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Earth is Heaven by E. C. Tubb

Earth is Heaven

by E. C. Tubb

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Series: Dumarest (27)

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They're definitely formula books - But Tubb generally crafts a good story within that framework.
At long last, Dumarest has the coordinates of Earth in his hands and everything he needs to get home. Surely it won't be THAT easy, will it? ( )
  dragonasbreath | Mar 5, 2013 |
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It had begun with a change in the blood. Those affected were plagued by visions, tormented by dreams. It set them apart, united in isolation they found new strength.

And those were the days of tribulation, when each man's hand was set against his fellows and only those of the blood found freedom in those of the blood. Great was the conversions.

Then there rose among the People those with the gems of understanding . In the shine they knew of the paths and so guided those of the blood ....

And then the flight. They ran. They saw something that terrified them and got away while they could, in a fleet of ill-manned vessels taking dozens of paths thru space.
The home of witchcraft, or warlocks, sorcerers, and strange magical powers. 

Of knights, crystal palaces, bizarre monsters; of demons which came to rot flesh and dissolve bone; mist which destroy; light brighter than any sun. 

Creatures who promise endless servitude if released. 

Entities capable of performing miracles; mountains of fire, rivers of acid rain, Plains of empty grit and stinging stand. 

The skies were venom, creatures walk in the shadows 

Creatures spawned by damnation.
Anne Keylock
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With a jerk he was awake, sweating from dreams of blood and death and remembered pain.
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All the signals seemed set at "go." Earl Dumarest had found people who believed in the legendary Earth. He had found the coordinate of the Sun and is attendant planes. And he would have the starship with a faithful crew of colonists for whom Earth was the paradise of their dreams.

Before he could reach that ideal moment, Dumarest would have to fight his way out of the demonic Cyclan's master trap as well as unravel a very tricky web of planetary conspiracy. Only if he could achieve those desperate goals would he be able to set sail on what he hoped would be the final lap of his long galactic trek.

If Earth was heaven, then the road there was surely hell itself....

"To Earth!" Craig lifted his cup. "All the way to Earth!"
Or where he and she believed it to be. As Dumarest wanted it to be. He leaned back and looked up at the blaze of stars; suns so close they almost seemed to be touching, worlds so near they almost made spheres in the heavens. A shimmering splendor against which he heard again the voice of an incredibly old man. One of the Terridae - the misers of time - had recited the coordinates that would lead them to a world of promise.

"Earth," mused Batrum. "the planet of unending riches. Where no one ever grows old or knows hurt or emotional distress. A paradise free of all the evils which plague mankind.
"And you left it, Earl. Why should any man run from such splendor?""
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