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“Pulse-pounding mile-a-minute sci-fi action adventure that does not stop. It is a masterpiece of popular adventure science fiction.” —Brandon Sanderson
“Over 1,000 pages of thrills, spills, vicious aliens and noble humans. I found Battlefield Earth un-put-downable.” —Neil Gaiman
“Battlefield Earth is a terrific story! The carefully underplayed comedy I found delicious. A masterpiece.” —Robert A. Heinlein
“L. Ron Hubbard was one of the central figures in the creation of science fiction and Battlefield Earth was at the center of his own work.” —Eric Flint
“Non-stop and fast-paced. Every chapter has a big bang-up adventure.” —Kevin J. Anderson
“With great heroes, battles, wonders, and interstellar intrigue, this is a book that you won't put down.” —David Farland
“This has everything: suspense, pathos, politics, war, humor, diplomacy and intergalactic finance.” —Publishers Weekly
“Space opera that hits the right notes. It's provocative, exhilarating and genuinely enjoyable.” —SCIFI.COM
“If you like the kind of fast, unrelenting 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' action, then this is the book for you. It's a real page turner.” —Rocky Mountain News
“A brilliant Science Fiction Author.” —New York Daily News
“An unrelenting, whooping good yarn.” —Los Angeles Magazine
“Battlefield Earth is more than pure science fiction, it's pure gold.” —Barnes & Noble
About the Author
With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.
- Publication Date : June 14, 2016
- File Size : 8350 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 1076 pages
- Publisher : Galaxy Press; New Edition (June 14, 2016)
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- ASIN : B01B41I4NI
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #35,301 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I won't say what's already been said here. Others have probably already posted a synopsis of the plot and story-line, the characters, the settings, etc. I'll just say it's a good romp in a far-flung future in which Earth has been conquered by an evil race of aliens and the hero of the book is on a quest to overthrow the evil overlords, although that isn't what he initially sets out to do. It's amazing what adventures the hero winds up in just because he left his village to find answers to questions.
It's a long book which, for me, is a plus because I never want a good book to end. And, to me, this is a good book. There's love, there's adventure, there's real science-fiction like from the Golden Age of Sci-Fi. It's just a fun book, and it's one of my favorites. All I can say is, just read it and give it a chance. It takes a little bit to build up speed. But, once it does, I think you'll see that this not-so-little gem has been unfairly overlooked/over-analyzed/over-thought. Just relax and enjoy reading it for the fun of it! Also, the movie that is based on this book is terrible! Please, by Xenu, do not watch the movie before reading the book. Actually, don't watch the movie even after reading the book!
It's not that everything is wrong with the story. The concept is promising, the beginning casts interest. Knowing that author's intention was to write a "space opera" I tried to read it with a grain of salt, just to enjoy promised action and adventure. I couldn't...
There's not one complex character in the story, not even the main protagonist. There are only good, honest, smart and noble opposed by evil, treacherous, cruel and stupid. The goodness will always prevail of course. And those "smart ones" are cavemen gifted with wisdom you can find in 11 years old ones, tops. And the "stupid ones" are the rulers of the galaxies with hundreds a thousand years of experience. Really.
You can have it for granted that main character will always win, survive all the most dangerous events, heal the deadliest wounds. The rest of his buddies, roughly sketched side characters will accompany him without hesitation and literally love him from the first sight (actually it's enough to hear the story of our hero to develop pure devotion for him). Villains will hate him and fear him. No exception.
There are a few more important characters in the background, but extremely shallow and cliche, carved right from the most common stereotypes. And the protagonist's "true love" (of which he thinks without any passion only when author remembered to add this unimportant detail) is the purest example of decorative woman – quiet, devoted and without the slightest trace of her own will or thought.
The plot, although full of adventures and places soon becomes a patchwork of more and more absurd events leading to inevitable finale. Evil is defeated and noble people are rewarded. It wouldn't be as bad if the author would stop with that. But no. He goes so further and further with glorification for the main hero. When things are going to the most obvious, simple and naive results, you think "This can't be true, gosh!". And then... BAM! It is! And even worse than you imagined! Truly, I had read some books written by teenagers, and they didn't go that far even with their most cheesy ideas. In fact some of those stories were quite good.
The're some extensive parts of the story I couldn't guess, what they are written for. In another parts the author obviously had lost his interest and described things like "And they went there, built that and shortly mastered using of it and two months passed." And even with such shortcuts the novel is needlessly huge!
The science-fiction aspect. Well, I can't blame the author for not guessing the future properly. The book was written just in the beginning PC era and technology jumped so rapidly and in unexpected direction. Try to remember your computers and phones from 2000 and then pull your iPhone from your pocket. Not many had imagined tiny, touchable and now even flexible screens and powerful hardware / software enclosed in a case smaller than your palm. So the future technology described in 1982 can be inaccurate, it's OK.
Some can think, that Ron Hubbard's teleportation is based upon non-scientific theory. True, but that's how science-fiction works. It's the fiction trying to create a picture of future world and future science unknown yet. So I can take it as a part of fictional world all right.
But the author should do some basic research on what's known and can be predicted. A thousand year buried ammunition still usable? Primitive people adding radioactive material to their bullets and tinkering with ease with a thousand years old warheads? Not to mention, there's no radiation injuries. Tribes of people pushed back to stone age suddenly just having advanced combat abilities of elite special forces... And so on.
I had read the whole story. I really did it, so you can move on and don't waste your time. It's not worth it.
When reading this, any normal person would assume it was written by a child. The punctuation is so bad that it is frequently difficult to tell if you are reading dialogue or thoughts, the dialogue goes back and forth between childish and the author trying to sound intelligent and the dialogue is constantly repetitive. All of the characters repeat everything three times. It is like Sheldon from Big Bang Theory knocking on a door. Here is an example…”Leverage, leverage, leverage-I must get leverage, leverage, leverage-What can I do without leverage-OH MY”. This book would have been less than half the length if they would edit out the repetitive dialogue/thoughts. Also, all conversations were just repeated multiple times with occasional slight changes…even between different characters.
I’m clearly not a writer, but at least I know it. The fact this book was even published is an insult to many real authors who fought and struggled to get published. I want to go back and watch the movie again because, while it may be terrible, you can only do so much when your source material is this bad. It might be one of the most accurate film adaptations ever made.
You were a great boss, you taught me so much about engineering, and opened my imagination to science fiction. I salute you Sir and bless you in eternal peace.
I could not put this book down once started, and it kept me up at night for a week while working a trade show in Dallas, TX.
The story is truly engaging and it moves at a rapid pace. It's really that good!
Now, if you know a young person and want to engage their imagination, get them this book and watch their mind be expanded.
And stay away from the movie of the same name.
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The moral of the book (so much as there is one), is not to send a spacecraft out of the solar system (Voyager) advertising where Earth is, and what precious metals are available here, as some alien species my be no better than we are...
Unlike the film that I waited 20+years to see this is a masterpiece. It is well written and keeps the reader engrossed.
Let’s hope the story is worth reading.