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Labyrinth Of Night Hardcover – 21 Jan 1993

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  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New edition edition (21 Jan. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099199319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099199311
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,476,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By technophile on 25 Mar. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
If you like SF adventure this is for you with plenty of action. You have to remember it was written in the seventies so some of the premises are truly dated but hey its SF so ignore that and enjoy the read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing 8 Mar. 1997
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a TREMENDOUS fan of Steele's "Space" series (Clarke County, Space; Lunar Descent; Orbital Decay), I had hoped for another wonderful, charmingly human yet extremely hard-science near-future sf read. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in all respects by this one. The aliens are remote and uninteresting, the characters are hollow (and this in a STEELE book?!), and the plot is insipid. If I had to make a comparison, this was a lot more reminiscent of Michael Crichton's truly bad efforts ("Sphere," for instance) than any of Steele's prior work
meh... 28 Jun. 2009
By Patrick J. Barrett - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This started out well, but after about 100 pages, Mr. Steele threw out most of the interesting characters and potential plotlines and turned this into a rather boring and predictable drama - supposedly taking part on Mars, but it could have been anywhere. Glad I bought this used.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very good, entertaining book! 3 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed it! I read this book about 6 years ago and still remember it fondly.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not very good science fiction 23 Feb. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This seemed to have great promise; the face, pyramids, exploration but it all fell apart shortly into the story and turned into the typical government intervention and conspiracy book, with Mars as the minor story line...disappointing.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Bogarting his way through firearm descriptions 11 Mar. 2012
By Number Six - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Been re-reading some of my older paperbacks and got 140 pages into this one and quit in disgust,
wondering how I could possible have gotten through it the first time. Maybe I actually didn't.

I agree with the other negative reviews, but the last straw for me was Steele's utterly
horrendous firearms terminology screw-ups. Nothing infuriates me more in fiction than authors
making like they know about firearms when they are clearly clueless.

I was stuck in an airport once with nothing to read and bought a Robert Ludlum novel. About
ten pages in Ludlum had a terrorist inserting "a banana clip into his Uzi".

Submachineguns do not use "clips"; they use magazines. The Uzi does not use a curved, or "banana"
magazine; the 9mm Parabellum cartridge is straight-walled, allowing a straight magazine.

I got up, walked to the nearby trash can, and dropped in the book. On my return the woman sitting
next to me (who had also been reading a paperback) said, "It must not have been very good." I
answered, "You got THAT right."

Verbatim from Steele's account of his character manipulating a Sig-Sauer P230, a small semi-auto
blowback handgun available in .32 or .380:

"Nash locked the safety pin, then thumbed the magazine release beneath its blue steel barrel and
reached for the box of .38 caliber ammo."

GARBAGE. The P230 has a de-cocking lever like the Walther PPK, but no external safety "beneath
its barrel". Even if Steele meant the former he should have called it a "lever". AND the de-cocker
on a P230 is up high on the LHS rear of the slide, NOT "beneath its barrel". Clearly, Steele
didn't even bother to do basic research.

"One by one, he slid the seven rounds into the cartridge".

GARBAGE. Nash isn't loading rounds into a "cartridge"; he's loading them into a magazine.

"He slotted the loaded cartridge back into the gun's handle, then reached for the spare cartridge
and began to load it as well."

GARBAGE. Same reason as above.

"He picked up the gun and studied it". (No further manipulation before the chapter ends).

This last is included to illustrate Nash never bothers to check for a chambered round after dropping
the magazine - something a professional, or anyone else who knows squat about firearms, would do when given
a P230 of unknown status. Nor does Nash operate the slide to chamber a round and drop the hammer with
the de-cocking lever to ready the piece for the first double-action shot. Steele's account is,
quite simply, a gun-handling disaster.
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