After I became involved in the online Scientology wars of the mid-1990s, I vented some of my frustrations by writing several reviews of the Mission Earth books on Amazon. He'd made excellent reading suggestions previously so I truly believed I was in for one awesome giant science fiction orgy of awesome in ten volumes! The Good: However, there's more than that here. If these things continue to destroy the Earth in the future, the timetable of the conquest of the Voltar Confederacy will be disrupted. It was pure Hubbard all the way. The Mission Earth novels on the whole are a subversive, harsh, poignant attack on American society in the 1980s. He's not a cackling demon of evil, he's just weak and insecure, much like many real-life villains are.
The novel seems to be beset by a number of body doubles and the back-stabbing identity changers. Of no value To me - boring, slow and stupid. The response came back maybe a week later. Seemingly minor characters will appear in one volume, disappear for hundreds of pages, only to reappear for some critical plot point. I have a friend in the Coast Guard who was reading this series while at sea.
However, at the time I read it, I had no clue as to what Scientology was, and there's nothing in the books that mention it, so it never was an issue. I loved the main character, Jettero Heller and the bad guys were really bad! As an adult, it was very difficult for me to finish the book. The Apparatus is run by a corrupt, mad overlord type named Lumbar Hist, who has his own plans for the Earth, and employs our lowly wretch of an agent to travel on the initial scout mission to Earth and sabotage it! A well-orchestrated promotional campaign didn't hurt in the decision I harp on this some, because I generally consider myself I admit, I was taken in by the hype. The worst thing about the Mission Earth Series is that it takes up so much space on bookshelves which could be put to better use storing good books. My husband loves science fiction and asked me to read something he loves. The characters are well-fleshed and memorable. And to make matters worse, he was being named in a series of lawsuits and attempts were being made to find and serve him.
But Hubbard had decided to go with his personal staff. The last few books are not up to the excellence of the first 7, but they are still good. Instead, we Picked this up after reading Battlefield Earth, my introduction to this author. Each book started in the middle of the on-going story. The whole premise of this first novel of the series is that Hist and Gris don't want the scout mission to launch, but Heller always seems to be a little ahead of them.
But it also allowed more liaison with Broeker. Even more fun than Douglas Adams' stuff, which I also loved immensely. Up to about the halfway point, I was fine with it. They were more like raw copies in cheap binding. The words are just words, tumbling out, pouring over each other.
Charlie Murphy head bouncing on cabinets. The Voltarians also seem to pep the planet of Earth for a power play which has never been witnessed before by the humans. Ron Hubbard: Messiah Or Madman? Heller is also unaware of the fact that the Earth is already put into action through a secret plan by the evil Lombar Hisst, who is the commander of the overall Apparatus and dreams of seizing the throne of the Voltar Empire. The first book alone sets up a good dozen plot details that come into play over the rest of the series, and each subsequent entry adds more. We just learned that somehow those other volumes had been assembled without Hubbard's intros and here's what was left out of Volume 2. And, while this entire book takes place on the planet Voltar, there isn't very much that makes it feel science fiction - much of it feels too close to Earth making copies using paper, for example.
These are the only uses of these incredible devices. Willie Loman couldn't have told the story better. The powerful Voltarians, who rule an empire of 110 planets, are already among the humans. Maybe I'll find them when I read it again. I'd never read science fiction before and had just recently finished the Wheel of Time series. It's been suggested that writing the epic Mission Earth series - a million words, ten books - was Hubbard's attempt to escape from the increasingly bleak reality of his later life and I think that might be right.
Since it was written in the 80's the futuristi I was introduced to this series as a kid when my parents had a copy of the audio drama on cassette. Hubbard then took credit for having invented these words. Ron Hubbard and I was surprised at how poorly conceived and constructed the writing was. Ron Hubbard invented his own language for use by Scientologists. Well, ten volumes make more money than three do so naturally we said ten. I don't know where they got them but they were heavy, thick and dark red.
Not only that, but we know that you always have fun with these characters, but also learn a lot about the Earth. It came in a banker's box with each chapter in a separate file folder. Narrated by Soltan Gris, the alien killer sent to secretly sabotage the mission and to kill Heller at the appropriate moment, this is the saga of a doomed planet — Earth. Instead I got offensive two dimensional characters, a plot like a stagnant pond and the author bragging in the introduction about how he dragged this 'opus' out for 1. I don't have the time or the stamina to put up with twelve volumes of fundamentalist Christian End Times propaganda. But I did finish this one and that was before I learned how crazy Hubbard had become as the high priest of his own religion and his series of self-absorbed narcissistic books about himself--and who publishes that stuff anyway? Judging from titles and brief exerpts I've read, they get more and more overblown and ridiculous as they go on, and still essentially seem to describe the same basic conflict scenario. Being the ghost of a kid I was in school I naturally sympathized with Soltan Gris and his envy for Jett.
We hoped it would work. I really enjoyed it and hope to read the rest of the series. Or the robo-translator saying how hard he worked to translate this into English, which doesn't officially exist. Plus we had to work around his little note in the books to read the others. Bury has secretly stuck his Rockecenter's presumably-killed son in a rural orphanage, so when his boss croaks he'll have junior inherit his vast fortunes with Bury as his executor. It was supposed to funny? The Scientologists would then come back with the books - usually more than one copy - and a receipt to pick up more money and go out again. One slip and I was dead.