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Five Gold Bands / Dragon Masters Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1972

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  • ASIN: B002MBRNVO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill Matheson on 3 Feb. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Paddy Blackthorn, Earthman and occasional thief, is caught red-handed trying to steal the galaxy's most valuable commodity : spaceship drives.

In order to save his own life he finds he has accidentally killed the five most important beings in the galaxy, leaving him with a handful of clues, which lead him on a fantastic but potentially deadly treasure hunt.

The stakes are high : his own life (and that of his female companion), and Earth's one big hope to regain control of their own space-travelling destiny.

This is an early story, but chock-full of Vance humour and detail -- an excellent introduction to the author's worlds for anybody not yet blessedly acquainted with his works.
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By Manly Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Oct. 2012
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The Five Golds Bands is a nice little space adventure story, with an irritating Irish protagonist, that happens to have been written by Jack Vance. It is not, however, "Vancian" in any sense of the word - even less so than Vandals in the Void, for all that was written for a YA market. Originally this appeared in Startling Stories in 1950, which explains things to a degree: its very early Vance, and expressly written for the pulps at a cent a word. It may even have been written (or at least have a scene included) for a particular cover - go and google it after reading the novel (or now, if you like).

Um. Well, basically we have an Irish thief - although he may be more, its never quite clear - trying to steal the secret to (warp drive) spaceflight from the descendants of the accidental inventor thereof, who are no longer "human" due to occupying alien planets (although of human stock, they have mutated or adapted in just a few generations so as to be quite alien). Amazingly, he succeeds, only to find the secret is a riddle hidden away across the stars. So, accompanied by a feisty love-interest (oops, spoiler!) he sets off to take the secret back to Earth.

Don't worry if my plot summary makes no sense.

All you get here is an action adventure mystery story set in space with aliens. No more, no less. That's enough for me, and it may be enough for you. Its not classic Vance - hell, its not classic anything - but you wont damage any brain cells reading it, and you will have a little fun - if you can stop wanting to throttle the hero.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Kenneth Otoole on 31 Aug. 2014
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Grand Space Opera 18 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An Irish spaceman Paddy Blackthorn is caught attempting to steal the secret to Intersteller Drive technology and is sentenced to death by the ruling council of mutant human species whose creator granted them it's secrets. With the help of a beautiful Terran agent, Fay Bursill, Paddy searches the home planets of the "Sons Of Langtry" for the secrets to the drive hidden in 5 gold rings that the mutants possessed. Terrific Space Opera! I absolutely adore this genre and Vance is one of it's best.
One of Vance's early pulp space operas 6 Jan. 2014
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Irascible rogue Paddy Blackthorn, Irish Earther, has the misfortune of being caught when he breaks into an alien facility to steal valuable space-drives. See, the powerful races of the universe have banded together in an act of self-interest, and limit the distribution of space-drives (e.g., FTL spaceship engines)… preventing small, worthless planets such as Earth from gaining access to too many space-drives. For his attempted theft, Paddy is sentenced to death but, at the last minute, is discovered to be multi-lingual. Instead of immediate execution, he’s shipped off to translate for the Five Sons of Langtry, leaders of the alien nations and descendants of the space-drive’s creator.

Paddy manages to get out of this predicament from dumb luck and quick thinking, and makes off with the golden circlets the Five Sons wear around their arms—each one with a clue, a puzzle hinting at the blueprints to construct space-drives. And with that secret worth potential billions to the Earth Government, Paddy realizes what he’s going to do next. As he evades the authorities, and teams up with an attractive woman secret agent working on behalf of Earth, Paddy criss-crosses the galaxy to track down the formula of the space-drives.

All told, a rather unexceptional read… very early in Vance's career, it's got the right elements, but misuses them in its haste. I did like reading a work from Vance’s early years, and I don’t have anything to complain about other than its shallowness and brevity. It’s not without merit, but it’s also without greatness — and lacked that distinctive spark that characterizes Jack Vance's best novels. Five Gold Bands is a short and entertaining book, but falls into mindless action novel territory, and nothing new or exciting happens within it. Recommended for Vance fans and completists only, because there are dozens of better Vance novels out there for the fair-weather reader to seek out.
Vanilla space adventure 4 Oct. 2012
By Manly Reading - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Five Golds Bands is a nice little space adventure story, with an irritating Irish protagonist, that happens to have been written by Jack Vance. It is not, however, "Vancian" in any sense of the word - even less so than Vandals in the Void, for all that was written for a YA market. Originally this appeared in Startling Stories in 1950, which explains things to a degree: its very early Vance, and expressly written for the pulps at a cent a word. It may even have been written (or at least have a scene included) for a particular cover - go and google it after reading the novel (or now, if you like).

Um. Well, basically we have an Irish thief - although he may be more, its never quite clear - trying to steal the secret to (warp drive) spaceflight from the descendants of the accidental inventor thereof, who are no longer "human" due to occupying alien planets (although of human stock, they have mutated or adapted in just a few generations so as to be quite alien). Amazingly, he succeeds, only to find the secret is a riddle hidden away across the stars. So, accompanied by a feisty love-interest (oops, spoiler!) he sets off to take the secret back to Earth.

Don't worry if my plot summary makes no sense.

All you get here is an action adventure mystery story set in space with aliens. No more, no less. That's enough for me, and it may be enough for you. Its not classic Vance - hell, its not classic anything - but you wont damage any brain cells reading it, and you will have a little fun - if you can stop wanting to throttle the hero.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Forgettable pulp fiction 7 Oct. 2009
By Adam Risch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The reviewer below pretty much nailed it - this is an early Vance novel that only gives you the slightest glimpse of the genius that is evident in much of his other work. The plot stretches the limits of credibility and there is little of the style and depth that marks most Vance stories. It's a light, mildly entertaining read that I would only recommend to hardcore fans who have already read just about everything else Vance has written.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An early Vance not his best 25 Jun. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A formulaic, pulp SciFi novella. I actually have never finished it...and I love Vance. It seems as if he were just learning his craft at the time he wrote this. In hindsight, one perceives bits of the later master, but that's not enough. Only for the Vance fan who has to have EVERYTHING.
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