Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Planets Of Adventure 2 - Jean Marie Stine

The second Duce double pulls another pair of Planet Stories short novels together, this time one of the writers not quite so obscure. An interesting twist for the time making the superior character the woman, in the second book.

Very entertaining stuff.



Planets Of Adventure 2 : FLAME-JEWEL OF THE ANCIENTS - EDWIN L. GRABER
Planets Of Adventure 2 : THE SEVEN JEWELS OF CHAMAR - RAYMOND F. JONES

Despite the title, this is mostly a Doc Smith style adventure.

Super Galactic ships, anti-energy shields, an arms race, and more.

Of course, a big heroic bloke from the Stellar Guardians. No super powers though, but he does get to fight alongside etc. a good looking redhead.

Captain Glayne and friends of course also have a villainous criminal overlord to deal with.

Plenty of fun to be had here.

3 out of 5


We do have a superhuman in this one, and a bit of an antihero you might say, in the form of the firebird.

A woman with extreme longevity and experience looking for some recovery.

She's more than happy to put the bad guys down like dogs, if it means they won't kill again.

The good guys will get it, too, if they aren't careful:-

''Listen to me!' the voice of Firebird commanded again. 'I could have killed you then. My shot landed two feet to the left of you. Now will you hear what I have to say?'

'It's easy to call your shots after they are fired.'

'Here's one neither to the right or left,' said Firebird evenly.

Before she finished speaking a blast of flame burst over the huge stalagmite in front of Nathan. The fire of it flowed around the sides and enveloped him in a searing blanket.'

So, help her, or eat hot rays.

3 out of 5




3 out of 5

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