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Black Genesis (Mission Earth #2)

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,773 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Intrigue, Betrayal, Blackmail... From the violent, heroin-riddled back streets of Turkey to the heart of government corruption in America, Mission Earth relentlessly hurls into a new labyrinth of Earth's underworld, torn by Mafia wars and criminal rivalry, abounding with assassins, killers, prostitutes, drug-runners, and subverted government agents, the gripping story mast ...more
Hardcover, 431 pages
Published May 1st 1986 by Bridge Publications (CA) (first published January 1st 1986)
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Jason Sta. Maria
Two stars again for the second book! But the author added some action scenes on this one. The Aliens already landed on our planet and that's on Turkey. The main Extraterrestrial character was still familiarizing about the do's and don'ts of our planet Earth and he can easily adapt to it. But I like the flow of this book compared to the previous one. And I also agree about the real causes of drugs in every country/society, which L. Ron Hubbard explained on this book... That other countries use dr ...more
Craig
May 04, 2015 Craig rated it liked it
The Mission Earth series is a big, bloated, fun and funny dekalogy* of pulp and satire and non-stop action. It's not a serious work, nor was it intended to be; I believe Hubbard wrote it simply out of fondness for the field, the way it was when he was beginning his career. He surely didn't need the money. It lampoons everything from economics to law enforcement to crime to space opera to science and all stops in between. It's not a particularly well-written work of literature, but is engaging an ...more
Denis
Feb 21, 2015 Denis rated it liked it
Take all ten of these books and boil 'em down all night... no, leave it on the burner for a whole week. Reduce it too a thick dense sticky sauce. And still, this will have very little flavour.

There was the seed of a decent parody in there within the first two books then the joke was over. The joke became, "...let's make it ten books, just so we could call it a "dekalogy".
Tracy
Dec 02, 2015 Tracy rated it it was amazing
I read this series several years ago with a friend. It was a daunting task at 10 books but we were determined. It's not the usual sort of series I read but I had heard a lot about it and had some highschool friends who loved it.

It's tough to review just one book in the series because the full story is told in all 10 books. You have to read all 10 to find out what happens.

Certainly some of the books were better than others, more exciting and adventurous, but its rare that a 10 book series doesn
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Angela Smith
Jun 13, 2013 Angela Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the humor in this book. I don't get why so many people didn't like it.
Chad
Feb 14, 2008 Chad rated it it was amazing
Great series very funny
Nonethousand Oberrhein
Jul 19, 2016 Nonethousand Oberrhein rated it really liked it
Our saviour comes from Voltar
Splitted in ten volumes for editorial (and practical) reasons, the Mission Earth series can be seen as a continuous narrative whose chapters are identified by the different books. This “space opera-ish” saga (not a lot of space travels, but alien technological gizmos are everywhere!) will follow the comically clumsy actions of corrupted voltarian agent Soltan Gris as he narrates his attempts to sabotage and destroy the brave Jettero Heller, another native from planet
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David Alexander McLane
This is the second in a series of ten books about a double-crossing alien agent trying to foil plans for an invasion of Earth. It sounds interesting, but it's really no more than a vessel for Scientologist ideology and LRH's personal vendetta against the federal government. And while I'm not entirely dismissive of certain Scientology concepts or antipathy towards the government, they are handled with such indelicacy and so greatly lack subtlety that it's hard to take the narrative seriously.

Tha
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Dovile
Mar 10, 2013 Dovile rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black Genesis, book 2 in the Mission Earth series, is mainly about the arrival of an alien Voltarian agent Jettero Heller with a secret mission to reduce the pollution of Earth and prevent the primitive population destroying the planet before the Voltar Empire is ready to conquer it. The story is told by Heller's supervisor Soltan Gris who also has a secret order by his superior - to stop Heller from succeeding, preferably as painfully and terminatively as possible. Which Soltan will be only hap ...more
David Sarkies
Apr 13, 2014 David Sarkies rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to David by: Nobody
Shelves: sci-fi
Overtly long and badly written
25 May 2012

Well it seems that there are not many positive reviews of this book, or this series in fact, though Wikipedia does attempt to be neutral in its discussion of it, though when it refers to the reviews of the critics then it is really difficult to find somebody who is positive. The suggestion is that the characters are one dimensional and shallow, there is nothing really all that original in the story, and that the book is overtly long with no reason for it
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Teri
Jun 06, 2012 Teri rated it it was amazing
sci-fi
Timothy Boyd
Feb 10, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was ok
While not as totally horrible as the Battlefield Earth book these aren't that great. There are some good plots themes and a sorta pulpish feel to the characters, but overall it seems to fall short of what it could be. The story seems to ramble and could have been cut by 1/3 and still got the point across. The random sex and sadistic events just seem to be placed in there not for storyline but for shock value. Not recommended
Kathryn
Nov 03, 2014 Kathryn rated it did not like it
Good holy God, this book was awful. Remember how I described the characters in the first book of the series as "two-dimensional"? Well they were Michelangelo sculptures compared with how they're portrayed here.

The first book was at least a little fun in a lunatic sort of way. The whole tongue-in-cheek, making-fun-of-itself-possibly tone of "The Invaders Plan" has dissolved by this point into a pointless, rambling, completely insane, going nowhere collection of tripe. And if that wasn't bad enou
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Reading
Absolute drivel.

I am wondering if I can be bothered to go write this on all the books of the series that I actually managed to slog through, and I might. Been reading sci-fi since I remember myself and almost never have I dropped a book halfway through. I really tried with this "epic" series, really did. On book 4 now and have decided that there is no way I am devoting another precious minute of my life to this.

The story has something in it, but there are so many unnecessary twists and turns, t
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Jonathan S. Harbour
Oct 09, 2014 Jonathan S. Harbour rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, gave-up-on
Couldn't finish it. I thought this was a cool new sci-fi series, not a kooky environmentalist story to support his assertions in scientology.
Attila Benő
Jul 13, 2016 Attila Benő rated it liked it
I bought this series of books because I wanted to read something longer, not just a single book. The sci-fi genre, and the book description got my attention, so there I was, taking all the books in the series home, and...... quite frankly not liking it too much. It was okay, but this was one of the rare purchases that I regretted.
Natz
Nov 16, 2013 Natz rated it really liked it
Yeah I know, everyone else probably thinks I'm a moron, now that I have admitted I actually like Hubbard and his (sci fi) stuff. This book was pulp, funny and fast paced. Twisted ideas in a twisted reality. Love that style
Steven Stennett
Jan 06, 2014 Steven Stennett rated it it was amazing
Bugs Bunny?
David Bunegar
Jul 25, 2015 David Bunegar rated it it was amazing
I added a star. I am older now and the satire is so on point and he died over 30 years ago and now it is so relevant, I will never read his weird religion stuff but he is my favorite comedy author.
Hildegart
Jul 19, 2012 Hildegart rated it liked it
My sister won the Mission Earth series and I started reading them as soon as she let me. :-) It wasn't until around the 9th or 10th book that I became not as interested.
Dawn Wells
Apr 05, 2013 Dawn Wells rated it did not like it
Fun read or shall I say funny read. Awful writing awful book. But laughter is good medicine. Don't buy it not worth it. I got it for ten cent at a yard sale.
Thomas
Jul 29, 2016 Thomas rated it it was ok
I read these in high school and found them compelling, but as I reflect on them, I recall them being rather stupid, oversexed, and pointless.
Bradley
Sep 22, 2010 Bradley rated it liked it
This series is seriously kooky. I like it. This volume reminds me of Planet America now. It turned into a bad Mafia movie as well. Great tale. =)
Paul B.
Jun 22, 2011 Paul B. rated it did not like it
Perhaps one of the poorest books ever written in one of the poorest series of books ever penned. Remarkably insane, but at times hilarious.
Brett Powers
Jul 28, 2012 Brett Powers rated it liked it
Say what you will about the creepiness of Scientology (it is very creepy to say the least), this book series is a freaking blast to read!
Grahambootle
Oct 28, 2013 Grahambootle rated it it was ok
filled with stereotypes but did make me chuckle a couple of times. will probably do the rest of the series at some point
Nicole (kasinda)
Dec 12, 2010 Nicole (kasinda) rated it liked it
I hope that the series gets better. It just seems to be getting repetitive.
Allen Petro
Jul 07, 2008 Allen Petro rated it liked it
Not bad, but not as good as the first book in the series.
ihtsham
Apr 05, 2007 ihtsham rated it did not like it
If this book has redeeming features, I missed them.
Ricardo
Jul 19, 2009 Ricardo rated it really liked it
Great Series of Science Fiction novels.
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L. Ron Hubbard was a popular pulp writer of science fiction, fantasy, adventure, mysteries and westerns during the 1930s and later founder of Dianetics and Scientology.

With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 350 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the
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Other Books in the Series

Mission Earth (10 books)
  • The Invaders Plan (Mission Earth, #1)
  • The Enemy Within (Mission Earth, #3)
  • An Alien Affair (Mission Earth, #4)
  • Fortune of Fear (Mission Earth, #5)
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