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Alien Game by [Walker, Rod]
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With nothing to do but work or lose himself in the dubious digital pleasures of the Netrix, Sam Hammond finds himself bored beyond belief on the oppressive planet of New Princeton. And when he gets himself in trouble for a stupid act of vandalism, he has the choice of spending a year in prison or working off his time as an indentured servant for anyone who buys his contract.

He might have chosen the prison if he'd known that he'd find himself working security for a safari colony on a jungle world where the herbivores are the size of a stadium, the apex predators are vicious lizards that can turn themselves almost invisible, and the skies are filled with huge, acid-breathing fliers. And when New Princeton's Minister of Ecology arrives for a visit with a spaceship full of wealthy and powerful guests, Sam discovers that Man is the most dangerous animal on the planet.

Rod Walker is the New New Heinlein, and ALIEN GAME marks another step in the return of science fiction to its classical form and historical heights. Written in the style and tradition of Robert Heinlein's 12 classic juvenile novels published by Scribner, ALIEN GAME is an exciting tale of space, technology, courage, independence, and the indomitable spirit of Man.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 816 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Castalia House (20 September 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Action packed sci fi aimed at the youngish reader, but perfectly palatable to older readers, especially those who remember action-packed sci-fi adventure from their youth. It has elements of satire, but stays optimistic; courage and loyalty are Good Things here.

And they're needed, because this compact book smashes Predator, Jurassic Park, and Hard Target together. The bullets never stop flying, and a half dozen different alien monsters and megapredators never stop menacing!
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Superb action packed adventure. This is how I like my Scifi. Things happening, loyalty and hard workers as a virtue. Characters as moral agents not victims. Actions having real world consequences that effect the character both positively and negatively. Suitable for young readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "juvenile" novel for all ages. 24 March 2017
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Visualize Godzilla, a three-hundred foot tall, nuclear fire-breathing monstrosity that regularly lays waste to the largest mega-city on Earth, Tokyo. Now, imagine a planet where Godzilla is the 90 pound weakling from those old Charles Atlas advertisements, the scrawny kid who gets sand kicked in his face as the tough guy takes his girl. That planet is Arborea and that is where the action of Rod Walker's latest novel, "Alien Game," takes place.

Walker's first novel, "Mutiny in Space," was an enjoyable, quick read, but "Alien Game" surpasses it in every dimension. The characters are more believable, the sarcasm is funnier, the action is tighter, and the pace even more frenetic. On top of the political and interpersonal conflicts that drive the action of the book, there is also the looming specter of the planet Arborea, which is doing its damndest to kill every single person on it. In fact, while there are some minor villains here and there in the narrative, the overarching theme of the book is, "Nature is doing its best to kill you. Watch out."

A truly enjoyable book by a talent who, if he keeps getting better at the rate he has, will be a name to be reckoned with someday. In any case, this is a thoroughly enjoyable book that is appropriate for a juvenile audience, but don't make the mistake of passing on it just because it is "juvenile," there is plenty here for readers of any age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You will not be disappointed if you liked Robert Heinlein stories. 24 September 2016
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A quick (3.5 hours), very entertaining read. Not as hard sciencey as Robert Heinlein but strictly no fantasy/magic BS and therefore, very reminiscent of his stories and style. Plucky teen-age natural engineer/mechanic saves his older buddies with ad hoc technological fixes, consummate bravery and aw-shucks modesty. Uses plot device from "The Most Dangerous Game" in a new, novel, and inspired way.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rod Walker ups his Game 18 January 2017
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Amazon ate my first, detailed review. Long story short, the minor second-act slowdown that marred the author's enjoyable debut, Mutiny in Space, is replaced with page-turning story-telling. There's the appealing voice of Sam, an older country kid trying to make a go of life off the farm and getting derailed by romance with a feckless city girl whose family connections get her off the hook for a shared prank, while Sam ends up in penal servitude on an alien planet. There's the fascinating monstrous setting where humans aren't the only apex predator. And, as I wrote before, the pitch-perfect pacing.

I'm taking the time to re-write this because this is one of the rare books written at the adult / older teen level that you can give to a precocious teen reader: thrilling SF action: no sleaze.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Matches Heinlein at his best junvenile efforts 25 September 2016
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Not only reminds me of Heinlein's juveniles, it is just as good. I really enjoy the sense of adventure and discovery this kind of story revels in. While the themes are not new, the execution is fun and I like a quick enjoyable read once in a while.
5.0 out of 5 stars Reads very much like a classical Heinlein youth novel 19 March 2017
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Read the whole thing in one shot, enough suspense and action to keep anybody interested. Reads very much like a classical Heinlein youth novel, but updated science, main character is not the typical beta nerd boy who saves the world, but rather a competent young man who makes mistakes, learns from them, and takes action when appropriate. It was a fun read, but how can you not like space travel, with fighting dinosaurs, drones, guns, quad copters, and leaning how to deal with self-centered girls. Clearly in the same libertarian vein as Heinlein but far less preachy. It was a fun light quick read.