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The Ninth Leg (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

James Quirk

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  • Länge: 196 Seiten (geschätzt)
  • Sprache: Englisch
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Follow the terrifying exploits of Don Black, a man kidnapped by aliens intent on using him for scientific experimentation on their home planet. The journey to the extraterrestrial world, however, takes an unexpected detour when the alien spacecraft carrying Don crash-lands on a planet teeming with carnivorous monsters and ruled by gigantic, telepathic spiders. To make matters worse, another race of aliens led by a time-snatched Adolf Hitler arrives with plans to assume control of the planet and use its unlimited resources to conquer the galaxy. Can Don help prevent Hitler and his army of space Nazis from causing a galactic Holocaust?


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 366 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 196 Seiten
  • Verlag: 24th Century Publishing/Max Jacks Ltd.; Auflage: 1 (15. August 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005HJMQ4C
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen There's nothing funny about alien abduction.... 7. September 2011
Von Noah K Mullette-Gillman - Veröffentlicht auf
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From the cover and description, you would be forgiven for thinking this book belonged in the humor section. It does not. At times, this is a dark and scary book. Mr. Quirk walks a very difficult path. He has a million ideas which he wants to communicate with his readers at the beginning of the story. However, he manages to do it clearly and gracefully.

The action moves quickly and you do care about the protagonist. The world (universe) is well thought out and logical. He takes concepts as wild and divergent as a game show hundreds of years in the future which pits the villains of yesteryear against each other, aliens from a half dozen different worlds, a child's nightmare of abduction, and fits them all cleanly together. It all makes sense. It's all thought through.

You know the old saying, "If there's a gun on the mantelpiece in the first act, it had better be fired by the end of the third act?" The author does go a little too far to make sure that you've noticed each and every gun on his mantelpiece. At times, I felt this made the story a little too predictable. For example, when the spider people suddenly explained the details of their power system and what would happen if they ever lost power.... well, let's say that I wasn't too surprised when they lost power a little while later. This happened more than once.

I also feel that the tone was sometimes a little inconsistent. There were some very dark and rough scenes, and then there were a few others which felt like they belonged more in a children's book. I hope that the author is able to be more consistent in his next book. He could do either ably, but does have to choose. (I hope he chooses to go dark next time.)

- But without question, I will be reading that next book. This is an excellent story and I recommend it very highly. If you enjoy watching Alien Autopsy or the many conspiracy programs on TV, this book is for you. If you've been reading the covers of the tabloids for years and want a way to fit them all together, Mr. Quirk has done this for you. Check it out!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great debut novel and a truly unique story 8. Oktober 2011
Von John I. - Veröffentlicht auf
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The Ninth Leg is an excellent first effort from James Quirk. The story has a truly unique plot as it melds together elements of sci-fi, classic monster movies, and historical fiction.

The story follows the exploits of Don Black, a seemingly normal man leading a seemingly normal life, except he has been the target of alien abductions since he was a child. When he ends up with an alien implant in his foot, it leads him into an otherworldly adventure that leads him to far off planets inhabited by giant spiders and killer gelatinous blobs, and to an impending confrontation with none other than Adolf Hitler. All the classic sci-fi elements are there - time travel, futuristic barbarian sport, strange alien races - and are set to a fast-paced adventure that wouldn't be out of place on the big screen.

The book has its flaws, though. Some of the exposition is slow, especially the details of Don Black's life, and the conversation with the spider race is a little forced. The spider that Don Black meets explains everything in detail to him, which makes for some clunky dialogue. It may have been better if the invisible narrator described the scenes for the reader, letting Don discover them more naturally on his own. Still, once Quirk piles on the action those minor misgivings are forgiven as the book becomes a real page-turner.

All in all, The Ninth Leg is a good read and would not be out of place on bookshelves next to the sci-fi greats, no small feat for an independently published book. It is polished and well edited with nary a typo or grammatical error that stands out, a far cry from many independent books that are clearly written by amateur writers. The book's shortcomings are nothing out of the ordinary for a rookie effort, and I expect Quirk's future works to only get better. As a professionally published book this would get 4 stars, but since it is a purely independent effort, it deserves 5 as the quality is leagues above its contemporaries.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Momentary stalls in pace can't erase wild, daring ride of a read 27. Januar 2013
Von James Blakley - Veröffentlicht auf
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For those who are intimately familiar with the subject of ufology--particularly, the late-night talkshow variety--"The Ninth Leg" may not immediately seem to be an originally-inspired idea. Those new to or vaguely familiar with the subject, however, will undoubtedly find author James Quirk's take on alien visitation, time travel, and cybernetics to be a truly unique and very lively reading experience.

"The Ninth Leg" starts out very strong, with Quirk's journalisitc background proving handy in chronicling what is mostly backstory...but what a backstory! A 24th century reality TV "promoter extraordinary" named Max Jacks runs afoul of interplanetary authorities who see his "Criminals in A Cage" show--a TV ratings bonanza that pits convicted global murderers against each other in Moon-based, Roman gladiator-styled death matches--as more trouble than it's worth. Jacks escapes the legal entanglements by using time travel technology to create a new show called "Villains of History." Time travellers save history's worst criminals from their fate and deliver them to the 24th century to duel-to-the-death on TV. Things breakdown again as Hitler is brought forward in time. In short, the Nordics--an alien race that bears resemblance to the Aryan ideal aspired to by Nazis--emerge and save Hitler from losing his bout, and his life. And that's where things become very problematic for the galaxy, but very intriguing for the reader.

"The Ninth Leg's" strongest leg is the detailed vision and intelligence of author James Quirk. He constructs an elaborate parallel reality for his durable cast of memorable characters. Quirk's learned familiarity with the subject of UFOs--and frankly, with world history--adds many fascinating layers of atmosphere and polemics to what, in the hands of a lesser writer, would be an unremarkable sci-fi saga.

The story's heavy reliance on exposition and expositonary dialogue to propel the plot, however, sometimes stalls a seamless flow of action and suspense. The main protagonist, a 21st century alien abductee named Don Black, has a rough go of it breaking through the story's more interesting 24th century sideshow start. The details of Don's home life--though necessary to understanding the story--slow things down for several chapters.

It is only midway through "The Ninth Leg" that author Quirk re-gains his original footing and takes the novel the full nine yards--with an epic climax that allies Don with a race of intelligent spiders (Arachnians)that must fend off the expansionist, interplanetary Reich of Hitler and his Nordic saviors-turned-worshippers.

So if you are easily offended or nauseated, "The Ninth Leg" may not be for you. There are no shortage of graphic battleramas and gruesome alien customs (acts that include scenes of blood-drinking, body-probling, and flesh eating). And the subject of Hitler...well, 'nuff said. But for those longing for an extremely imaginative and daring sci-fi reading experience, then by all means buckle up--very tight!--for a ride on the really wild side with "The Ninth Leg."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome book! 10. November 2012
Von J. D. Brooks - Veröffentlicht auf
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Awesome book! Looking forward to anything else by this author!Awesome book! Looking forward to anything else by this author! Awesome book! Looking forward to anything else by this author!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Hitler (and everything else you can imagine) in space 2. November 2012
Von J. Allen Day - Veröffentlicht auf
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It starts out your conventional little grey men abduction story . . . then it gets weird. Time travel, Hitler's new Reich, space Nordics, Sasquatch, dinosaurs, spiders the size of dinosaurs and reptilians... oh the reptilians!

There's really nothing particularly compelling or gratifying about this book but it is a weird, fun, easy read.
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