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THE STAINLESS STEEL RAT GETS DRAFTED (original 1987; edition 1988)


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Info:BANTAM BOOKS LTD (1988), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 256 pages
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The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted by Harry Harrison (1987)



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Entertaining but ... ( )
  BraveKelso | Mar 9, 2018 |
I loved Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat series as a kid and I'm buying them for my Kindle now. Harry was a good storyteller. ( )
  MichaelaWirtz | May 22, 2016 |
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

This seventh novel in Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat series is actually the sequel to the prequel A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born. Young Jim DiGriz is alone, back in prison, and out for revenge. After he escapes and is tracking his nemesis, he gets captured and drafted into the military.

At this point, The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted (1987) turns into anti-military propaganda that doesn’t even try to be circumspect. The army are the bad guys — all blood-hungry idiots — and they’re preying on a planet who practices Individual Mutualism, an anti-work-ethic cooperative utopian philosophy that could never stand up to human nature. While the Stainless Steel Rat books are definitely meant to be fun, these types of themes come up often enough that I can’t help but think of them as “agendas,” and this particular anti-military agenda is likely to be perceived as insulting and disrespectful to the brave men and women all over the world who risk their lives to protect their countries.

Unfortunately, even if you manage to overlook the agenda, The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted offers little new entertainment for fans who’ve seen most of Jim’s antics before. If you haven’t read any of the Stainless Steel Rat books, you’re likely to be more forgiving than I am, and this book is a fine place to start — it will actually help if you haven’t read most of the previous books.

The redeeming factor for the audiobook version of A Stainless Steel Rat is born is Phil Gigante’s narration — that’s entertaining in itself. I’m not giving up on The Stainless Steel Rat, but I hope the next book will offer more creative entertainment and less ridiculous political philosophy. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Steenless Steel rat books are fun to read. This one is no exception. Mr. Harry Harrison is a very good writer that adds wit and humour to his plot, and that makes this book easily enjoyable. These books were never intented to last, they were pulp fiction when first printed and popular at that time. But then we have reprints after reprints of Mr. Harrison's books which shows that he has a style that catches the audiance. I frankly would buy everyone of his books that I can reach and enjoy reading them :) ( )
  att | Feb 13, 2010 |
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Burns, JimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553273078, Mass Market Paperback)

The 25th century's most outrageous outlaw is back--and this time it means war! "Slippery Jim" diGriz, better known as the Stainless Steel Rat, is seeking revenge for the murder of his mentor-in-crime. But to do so, he must join an army and oppose its iron-fisted dictator--and keep a planet from being enslaved. HC: Spectra.

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Slippery Jim diGriz, alias the Stainless Steel Rat, the galaxy's greatest thief and con artist, returns in his most devilish caper yet. DiGriz is strenuously fighting boredom on a ritzy pleasure planet when his beloved wife disappears while visiting the Temple of Eternal Truth, an enigmatic institution that promises its patrons a sneak peek at Heaven--for a price.… (more)

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