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This book is a sort of "kinder and gentler" version of Starship Troopers. Our hero, Matt Dodson, joins the "Patrol" and elite interplanetary UN force backed up by A-bombs that keeps the peace. The first half of the book describe the trials Matt goes through in his efforts to be accepted by the Patrol. It's interesting to watch Matt go through the weeding out process, and then, once he's accepted, surviving the rigors of the "academy in space"--training takes place in a space station in orbit where Matt is expected to learn so much that they have to hypnotize him to get everything into his brain!
In the second half of the book, Matt goes out on a training mission and we get to see what life is like working on a spaceship. But when a rescue mission goes wrong Matt and his friends are stuck on an unexplored section of Venus, where with no equipment or outside help they have to get a derilict spaceship working in order to get home.
Like most of Heinlein's early characters, Matt is squeaky clean and doesn't drink, smoke, or cuss, and most of the other characters, except for a good-naturedly hedonist named Tex, are equally bland. But if you can get past that it's an interesting story of adventure in space and being marooned on Venus.

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This was a great book about the space patrol!
The review of this Book prepared by stan



      This book is a sort of "kinder and gentler" version of Starship Troopers. Our hero, Matt Dodson,
      joins the "Patrol" and elite interplanetary UN force backed up by A-bombs that keeps the peace.
      The first half of the book describe the trials Matt goes through in his efforts to be accepted by the
      Patrol. It's interesting to watch Matt go through the weeding out process, and then, once he's
      accepted, surviving the rigors of the "academy in space"--training takes place in a space station in
      orbit where Matt is expected to learn so much that they have to hypnotize him to get everything into
      his brain!
      In the second half of the book, Matt goes out on a training mission and we get to see what life is like
      working on a spaceship. But when a rescue mission goes wrong Matt and his friends are stuck on
      an unexplored section of Venus, where with no equipment or outside help they have to get a derilict
      spaceship working in order to get home.
      Like most of Heinlein's early characters, Matt is squeaky clean and doesn't drink, smoke, or cuss,
      and most of the other characters, except for a good-naturedly hedonist named Tex, are equally
      bland. But if you can get past that it's an interesting story of adventure in space and being
      marooned on Venus.
The review of this Book prepared by Steve








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   guardian of justice Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   generally friendly contact with alien(s)    -   stranded on alien planet, fighting aliens to survive Training/Apprent.    -   Yes Working up the ranks of...    -   armed forces Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Terrain    -   Jungle Spaceship setting:    -   futuristic human warship    -   a space station A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   inhabited by friendly aliens    -   empty, or nearly empty world Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   mostly dialog

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