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Star Quest / Doom of the Green Planet Mass Market Paperback – 1968
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I didn't dislike the book, I just thought it was okay for a science fiction book. The dialogue was stilted and many of the characters were cliche and one-dimensional.
Written by a twenty-something heavily into the sci fi books of the day and trying to find his place in publishing. On that level it is commendable.
The book was a sci-fi action and adventure story. It told the tale of a guy who 'wakes up' to find himself as just the brain of a war machine/robot. He then takes up a quest to find the love of his life from before he was kidnapped and converted to this war-brain.
The idea of the story held promise, but I found the writing to be disorienting and un-magical. It just didn't lure me in at all. I stuck with the story until the end, but by that time, my brain had almost completely tuned out the story itself.
Star Quest: A most unusual story, even by today's standards. Koontz does a great job of developing and handling this tale of mutants, bad guys, and a human brain-driven flying battle tank.
Of course, there's a girl, a most unusual one and the interaction between her and the main character isn't all that different from other well-crafted relationship stories. But after that, nothing is normal and all is entertaining.
Doom of the Green Planet: This is at least the 2nd book in Pataja's "Green Planet" series, but the only one I've read.
The main character is already established into this primitive society, with plenty of problems, without the arrival of another "starman" who has few scruples and the aid of powerful modern technology.
From there, the story takes off with a mix of old enemies, allies, and trouble in a rather complex mix that keeps the reader engaged and wondering what will happen next. I enjoyed the story and will probably read it again in a few years.
STAR QUEST was published by ACE Books. Back in the 1960s, Ace used to issue "Double" books, which were basically two short novels in one. STAR QUEST is a "Double" book, packaged with another short novel entitled DOOM OF THE GREEN PLANET, which I have not read.
STAR QUEST is an enjoyable debut. It deals with a character named Tohm, who lives in a futuristic universe where two races are at war with one another. The plot of this novel is quite complicated, and is brimming with interesting concepts. Writers accustomed to Koontz's suspense work will be surprised to see how much imagination and creativity he displays in this story. STAR QUEST isn't a great novel, but it's a fun read with a lot of ideas, action, and romance.
All of Koontz's SF work is now out of print, so STAR QUEST is quite the collector's item. Although I enjoyed it, I personally don't think it's worth paying a large amount of money for. Still, if you can find a copy, it's well worth reading, especially if you're a hardcore Koontz fan like myself.