Not a shred of dialog in the whole thing. Bored me to tears. Skip it.
A story worth your time. If only it had been longer.
The end is a little predictable, but different enough not to be terribly disappointing.
If you like wasting your time, there is absolutely no better way to do it on the face of this planet than to read this story. 90% of the time NOTHING is happening. Even skipping over to the end is so disappointing as to be almost depressing.
Funny review, Greg Homer. It's almost too bad it isn't true. Politically, the author was a Republican of the old school. If he had had any axe to grind, it would have been *against* Socialism, not for it.
Actually, it's a nice little, naturalistic sort of tale for children, much in the style of Thornton Burgess' books. Not only could I not find any propaganda, I couldn't find much in the way of a moral, either. But it's still rather enjoyable.
Cormac FitzGeoffrey is an Irish knight wandering the Near East after the Crusades. He arrives at a desert castle with a bad reputation as a thieves' stronghold, and meets a veritable United Nations of scoundrels.
Although evil monsters are hinted at, they never arrive, and the story is a gore-fest of ruthless characters all chasing a fabled ruby.
More "realistic" than Howard's Conan, King Kull, and Soloman Kane stories, because there is no magic involved.
A fearful interplanetary scout during an interstellar war with the Kradens is approached by a couple of slimy businessmen with a scheme to fake an enemy engagement and win him the Medal of Honor. He would then be above the law and able to accomplish certain projects that were not exactly legal.
The pilot and the slimeballs are all good characters, and the plot is quite believable.
This would have been a near-perfect story if the author hadn't lapsed into foul language near the end.
A fairly interesting short story with a contrite and rather predictable ending.
Buried within this two star crime novel is a four star short story. There are some interesting and intense plot lines. However I found it very slow going between points of interest. If you enjoy the brilliant detective / narrator sidekick genre your time is much better spent reading Sherlock Holmes.