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5.0 von 5 Sternen Satirical masterpiece YEARS ahead of it's time...
First of all, don't let any silly people with no sense of humor (or reality, for that matter) tell you that this is a bad book, or Mission Earth a bad series. It is a masterful prelude to just about THE largest science fiction series of all time (called a "dekalogy" because it spans ten volumes!). Written almost an entire decade before X-Files-ish subjects of...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Totally useless and a disservice to real science fiction
I am one of those people who love to read good science fiction and that is what the mess known as "Mission Earth" is not--good science fiction. While the basic plot is OK, Hubbard's use of "satire" is so poor that one begins to root for the psychologists and the psychiatrists that are being lambasted without rhyme or reason. Many of the ideas that...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Satirical masterpiece YEARS ahead of it's time..., 6. September 1997
Von Ein Kunde
First of all, don't let any silly people with no sense of humor (or reality, for that matter) tell you that this is a bad book, or Mission Earth a bad series. It is a masterful prelude to just about THE largest science fiction series of all time (called a "dekalogy" because it spans ten volumes!). Written almost an entire decade before X-Files-ish subjects of alien/government conspiracies found their way into popular culture, Mission Earth satirizes an alien invasion of earth.
It all begins on the planet Voltar, where the Voltarian government, with plans on coming to earth to make it part of it's vast, pangalactic empire is holding a conference on what to do about our little planet. It seems there is a problem with earth. It is poisoning itself with pollution. It's technology level is at a ridiculously primitive low. It's future is guided by madmen with wet dreams of atomic self-annihilation. It will destroy itself within years, making it a useless ball of nuclear ash, ruining centuries of planning and invasion preperations. Something must be done. And soon. Like now.
Enter Jettero Heller, Royal Engineer extraordinaire. Jet's job is to go to earth and clean the place up, to keep it from destroying itself and make it ready for invasion. An easy job if there ever was one; one that Voltar has performed many times on many planets prior to invasion.
Unfortunately for Voltar and for earth, there are those who like earth the miserable way it is, thank you very much. There are those who make personal profit and gain from the sad state this lovely planet is in and will do all in their power to keep it that way.
Enter the Controlled Information Apparatus (C.I.A. for short), the intelligence division of the Voltarian government, and it's insane megalomaniacal leader, Lombar Hist. It seems ol' Lombar already has his greedy paws deep in earth's goings-on and is actually hard at work with a planned invasion of his own. Namely, the complete takeover of the Voltarian government. His strategy is simple: use already established but cleverly concealed outposts on earth to transport narcotics back to his home planet. Get the Voltarian government officials addicted to substances so debilitating, that they will either gleefully submit to his perverted will or die from drug poisoning, the latter a prospect not altogether unattractive to Hist.
He needs a pawn to send to earth to try and stop Heller before he succeeds in saving the planet, a lackey to do his bidding from across the galaxies.
Enter C.I.A. agent Soltan Gris. His "official" mission is to tag along with Heller as something like a project coordinator. His real mission is to effectively dispose of Heller once they get to earth...
The bumbling, paranoid Gris is our narrator through this voyage of intrigue, suspense and adventure. The entire story is told from his first-person viewpoint as he monitors Heller and plots against him from afar.
Mr. Hubbard impeccably delivers a satirically humorous tale of good vs. evil as only a true master of the written word could. His excellent characterizations make the entire cast of the dekalogy come to life in such a way that you'll think they are SO real, they're unreal! Emotions come across brilliantly: you'll cry when Jet cries; laugh when he laughs; go insane when Gris goes insane; and cheer like a maniac sports fan when he is foiled (that is, unless you're on his side...)
This was Hubbard's last major work in the field of science fiction, and rightfully so: it would be well nigh impossible to surpass it!
Oh, and a word of warning which will probably only apply to a very small percentage of the readers of this work of wonder: bumbling, paranoid agents of malignant alien forces seeking to undermine and destroy earth (as well as most other civilizations) will be extremely upset by the events which unfold within the pages of these fabulous novels. Their already too brittle sense of self worth shattered and their covert hatred of the human race laid bare by the MERE IDEA of someone trying to save the earth in even a fictional work of art, they might very well take it upon themselves to express their immense dislike of Mission Earth. DO NOT EVEN START PAGE ONE OF BOOK ONE IF YOU FALL INTO THIS SMALL PERCENTAGE!!!! YOU WILL BE SORELY DISAPPOINTED!!
Mr. Hubbard, you will live forever in the hearts of TRUE fans of true science fiction with this masterpiece of social satire; and may the only seriousness with which Mission Earth be scrutinized lay in the realization that, impending alien invasion or not, our planet IS in a jam; and even though we may not have Royal Engineer extraordinaire Jet Heller to come to our aid, we have artists and authors such as yourself to wake us up to this fact and urge us all to embark on our own Mission: Earth.
Just my two cents...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Totally useless and a disservice to real science fiction, 30. Juli 1999
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I am one of those people who love to read good science fiction and that is what the mess known as "Mission Earth" is not--good science fiction. While the basic plot is OK, Hubbard's use of "satire" is so poor that one begins to root for the psychologists and the psychiatrists that are being lambasted without rhyme or reason. Many of the ideas that appear in the book are on Scientology's hit list and, as in many of his writings, are attacked without being given a chance to tell their side of the story. But this is not the book's (and the series') basic flaw. Hubbard keeps repeating line and words to the point that if a reader would take out a word (say, for example, "riff raff") the book would deflate by half. (The same holds true when Soltan meets the Russian agent later on in the series--the repetition gets so loaded that the story bogs down so that it barely moves. Finally, even in bad satire (and we have one here) a hero cannot be as good as Jettero Heller--readers need heroes and villains they can believe in--both Gris and Heller are so far off the mark that I cannot belive in them. Although Bridge Publications claim that this is the largest series ever written, size does not matter--quality does--and that is what "Mission Earth" lacks--quality in the writing. In so doing, I cannot accept that these books are the best SF written. Readers looking for good, epic space opera and adventure by a true talent can find what they crave in E.E. "Doc" Smith's "Lensman" or "Skylark" series.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Dissapointing for such a huge sci-fi work a highschool read., 5. Februar 1999
If I was still in high school, I probably would have really enjoyed this series and probably overlooked the many holes in Hubbard's writing. In writing a dekalogy (a 10 book series) he had the option to follow in the footsteps of such greats as C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia), and especially Frank Herbert (Dune). But instead of spanning the galaxy and thousands of years, he zones in on a character that's basically a secretary and a bumbling one at that. Among the disconcerting lack of details that would make the story truly work, is the fact that everyone in the book seems to eat mostly sweetrolls and soda, with the occasional beer (he did go as far as to create terms for them in the context, "sparklewater" and such). So basically what you have here is a shining opportunity to get really in depth and create a story with the scope of a thousand worlds and the fate of the galaxy. What you actually get is a private window on a bumbling cartoon character who munches on sweet rolls and generally interperets things poorly. It's amusing, but not what I'd call a page turner. But don't let me knock the series too much. My advice is to invest carefully. No sense buying ten books you hate. Just get the first one and see how it sits with you, and may it sit better with you than with me. - Jon Dayon
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1.0 von 5 Sternen "One of the great embarassments of modern science fiction", 4. Oktober 1998
Von Ein Kunde
That's how the "Encyclopedia of Science Fiction" described this lumbering, nearly unreadable mass of words...and this description is sorely accurate. The so-called "satire" is a thinly disgused commercial for Scientology, as Hubbard plunges us into a world where super-hero Jettero Heller has to save the Earth, and ultimately the entire galaxy, from a devious plot to take over the Galactic Empire. What is this plot? Why, a massive conspiracy to use drugs, psychology, and psychiatry to enslave the population...which just happens to be exactly what Scientology is raving about. The "satirical" world presented in this series is frighteningly close to the way Scientologists are taught to look at the REAL world, which does a lot to explain the fear and paranoia gripping the organization. I pity the poor souls deluded by Scientology...but as for Hubbard's "satirical" look at the world, I can certainly see why Scientology embarked in a massive campaign to buy huge quantities of these books in order to propel them onto the best-seller lists. That's the only way they could ever survive this long, without being forgotten as poorly-written pulp fiction from an author whose limelight faded decades ago.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Crap. Not even in capital letters, just crap., 10. Februar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
I have read all ten books in this series. I do NOT blow my own horn you understand, but I feel I certainly have earned a medal (or it's equivalent) for slogging through this trash.
The whole mess MIGHT have been worthwhile (as a satire) if done in a SINGLE (!!!!!) book. By a third of the way into the second book I wanted the protagonist to die a horrible, slow, death. I wanted the villian to rape the heroine. Yes, I'm foolish for putting myself through such AGONY, but only twice, in more than 30 years of reading, have I NOT finished a book or series. I love books and I mourn the fact that these "things" must be permitted to be described as, and associated with, the real thing. This was simply (the kindest explanation I can think of) a gratuitous effort at making money. Obviously, if Amazon permitted "negative" stars, this rating would be sub-zero.
P.S. Is L. Ron Hubbard dead yet? If not he should attempt to diminish the magnitude of his sins through suicide. It wouldn't be enough, but it would be the best we could hope for.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I laughed until I cried, 21. Juni 1997
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Having really enjoyed Hubbard's previous book, Battlefield Earth, I just had to give this new book (and series) a try. Wow, were they ever different. Aside from the fact that the entire story is told from a first-person POV, the satire and dark humour that pervades this book borders on genius. I found myself giggling and laughing out loud at numerous points and reading with my mouth cocked in a half-grin the rest of the time. I hadn't read much satire before this series and I am so glad I read this book. It is simply one of the funniest books I have ever read, but not in an obvious, over-the-top sort of way.

Now, the series on the other hand, was a major disappointment. It's like, I liked books 1, 3, 5, 6, but hated the rest. Vry strange how the quality of the tale can vary so much from book to book. And yes, after book 7 the story does go downhill due to the authour's untilmely death. Ah well, I had already laughed enough to suit me by that point.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen I finished this series, but only out of morbid curiosity., 15. Februar 2000
There is little I can add to the discussion of this series. The reviews seem to fall into two lines--people who have read good science fiction, and people who haven't. The latter think this is the greatest series ever written. It does start out fairly promising, and the first few books are quite entertaining, but it seems that Mr. Hubbard contrived the next 5 or 6 books without any real conception of what they were for; he merely wanted to get up to 9 and 10 before wrapping up the story. The intervening volumes wander around aimlessly, adding little in the way of intelligible development. If writers are going to write a 10 book series, please include enough plot for 10 books. This story could have been written in 3 books, and I probably would reread it. As it stands, I'm glad I only bought the first 3 before heading to the library; I don't have room on my shelf for filler.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Well-Written, 26. Oktober 1999
Back to the review, extremely well-written. Hubbard's 'Invaders' never struggles for its next scene or plot. It flows smoothly throughout the entire novel. The protagonist, Soltan Gris, is a despicable person struggling to cope with the unpredictable circumstances he's thrown into.
The book does grow weary at times. Gris gets into trouble and more trouble and more trouble, and always escapes. At points I found myself saying, 'Get on with it already!'.
I'm totally unfamiliar with Scientology, so I can't judge whether the book is an attempt to brainwash readers. Hubbard does include some comments on the foolish humans destroying their planet. If that's scientology I can see why it appeals to Hollywood airheads.
No explicit sex. All profanity is replaced with a (bleep) so it's easy enough to skip over.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolute brilliance that is addictive at the least..., 24. Mai 1999
Von Ein Kunde
An absolutely wonderful novel with an intricate plot and dynamic characters. This book is the hook at the end of the line for the dekalogy of Mission Earth books. Once you've read this book you will be rushing to the nearest book store for the next nine installments. The only reader's that won't appreciate this book are those too stupid to understand it's satire. I recommend anyone who is even remotely into sci-fi books to read this book. An intricate plot is wrapped in the corruption and deceit of the Apparatus. Characters with a personality instead of just meaningless actions. Jettero Heler is so "perfect" that it annoys the reader. You will find yourself wishing death upon him just as Soltan(the main character) does. Too much fun for a rainy day! best read with a glass of lemonade on a lawn chair!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I don't know about everybody else, but..., 30. Mai 1999
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I really liked this first volume of the Mission Earth Series. I couldn't stop reading it!!! I was laughing so hard one night, my parents came into my room and told me to keep it down. :-)
I don't know how someone could read this book and not sympathize with poor Soltan. I love that guy. Everybody knows someone like Heller in real life, and you can't help but laugh when Soltan thinks about doing poor Jettero in. The funniest part of the book is when Soltan takes some speed, and acts a fool in front of all the television cameras. The ending was great...I don't know how the rest of the series will turn out, but you won't be sorry if you take the time to read The Invader's Plan...I'm laughing right now thinking about it. On to #2-Black Genesis!!!!
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