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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2011
This book was one of the 1st science fiction books I read when I was young lad (given to me by a friend of the family), and it totally sucked me in to that world of the small band of humans who managed to survive the alien invasion. Having read the review that is currently against this book, I shake my head at some people's opinions of what books are about. They tend to forget that this is Science Fiction NOT science Fact, and that the story does not have to follow a path that is totally believable, hence it being called science fiction. I think some people have an issue with who wrote it, rather than the story itself (see Nathanlak's last paragraph). I don't personally follow Hubbard's views, though I do enjoy this book, and have read it a number of times. I felt the conversion to film did not do this book justice and only help tarnish it's reputation.
If you want a story that follows true scientific principles then go read a scientific journal, if you want a story that tests your imagination then read this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2011
I first read this book about 25 years ago. I took it with me when I went away for a weekend with my boyfriend (now husband) who was exasperated with my lack of attention. I even read the book in a pub while having a drink! I've read it again since then and am ready to read it yet again. I just loved it and I'm definitely not a Sci-Fi fan (never read another Sci-Fi book). I'm in total agreement with MJD1066. I'm in the process of purchasing an ereader and this will be one of the first purchases I make. Never saw the film and have no desire to see it as it could never do justice to the book and I understand that it certainly didn't.

Jan 2012 - bought the ebook and have just finished it for the third time. One of my all time favourite books. Will probably read it again!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2011
I already own and love this book so seeing an opportunity to buy it to have on my kindle for £0.70 I couldn't resist. Even at that price it will probably continue to be profitable particularly as IT IS ONLY A FREE SAMPLE! Nowhere is that stated until you have bought it and scrolled backward from the beginning to the 1st of 2 front covers.
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on 26 October 2012
The people who gave bad reviews due to the fact that it's an excerpt and not the full novel do have a point, it can be seen as a bit of a con.

However, much like MJD1066 and PollyM I read this in my youth and several times since, and whenever anyone asks me what my favourite book is, this is it (still, after 30 years of reading other books). The reply is always "isn't that the scientology guy?" and there you have it, people automatically think they'll be brainwashed after the first page, prejudice against a book I tell you! Well it's their loss because this is science fiction at its best, and nothing to do with Hubbard's other activities (as far as I know). Despite its epic length, when I reach the end I always wish there was more. It's a shame there was never a sequel, I would love to know how Johnny ruled the universe.

Oh and another thing, don't judge the book by the film because it pales in comparison, there are huge chunks of the story missing and altered. I looked forward to the film's release at the time but, as a fan of the book, found it deeply unsatisfying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2013
My first Amazon book and I was ripped off. It was refunded but too much hastle!!!

This turned out to be a taster book and should have been free.

The full ebook is a fiver so I bought a 2nd hand paper copy from the charity shop for 50p

eReading, forget it....
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on 1 June 2012
I agree totally with Mr Thomas. This sale is a con! Nothing indicated (at the time) that what I was buying was an extract until I started reading it. Amazon - you should be ashamed of deceiving your customers so!
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on 21 August 2014
this is a good book but it is not as good as L Ron Hubbard decology. It is still worth reading recomended
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on 26 December 2014
Rip off. I'm not even sure what the point is.
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on 6 January 2015
fine
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7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2011
The initial premise is interesting, but this book swiftly moves into the frankly silly. It reads slightly like a serious version of Douglas Adams - i.e. the nonsensical and the unrealistic, but without any of the humour or self-deprivation that makes the Hitch-hiker's Guide so good.

The plot is based around a human living in a culture that has returned to pre-historic technology and culture (wow, how unique!). This man is them captured by the aliens, who apparently utterly destroyed mankind 1000 years ago. One of them keeps him as a pet, and teaches him to talk - both the alien language and English.

To make a bad story short, he escapes, then rounds up other humans (mostly Scots) to form a rebellion. It gets worse and worse as it progresses, from the ease at which the the heroes find ammo for weapons to their apparent skill with both the alien's equipment (planes, missiles, teleportation devices...) and the 1000-year old human tech (nuclear bunkers which somehow still have electricity) to the lack of scientific premise throughout the book (the aliens are do not cross the Scottish border, we are told, because even tiny amounts of uranium kill them. And apparently large numbers of nuclear mines were detonated as the alien's tanks (why not just use orbital bombardment? Plot armour!) crossed it. Nuclear mines. In Scotland.

Although, given who the author is, you shouldn't really be surprised...
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