- Series: Man Who Never Missed (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Ace (1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441519180
- ISBN-13: 978-0441519187
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,580,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Man Who Never Missed Mass Market Paperback – August 15, 1986
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Top Customer Reviews
Don't believe the book covers, the series actually starts with, "The 97th step", and so should you. Then comes "The Man Who Never Missed", "Matadora", "The Machiavelli Interface", "The Albino Knife", "Black Steel", "Brother Death".
The total story line mostly centers around one man and his efforts to overthrow a repressive government, on a galactic scale. Our hero is Emile Khadaji. He starts his life as one of the government's own soldiers but during a battle to put down a rebellion he experiences an epiphany. From that moment on he is no longer a soldier.
Luckily a rather mystic figure called Pen, takes him under wing, trains him in the martial arts of the ninety nine steps and then releases Emile to fulfill his destiny. Along the way he single handedly starts, maintains and ends a guerrilla war against the government and then assembles and trains a team which forces the whole system to its knees.
Perry is definitely a commercial author but I doubt he would apologize for that. The Matadora series is a good example of this. It panders to my every boyish reading desire and I thank Perry for it.
In this novel, Emile Antoon Khadaji is an former Confed veteran with six years combat experience when he finds himself in a bloodbath on Maro, where three-quarters of a million religious fanatic ran, walked and crept into the Confed fire zones and died. This traumatic event breaks his social conditioning and gives him an epiphany about violence. He runs into the oncoming mob, discarding his equipment as he goes, and later finds himself in a nearby town, where he meets Pen (see The 97th Step).
He realizes that the amount of violence used by the Confed is wrong and looks for a way to eliminate the strong-arm tactics. Pen teaches him how to control himself and Juete teaches him to see others as they are. On Bocca, he learns the nature of politics and military force as well as many other subjects. He wallows in learning for a while, but then moves on to gaining money as a power base.
On Greaves, he buys a bar and specializes in providing a good time to the troops. At night and in his spare time, he shoots select troopers with darts carrying Spasm, a convulsant that leaves the victims totally incapable of speech and movement for six months, but leaves the mind clear and undamaged. During these six months, he shoots 2388 of the 10,000 Confed troops, including the commanding officer.
When the Confed finally catches up to him, he is on record as being the one and only member of the Shamba Freedom Forces. This spooks the System Marshall and every single trooper that learns the tale. His fame and example spreads throughout the Confed.Read more ›
Emile Khadaji, trained as a soldier, walks away from the Galactic Confederation and goes into hiding. Now he owns and runs a bar, but in secret fights a secret war against the Confed. His weapons: a martial art known as the 97 Steps,which is nearly indefensible when mastered, and spetsdods...
It's a quick read, but there are enough books in the series to keep you occupied for a while.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first read this one way back in the 90s. Came across it on Kindle and decided to read it again. I had completely forgotten how much I enjoy the Matador novels. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jeff Edwards
Great book series, This is the second copy of this book, I wore out my first copy.Published 5 months ago by Thomas J. King
A classic! I bought this because my ex-husband got our copy in the divorce. So glad I did. Truly one of the better stories of its time. Read morePublished 6 months ago by cassandra porter
This is my most favorite book of all time. I used to buy-and lose-a copy about every year. I am thrilled to finally have a digital copy, that can't be lost in the usual ways. Read morePublished 6 months ago by G.T.U.
Classic Perry! Make it a movie I can watch on the BIG SCREEN! STILL WAITING!Published 13 months ago by Rocky Miclat
Just as good as when I read it as a teen. I'm going to go through the whole series again!Published 14 months ago by Jeff
This is an awesome series and timeline in a terrific universe-construct. Perry has written lots of books in it as well, so you can really dig in. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer