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The first hardback edition of Vance's 1950 short novel--a space opera wherein picaresque adventurer Paddy Blackthorne and his Earth cop-sidekick Fay Bursill team up to search for an important secret (how to manufacture a space drive) that, for safekeeping, has been divided into five parts and concealed at different locations. Each of the five gold bands of the title contains a cryptic clue to the whereabouts of a hidden part. Amply displayed here are the young Vance's cardinal virtues, along with the usual flaws: a lively assortment of alien beings, a variety of exotic settings, strong characters, a narrative set forth with rare energy, color, pace, and style--not to mention the formulaic plot, strained motivations, and perfunctory resolution. Entertaining but by no means essential. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Paperback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Seller Inventory # GOR001743185
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR001637112
Book Description Mayflower, 1980. Paperback. Condition: Good. VINTAGE Usual signs of a well read book but good overall condition. May not look good on your bookcase after reading and probably not suitable as a present unless hard to find elsewhere SECURE DAILY POSTING FROM UK. 30 DAY GUARANTEE. Seller Inventory # mon0002306011
Book Description Mayflower Granada, London, 1987. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Reprint; First Printing. Some reading creases, old price sticker to front cover, original cover price scratched from rear cover. ; Nice tight copy, no names or marks inside. Cover artwork by Bruno Elettori. ; 192 pages; Five gold bracelets imprinted with cryptic messages set Paddy Blackthorn on a galactic treasure hunt. But the hunter was also the hunted, for the five gold bands belonged to the Rulers of the Five Planets. Mass Market PB. Seller Inventory # 18923
Book Description Mayflower, 1980. Paperback. near fine paperback, Bruno Elettori cover 1st printing. Picaresque Irish adventurer Paddy Blackthorn is caught attempting to steal an interstellar space drive and is sentenced to death by the ruling council of mutant humans. Seller Inventory # FC17.042
Book Description HarperCollins Distribution Services, 1980. Paperback. Condition: Good. 1st. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0583123066