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The Man Who Never Missed Mass Market Paperback – August 15, 1986

4.7 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
Book 1 of 8 in the Matador Series

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Product Details

  • 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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By Anthony Hinde on May 17, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you like action and larger than life heroes, then you will love Steve Perry's Matadora Series. It's fast paced and contains plenty of original ideas which he explores ruthlessly.

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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Man Who Never Missed is the first novel written in the Matador series. However, it is the second novel in the series by internal chronological sequence, following The 97th Step.
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.
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I first read Perry's work for Aliens and his Star Wars book, Shadows of the Empire, and liked them. So, when I saw The Man Who Never Missed at a used bookstore, I picked it up. It turned out to be one of the more entertaining pieces of fiction I've read in awhile. It is concerned solely with the life of a man who would come to single-handedly start a revolution against a corrupt universal government. Along the way, he meets the mysterious Pen, who tutors him in an ancient martial arts form. Then, using his skills, he wages a one-man guerrila war on a backwater planet. Yes, that's it. No sprawling plot. Only a few major characters. This harkens back, in my mind, to some of the great pulp novels of the 50s, but with a believable main character and a dose of martial arts. I've read it twice already, and it's still fun, especially in the face of the multi-thousand page epics which seem so popular among fantasy and sci-fi writers today. This is, incidentally, the first book in a longer se
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This story, first of a series, is one of my favorites. I'm thrilled that it's finally out in Kindle format.

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.
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By A Customer on October 27, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I borrowed this book from a friend and loved it immediately. I then went on to buy all the books in the series and I re-read them regularly. It is the story of one man who gathers a group together to overthrow a vicous, uncaring government and to do it without involving huge numbers of troops an unecessary killing. As Pen says once" A man who can break eggs while smiling" is needed to bring hope and stability to the galaxy. I would love to see these books as a miniseries - a movie could not do the scope of the work justice.
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