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Infinity Hold

Infinity Hold [Kindle Edition]

Barry B. Longyear

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Novel, first work of the Infinity Hold Trilogy. They named the planet Tartaros after the deepest of Hell's hells. This is the story of a man and murderer, Bando Nicos, who was condemned to Tartaros and became the planet's first police officer.

About the Author

Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell Award winner, Barry Longyear is author of the acclaimed Enemy Mine, made into a major motion picture by Fox. Recent works include The Enemy Papers and Yesterday's Tomorrow. Having completed training as a PI, the current work is a mystery titled The Hangman's Son. He lives with his wife, Jean, in New Sharon, Maine.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 407 KB
  • Print Length: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Enchanteds (19 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004089GX0
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #768,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Sci-fi examining law, society and morality 9 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on
I've been searching for another copy of this book for quite some time. My original copy was loaned out so many times, it apparently decided make a go of it on its own. An excellent read. The main character is a piece of human filth at the beginning of the story, and is landed on a prison planet in a shipload of similar creatures. Being thrown together in adversity makes a group of these lowlifes, and they find themselves fighting back-to-back against a whole planet of people like themselves, bloodthirsty, implacable and despairing. With no laws to break, and no society to offend, they find they have to construct such from scratch or die under the heels of the gangs they face.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An old Si-Fi concept presented in a down-to-earth manner! 24 Jan 2002
By Brett Boyette - Published on
It took me a long time before I got around to reading this book, but once I did, I wondered why I hadn't read it earlier! Dumping prisoners on an empty planet is a fairly old Si-Fi concept and has been used many times, but never with the angle Longyear takes on it. Not only is it facinating as a fiction novel in itself, but is also a psycological book that will open your eyes to the modern day prison system and its flaws. Although I have never been very interested, or had many opinions on 'Justice', this book has helped me form some of my opinions on it. I found the book to be very realistic portrayal of the criminal mind/society and I would recomend this book to EVERYONE!!!!! I have already recomended this book to my history and psycology teachers after hearing concepts in their classes that this book could apply to. Please give the book a try. I garenttee that you will be glad you did! I was! :)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Justice for All 27 April 2005
By Melissa McCauley - Published on
In 2115 Bando Nicos is a twenty-seven year-old inmate of "The Crotch", the Union of Terran Republics' prison for incorrigibles in Greenville, Mississippi. Like many other prisons, The Crotch is shut down and the entire population deposited on the planet Tartaros, named for the lowest level of hell, the galaxy's dumping ground for the unwanted. Soon after they are abandoned in the sandy desert of Tartaros, the seventeen thousand-plus population is reduced to three thousand. The remaining "sharks" decide they must band together if they want to survive, and elect a leader who makes Bando the first police officer of the newly-christened Razai gang. With the help of pre-teen killers, homicidal maniacs, and political dissidents, Bando makes up the brutally simple Law of the Razai as they travel in search of a place of refuge. In between trials and fights for survival against the gangs already in residence, Bando and his compatriots must think about the meaning of justice, and Bando examines his own heart to see if he is worthy of the trust placed in him.

This edition contains all three books in the series: INFINITY HOLD, KILL ALL THE LAWYERS, and KEEP THE LAW, and features a lengthy introduction by the author (in which he hints that there may be more Tartaros books in the future).
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I disliked the edits in this version 10 Jun 2009
By Herb Ollick - Published on
There are substantial edits in this version of Infinity Hold (the first of three stories in the book). In my opinion the edits do nothing to improve the story and in some instances steal the heart from the story to the extent that they make what is one of the greatest SF stories of all time rather poor and unejoyable to read.

I would strongly urge owners of the first edition who love the story never to read the reprint in this book.

As to the second and third stories they are well writen but I feel they lack the soul of the original
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read the dedication!!! 5 Aug 2005
By Book Addict - Published on
I have only read part I so far.

The book definatley deserves at least 4 stars, as it is well written, but there is more to the book. To understand this book, read the dedicaton of Infintity Hold part I. It is dedicated to NA and those who died along the way.

The book IS NOT about a group of prisoners dumped on a planet, thAt is just the setting. (A digression here. NA is a 12 step fellowship, like AA.) Most people are familiar with the fact that AA has 12 steps, but there are also 12 Tradtions and 12 Concepts.

Using those it is possible to set up a society, and that is what Barry is doing.Meanwhile Nicos is getting into recovery from his rage.("I didn't get into trouble every time I [fill in the blank] but every time I was in trouble I was [***ing]"). There is also a saying in the rooms, "Some of us may die, so that others can recover". Find it in the novel. Barry has actually written the meditation book he talks about "Yesterday's Tommorrows; Meditation for Hard Cases". Available on Amazon.
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