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Falling Torch

2.93 of 5 stars 2.93  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  5 reviews

How could he save Earth, when Earth no longer cared? Distant archaic Earth has been occupied by aliens for several decades, while Earth's goverment in exile has resided in the advanced Centaurian system. Finally, this aging, tired group find they are about to receive help--financial aid and weaponry to recover their lost planet.

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Published January 15th 1990 by Baen (first published 1959)
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Actually, I listened to an audiobook version of this novel.

I really want to read "Michaelmas" and "Rogue Moon" by this author, but alas, so many books so little time. Those two titles seem to be much more original and interesting.

I this book is now in the public domain, that's why it wound up as an audiobook from one of the smaller talking book vendors.

It seems to be a pretty run-of-the-mill military sci-fi novel where an off world colony of humans try to take back Earth from human-like aliens w
Leaders of earth, fleeing a collapse of government after an invasion, live out their lives in another system as exiles from Earth, hoping someday to bring the President and the Cabinet back into power and overthrow the invaders. And finally are given a chance to try to bring their cause back home.

Well written... main characters nicely drawn.

Over too soon, and not the ending I'd have expected. But, that's what makes for a good story!
Tim Williams
I'm disappointed. I always have a high expectation when I find and then go to read an Algis Budrys book. Maybe I am just expecting too much of him. I'm removing him from my 'top tier' of SF authors for that time period.

As for the story, it just didn't engage me. I found myself not caring at all.
Erik Graff
Jul 19, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Budrys fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Serendipitously, organizing GoodReads' Budrys database brought me to this novel, something that I read in Michigan during a summer vacation way back in childhood, having been mightily impressed by its cover at the time.
Interesting, "old style" science fiction -- invasion by aliens, humans fighting back, etc. Most interesting was the similarities between Budrys' life and events in the novel.
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Algis Budrys was a Lithuanian-American science fiction author, editor, and critic. He was also known under the pen names "Frank Mason", "Alger Rome", "John A. Sentry", "William Scarff", "Paul Janvier", and "Sam & Janet Argo".

Called "AJ" by friends, Budrys was born Algirdas Jonas Budrys in Königsberg in East Prussia. He was the son of the consul general of the Lithuanian government, (the pre-Wo
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