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Jerusalem Fire (Orbit Books) [Paperback]

R.M. Meluch
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Futura Publications; paperback / softback edition (14 Aug 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708882021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708882023
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,077,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourite books. 20 Jun 2014
By Nige
Format:Paperback
I've been reading Science Fiction/Fantasy since I was a kid, and this book is one of my all time favourites.

Following an unfortunate run in with the Na'id galactic empire, the survivors of a rebel ship crash land on the mythical planet Iry, populated by slightly alien Itiri Warrior Priest with familiars, "double curved tungsten plastic" swords, and the remnants of a long lost technology. Cue plenty of strange rituals, past history of some of the main plot characters coming back to haunt them, a few surprises along the way, and a dramatic final standoff.

I've got the hardback version of this book, bought back in late 1980's from Lears Bargain Book Shop in Cardiff. Every few years I'll get it out and read it again. Even though I obviously know the story, I still enjoy it every time.

I wish they'd Kindle it so I can add it to my electronic library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking sci fi 6 July 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a book you will open at page one and not put down until the end, then a few years later you will want to read it again as it is a refreshing sci fi novel.
This book was first published in 1986 and is still as fresh today as it was then.
The characters and plot are rich. I do not really want to say to much about the actual plot as I would not want to spoil anything, so you will just have to truts me on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flaming Good 3 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
This is one of my favourite science-fiction novels, based on the strength of the excellent plot and the vivid characterising of the flawed protagonists. The setting is in age of conflict between a theocratic government and a rather ill-assortment of rebel elements, the latter's leaders are seemly more driven by past regrets than a promise of a glorious future. The author manages to package a series worth of world-building and stories within stories into this condensed novel. Highly recommended.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lawrence of Arabia meets Star Wars 31 July 1998
By dginavan@newstv.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is Rebecca's Meluch's Masterpiece. I have spoken to her and I think it is safe to say that she would agree with me. The book draws from and has similarities to the story of Lawrence of Arabia. The main character even resembles T.E. Lawrence(or Peter O'Toole). Meluch fills all of her books with landscapes, religions, technologies, and communities that rival those in Frank Herbert's Dune. I have read this book more than ten times in my life and will read it several more. All of her other works are worth multiple readings as well, but Jerusalem Fire stands out. If I may tease you with a quote, you must find out who is referred to when the question is asked. "So who do you know who draweth his every breath in pain?" This does not refer to physical pain. Find and read this book whether you are a Sci-Fi fan or not. You will not regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent and under-rated volume. 7 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I agree with most of the above review - this is a very elegant novel - among the better one-volume science fiction books I have come across,l. Subtle characterisations and bold world-building underlaid by some serious and thoughtful philosophical questions. highly recommended if you can find a copy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific! 18 July 2001
By L. French - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This out-of-print book is available! Look for it used! It's worth the effort. Alihahd is a rebel captain, a great hero and a tormented man. His battle against the Na'id is a battle against himself. Thank God, there is not a single wizard or dragon in sight! Here is a science fiction novel of intergalactic dominion, betrayal, luck, deceit, disguise, war, and redemption; a well-written book and a pleasure to read.
3.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted, but well what's the big deal? 12 Mar 2012
By Great49er - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was ok. The main character has a surprising twist, but there are enough hints you'll figure it out long before it's 'official' in the book. The twist at the end with the Itiri is completely unexpected. The ending is open. It's not a bad book, but if you're looking for a lot of action move on, this isn't an exciting book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story; Not Action Adventure 15 Feb 2012
By Jeff Walther - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The cover and some of Meleuch's later works might lead one to believe that this book is action/adventure or even military SF. It is not. If you start reading it with that expectation, well, for a few pages it will seem to meet your expectations, but after that it will diverge considerably and you will find your anticipation unsatisfied.

This book is more of a study of three characters, possibly four. One of them is primary, but all are examined in an engaging fashion. And no, this is not a stodgy, academic character study. This is an easy to read, excellently written book about folks who have done things and had things done to them -- not navel gazers by any means.

This book is excellent and well worth the read. I just wanted to dispel any false expectations, which could interfere with the enjoyment waiting for you if you read this book.
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