King of a Thousand Suns

King of a Thousand Suns Rod Smith is a prisoner in San Quentin following an arson conviction for setting a fire to a long dead fallen juniper tree in a lava bed over yards from anything flammable in or near Devil s Gard

  • Title: King of a Thousand Suns
  • Author: James T. Stewart
  • ISBN: 9780692451533
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rod Smith is a prisoner in San Quentin following an arson conviction for setting a fire to a long dead, fallen juniper tree in a lava bed over 250 yards from anything flammable in or near Devil s Garden in extreme northern California Rod set the fire to call attention to his dad s pickup truck which he was leaving nearby because he was joining a father and son in a spaceRod Smith is a prisoner in San Quentin following an arson conviction for setting a fire to a long dead, fallen juniper tree in a lava bed over 250 yards from anything flammable in or near Devil s Garden in extreme northern California Rod set the fire to call attention to his dad s pickup truck which he was leaving nearby because he was joining a father and son in a space ship which had run out of fuel, marooning its two occupants Rod bartered with them, offering fuel in exchange for the ship The story is being related to V.D i.e Victor P Davies, prison psychologist, with his own problems.

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    1. I had a good time reading this quirky, irreverent and well realised tale of space wandering. If you like an off-beat story about an ordinary guy who is solidly determined to do what he deems the right thing - even if that means aiding crash-landed aliens or killing kings - you must get hold of this one. The downside is that when our plucky ex-Air Force American hero has to kill someone to save his own life, he describes the rather gruesome detail. Those of a sensitive bent might want to skip a p [...]

    2. Rod – he hates being called Rodney – was sentenced to six years in prison for burning down part of a National Forest. He set fire to a single dead tree, but a real fire a few days earlier and 20 miles or so away, caused by campers who never got caught, killed two people, their farm animals and burned a lot of forest. As part of his initial processing, Rod has a session with the prison psychologist where he tells his tale about why he came to set fire to a fallen tree in a National Forest. Wh [...]

    3. This is a book about an ordinary guy thrown into extraordinary circumstances in the grand tradition of Robert Heinlein's Glory Road. It is. We learn the story as the hero relates it to a prison psychiatrist. Rod is irreverent with a caustic tongue, but he has a good heart and wants to do the right thing. Doing the right thing, however, is a real challenge in a society whose rules Rod does not understand. This is especially true when that society spans several billion inhabited worlds, and even m [...]

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