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Fortress on the Sun

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  49 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Stationed dangerously close to the sun and protected by powerful shields, the 21st century prison mining camp of Ra is home to humanity's worst criminals. With their memories erased as part of the punishment, only the wardens' claims serves as a reminder of their crimes. But when a bizarre and deadly illness threatens the inmates, they learn the all-too terrifying truth be ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Roc
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I'm not sure how to rate this book, so I'm giving it 3 stars. The book was so uneven. Parts were brilliant & quite creative. Other parts weren't so hot. (There's a pun.) I was tempted to give it 4 stars up until close to the end.

I liked most of the characterization. There was a real mix of characterization types. Most were boldly drawn, too boldly in some cases. Think Doc Savage. Others were quite well done, though.

The plot was very interesting, especially for the first 2/3 of the novel. I
Marc Goldstein
Aboard Sunstation Ra, a giant space station anchored to the sun and protected by powerful energy shields, a group of more than 100 prisoners harvest solar plasma for their captors. Despite having their minds wiped to erase any memory of their crimes -- regressing some back to childhood -- the sunstation prisoners have managed to carve out a peaceful existence during their three years of captivity. That is until a strange sleeping sickness spreads through Ra. The arrival of a new batch of prisone ...more
Again this book hasn't let me down. I can't get enough of it and I don't know way. It's action pack from the beginning and just keeps the pace until the very end. It also has you thinking the whole time on what's going on.
This was a really great free eBook find thanks to The story revolves around a group of prisoners that are considered so dangerous they are held in a space station in the sun. None of them have complete memories, some of them have had their mental capacity reset to that of a child, and there is a set of mysterious rules they have to follow or they will all be killed.

That's the setup, and I don't want to give anymore away than that. This book was a really quick read
Mike Franklin
This is a book that could have been so much better. Sadly this is much the same as the only other book I've read by Paul Cook - The Engines of Dawn.

The excellent ideas, setting and plot of this book are rather let down by poor writing, which is such a shame. As I say, the ideas are brilliant and had me completely gripped, the plot twists were good and credible whilst still being unpredictable and the characters again credible and likable (where that was the intent). But clumsy prose and dialogue
Jeff Miller
This book was an example of why I love SF. Imaginative situation of a group of prisoners on a harvesting ship built in the sun with massive shields to protect them. The prisoners have had their memories of their crimes erased and in some case their memories were regressed to a younger age.

Things are starting to go wrong on the station and there is a great mystery involved in the situation.

Well written and it kept my attention throughout.
This book was good in parts, it was little interesting here and there, very sluggish at some and the ending was a 'meh'.
Jeff Wetherington
An interesting story idea burdened by excruciatingly awful sub-plots, characters and dialogue.
An ok book. Has some interesting twists to it. Good for an easy summer or vacation read.
An OK book. I liked the first part, then it got kind of sluggish.
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