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The Ultimax Man

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  96 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Minor hoodlum Damocles Montgomerie, whisked from the path of a speeding bullet to a concealed alien research center at the North Pole, achieves untold powers of cerebration in the course of having his brain picked by the donnish Xorialle. Once in command of his new abilities, Dammy promptly commandeers Xorialle's ship & sets out to track down the "Galactic Concensus" i ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 249 pages
Published June 1st 1987 by Baen Books (first published 1978)
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Al "Tank"
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Good start, confusing after that.

Laumer had his stroke while writing this book and it shows. The first half is coherent and well-paced. The last half wanders and is disconnected. It took him a few years to recover from his stroke so he could finish the book and I suspect he forgot where he was going with the plot. A shame because the first half showed a lot of promise.

4 stars for the first half. 2 for the second half.
Could have been a great book, except, everything you know is wrong; this is the new reality. Actually the new reality is also wrong; here is the new new reality. And the new new reality is wrong;...

I don't really enjoy the type of story where I keep getting told that everything I was told before is wrong.
Brian Knoblauch
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'll give it 4 stars because I'm feeling generous. The first 2/3 was deserving of the 4 stars, but the last 1/3 went downhill dramatically and very nearly made me drop a star (or 2). Still worth the read, the very ending is OK if you can power through the decline throughout the majority of the last 1/3 though.
Feb 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love books where earthlings surprise the hell out of some aliens and take over the universe. Well that is not exactly what happens, but that would be telling. Irreverent in the best adjective for Laumer.
Erik Graff
Oct 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Laumer fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Not Laumer's best science fiction. Sort of silly really.
I just couldn't get into the story here. The beginning, the middle and the end were all oddly boring despite some action and so even though I finished it I wish I hadn't even started it.
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John Keith Laumer (9 June 1925–23 January 1993) was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and a U.S. diplomat. His brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz (also mentioned in Keith's The Other Side of Time).

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