Post by Craig Herbertson on Aug 31, 2009 9:40:44 GMT
It's not Dumarest but, like a fake diamond, it has some of the appeal of the real thing. Tubb working under one of his many pseudonyms saves the galaxy 17 times with the enigmatic and somewhat ruthless Cap Kennedy and a bunch of gimmick laden pals. One can change like a chameleon, another is terribly strong and there is a Prof in there who's terribly clever.
Any character who appears at the start of the book and isn't Kennedy has the life expectancy of a Startrek security guard.
Tubb appears to aim at a teenage market (having never grown up this does not detract from the enjoyment one bit) However, there are elements of mature and skilful writing - but from an entirely personal humanistic and narcissistic view I dislike too many aliens or mutations in an sf tale and one gets the sense that Tubb was more workmanlike and less passionate about this series than Dumarest.
The books are short - you can read one in the bath and not get the covers wet.