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Mass Market Paperback Earthblood Book

ISBN: 0671720600

ISBN13: 9780671720605


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Two complete novels of interstellar adventure: "Earthblood" by Keith Laumer and Rosel George Brown chronicles one man's struggle to find his destiny in a future where the very existence of Earth is a... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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The archetypical Space Opera novel

As with many other reviewers, I first read this book when it came out (I still have my SF Book Club edition) and re-read it every few years. It is as perfect an example of the 'space opera' genre as you could ask for: a tragic and somewhat flawed main character with a mysterious origin, driven to find what happened to the now-vanished Terran empire. One reviewer here (Steve Duff) criticized it as brutal and violent; I suggest he go read some biographies of Alexander the Great. Again, as with others, echoes of this book stay with me. The child Roan growing up among aliens and Terran hybrids and struggling to hold his own. His joining, of all things, an interstellar circus, and then a crew of interstellar pirates. Searching for Terra, the homeworld, and what he finds there. And all along the way, making mistakes, hurting those who love him the most, and suffering bittersweet loss. A great read, and one that will stay with you, too.

A Book for a Lifetime

Like other reviewers, I first read this book in my teens in the late 60's. It immediately clicked with me and I've reread the book at least once every five years since.We don't know what's happened to humanity, but its legacy is a proud one. And embryos with human genes are prized above all others. Roan is 'purchased' as an embryo, brought to term and raised by his adopted parents, and spends his life seeking his roots. His trials and adventures appeal to teenagers and teenagers-at-heart with questions of 'Who am I?', 'Where did I come from?', 'Why am I different from everyone else?', 'What makes me unique?'.Roan's parents bankrupt themselves for the opportunity to purchase a son that may actually be human. As a boy living a poor, integrated neighborhood (with all forms of aliens), Roan experiences poverty, prejudice, fear, and dreams for a better life. A traveling, galactic circus gives Roan a chance to experience a new life, where friendship, love, loyalty, and competition give him a chance to develop and forge new relationships while exploring the possibilities of his heritage.After a pirate attack on the circus, Roan learns to exercise some control over his environment and to become a leader. Roan ultimately traces his lineage back to Terra, where he acts to replace the decadent descendents of humanity with a race that will one day reclaim its place in determining the destiny of the galaxy.

This story will STAY with you!

Although I read this book over 30 years ago, the story has not been forgotten. I actually did a report on this story in grade school (Now I'm 47!) A really great adventure of imagery in true exotic science fiction fashion. Our hero is Roan Cornay, a very rare "pure blood Terran". Although a test tube baby born from an alien woman, his genes originate from the now mythic planet once known as Terra (Earth), a planet that at one time in the ancient past, ruled the galaxy. In the present ultra-future time, Roan learns of his legendary home world and then proceeds to dedicate his efforts to find his home world Terra, a planet most believe never existed. Many adventures along the way. The book is a true classic!

A book that keeps finding its way back into my Life

A top notch story that should be made into a movie. If done right it could easily be a box office hit and make millions! Any good screen play writers out there looking for work?I first read "Earthblood" in college back in the late 60's, I had borrowed it from a friend. A few years later, I was looking to get a copy for myself but it was out of print! Then, years later, while walking by a Library sale of old books I came across a hard copy edition of it and purchased it for $.25! This is a book that should always be around for teenagers to read and love. Let it stay in print forever!

A wonderful read!

Fast paced and marvelously inventive, with a wealth of characters, settings, and events. You'll look at the last page number and wonder where the authors put all that great stuff in a book of such ordinary length. Unabashadly self-congratulatory in its theme of humanity's superiority over all other species, largely due to the average human's refusal to give up in the face of pain or adversity.
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