Virgil Samms is one of the head honchos of the Triplanetary organisation. He is the man the Arisians have decided will become the first wearer of the Lens, being of the right ethical and genetic stuff.
Samms must overcome political problems on Earth, where Rod Kinnison is an honest politician, and husband the creation of the Galactic Patrol. The Lens is a dream come come true, a badge of office that it is impossible for criminals to duplicate.
The scope for this book is therefore still not as broad as what is yet to come, and is still setting the stage.
3 out of 5