The Man in the Cage
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The Man in the Cage

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Junketing around the Mediterranean in petty smuggling operations, Noel Hutson liked to think of himself as a gallant adventurer. But in the middle of a North African desert kasbah, with a truckload of contraband, the American feels less and less like a swashbuckling hero. Forced to reload his truck with a very suspicious cargo, he writes to his family asking for help. Noel...more
ebook, 175 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Spatterlight Press, LLC (first published 1960)
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It's Jack Vance, and that means fun! Well, minor Vance. But still fun.

Vance mostly wrote SF and fantasy so I was curious to see how he'd handle a contemporary (for the 60s) thriller. And the answer is: he throws his standard hero into the bars, backstreets and bazaars of Morocco, and weaves the same kind of exotic tourist-punk atmosphere he used to such great effect in his Gaian Reach novels. It's very reminiscent of Casablanca, and I don't think suffers too much by the comparison.

Odd tonal shif...more
Madalyn White
It was good until the end. The last few chapters seemed rushed and not very thought out.
Vance also writes mysteries. I gave this one a try. Not the best, but not too bad either. Maybe I will give another one a try.
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Aka John Holbrooke Vance, Peter Held, John Holbrook, Ellery Queen, John van See, Alan Wade.

The author was born in 1916 and educated at the University of California, first as a mining engineer, then majoring in physics and finally in journalism. During the 1940s and 1950s, he contributed widely to science fiction and fantasy magazines. His first novel, 'The Dying Earth', was published in 1950 to gr...more
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The Dying Earth Tales of the Dying Earth: The Dying Earth/The Eyes of the Overworld/Cugel's Saga/Rhialto the Marvellous Suldrun's Garden (Lyonesse, #1) The Eyes of the Overworld The Green Pearl (Lyonesse, #2)

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