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Statesman (Bio of a Space Tyrant #5)

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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
Dec 26, 2015 David Sarkies rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
The Last Piers Anthony Book I Ever Read
6 May 2012

Well, all I can say is that I have finally reached the last of the Piers Anthony books that I have read and most definitely this is going to be the last one that I ever will 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 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 t
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Leanna Aker
Nov 24, 2015 Leanna Aker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dave
Jan 26, 2015 Dave rated it really liked it
I've finally finished the five Bio of a Space Tyrant books and I've got to admit I enjoyed them immensely. Yes they are the flimsiest of naive political wish fulfilment fantasies; the strong but fair (and sex mad) "tyrant" unified the solar system (an exact clone of cold-war era Earth). And sure he uses his "power" to instantly tame a sabre toothed tiger. But at its core these books are satire and have to be read as such.

All good sci fi is about the period it's written. It's not about the futur
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Jeremiah Johnson
This book was slightly better than the previous one, but not nearly as good as the first three.
The Story wasn't very interesting to me. The historic parallels were far more obvious than they had been in the previous novels, but they seemed like page fillers with no substance.
Since Spirit is always been the true power behind the tyrant, I am still interested to read the final book in the series.
Buggz79
Sep 27, 2014 Buggz79 rated it it was ok
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
May 28, 2010 Bryan457 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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Barry
Oct 05, 2007 Barry rated it it was amazing
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.
Christopher Gilmour
Jan 24, 2014 Christopher Gilmour rated it it was amazing
It was all right
Greg
Feb 13, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it
[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
Jun 11, 2011 Tim Greaton rated it it was amazing
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.
Scott
Jul 21, 2015 Scott rated it liked it
Books 1-5 are good series
Sherri
Oct 03, 2013 Sherri added it
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Stephen
Oct 10, 2012 Stephen rated it really liked it
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
Oct 19, 2009 Frank Taranto rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Finished the book to finish the series(I thought). Anthony has great ideas which he beats to death.
Daniel
Mar 14, 2008 Daniel rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-poop-on
The only thing that stops this series from being porn is the total lack of pictures!

I poop on this book.
Aaron Anderson
Sep 09, 2012 Aaron Anderson rated it liked it
Never liked this one quite as much as the prior four.
Carl Hitch
May 08, 2013 Carl Hitch rated it it was amazing
Best stuff he's ever written... period.
Jenny
Aug 05, 2012 Jenny rated it liked it
A good use of characters and I cried at the end.
Martin
Oct 22, 2012 Martin is currently reading it
My current dashboard read.
Shawn
May 25, 2012 Shawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, piers-anthony
Young adult 10-15
D.A. • shelf! Shelf! SHELF!
Jul 04, 2015 D.A. • shelf! Shelf! SHELF! rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-read
This review is for whole series -- engrossing characters and unfortunately probable world building. Absolutely the plot and the protagonist sucks you right in and goes nonstop through all 6 books.

I am a fan of Piers Anthony; but, reader beware -- this ain't no Xanth. Much more intense situations. "Caligula of the stars" on one of the excerpts is a very apt description for some disturbing portions in series; definitely for adults with actions and memories graphic/explicit as to sex, violence, rap
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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.

Piers is a self-proclaimed environm
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Bio of a Space Tyrant (6 books)
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  • Mercenary (Bio of a Space Tyrant, #2)
  • Politician (Bio of a Space Tyrant, #3)
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