The Official Blurb
Once in a generation, a man is born with a heightened sense of empathy. Brion Brandd used this gift to win the Twenties, an annual physical and mental competition among the best and smartest people on Anvhar. But scarcely able to enjoy his victory, Brandd is swept off to the hellish planet Dis where he must use his heightened sense of empathy to help avert a global nuclear holocaust by negotiating with the blockading fleet, traversing the Disan underworld, and cracking the mystery of the savagely ruthless magter.
This was a fun story. High SciFi in the best traditions. As the blurb says a hero is whisked away from his home world to help interfere in the impending doom of an entire planet.
The main character picks up a few friends along the way and gets involved in the rebellion on the planet. From the moment the hero lands on the planet the action starts and as a reader/listener you're not left wanting. His mission has equal parts of must-keep-going, running-out-of-time, enemies-surround-me, alien-investigations. It's a kind of Star-Trek meets Indiana Jones adventure and very enjoyable.
The readings are excellent and pretty well put together.
Total Score 8/9
This book is available from Librivox.
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