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Statesman (Bio of a Space Tyrant #5)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,976 ratings  ·  19 reviews
This is the fifth in the series BIO OF A SPACE TYRANT, featuring the stages in the life of Hope Hubris, the Tyrant of Jupiter, and his beloved sister Spirit.

Author Biography: Vol. 5 Statesman THE TYRANT FALLS Child of flame and terror, born and bred to violence, Hope Hubris had ruled the solar system's most powerful empire with a fierce, uncompromising passion, His was a w

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Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 1st 1986 by Avon Books (first published 1986)
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David Sarkies
Well, all I can say is that I have finally reached the last of the Piers Anthony books that I have read and if all goes well then this will be the last of his that I have read. To be honest with you I still wonder why I even bothered reading anything that he wrote, but I guess that it had a lot to do with a so called 'friend' who just always seems to shove rubbish under my nose and tell me that it is really good and that I should read it. The thing with this particularly guy is that you cannot...more
Leanna Aker
I do so love Piers Anthony in general and this series in particular. It is a fun blend of sci fi, politics, and romance. Hope Hubris is at the end of his life, and trying to help enact "The Dream" which is galactic plan to enable space travel to nearby stars so that factions have no shortage of space and thus, no need to fight. The Dream is really part of Khukov's plan, who is in charge on Saturn. The book entails Hope's diplomatic (and some not so diplomatic) efforts to get all of the planets o...more
Buggz79
Look. I can take the implausible pretty well in my stride but when this chap pulled a "dog whisperer" on a goddamn tiger, I was done. That was the last straw in the damn improbable series.
Bryan457
Hope has relinquished the dictatorship and gone into exile. He becomes a statesman, getting everyone to work together to complete a faster than light spaceship or jumpgate. He has sex with all the women who work for him, including one disturbing scene where his secretary, who is a master of disguise, changes disguises to look like his sister while they are having sex (so she can answer the phone), and it really turns him on. I did not like the way this book ended the series.

BTW, I don't think th...more
Barry
Oct 05, 2007 Barry rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Probably
This whole series was interesting because it followed a character through several stages of his life. With the blindfold off, you read about the character's shortcomings and how he feels about them himself. It humanizes the hero to the point that you understand and accept what he's done, but do not always like him. Basically, he's one of us with all our foibles. He's just a somewhat ordinary man raised himself to achievements in extraordinary circumstances.
Greg
[Insert same "kindle formatting proof pass needed" whine here as in my other reviews]

Like the last book, this one isn't my favorite, but does wrap up the series well. What I liked about this one was the "Dream" and that, maybe, mankind could come together and work toward a single, yet bright and hopeful future. (But then again, this is called fiction for a reason... :| )
Tim Greaton
I loved this entire series and reread it several times, though not in the last decade. My next reread, I will provide a detailed review. The evolution of the character and of the political changes he accomplishes are so beautifully modeled after the very problems we wrestle with on Earth each day.
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Stephen
Great end to the saga. Could have done with a little more substance in the prologue, hence 4 and not 5 stars but well worth reading.
Frank Taranto
Finished the book to finish the series(I thought). Anthony has great ideas which he beats to death.
Daniel
The only thing that stops this series from being porn is the total lack of pictures!

I poop on this book.
Aaron Anderson
Never liked this one quite as much as the prior four.
Carl Hitch
Best stuff he's ever written... period.
Jenny
A good use of characters and I cried at the end.
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Young adult 10-15
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Though he spent the first four years of his life in England, Piers never returned to live in his country of birth after moving to Spain and immigrated to America at age six. After graduating with a B.A. from Goddard College, he married one of his fellow students and and spent fifteen years in an assortment of professions before he began writing fiction full-time.

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