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Space Ranger Book Review Summary

The very first Lucky Starr book! Lucky, a member of the high ranking meritocracy (the Council of Science), has to solve a series of poisonings that seem to originate on Mars. He joins a farm there to try to track down the poisoners. Along the way he picks up his midget assistant, Bigman, a vociferiously aggressive clown who mainly serves as comic relief. He also runs into the native Martians, who give him a special mask and a special name, "Space Ranger", neither of which we ever see again in succeeding "Lucky Starr" books.

Lucky eventually tracks down the killers, and manages to get one to confess by pretending to poison him (would that hold up in a court of law?). Then he decides to take Bigman on as his personal valet/pet, and they go off to have other adventures together.

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Space Ranger

This is the first thrilling book in the Lucky Starr series! David (as he is called in this book only) Starr is sent to Mars to find the cause of poisonings of food being exported from Mars. He takes a job as a farm labourer and descends underground into Mars where he meets bodiless alien life. The aliens give him a mask (which he has to use to get back to the domed Martian farm through a sandstorm) and the name of 'Space Ranger'. Lucky solves the mystery of the poisonings and finds who is to blame and comes out on top (as always!)
The review of this Book prepared by Lee



      The very first Lucky Starr book! Lucky, a member of the high ranking meritocracy (the Council of
      Science), has to solve a series of poisonings that seem to originate on Mars. He joins a farm there
      to try to track down the poisoners. Along the way he picks up his midget assistant, Bigman, a
      vociferiously aggressive clown who mainly serves as comic relief. He also runs into the native
      Martians, who give him a special mask and a special name, "Space Ranger", neither of which we
      ever see again in succeeding "Lucky Starr" books.

      Lucky eventually tracks down the killers, and manages to get one to confess by pretending to
      poison him (would that hold up in a court of law?). Then he decides to take Bigman on as his
      personal valet/pet, and they go off to have other adventures together.
The review of this Book prepared by Steve








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   unraveling a conspiracy    -   finding a spy/saboteur Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Terrain    -   Planet surface, need spacesuit    -   Domed/Underground City A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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