THE FIVE GOLD BANDS by Jack Vance

THE FIVE GOLD BANDS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The first hardback edition of Vance's 1950 short novel--a space opera wherein picaresque adventurer Paddy Blackthorne and his Earth cop-sidekick Fay Bursill team up to search for an important secret (how to manufacture a space drive) that, for safekeeping, has been divided into five parts and concealed at different locations. Each of the five gold bands of the title contains a cryptic clue to the whereabouts of a hidden part. Amply displayed here are the young Vance's cardinal virtues, along with the usual flaws: a lively assortment of alien beings, a variety of exotic settings, strong characters, a narrative set forth with rare energy, color, pace, and style--not to mention the formulaic plot, strained motivations, and perfunctory resolution. Entertaining but by no means essential.

Pub Date: June 15th, 1993
ISBN: 0-88733-159-9
Page count: 164pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1993




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