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Secret of the Lost Race by Andre Norton
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Apr 05, 2010

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Read from April 02 to 05, 2010

Early Andre Norton sf. A mining world, Fenris, is controlled by companies who are using it and not allowing independent traders any ability to sell their goods, furs or establish mines. Fenris is very cold, with severe storms and nasty predators.

Into this world is dropped Joktor, a youthful looking Terran, who was sent to Fenris as slave labor for the mining companies. On his escape, he finds that his body can withstand cold extremes much better.

He falls in with the leadership of the independent traders who are making a play to take control of Fenris back from the mining companies.

At the same time, various Scouts are looking for him to hush up an alien encounter with another galactic civilization. They want Joktor dead. Joktor, who cannot remember his past very well, just knows he has to run from the Scouts, but other independent traders do know something about his background and they want to help him

It all comes to a boil.

I think the book suffers a bit. Although Norton wrote in a spare style, this time it was a little of a detriment. The book needs a little more exposition about the conflict between the free men and the companies.

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