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Planet of the Damned [Kindle Edition]

Harry Harrison
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Dis was a planet, a wasteland, a world of death where living was dying and dying was much better than living.



Dis was a scorching desert, its people crude, barbaric, backward and miserable - and they would become seven million blackened corpses unless Ihjel stopped the H-bombs. But Ihjel had forseen his sudden death, and only one man could take his place - Brian Brandd, Champion of Champions and master of a secret power.


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As two planets that share a single star prepare to go to war, Brion Brandd tries to avert the destruction of Dis, a harsh, inhospitable, and dangerous world, by redeeming the hellish Planet of the Damned. Reprint.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 551 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LB9ASQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #284,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 16 May 2013
By Brian
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a good novella that deals with the story of two worlds about to destroy each other with h bombs and the involvement of the other planets to stop them. A good read but a lot of typos but worth persevering with it.
Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 26 Nov. 2012
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If you have never read any of Harry Harrison books this is a good one to start with as it is a story that will have you constantly saying "just one more page", thoroughly enjoyable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Harrison's treasures! 24 Jun. 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book blends action with Harrison's humor and inventiveness.The book vividly depicts a man's search for an answer to a planets mystery.From start to finish this book is interesting.If you like science fiction this book is for you!The way Harrison describes the characters,the story,and the planet is remarkable!If you are a fan of Harrison's work,this is a must-have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Science Fiction 30 July 2000
By Brian D. Rubendall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first science fiction book I read as a kid (too many years ago than I care to count) and it stimulated my interest in the genre. "Planet of the Damned" is classic science fiction and a coming of age story. The hero, Brion, is a young man given his first opportunity to prove his worthiness by trying to save Dis, a horrible planet that seems hell bent on self destruction. Harrison's imagination fills the page with sweeping scenery, even though the book checks in at a relatively snappy 160 or so pages. It is proof that epic science fistion does not need to go one for many volumes ala L. Ron Hubbard.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Harrison's treasures! 24 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book blends action with Harrison's humor and inventiveness.The book vividly depicts a man's search for an answer to a planets mystery.From start to finish this book is interesting.If you like science fiction this book is for you!The way Harrison describes the characters,the story,and the planet is remarkable!If you are a fan of Harrison's work,this is a must-have!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Ticking Time Bomb Science Fiction Page Turner 15 July 2011
By Ken Korczak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The prolific SF writer Gordon Dickson was called the "Book Doctor" because he was so good at advising other writers on how to make their books riveting page turners. His advice was that a great SF book should have the sound of a metaphoric ticking bomb that could go off at any time, and that the reader should start hearing that ticking on the first page.

In Harry Harrison's pulp offering "Planet of the Damned" the bombs are not metaphors, but literally part of the plot -- in this case, a cache of nuclear cobalt bombs in the hands of a planet occupied by the worst kind of violent, savage "cave men" you can imagine. How did such a bunch of primitive grunts get their hands on nuclear weapons, and how do they have the ability to drop them on the neighboring planet in their solar system? Well, like all clever SF writers -- and Harrison is among the most clever -- he finds a way to make this scenario at least plausible

The savages on the planet Dis want to drop their bombs on the planet Nyjord, populated by a gentle race of passivist philosophers. Only one man stands in the way of this nefarious plot -- the incredible Brion Brandd -- a super Olympian-style athlete -- who finds himself an unlikely draftee to lead the effort to avert the nuclear annihilation of Nyjord. Brandd is not just a jock -- he's incredibly smart, and an empath to boot.

Anyone judging this short novel today must do so keeping in mind that it does not pretend to be anything which it is not -- it's a classic pulp fiction offering, first appearing in Analog SF magazine in 1962. Fast books with a hot premise like this were the bread and butter of pulp-era writers such as Harrison, and he was among the best in delivering genre fiction of this sort, and doing a credible job.

So it's not great literature, it may not even be stellar science fiction, but it is what it is: A fast-paced, intelligent thrill-novel set in the far future and outer space. Harrison knows his science well, and gives the reader a lesson in exobiology that is interesting and educating, without stalling the plot. That's no easy task! So this is easily a three-star read for me, maybe 3.5 stars.

Note: I downloaded this Kindle book for FREE from Project Gutenberg. Just saying.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extrordinary 1 May 2004
By "gustind" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Harry Harrison fans, or John Carpenter! 15 Feb. 2013
By Kurt Frost - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Growing up I had an illustrated paper back version of the second in this series called "Planet of No Return". I have no idea whether a illustrated version was printed or not, but being that the covers are the same, don't let it fool you. You'll have a harder time finding the illustrated version, as I couldn't at all.

I ordered this after delving deep into John Carpenter's "Escape From New York" and learning that he always attributed it as an homage to Harry Harrison's Planet of the Damned. The over all premise is the same, a man sent to a place, forced to do a job without choice.

I recommend this title for Harry Harrison fans, or for Escape from New York fans.
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