Glory Road Book Summary and Study Guide

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Tor, Oct 2004, 24.95, 320 pp.
ISBN: 0765306913

After spending time being shot at in Viet Nam, former soldier E. C. "Scar" Gordon rests and recuperates on the French Riviera. After being shook up by seeing the most beautiful woman he ever seen, Scar answers a strange ad for employment in which some of the perquisite skills are courage, perfect health, and willingness to travel. Intrigued and needing work, Scar answers the weird ad.
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The employer turns out to be the woman from the beach. After struggling with her name, Scar calls her Star while she calls him O-scar. The job is to protect her as she searches universes for the Egg of the Phoenix. Oscar accepts the assignment as he has no family that will miss him; the pay is great and a chance to see exotic locations while accompanying a gorgeous woman who claims she is the empress of twenty universes. Oscar will battle dragons and ogres.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

The easiest way to describe "Glory Road" is as a fantasy book for the first half, science fiction for the second. Oscar, the main character, is selected as a "champion" by a beautiful woman, and finds himself in a fantasy world, acting as her warrior/bodyguard. He learns about himself in the ensuing journey, and much about societies and how he fits in.
The review of this Book prepared by Kim Marks

Heinlein's venture outside of SF and into the world of Fantasy! A typical Heinlein story of a strong male hero that rescues a damsel indestress, then finds out that the damsel is the stronger of the two. A fun read with lots of action and some humor.
The review of this Book prepared by Walt

An unusual Heinlein book, basicly not sf. Well written as always. As a fencer myself I enjoyed his descriptions of fencing matches.
The review of this Book prepared by Philip A. Petmecky

A very long-lived Queen (who looks young) recruits a guy into retrieving a magical artifact for her that's held by magical beasts. She and the guy and her assistant go together on a road trip.
The review of this Book prepared by Steve

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   roaming fantasy world, battling hostiles Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   destined love (dream or prediction) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   warrior/knight Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Jungle    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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