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E.E. "Doc" Smith
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Second Stage Lensman (Lensman #5)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,834 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Galactic Undercover Agent

Kim Kinnison, Number One man of his time, had faced challenges before - but rarely one as daunting as this. To him fell the perilous task of infiltrating the inner circle of Boskone, stronghold of galactic civilization's most deadly foe. Kinnison had to become a local Boskonian in every gesture, deed - and thought. He had to work his way up through
Paperback, 420 pages
Published May 15th 1997 by Ripping Publishing (first published 1942)
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"Kim Kinnison, Number One man of his time, had faced challenges before - but rarely one as daunting as this. To him fell the perilous task of infiltrating the inner circle of Boskone, stronghold of galactic civilization's most deadly foe. Kinnison had to become a local Boskonian in every gesture, deed - and thought. He had to work his way up through the ranks of an alien enemy organization, right into the highest echelons of power. Then it would be he who issued the orders - orders that would de ...more
This was a slog. Like most of the Lensman stuff, it's hard to rate as a whole, since each book was originally serial, and some bits are a lot less sloggy than others.

Refresher on the landfill metaphor: being 1940s sci-fi pulp serial, reading it is an archaeological dig into a landfill. There are layers of quaintness, which any science fiction turns into with time enough. There are layers of rollicking awesome, where action moves along at a good clip. And then there are layers of painful awkwardn
Sep 01, 2010 Thomas rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of aventure tales, star wars and green lantern fans
Though not the finest of the Lensman novels, it's close. And the first one I ever read. While outrageous and big in every sense, it still manages to channel a sense of amazement on its every purple exposition. Bold adventure! Ray Guns! Space axes! Horrifically alien sadists! A planet of naked ladies! And all wrapped up in the charming argot of long long ago. All Space Opera since owes a considerable debt to these bigger-than-life adventures. Great, garish fun!
The Lensman series simply keeps getting better with each volume. This one is just relentless.
Roddy Williams
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This is it, the penultimate book in the Lensman series, a series almost as famous for being the first Epic Space Oprea as it is for how marvelously exciting and inventive it was.

First published in the pages of Astounding magazine back in 1941, this book mainly focuses upon the exploits of the "Second Stage" Lensmen: those who have gone through the advanced Arisian training in Galactic Patrol. These four superior Lensmen - Kinnison, Worsel, Tregonsee, and Nadreck - are armed with mental powers fa
Daniel Haire
It took me five years and searching over 100 used book stores to find this story. It was the endpoint of E.E. "Doc" Smith's Sci-Fi Epic and it did not disappoint in its plot lines, new characters mixing with old characters, and action. If you love Space Opera, then this is a book and a series to try.
Dan Cohen

Read 35+ years ago - too long ago to recall much about the quality, but I enjoyed the series as an adolescent.
Kimball Kinnison has finally met his match: a fiery red-headed nurse! But before they can get married, Kinnison is called away on a mission: to begin the invasion of the home galaxy of the Boskonians! Teaming up with the three other Second-Stage lensmen: Worsel, Nadreck and Tregonsee, they must tackle two planets defended to the hilt.
Zac Wood
One big question here (SPOILER ALERT!)...
Why did Mac get to be a Lensman? Is it because the Samms and Kinnisons are finally coming together? Feels like a... dunno, maybe a reaction to increased woman's rights movement?

Besides that, I loved the book, of course. The basic plot always works!
This is actually about the whole Lensman series. I found the books to be greatly engaging. I read them first as a child, then read them again in my 30's, then my 40's. Sure some (a lot) of the science is out to lunch now, but it is still a good action read.
This 5th book in the series continues the saga. It is still simple fun...written in the 1930s and well before I was born. Easy reading, simple plot, space opera all the way.
This book developed a few more storylines but now that the patrol controls both galaxies the only thing left is to confront the big baddies. Hmmm I guess that must come next.
The last book of the year 2013. An overly sexist contradictory work yet full of grand science fiction battles of truly huge scope. A product of its time before its time.
Possibly I didn't like this because it was the fifth in a series, and I hadn't read the first four. Or possibly it was just boring. Hmm. I shall have to ponder that.
Philip Chaston
Superscience and good vs. evil, though the 'good' does seem to (reluctantly) engage in torture, murder, assassination etc. all in the name of peace and democracy
Part of the 'Lensman' series. Classic pulp science fiction. Space opera on a scale that makes Star Wars look like a fight between a couple of local gangs.
This is one of the classic Space Opera series written by the doyen of space opera writes - style and content a bit dated now but still an exciting read
Mark Kinney
Although close to annoying with a few examples of deus ex machina, it's still an effective, enjoyable installment of the Lensman series.
Don't trust my rating for this book. See this
review for why.
Robert Kaufman
Doc Smith is one of my favorites! What a fast read! A fun non-stop ride! Loved all of the Lensmen and Skylark series!
Aaron Slack
Not quite as good as Gray Lensman, but still
good. If you liked the earlier Lensman books, you'll like it.
The books in this series get better and better. It's a shame Doc Smith didn't live longer and write more.

Again, a terrific story by "Doc" Smith, well worth reading!
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