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Galactic Patrol Paperback – December 19, 2014
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The Galactic Patrol has been given the ultimate weapon in its war against the evil pirate Boskone: The Lens. But even though the Patrol's Lensmen are the most feared peacekeepers in the galaxy, they aren't quite sure how to use their unique gift. Things are about to change, however. Kimball Kinnison has just graduated from the academy, and now that's he's earned his Lens, he's determined to figure out how it works. Kinnison begins his journey of discovery by taking command of the Brittania, an experimental ship that's as likely to kill him as it is the Boskone raiders it was built to fight. That leads him on a series of whirlwind adventures that include a visit to the planet Arisia--where the mysterious creators of the Lens make their home--and end up in a confrontation with Helmuth, who may well be Boskone himself. Although this is the third book in the Lensman series, it's the novel where, as SF critic John Clute puts it, "the story has started, and it does not stop." This is a rip-roaring tale of heroes, aliens, space battles, and bold deeds, the stuff that Golden Age science fiction was built from. --Craig E. Engler --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
HUGO Finalist for best All-Time Science Fiction Series. --Science Fiction Digest --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My rating of four stars strictly relates to the Kindle edition. The e-book is chock full of distracting typos. I assume the book was somehow scanned with some sort of text recognition software. Many words are annoyingly garbled. Even proper names, such as the planet Trenco, are renamed Trench and other strange misspellings. The ebook owner really owes it to the readers to go back and correct the hundreds of errors.
Not part of my rating, but a request to whoever arranged for the Lensman series to be released: why is Gray Lensman not available on Kindle as are the rest of the series?
Meanwhile, typos and all, I highly recommend Galctic Patrol to anyone who has not only enjoyed reading scuff or watching moves like Star Trek, but foa all of us who have also greatly enjoyed playing thaMass Effect series and Halo.
About the only problem I had with this book are the last two pages. Other than that, I felt the pacing to be good, the writing just fine, and the good guys didn't have an easy time with beating the bad guys.
I don't think you'll be disappointed if you add this to your collection.
This copy was obviously done by someone with a lack of mastery of the English language or the determination to complete the entire book. It is about half there! I will not buy another for full price if you continue to sell obvious rip offs like this one. I confirmed these facts with a friend's original hardback copy. I am entirely displeased! If there had been a lower rating than One Star I would have used the lowest.
The Kindle was scanned but never edited. The text has a number of obvious errors that sometimes destroy sense and meaning.
HOWEVER, this conversion to Kindle is absolutely the worst of any book I've ever purchased. There are many many many conversion errors per page, the formatting is a mess, and they didn't even bother to remove the "PAGE XX" entries from the source printed book. In the middle of every other screen you'll get the "PAGE XX" text in random parts of the view.
Whoever performed this conversion should seek another career. Something that requires 0 attention to detail. Or perhaps he/she should just take a hyperspatial tube to another galaxy.
The other books in the series are also full of digitalization goofs. But this one is really really atrocious.