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Hard Sell

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  650 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Mr. Fisk Centers has it made: a personal fortune of three million dollars enables him, at the tender ages of 50, to take an early retirement and enjoy all the comforts 21st-century Earth has to offer. Then he gets a call from Mars Ltd. offering him a real-estate deal that sounds too good to be true. It is. Now penniless and unemployed, Centers will do anything to make a bu ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published May 1st 1993 by Ace (first published 1982)
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Timothy Hinkle
May 17, 2013 Timothy Hinkle rated it really liked it
Though presented as a novel, this is really an anthology of six short stories focused on the adventures of Fisk Centers and his adopted daughter Yola:

Chapter 1: "Hard Sell" - 3.5 stars
Chapter 2: "Black Baby" - 3.5 stars
Chapter 3: "Hurdle" - 4 stars
Chapter 4: "Death" - 4 stars
Chapter 5: "Life" - 4 stars
Chapter 6: "Libel" - 2 stars

These story titles are not used in the book, but the titles of the four previously published stories are on the copyright page. Anthony mentions the titles of the other
Oct 09, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok
Learning about the inside world of pharmaceutical sales was interesting for about the first 30 pages! I patiently waited for something to happen, but it never did, just another 189 pages of very detailed information about one person's experience as a drug rep. Just not what I expected and I'm hoping the movie is better.
Sep 23, 2016 Tim rated it it was ok
At first this was a reasonably quick paced jaunt through some hard selling techniques. The future might have rocketships but jerks will still sell worthless junk for inflated prices to saps. Then the story starts to get bogged down as sap turns jerk to recover his lost savings.

The extract for Killobyte in the back of this edition doesn't bode well for wanting to read any more Piers Anthony.
Dec 31, 2016 Lbaker rated it it was ok
Really liked the first half of this book, but grew tired of it in the second half.
Has been a long time since I have read Piers Anthony, not sure I would read another book by him unless one falls into my life, will not seek one out.
Dec 05, 2008 Julie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans
Recommended to Julie by: had read other Anthony books
I believe I read this in high school; I think they had it in the school library. I don't remember much about it.
Sean Randall
Jul 15, 2009 Sean Randall rated it liked it
oh, it's shallow and pieced together and utterly silly. but I enjoyed it.
Dale Rosso
Jan 07, 2014 Dale Rosso rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Interesting story by Anthony.
Oct 23, 2010 Dan rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy, humor
Very funny book, really enjoyed this one.
Michael Nalbone
Jun 15, 2014 Michael Nalbone rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Cynical, outrageous, and light read.
Barry Tikkanen
Sep 20, 2012 Barry Tikkanen rated it liked it
Good pulp sci-fi in the flavor of that found in the old radio dramas. A fun read.
Aug 07, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
This is a string of short stories that are linked together. Unlike, Anthology, I liked it.
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Though he spent the first four years of his life in England, Piers never returned to live in his country of birth after moving to Spain and immigrated to America at age six. After graduating with a B.A. from Goddard College, he married one of his fellow students and and spent fifteen years in an assortment of professions before he began writing fiction full-time.

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