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The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge

(Stainless Steel Rat (Chronological Order) #5)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  5,265 ratings  ·  90 reviews
DiGriz and Angelina are happily married and expecting the birth of their sons. The planet Cliaand is waging interstellar war, and against the odds, its Grey Men are invading and taking over planet after planet. The Rat is sent to Cliaand to start a one-man guerrilla campaign to put a stop to the plans of the planet's leader, Kraj. He is aided by the Amazons, a force of lib ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 196 pages
Published May 6th 1997 by Gollancz (first published 1970)
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James Bolivar DiGriz (aka the Stainless Steel Rat) is my newest literary comfort food. After reading this, I even created a “comfort food” bookshelf because I found it such a mood-enhancing piece of toe-tapping terrific. Granted, there are a lot of morally casual rogue types surfing the SF space ways, but Harry Harrison has made Slippery Jim something very warm and cuddly. He is a cup of hot chocolate and a pair of UGG slippers wrapped in a soft blanket in front of a fire on a chilly evening. He ...more
Slippery Jim diGriz returns in the second of Harry Harrison's light-hearted science fiction series – The Stainless Steel Rat. Having stopped Angelina's homicidal scheme in the first novel, The Stainless Steel Rat , our hero promptly falls in love with her. Luckily, the technology of the Special Corps means that part of Angelina's punishment is that the homicidal parts of her brain are reprogrammed. Although, still trouble with a capital 'T', she no longer wants to kill people. Which is lucky as ...more
Nov 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Not long after finishing the first book in the series, I happened to stumble upon the sequel and happily picked it up. After how much I enjoyed the first book, I expected more great things from this.

While it was still good fun, I didn't quite enjoy it as much as the first, and it did feel a bit more dated this time. If I see the next book I might pick it up, should I be in the mood for something light, but for now I'm quite happy to leave it there.

So long, "slippery" Jim.
Kat  Hooper
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Warning: Don’t read this review if you haven’t read the first Stainless Steel Rat novel.

Several nights ago I was in a bad mood. I had asked my husband to pick up M&M’s while he was at the grocery store because my daughter needed them for a school party the next morning. Due to a bad cell phone connection, he came home with the wrong thing and I didn’t discover this until 11 pm, after the closest grocery store was closed. Grumbling and feeling sorry for
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story takes off a few months after the end of the first book, "The Stainless Steel Rat". It follows James Bolivar diGriz, who is a con-man employed by a special agency aimed at defeating serious crime and other bad things, in this case, galactic conquest.

I enjoy the way these stories unfold, and I like the glee with which the narrator (audio book) provides as he tells certain events. I wonder if these stories inspired Richard K. Morgan in some ways. Takeshi, from Morgan's books, has a numbe
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-series
I liked the premise (invading a planet from another planet is impossible - but these guys are doing it - go figure out how). The infiltration and action were just as clever and fun as in the first book. The information gained late in the book seems to hint at a recurring villain. The only thing that lets this down is the solution to the original problem - it turns out they are successful invading planets because... they convert all the resources to invading the next planet? Not terribly convinci ...more
Unsung Stories
There's some twee fun to be had here, a bouncy enough romp through spiking an interstellar invasion, but mainly it was just ok. It's the kind of book I'd suggest for my future children, except I wouldn't want them to think every woman is a buxom amazonian, fiercely independent up until the point where Jim capitulates, whereupon they melt again. He's definitely a rat. Reconstruct please.
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Jim DeGris throws lots of smoke grenades, changes his appearance many times, and sneaks in then out then in again to get the bad guys. This easy to read science fiction book does not challenge the reader at all but is still kind of fun.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another in the stainless steel rat books. They are all quick reads with alot of humor in them. The stories remain fresh and new. Very recommended, especially to teen readers or someone new to SiFi
Ian Banks
The Rat, fresh from marrying his homicidal sweetheart Angelina, is sent to the oppressive planet Cliaand to investigate why they are invading other planets.

This is probably the novel that sets the formula for all the other novels in Tis sequence. It is fast, madcap, full of ridiculous capers and adventures and full of Jim's trademark larceny and sheer genius at improvisation. The sequence where he breaks out of the military base then breaks back in again is superb.

It fleshes out the ideas and
Rick Brindle
Slippery Jim Di Griz gets married to Angelina and then has to stop a planet from invading other planets. Jim tries to infiltrate the regime and do some spy work, and ends up getting rescued by Angelina and then they both have a lot of fun saving the world(s) from the bad guys.
I was a big fan of this series of books as a teenager, but since then I've changed, and the books, well they've dated reasonably well. Harry Harrison knows his audience, but it's very narrow, and the humour fades after a wh
Carly Kirk
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 17-reread
I know this is a reread, since I had this on my bookshelf, but I didn't remember what the heck it was about and once I finished it I can't figure out why I thought I would want to reread it in the future and kept it. It was an okay read and maybe if I had ever started this series from the beginning I would be more invested in the whole story arc, but if that was what I planned to do, I never did get any of the other books...
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I didn't enjoy this stainless steel rat adventure nearly as much as the first. The scenes often seem disjointed without sufficiently building on what came before, and there are a few giant leaps in which problems are suddenly solved without sufficient explanation. it might make a better action movie than a book.
Shhhhh Ahhhhh
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This probably should get 5 stars from me but I think it's become somewhat dated. One of the central plot points is a bit dissonant because more recent works have trained me to expect a reversal or twist and this didn't have it. Nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable book. Not quite as enjoyable as the first one, perhaps because it went from James Bond/ Wanted to the Mummy 3. Still, good sci fi.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harrison toimii aina :D
Ted Brockwood
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it want a simple, somewhat silly, book that is a quick read. And this hits all those points. There's zero depth, zero drama, but good fun.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Gotta love a master spy/thief/nogoodnik who infiltrates intergalactic empires while sneaking in booze to avoid the DTs.
Michael Hancock
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
I'm reading these because Harrison was an Esperantist and used the idea of Esperanto as the lingua franca of the galaxy. But in this book there's only a single sentence in la bona lingvo...
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on SpecFic Junkie.

This series is honestly my favorite skiffy series of all time. Our intrepid hero, Slippery Jim diGriz is at it again. He's hooked up with the beautiful Angelina who is due for twins and will stop at nothing to entwine him in nuptials. Unfortunately, said nuptials put him back on the grid and the Special Forces have a new assignment for him.

There's a lot I'd hate in this book if it weren't written by Harry Harrison. But he's never taking himself seriously, so a
Simon Forward
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Harry Harrison, 'the Monty Python of the spaceways' declares the Daily Telegraph on the back cover of this Stainless Steel Rat sequel. Well, that's somewhat wide of the mark, but they are ripping yarns.

This one's a particularly strong episode in the series, I think, with our hero pitted against a genuinely formidable and sinister foe. And I don't mean his new wife, Angelina.

Harrison walks a fine tightrope, managing to grant Jim wedded bliss while avoiding fully domesticating his Rat. In a simila
David King
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
“The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge” is the second instalment in Harry Harrison’s light hearted science-fiction series, “The Stainless Steel Rat”. It follows on a few months after the end of the first book and continues the story of Slippery Jim diGriz. Jim is now married to Angelina, his nemesis from the first book now that the homicidal parts of her personality have been programmed out. Unfortunately, their holiday together is cut short when the Special Corps hunt them down and “offer” Jim the ...more
The Professor
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
“I out-thought them, that’s all.” Special Corps sends the Rat to infiltrate what today looks like North Korea In Space; a nastily militaristic planet that is going round duffing up other systems when – as Harrison astutely points out (and I read this in the month ‘Independence Day’ returns to cinemas) – Space Armadas are basically impossible and certainly not energy efficient. Going undercover as an arms dealer and evading his hosts with the help of some robot cleaners (robots in Harrison’s worl ...more
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Having been a while since I’d enjoyed the exploits of criminal turned intergalactic secret agent James Bolivar “Slippery Jim” DiGriz, I picked up the second book in the series and wasn’t disappointed for doing so. Newly married, our intrepid hero is assigned the unenviable task of infiltrating a deeply militaristic society, which seems bent upon establishing a galactic empire. In true DiGriz fashion, it’s a fly by the seat of your pants operation that takes him deep into the workings of the inva ...more
Sean Randall
Apr 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Clearly the second installment of what turns out to be a rather longwinded series, this lacked some of the captivating pace of the first title.

'Thanks for saving my life.' 'Not at all, sir. I always believe that it is the little extra services that count. Now--may I show you your room?'

Despite this, the witty banter of our hero Jim is on par excellence, and we leave the title expecting to see more of the "grey men".
'I don't wish to bother you dearest,' says Jim to his wife busy with their twin s
Conan Tigard
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the first book in this series, The Stainless Steel Rat, The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge is a fun read. I never tire of Slippery Jim and can’t wait to turn each page to find out how he will get his way out of the next mess. And the neat thing about this character is…he always does it with style.

Although the book is not very long, it is a must read for Science Fiction fans. Personally, I wish these books were longer. I would love to spend more time with all of the characters. The action ne
Linda Isakson
Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In this next installment of the Stainless Steel Rat Series "Slippery" Jim DiGriz marries the homocide-happy Angelina and is sent to the planet Cliaand to infiltrate and prevent their military from conquering less resistant planets. Along the way he robs banks, becomes a proud father of two bouncing baby boys, assumes personalities as frequently as he changes socks, successfully ingratiates himself in the military hierarchy only to be discovered, receives the worse type of psychological torture, ...more
While Harrison's prose is often stilted, his hero Jim diGriz is more than enough to recommend the Stainless Steel Rat series. Though the Rat is usually sent on interstellar missions, his adventures are more Dick Tracy than Flash Gordon. (Well, if Dick Tracy was a semi-recovered criminal with an almost entirely porous moral fiber.) In this installment, Jim and his dame Angelina bust some heads on a planet run by a brutal military dictatorship before finally embarking upon a family vacation with t ...more
Andrey zz
Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Гораздо слабее, чем первая (4) часть. Первая - легкая как перышко: космические корабли бороздят просторы средневековых королевств, роботы, работающие на угле и прекрасные незнакомки. Вторая - наоборот, натужный юморок над советским солдафоном - база Глупость, гостиница Злато-Злато и главный герой Васька Хулья. Ну ё-мое, Гарри. А феминистическое общество и матриархат?

Хотя забавно он расправляется с Оруэллом и воплощает мощный план гибели военных империй. Оказывается нужно взорвать двигатели у вс
Jérémie Moenne Loccoz
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Un très bon roman. A la lecture du titre, n'ayant aucune connaissance préalable de l'auteur, je ne savais à quoi m'attendre. La réponse je l'ai rapidement trouvée : des personnages hauts en couleur, s'échangeant des répliques au vitriol, des situations rocambolesques s'enchaînant à un rythme effréné. Pas le temps de souffler au long de ce récit bourré d'humour et servi par une écriture (et une traduction) aux petits oignons. Le seul point d'ombre à déplorer vient de l'univers qui n'est qu'esquis ...more
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Stainless Steel Rat (Chronological Order) (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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