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Protector Mass Market Paperback – September 12, 1987
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''Both halves of the book are permeated with the ingenuity that has been the driving energy of Niven's stories since his earliest work.'' --The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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Phssthpok the Pak had been traveling for most of his thirty-two thousand years. His mission: save, develop, and protect the group of Pak breeders sent out into space some two and a half million years before...
Brennan was a Belter, the product of a fiercely independent, somewhat anarchic society living in, on, and around an outer asteroid belt. The Belters were rebels, one and all, and Brennan was a smuggler. The Belt worlds had been tracking the Pak ship for days -- Brennan figured to meet that ship first...
He was never seen again -- at least not by those alive at the time.
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It's hard to get excited about a book where the climax consists of an interstellar "dog fight" between 8-mile long ships nearly 50 AU apart, whose moves take weeks or months to complete. Niven is known for being a "hard" sci-fi author, so you have to give him credit for doing his best to make a "realistic" space battle exciting.
The Pak Protectors are pretty bad ass though. The final development stage of homo sapiens' original ancestors, they make Kahn Singh super-soldiers look like geeks from the A/V Club.
Something of two books in one. The first half is a "first contact" tale; the second takes place decades later, and begins as a mystery and "climaxes" in the decidedly anti-climactic space battle. The stakes are pretty high, however, so as slowly as the fight plays out, you do care about who wins.
Huge fantastic leaps in logic, the third half of the book was hard to put down. Good book for a short span, would make a somewhat good movie. He attaches reality to the fiction all the way down to a biblical example. Very accurate science (for what was known when it was written)
descriptively, kinda dry. The first half of the book kinda dragged on, but is necessary for the good half. Not a book to keep you occupied for a long time. most of the characters are either ugly or nondescript. you only see 2 characters develop. (of course, for a good part of the book, there really are only 2)
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Great connection to Ringworld
Very glad I read this after the Ringworld series and before the Fleet of Worlds series