I've never been in a desert, or in a distant planet, but writer Harry Harrison made me feel like I was in one, when a person by the name of Brion Bradd went to attempt to save a planet named Dis, from being destroyed in a war. In the book Planet of the Damned, Harrison kept me wanting to keep reading, and to find out what would happen next. New discoveries in the book led to new settings and new plots.
As the story begins, Brion Bradd is asked to help avert a war between to planets by his friend Ihjel. Obviously, Brion must think about this first. Little does he know, he is empathetic, the first man in thirty years. As finalists in the Twenties, which is a competition, they are both up for the job. They pick up a biologist, named Lea, to assist them on their duty. As the novel progresses, Brion learns that this planet is a living hell. The whole planet Dis is a desert. To make thing worse, the crew sets down on the planet, and Ihjel is killed, and Brion and Lea are dehydrated in the middle of nowhere. Will they have success in their mission? You will have to read it to find out!!
As the first science fiction book I have read, it inspired my interest in science fiction novels. It is a short book yet filled with excitement and suspense. From start to finish the book was great. The way Harrison describes the characters, the planets, and the story is extraordinary.