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The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You! (Stainless Steel Rat, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1988


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Spectra (June 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553276115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553276114
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Slippery Jim diGriz, the future's master criminal turned super-spy, is recruiting for an all-out interstellar war! Loathsome, mind sucking creatures from an unknown star are closing in on Earth. Once again it's up to the Stainless Steel Rat to save humanity. In a daring caper packed with action and laughs, the Rat goes undercover to stop the invasion-disguised as a hideous, bug-eyed extraterrestrial!

"After this hectic caper the Rat can hold his head high amongst the most elevated super-hero company--Bulldog Drummond, James Bond and Flash Gordon included."--Times Literary Supplement.

"A fast-moving, light-fingered entertainment from one of the masters of tongue-in-cheek parody."--New York Newsday

About the Author

Harry Harrison is an American science fiction author best known for his character the Stainless Steel Rat and the novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966), the basis for the film Soylent Green. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kat Hooper VINE VOICE on January 6, 2011
Format: MP3 CD
I've been enjoying Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat series, especially the superb audio versions produced by Brilliance Audio. Slippery Jim DiGriz is a con artist who's been forced to work undercover for the Special Corps, an intergalactic investigating agency. Each of these short novels starts with him (and now his family, too) hiding out from the Special Corps and living it up on other taxpayers' money. Each time, the Special Corps traps him and sends him off on a fast-paced, dangerous mission that usually involves saving the galaxy in some way.

This time aliens are invading, so Slippery Jim, with the help of his beautiful and deadly wife and their delinquent teenage twins, infiltrates their lair by disguising himself as an alien who wants to join their army. How could he possibly know that his alien costume is so sexy that he'll have to fight off male suitors while he's trying to save the galaxy?

The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You is another entertaining offering from Harry Harrison and narrator Phil Gigante. It was fun to see Jim and Angelina's twins grown up and following the family traditions. Unfortunately, this story relies on some of the same plot elements that we've seen before -- it seems fairly simple to save the world when your enemies are all brainwashed by outdated moral philosophies, you've got a time machine on hand, and the laws of physics bend at your will.

Still, if you're willing to overlook all that, then these stories are definitely entertaining, especially with Phil Gigante reading them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jrmspnc on July 16, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What a relief to read The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You after the disappointing Stainless Steel Rat in Hell! What a difference fifteen years can make!
This Stainless Steel Rat is the Rat we all fell in love with - biting sarcasm, acerbic wit, the lapses in attention that land him in trouble, the daring escapes from that trouble, and a plot that moves briskly at all times, always staying a half step ahead of the reader. Just under 150 pages, it is just the right length; short enough to be read in one sitting, but long enough to draw the reader in.
The only downside to this one is the packaging. Contrary to the title and cover propaganda, the Rat does no recruiting (beyond his lovely yet dangerous wife and the twins). A better title would have been, The Stainless Steel Rat: Bug-eyed Alien Sex Goddess. Read the book and you'll see what I mean.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have read & enjoyed a number of Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat books, but this has got to be the best one yet. The book is loaded with the same slap-dash sense of humour and spontaneous action as found in the other SSR books, but this book's clever, well thought out plot puts it far above them. Slippery Jim's final solution for dealing with the slimy alien problem-makers is ingenious and satisfying, as is his surprising insight to the behaviour of the galaxy's sadistic grey men.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on August 26, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is much funnier, and the situation certainly helps. War is looming with an alien race, and yes, they are pretty much bug eyed monster types. The Stainless Steel Rat and relatives have to do something about it.

Infiltration is tricky, but all undercover super thief/spies are good at disguise. He can even do alien sexy. Pretty funny.
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