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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 29 April 2015
This is the eighth Stainless Steel Rat book and the third 'prequel' to the original book. Sadly, while I’m a big fan of Harrison’s work and have found “The Rat” hugely enjoyable over the years this sequel to a sequel to a prequel suffers from a number of issues which doesn't make it an awesome read.

The Stainless Steel Rat books are never meant to be taken too seriously; they are a distraction, pure entertainment, nothing else. They've always been fun affairs which favour escapades and exploits over deep philosophical musings. However, unlike my two favourite books in the series: The Stainless Steel Rat and A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born this book seems to be all about DiGriz and his shallow two-dimensional team making a series of mistakes to keep everyone (including himself) in a perpetual state of jeopardy. By doing so the reader is subjected to a rather predictable level of routine action with only a second glance to ensure plot consistency (important in Rat books as these tales are all about the plot), a coherent story line (which veers widely and tries to cover too many different topics including a bizarre analysis of Robert Bly's "Iron John") and a series of hugely implausible events which wouldn’t withstand even fleeting scrutiny. Additionally, the story, such as it is, is a straight copy of "Escape from New York" and the attempt at writing lyrics for the rock band involved is very poor.

Throughout the book the reader has to plough through infodumps of boring social commentary sermons which do nothing but help to impinge on DiGriz’s adventures. Sure there are some nice ideas such as macho Machmen, troglodytes, Feminist Separatists, goat-herding religious-maniac Fundamentaloids and murderous Survivalists, but this is probably the weakest in The Rat series; it’s not awful but I felt that this addition to the series does nothing at all to enhance the reputation of DiGriz.
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on 27 May 2015
Another jaunt into Slippery Jim Di'Griz's past as he is roped into obtaining a strange ancient/alien artifact. Also we get a first glimpse of the League who form an important part of his future career. Good story and an interesting look into Jim actually working alongside a team as opposed to working alone as he does in his later years.
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on 10 August 2017
I love this series of books, read them all as a kid and revisiting them now is great. Read the lot and in order.
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on 7 April 2013
I read these books some time ago. I am now 're-reading them the first two books were great. This one was more formalistic than the overs. But still a good read therefore four stars recommended if you are a stainless steel rat fan.
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on 8 February 2016
James does it again
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on 1 February 2015
Book filled a gap in my collection. An excellent addition to my collection. Good copy in spite of second hand nature.
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on 10 June 2013
I've read the series before and really enjoyed all of the books and they are still as good as ever.
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on 4 April 2013
...no matter how many times I read these books with Jim DiGriz doing his best rat work. These books are never taxing on the brain, and a great way to relax and have a smile.
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on 18 February 2010
Very good, book as an xmas prezzie, it came rly quickly and in mint condition, brilliant =]
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on 12 August 2015
A must for all Slippery Jim fans, you can imagine the smile on Harry Harrison's face as he wrote this. Although written much later than the originals, it is in his typical style with that certain sense of humour. It sits as number 3 in the SSR timeline but copes just as well as a stand alone novel. This action packed adventure features more twists than a Swiss mountain pass as young Jim di Griz lurches from one incredulous situation to another. So what if the plot is a little far fetched - just put that aside and enjoy the read.
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