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Planet of Peril by Otis Adelbert Kline
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Feb 21, 2011

it was ok
Read from February 13 to 20, 2011

There's a curious bit of editorial butchery about it: Wikipedia lists it as one of Kline's earliest works, yet this Ace edition references both The Swordsman of Mars and The Outlaws of Mars, both written years later. Is this some form of editorial/publishing OCD that made them retrofit the novels into a series ordered by Ace publication dates? In any case it makes for a strange introduction and epilogue, where the reader can see the surgical scars.

After a promising start of inserting Grandon into a setting of political turmoil and political imprisonment (and escape and rebellion and so forth), the story detours into a story of liberating an isolated country from insectoid domination.

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John There are two versions of the novel - the author's original, and the horrendous Ace editions published in the 60's. The easiest way to tell the difference is, in the original Grandon is 22, and in the Ace version he's 24. The only place I've seen the original in ebook form is Barnes & Noble.

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