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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining sci-fi from the Atomic Era, January 18, 2010
This review is from: Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet (Kindle Edition)
This is an entertaining story with pacing like an Edgar Rice Burroughs book, the action never slows. The plot is classic Atomic Era, with a squad of "Planeteers" using A-bombs to blast an asteroid into a new orbit. Their feats include breaking one 5 kilo-ton A-bomb into pieces and making their own smaller bombs with just the tools they have at hand! There's lots of plot surrounding radiation exposure, but all in a sort of "we can handle it" way. All this while on a an asteriod being attacked by aliens ("Connies", another give-away that this is the 1950's).

What's even more fun is to learn that the author's real name is Harold Goodwin and he was director of atomic test operations for the Federal Civil Defense Administration!

You should also check out his other books, the Rick Brant "Electronic Adventure" series under the pen name John Blaine. They were the inspiration for the TV series "Jonny Quest".
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