the military chases the monster around North America. Other characters are well developed as well as the protagonist, and that kept me reading in spite of the tired plot.
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I read this book a long time ago and then lost it. I repurchased it because I wanted to reread about the monster Karkong. A very scary creature. However there was something about the style of writing and the simple plot that turned me off. It could have been the plot of a B grade 1950's sci fi film. It should be noted that the author was a co-writer of the movie "Forbidden Planet"
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