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Cage a Man (Demu Trilogy #1)

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"Barton couldn't believe it, even while it was happening. One moment he was alive and well on Earth, then in a flash he found himself hurtling through millions of miles of uncharted space-- prisoner of an advanced alien race whose humanitarian plan involves the surgical transformation on all mankind into misshapen parodies of themselves."
Hardcover, 151 pages
Published 1973 by Nelson Doubleday Inc. (Garden City, NY)
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Kevin
Jun 29, 2009 Kevin rated it did not like it
Busby begins with a suspenseful premise, and for a bit it appears as though he has a good story to tell, but once Barton, his protagonist, escapes and returns to Earth with far too much ease things go awry in a big way. At a novella's length, this would have been great. Busby stretches it as far as it would go here, and then he wrote a sequel.

Don't you love that cover? Used bookstores don't. By which I mean, they wouldn't buy it back. Not the store in Alpine I bought it from, not anybody. I begg
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Eric Simmons
Interesting premise and initially the story had a lot promise, but then the story quickly fell flat. Given the extraordinary circumstances our hero easily escapes from his captors. Not only does he get out of his "cage", but he also gets back to Earth. This only takes half of the novel to do and honestly why he bothered to continue to write beyond the escape is beyond me. The premise was good and I liked the alien back story but the story wasn't all that.
Erik Graff
May 04, 2009 Erik Graff rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Purchasing books from resale shops and used bookstore sale tables, knowing nothing of them but their genre and low cost, is rather like bringing strangers home at 4am from bars. I have managed to avoid the occasionally dread consequences of the latter, but enthusiasm has led to disasters as regards the former.

It is, however, Busby's first book. He may have improved.
Joe
Mar 16, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as a kid and liked it well enough to hang on to my bookclub copy for 35 years.
Heather
Apr 17, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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