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Duel on Syrtis

Poul William Anderson

Book Overview: 

Bold and ruthless, he was famed throughout the System as a big-game hunter. From the firedrakes of Mercury to the ice-crawlers of Pluto, he'd slain them all. But his trophy-room lacked one item; and now Riordan swore he'd bag the forbidden game that roamed the red deserts ... a Martian!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .artians made fine sport—intelligent game, that could get away as often as not, or even manage to kill the hunter."

"I know," said Riordan. "That's why I want to hunt one. It's no fun if the game doesn't have a chance."

"It's different now," went on Wisby. "Earth has been at peace for a long time. The liberals have gotten the upper hand. Naturally, one of their first reforms was to end Martian slavery."

Riordan swore. The forced repatriation of Martians working on his spaceships had cost him plenty. "I haven't time for your philosophizing," he said. "If you can arrange for me to get a Martian, I'll make it worth your while."

"How much worth it?" asked Wisby.

hey haggled for a while before settling on a figure. Riordan had brought guns and a small rocketboat, but Wisby would have to supply radioactive material, a "hawk," and a rockhound. Then he had to be paid for the risk of legal action, though that was small. The fi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A interesting thriller. The technology use is somewhat date but not that far off.
The narrator is well spoken, his voice is clear and easy to listen to. The recording is clean with out any background noises. There is plenty of volume and the editing is seamless.

Some overexposition and I feel as though a different ending would've been more powerful.

A thrilling hunt with a good setting.

Interesting but not the most thrilling story ever. Possibly nice to read a couple more times.

And x and y and z

Strong, thrilling and with an unexpected ending I liked...more

Fun little misanthropic sci-fi story.

Another 50's sci-fi where the human characters are despicable, desecrating oppressors. This time the main human character is hunting a sentient native Martian. It seems like before Star Trek there were few sci-fi stories that were optimistic about humanity's future.
Nowadays, even in the pessimistic

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