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Mission Earth 03: The Enemy Within (Mission Earth #3)

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A monumental work -- acclaimed as agenuine masterpiece -- L. Ron Hubbard's 1.2-million-word-ten-volume MISSION EARTH dekalogy brilliantly blends science fiction and action/adventure on a vast interstellar scale with stinging satire -- in the literary tradition of Voltaire, Swift and Orwell -- on the world's foibles and fancies.A true publishing phenomenon -- precedent-sett ...more
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Published July 1st 1991 by Bridge Publications (CA) (first published 1986)
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Leif
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read... Although the title suggests an unnerving, almost sinister plot, the author's pragmatic use of detail and effortless blend of post-modern colloquialism brings a rather homey, sympathetic view of alien domination to the reader.
Denis
Mar 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardcover
Take all ten of these books and boil 'em down all night... no, leave it on the burner for a whole week. Reduce it too a thick dense sticky sauce. And still, this will have very little flavour.

There was the seed of a decent parody in there within the first two books then the joke was over. The joke became, "...let's make it ten books, just so we could call it a "dekalogy".
Kathryn
Apr 06, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible. The less said about this one the better.
David Sarkies
Mar 31, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Hubbard has a big problem with psychiatrists
31 March 2012

When we are dealing with a series of ten novels, particularly a series that was read so long ago, the entire series seems to morph into a single book that I can vaguely remember. Some people seemed to have liked these books but most of the readers that have commented on them have indicated otherwise. I have never really been a big fan of such long running series, though the only other one I read was The Wheel of Time, which I gave up on o
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Craig
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mission Earth series is a big, bloated, fun and funny dekalogy* of pulp and satire and non-stop action. It's not a serious work, nor was it intended to be; I believe Hubbard wrote it simply out of fondness for the field, the way it was when he was beginning his career. He surely didn't need the money. It lampoons everything from economics to law enforcement to crime to space opera to science and all stops in between. It's not a particularly well-written work of literature, but is engaging an ...more
Nonethousand Oberrhein
Our saviour comes from Voltar
Splitted in ten volumes for editorial (and practical) reasons, the Mission Earth series can be seen as a continuous narrative whose chapters are identified by the different books. This “space opera-ish” saga (not a lot of space travels, but alien technological gizmos are everywhere!) will follow the comically clumsy actions of corrupted voltarian agent Soltan Gris as he narrates his attempts to sabotage and destroy the brave Jettero Heller, another native from planet
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curtis chittenden
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but not the best one I've read yet

this is the third book in the mission earth series so I can't comment on the ins and outs of all the story but this book in particular was pretty slow but there are seven books after it so I figured I was bound to run into a couple slow ones I didn't like this one as much as the first but I did however like it better than the second and although people are complaining about the drawn out utanc character I actually enjoyed these parts because obviously there
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Tracy
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this series several years ago with a friend. It was a daunting task at 10 books but we were determined. It's not the usual sort of series I read but I had heard a lot about it and had some highschool friends who loved it.

It's tough to review just one book in the series because the full story is told in all 10 books. You have to read all 10 to find out what happens.

Certainly some of the books were better than others, more exciting and adventurous, but its rare that a 10 book series doesn
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Reading
Absolute drivel.

I am wondering if I can be bothered to go write this on all the books of the series that I actually managed to slog through, and I might. Been reading sci-fi since I remember myself and almost never have I dropped a book halfway through. I really tried with this "epic" series, really did. On book 4 now and have decided that there is no way I am devoting another precious minute of my life to this.

The story has something in it, but there are so many unnecessary twists and turns, t
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Timothy Boyd
While not as totally horrible as the Battlefield Earth book these aren't that great. There are some good plots themes and a sorta pulpish feel to the characters, but overall it seems to fall short of what it could be. The story seems to ramble and could have been cut by 1/3 and still got the point across. The random sex and sadistic events just seem to be placed in there not for storyline but for shock value. Not recommended
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With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 350 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and ’40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginativ ...more
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