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Democracy is crumbling in the Interstellar Dominion Electorates and if Dar and Samantha can't get their message to Terra in time, a coup is inevitable. What's more, every police ship in space has just been alerted that Dar and Samantha are dangerous telepaths to be shot on sight....

Title : Escape Velocity
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ISBN : 9780441216031
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 249 Pages
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Escape Velocity Reviews

  • Paul Baker
    2019-04-21 23:10

    This prequel to The Warlock in Spite of Himself by Christopher Stasheff is--as one would expect from Stasheff--lots of fun and a darned good read. Although Warlock and the books that follow it in the series represent a major breakthrough (for the time) in the sub-genre of science fantasy, Escape Velocity seems to be pure, if weird, regular science fiction.It is great fun getting to know Rodney d'Armand's ancestor Dar Mandra, who is himself much like Rod. Dar is a "prisoner" on Wolmar, which has been abandoned by Terra. When he meets a shapely bald "Hume," and discovers a plot to overthrow the Terran government, the plot takes off. Joined by a hilarious cast of characters (including Whitey the Wino and a monk from the Order of St. Vidicon of Cathode), Dar barely escapes one scrape after another before settling down with Whitey's niece as the ships take off that will eventually colonize Gramarye, the planet later found of Rodney d'Armand in Warlock.I acknowledge that the writing of Christopher Stasheff isn't for everyone, but for those who understand a little history and enough science and fantasy, his writing is a treasure trove of jokes and puns. Similar to the style of Harry Harrison (The Stainless Steel Rat, Stasheff's writing is outrageous fun.I strongly recommend this book to science fiction/fantasy fans and to all true nerds everywhere!

  • Jared
    2019-04-24 01:10

    This was the very second book that I read by Christopher Stasheff. It investigates the fall of democracy through the eyes of a prison-planet escapee. The mechanisms that bring about the fall of the multi-planet democracy remind me a lot of the events following 9-11, in retrospect: the creation of a fearsome enemy that requires all power to be put into the hands of a totalitarian dictatorship.The characters are fun, and the storyline is interesting. When it comes down to it, all of the male protagonists in the Warlock series are the same: unsure of themselves, with a chip on their shoulders.

  • Devlocke
    2019-04-19 23:07

    Fun times. I've probably read this at least a dozen times, further and further apart as I got more and more familiar with it and/or had more and more disposable income to throw at books, until I hadn't read it in a good five to ten years. Re-read it last week, and still enjoyed it. Probably my favorite book to feature the SCA as a legit plot device.

  • Christopher Wagoner
    2019-04-26 00:00

    Good story by an excellent author, but will fall flat for people who have never read the Warlock in Spite of Himself series.

  • Đenis
    2019-04-17 03:08

    Prvu cast mam za sebou az po nejakej osmicke. Viem teda, ake su nasledky. Teraz mam za sebou uz aj pricinu a co vsetko k tomu viedlo, aj ked to je zmienene az ku koncu knizky. Pribeh moc rychlo nesype, ale zato podrobne vykresluje udalosti veduce ku Gramarii. Teda o Gramarii tam nie je ani zmienka, ale modri vedi co a jak.

  • Douglas B. Hull
    2019-04-02 03:08

    Warlock of Gramarye my startWarlock was my introduction to Sufi fanasity combination. Since and magic who could ask for more. I am just getting my book collection back after a lost due to hurricane,.

  • L.
    2019-04-13 22:57

    Weird, wild stuff.

  • An Odd1
    2019-04-21 02:11

    Author lectures are boring, but humor entertains. Where government corrupt - "we didn't stumble into a mattress factory by mistake? .. There's so much featherbedding" p 226 a metal scarce planet, money is a pound of nails, "when the Revenue Service comes calling .. pay their tacks, like honest citizens" p 111. As "Aunt's Remedy" in other books, "thick brownish .. Uncle Whitey's Homemade Hangover Helper" p 198 reappears. On prison planet Wolmar, trader Dar lectures non-conformist (shaved head, baggy coveralls disguise feminine Samantha) newcomer Sam on their civilized battles with natives (chalk marks like paint balls), informal tavern education to thriving colony. General Shaklar, dictator and psychiatrist, convinces new governor Bhelabher to stay as administrator instead. Bhelabher entrusts Dar with a warning of an impending coup on Terra. His IDE (Interstellar Dominion Electorates)government official second, Canis, pursues, warning all police that the "telepaths" must be killed. Democracy is crumbling, the financial drain from colony planets will be soon cut off. Gorgeous Lona has such an affinity for computers, befriends mining-ship rescuer AI and nicknames Fess, I mistook her for an android, and mistress to her elderly "Uncle" Whitey the Wino, until repeated "Grandfather" sunk in. Whitey is really rich poet Tod Tambourin, and convinces rich Earth friend David Stroganoff to pull strings for an appointment with the Executive Secretary. Wealthy Horace Bocello convinces fellow medieval recreators to buy spaceship Brave New World, and take off next day to start their own colony. Tenuous links to Warlock series. (view spoiler)[ Exec Sec hears warning, instead broadcasts live capture of dangerous telepath Dar, and announces dictatorship for himself. Sam, telepath, falls for Horace, who rescues Dar. Lona convinces Horace's ship computer not to wipe memory of Father Marco, whose technical knowledge could repair ship, and can keep secrets by founding another Cathodean monastery. Dar and Lona leave happy-ever-after together for computer-building colony Maxima, Tod along for the ride.(hide spoiler)]Typo:p 117 "made if official" is "made it official"

  • Joe
    2019-03-29 01:00

    I'm running several books behind on my updates. I actually finished the David Eddings books I was reading (the first series). I moved on to this book and have since finished reading the 2nd (A Warlock is Spite of Himself) and not 20 minutes ago finished the 3rd (King Kobold Revised). IMPORTANT NOTE: There are TWO book # 2's. He originally wrote "The Warlock Unlocked" as the 2nd book but after years of complaints about some aspects of the story he rewrote it as "King Kobold Revised". I can remember reading both versions and they both have their merits. I do recall being somewhat disappointed in some of my favorite parts being removed in the rewrite but all in all "King Kobold Revised" as a very good read. Now a little more of a heads-up about the story. In truth "Escape Velocity" stands alone and is the foundation for the beginning of the "Warlock" Series that follows. It has been probably 15-20 years since I first read his novels (26 at the time). I look forward to re-reading the 26 and moving on to whatever newer books he has written. I honestly don't have a clue how many are out there. But it will be fun to find out one book at a time :O) The unique thing of these stories is they go from a SPACE/Scientific background to a full blown FANTASY series with continued ties to the first novel. I highly recommend you read his works. And remember if you are not big on science fiction, don't worry you will have plenty of fantasy the rest of the way. To my followers and friends please let me know if you decide to read any of his books. I would love to hear your thoughts after. I am now about to start book 3 (4th overall)entitled "The Warlock Enraged". Only I just discovered it is missing :O( I hope I will be able to find it in the used book store or online. Wish me luck and I'll let you know when I start reading it :O)

  • Dan Cowden
    2019-04-13 22:58

    This book is simple, a little cheesy, but unexpectedly fun. The characters aren't generally anything to write home about, the plot is mostly inflicted upon them, while their own actions don't seem to directly affect anything which happens.Taken on its own as a stand-alone, this story leaves rather a lot to be desired. However, the book was written as a prequel to Stasheff's long-running "Warlock" series, and so the flaws of Escape Velocity itself can generally be forgiven, as the plot really serves to explain where a number of the elements of that series began. The best of these characters would be revisited in "The Warlock Wandering", published a few years later. Other than as background, where this book shines is with it's large selection of terrible puns and wordplay in the dialogue. This is classic Stasheff, and he really hams it up here.Also, this book, like the later "Warlock Wandering", spends a fair amount of time dealing with issues of democracy and totalitarianism, and the importance of education to a functioning society. The points here tend to be made simply and without sophistication, but this does not detract from their truth.

  • Tracey
    2019-04-20 22:48

    It was ok, I wanted more character development and I felt cheated in a way because the story ambled along promising so much but just never seems to kick into the next gear. I mean Dar just goes along on this mission and gets involved in with a people along the way and by no action or decision making of his own comes to the end of the story with the girl and that is about it. Will read the next couple to see if it gets any better. The thing is I liked the characters, I liked the concepts, I liked a lot of the book but just felt let down by Dar's character arc which should have carried the story more. I should say I have never read in Stasheff before and had no understanding if the series is individual tales or a series about one character.

  • Jen3n
    2019-03-27 05:58

    It's the pre-quel to Stasheff's Warlock in Spite of Himself book. I actually liked this one better than any of the books in the series with the exception of the first one. I'm re-reading this book now as part of my current and unexplainable though overwhelming desire to read or re-read all of the noteworthy paperback sci-fi/fantasy novels from the sixties through the eighties. Lots of Heinlein and Asimov. Lackey and Herbert. And, of course, Christopher Stasheff.I would recommend this book to almost anyone. It's funny and quick and manages to pull off being a far-flung sci-fi novel, and techno-fantasy, and apolitical thriller all in a little package. It doesn't take much of your brain to read, either. Not high art or literature, but it's fun candy nonetheless.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-26 01:52

    I liked this story. It was nice to have a beginning to the d'Armand family and Fess. The first half was actually pretty funny, but that petered out to address the seriousness of the situation that our main characters found themselves in.This series is technically science fiction, but with so much fantasy imbued in it, it is usually placed with fantasy. This particular book is pure science fiction and so shelved that way.

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-18 03:42

    If you like science fiction and fantasy with a little meat on its bones it's time to read the series of books starting right here with Christopher Stasheff about that mystical and magical paradise called Gramarye where scientists and engineers live side by side with elves, ghosts, witches and warlocks. This is the story of where and why and how the world of Gramarye begins. Excellently told with great characters and fun references to historical fact and future fictional places.

  • Angela Randall
    2019-03-27 00:50

    We own as part of an omnibus: Warlock: To the Magic Born

  • Maria
    2019-04-14 06:06

    Although there is a lot of political philosophy along with references to literature and history, somehow most of this book just passed me by. There were times when I felt as if I were being "talked" to death. Don't get me wrong. There is plenty of action. It somehow just took a backseat to all the conversation. There are plays on words and names which many will find amusing.

  • Von
    2019-04-05 23:52

    Found a whole stack of cheap paperbacks in the bathhouse at the boatyard and decided to stuff a few under the seat o' the beast for "emergencies". Quick and fun reads, though the form will likely get tedious should I decide to read the lot of them. I like the whole "learning without knowing you're learning" concept...reminds me of long ago back in the 'burgh and up on the mountain.

  • Patrick Lemieux
    2019-04-21 02:55

    In addition to being Book #0 of Stasheff's Warlock series (a prequel, if you will), it also connects directly to his Starship Troupers series, acting as something of a bridge between the two. It's an important book in that regard and a good read in its own right!

  • Owlboyle
    2019-03-30 02:48

    Fills in the back story of Rodney d'Armand a.k.a. Rod Gallowglass. The story is about how Rod's family began. It also introduces you to Fess, when he was only 5 years old. Really enjoyed this story.

  • April Calhoun
    2019-04-01 04:46

    I first read this book back in the late 80's, but have recently picked again and found it even more pertinent to our political climate now than it was then. Timeless in many ways. Enjoyable characters and perfectly timed action. This book is worth more than one read. I highly recommend it.

  • Patty
    2019-04-01 04:58

    It was harder to get through this, the "prequel" of his "Warlock" series, perhaps because I didn't feel for the characters as much.

  • Catie Zuckerman
    2019-04-20 03:41

    Loved it!

  • Dantegideon
    2019-04-26 05:03

    Mild fun, but nothing to write home about.

  • Theresa
    2019-04-11 06:03

    after all he has done sometimes the price is more then you can pay

  • L.E. Doggett
    2019-04-03 03:43

    Good read-good world-well developed. You should read it. :)

  • M.A. Kropp
    2019-04-05 03:04

    Not all that interesting. Perhaps if I knew the rest of the series.